Martin Yeates – Olympus, Ricoh & me

A picture is worth a thousand words

Fine art ?

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Depending where you look I would suggest you may have a number of differing views with regard the subject of today’s post, not only that, there would be a wide range of issues covering choice of paper, size, method of production, and a whole raft of other points..

That said what does elevate an image into a fine art one, is it just the image? I have seen on other sites I have visited prints produced in a particular way and heralded as being all things to all men (and ladies of course). When I then viewed the said image it left me cold, I saw nothing in it which said to me this is fine art, the print process may have been an ancient method revered by who knows, but it failed as it left me cold. And I would argue that this is not the exception to the rule, it does seem with the continuing improvements in digital slr’s it’s almost impossible to produce a bad image from a exposure point of view at least.

The results are there for all to see in the proliferation of images on the web and the various hosting sites all vying for your attention, a large number of which purport to be “Fine art”.. The reality of course is that this increase in images has had a profound impact on this area as it’s not difficult to find acceptable images for very low prices, thereby making the sale of quality fine art all that more difficult…

To become established within this area is I think extremely difficult unless you have the patronage of select folk who can and will promote you and therefore elevate your status within the market..

My own list of essentials in a print to qualify are:

  • An  image which has narrative
  • It must engage the viewer and pose questions
  • The number produced is limited
  • Each print is signed and numbered
  • The materials on which it is printed must be archival
  • A wealthy and well connected benefactor

Today’s post for me would fit the bill, although please do feel free to disagree…

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March 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm

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Incongruous..

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As I drove past a new development near to where I live I came across this incongruous sight, it had been abandoned in the middle of this pond which had swelled in size since the recent rainfall.

I always find it interesting whenever I see such things as it begs many questions, I have two versions I processed, colour and this duo, the duo has a eerie quality in keeping with my original thoughts on seeing it…

Shot with the gr3

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March 5, 2010 at 6:23 pm

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On the edge..

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This was taken whilst out with a very good friend of mine, he had wandered off elsewhere and I spotted this guy walking from the beach, saw the shot and just waited for him to get to where I wanted him.

I am often asked if I carry models with me when out and about or failing that do I have a supply of mannequins which accompany me on journeys out…

The answer is far less complicated, I love to people watch and will anticipate what folk will do, invariably they will do what I have anticipated they would hence being ready to get the image. I also have no issue taking photographs of complete strangers, I have never had anyone react in a negative way and so feel at ease when taking pictures.  The ricoh scores for this style of picture taking because I suspect folk do not see it as they would a large dig slr, I am sure I look like a typical tourist, which in itself removes potential barriers, it’s just another reason why my love affair with this jewel will continue..

Having said all of that this was taken with the e620!

Happy shooting….

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March 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

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Oh Mickey your so fine…

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Whilst wandering along the beach I stumbled upon this, it never ceases to amaze me what is discarded and where…

I would suspect they do not subscribe to the maxim, take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints…

shot with the gr3 and 28mm lens

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March 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm

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Pointless and shoot..

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This title is via a website I chanced upon, the site and its owner are excellent and have some very good images displayed as well as articles, it’s http://www.davidclapp.co.uk/blog/ and worthy of a visit..

The issue he raises is a valid one but I feel he misses the point if you would excuse the pun, I as I have already mentioned own a ricoh gr3 and prior to this the gx 100 which I had for approx 2.5yrs. During that time it produced some wonderful images which I subsequently sold via stock sites and fine art prints at exhibitions I held. I would agree entirely with the argument put forth about it failing to record the level of detail he was perhaps alluding to, when compared to the dig slr.

This style of camera will always lose out against this competition, but if you have a knowledge of photography and use the camera how it was meant to be used you will find it rewards you with wonderful images, which have a gorgeous quality about them, which almost mimics  film.

My main love of this camera is the portability, I never mind taking it with me, it fits into my pocket comfortably and is there to record images I would not have got without it. How many times do you venture out, think this is a great day for some photography, then pause and not bother as it’s too much of a pain to cart the dig slr with you…

This for me could just be going to a town to visit , or shop , or for me jumping onto my motorbike and heading off to some favourite haunts. This is where this excels, I have been amazed at the improvements that ricoh have made to the sensor, it has produced some exquisite images for me already so I am glad I made the upgrade.

Sometimes we forget that the iconic images from the past were in some cases diabolical from the quality point of view , however they stirred the soul and made us stop and think. They made you look and wonder, that for me is what photography is all about, if you can do that with whatever you choose to record a scene with then you have succeeded, so get out there and point and shoot…

This is recorded with the ricoh gr3 and the 21mm attachment, shot as a raw file and processed in cs4.

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February 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm

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Into the light

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As I pressed the shutter for this image I had in mind the idea of coming into the light, I guess depending on your circumstances this could be read a number of ways, I would think that everyone has had at one time or another a thorny issue to deal with…

I know I certainly have, and still do, so for those who stop by this is for you, hopefully it may be the light you need…

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February 26, 2010 at 8:57 am

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It’s good to be back…

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Hello world and welcome to my new blog, it’s a change from the last one I published, I have no firm plans for it and its content, although I think it will contain more editorial content then my previous incarnation…

That said it will still have images, and as the title suggests from my current crop of cameras, of which the newest addition is the ricoh gr digital 3. For those not in the know this camera is the latest incarnation of the gr digital series which commenced with the gr1. It is the second ricoh digital camera I have owned, the gx 100 being the first, this made way for the current gr3. The improvements over the gx are absolutely amazing, the files are stunning both in quality and tonal range. I do not intend to run standard reviews of the cameras there are plenty of those already on the net. However I intend to post regular images from both systems for your comment and hopefully to assist anyone who has any thoughts of owning them. Longer term I would like to encourage submissions from photographers out there, to hopefully inspire others to pick up the camera and shoot….

The opening shot was taken with the Ricoh gr3 it’s a raw file converted in CS4, let me know what you think.

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February 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

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