Today was a snow day, so I put on some warm clothes, grabbed my Ricoh GR cameras, and headed out to do some photography. There’s something special about photographing in freshly falling snow—despite the lack of weather-sealing, the Ricoh GR cameras do just fine, spending most of the time in my pocket staying warm and dry.
I’m getting a little ahead of myself, though. For Christmas, my wife, Amanda, designed for me a Ricoh Recipes sweater using her Cricut Maker. This was my first time wearing the sweater, so Amanda came with me to capture some pictures of me wearing it. She wanted to use her iPhone, but I insisted that she use my GR III instead, something she hadn’t done before.
The Ricoh GR III was programmed with the Black & White Negative recipe, which is found in The B&W Collection and on the Ricoh Recipes App. Amanda wanted the pictures to be black-and-white, and I thought that this recipe would do well for these pictures. Because of the high-contrast scene (white snow/black sweater), I wonder if the Monochrome Film recipe might have been a better choice, but it’s not what I programmed into the camera. Besides, the Black & White Negative recipe did do well for the pictures that I wasn’t in.
This was Amanda’s first time shooting with a Ricoh GR camera. She found it to be lightweight and quick. She told me that it was kind of like a point-and-shoot experience, but since she was just learning how to use it, she didn’t feel that she realized the full potential of it—easy enough for the uninitiated to get good results right away, yet sophisticated enough for advanced photographers.
While we were out, I captured the five pictures below using the GR III with the Black & White Negative recipe. They’re straight-out-of-camera JPEGs, except that I cropped them to a 3:4 aspect ratio.