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“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant

At the beach not far from my house, a kiter is getting ready to have some fun. Took a walk with my Canon 5D camera and tried to get some shots. Prime 100mm was the only lens I had with me, a little short to capture action shots.





From Rødshue, Hvaler Norway.

MV Toledo – Wallenius Wilhelmsen, these vessels make a lot of noise. Can hear them from my house.

Outside my house this morning, Sunday Sep 28. What the fu** ! Never seen sheep here before, ever. Called the police so the owner could collect them and get them safe home.


New tattoo’s. Shot with Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm.

New tattoo’s. Shot with Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm.

Apples from Hardanger in Norway, my Fuji X100 camera and my Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE.

Apples from Hardanger in Norway and my Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE.

Random Fuji X100 shots.

Random Fuji X100 shots.

Kevin & Daniel.

Denon PMA-2000R and speakercable connectors. Nice with solid build quality. The stereo amp is all metal and heavy. Perfect match with Klipsch Heritage loudspeakers.

‘New’ integrated stereo amp. Denon PMA-2000R. 22 kilogram of pure hi fi pleasure bought for almost nothing. You can get incredible awesome stereo sound setup cheap if you know what to look for. It’s a 2009 model and looks like new. No dust or scratches. Plays like a high end amp. This thing was expensive when new.

Photowalk with a friend.

Fredrikstad Norway.







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Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Did a photoshoot with just one softbox trigged from my Canon 5D.  Top Models are Simone and Benedicte 🙂


Self portrait using the timer on my Ricoh GR. December 8.


John Arild and our dog Betty.


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No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.  ~Robert Adams
November. No snow yet here in Fredrikstad, Norway. This  month I’m using both my Canon 5D / Zeiss 35mm combo and my Ricoh GR ( digital mk V APS-C 2013 ) compact point and shoot . Have now sold my Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art because I always prefered my Zeiss 35mm and never used the Sigma much, dont miss it at all.  My Ricoh GR is even better than I hoped for.  A good camera in every way. Solid and excellent picture quality. Use it a lot.
Also testing some low budget gear like Canon 450D ( Digital Rebel XSi / Kiss X2 Digital ) and Canon 650D ( known as Kiss X6i in Japan and Rebel T4i in USA).  Cheap Canon lenses as 50mm 1.8 and Sigma 70-300 tested with these cheaper Canon bodies.

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Harley Davidson Sportster 1200


Trying out some low budget gear this moth. Borrowed a Canon 650D + Sigma 70-300 first.

Canon 650D with Sigma 70-300. Exif: f5.6, ISO 2500.  2500/1 sec shutterspeed,  and -1/3 exposure. A tricky handheld @300mm.
Had to get the high shutterspeed to get the boat sharp. f5,6 was fastest apperture possible and ISO 2500 was lowest i got here.

Canon 650D with Sigma 70-300.



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Have sold my Fuji X20 and bought a Ricoh GR ( Digital mk V 2013 APS-C ) . So here is a small review based on what I think about the new Ricoh GR as a street photography camera.


Always been a huge fan of the RICOH GR cameras, all the way back to the film based GR1. Also had the Ricoh GR D mk 1 but skipped II -IV because I think they all where minor upgrades from the GR mk 1.

The new APS-C sensor in the new Ricoh GR ( “V” ) gives great ISO handling and image quality.  Where the old Ricoh GR Digital’s mk I-IV featured a 1/1.7-inch sensor the new GR features a DSLR-sized APS-C . The sensor also lacks an anti-aliasing filter ( just like the new Leica M and M9 ) which means it’s more likely to produce a much higher level of detail.

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For more Ricoh GR street photos click here.

Impressive shot to shot times, great RAW files with a good level of sharpness throughout the frame. Impressive AF. Built tough like military equipment almost.  And yes it looks like Pentax / Ricoh has a winner here.

Short story is that you get the same good build quality as always from the GR series , amazing image quality and by far the fastest autofocus I have ever seen on any compact.

I also tested Nikon Coolpix A. Great camera but at autofocus – the Ricoh is a hands down winner. Only Ricoh has the snap focus option that works just great.  Image quality pretty the same as the more expensive Nikon.

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Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 ) . Love the colors the Ricoh GR gives you.

Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 )

Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 )

0031_Ricoh-GR-Ulf-Greger-2014Ricoh GR. I’m always getting some out of focus shot during a day. 99.9% of those are caused by the photographer ( me ) and not caused by the AF.  I think some of those shots are keepers anyway. A shot like this would be almost impossible with my Canon 5D + Carl Zeiss combo. Dragging out the big camera and manually focus. Then a loud CLICK! No way I had got this shot with only the 5D available. Not perfect but street photography is not about technical perfect shots for me.




At street shooting I like to use 1/320or faster  shutter speed to ensure sharp images. I dont mind some noise caused by high ISO.

Shot with Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 )

Ricoh GR – ( Digital V 2013 ) Large file -TEST SHOT  – full auto – camera reset and heldheld. Basicly what quality you can expect out of the box . Shot as JPG only.

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ISO 3200TEST SHOT – no noise reduction in camera or added in post . Handheld at f4 at night. Was pretty dark in that room, only one small lamp.



The new Ricoh GR is as good as it get for street photography.  Small, light and compact. Fixed 28 mm lens, 4 fps continuous shooting, if you’re looking for a small street photography camera with good image quality and good build quality , there are few better on the market. It’s also completly silent and you can turn of the green ON light on the top of the camera. The menu options are almost a never ending list of options – you can set up this camera any way you want. Or just use it with the default settings, they work pretty great if you are a beginner. The default JPG files are also very good. No need to edit RAW files if it’s used for causual shooting. I use RAW + JPG on the RICOH GR. Usually with my Canon DSLR’s I only shoot RAW.

For ME the Ricoh GR ( 2013 APS-C ) is the perfect street photography tool. Period.

The video quality could have been better.  But it’s good enough, and better than nothing. Here is a short video with actual footage from the new Ricoh GR.  Going to post more videos I have shot with the Ricoh GR soon.  Just have to learn my AVID/Pinnacle video editing software better first. The video quality is MUCH better on my pc than the finished YOUTUBE result here. Also like the 720p 60 FPS option. Makes slow motion possible.


Also got 4th place for Østfold in the National Photowalk ( Akam & Japan Photo ) Picture of my prize shot with my new Ricoh GR

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My last shot ever with my Fuji X20. The Fuji X20 was a good camera, sad to let that one go. Cant afford to own two high end street cameras. And I have always felt too much equipment takes away the fun. Better to learn and use the camera you got to the max.

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