Hipshot, Chestshot, The GRD4 It Still Smells of Street **** or **** How The 21mm Adapter Showed Me The Way Home.

Well the GRD4 once again proves to be a very worthy camera. It’s that I feel that any camera provides me the energy or inspiration to work, it’s just that the Ricoh lets me work and thing without intruding on me.

I went out today and used the 21mm adapter. It’s normally to wide for me but I need photos for an upcoming workshop on freeing the self and also editing. The camera is on a neck strap hanging as low as I can get it. I don’t use a finder even tho I have the Leica. I hate putting the camera to my face and covering life in front of me. There’s a magic in working this way without a finder and using your internal eye.

I think the beauty is in the discovery of a shared vision. The camera and I work together to make the images. Yes, it’s always like that but working this way is more of a conscious effort in the collaboration between the two of us.  I can’t make claim to 100 percent of the result. The camera gets it’s say as much as I do. This being the way I think and actually the way it is, is liberating and visually exciting.

With the camera hanging in front of your chest, theres a very cool non intrusive presence to the subject. I let it hang and when getting ready for an exposure, I place my hand on the camera and my thumb gets the duty the finger usually has.

The strange this is, the photos show eye contact but yet the camera is hanging down low. If in fact it was true eye contact, then the eye would not meet the viewer right on. This means that the subject looks at the camera but mostly never sees the thumb release the shutter.

I find it interesting that so many people walk around with their head in a low position. Of course the camera loves this kind of positioning.

So, even for straight street, this is a great setup. In all the photos, I never looked at the screen. I just feel the frame and then move my body slightly to make the frame the way I want.

It should be noted that the GRD4 has a sense of humor and proves itself in some photos that I won’t publish.

More tomorrow as the 21mm adventure continues…….        It’s tomorrow…strange how that works….hmmmm

This is more mainstream for me but it was because I met a shooter downtown from a forum we both belong to. She asked me to show her how to feel the frame. A good question I thought to meself.

I said, self…we need to help this lady out. Her issue was that she didn’t understand how to relate the subject to the background. I explained that, that is the entire thing about photography, painting etc. What lives in the fram must relate to everything in it good or bad.

Taking the elements of the frame and putting them together makes the image. Just as important is the presentation of the image.

All photos processed in http://www.streetpresets.com/  my presets for Light Room 4 & Nik Silver Efex.

Saturday Morning…. I had an appointment at the VA Hosp for more treatments. I’m not excited about that but it gives me a reason to get on the street and work.

I’m still doing the chestshot with the GRD4/21. It’s interesting. I can just about see full frame now and that’s neither good nor bad, not sure. I don’t like being predictable but I love consistency. Beings a Libra, balance is always my goal. The above photo was made on the spur as this new work is. I saw the image come together in my head in a fraction of a second. I knew how to process it to get my result. and new the framing about as good as I could get it.

I get these images sometimes that are more like dreams to me. I mean I am conscious when I make them but when I get them finished….it’s just a dream….. There was this kid named Jasper at the bus stop with his dad and sister. Jasper was about 10 years old. He liked my white camera and asked if I had a white camera because I was white. I asked him if he had a black camera because he was black. He smiled and said his dad did but he was allowed to use it at partys. Then he used my camera to make a portrait of me…..hmmmm

9 thoughts on “Hipshot, Chestshot, The GRD4 It Still Smells of Street **** or **** How The 21mm Adapter Showed Me The Way Home.”

      1. The only other lens I’ve had that comes close was the Zuiko 21mm f2, but its still an expensive optic, you could buy a GRD IV and 21 adapter for the used value of it.

        Of course lets not forget the photos…

        “If in fact it was true eye contact, then the eye would not meet the viewer right on.”

        this technique has made for a small but significant outcome. It was the first thing that I noticed looking at the image of the gentleman who is writing, he seems to look past the camera lens off to the depths. This method could often have this effect. I like it, but its a little unexpected. Now I know why you want decent neck straps for the GRD V. !!

        1. Tim, I did hipshots with my M4 and 35 Cron starting seriously in 1973.
          With the GRD4, it’s more interesting because the camera looks innocent.

          The neck strap sets the way for successful results.
          It’s not the predictability I seek. The framing accuracy is difficult and that lends the path for open collaboration with photography.

  1. Excellent series Don. Oh, you made me reminisce on my GRD3. The GRD series cam can show a world that otherwise we wouldn’t have access to. Its a raw and unadulterated view of your world and one we can almost touch and feel. Great work Don I look forward to your next post.

  2. Ha ha
    Its like Disney. Camera Anima is your side kick!
    Way to live be in relationship and give credit.
    You say so much.
    Eye contact captuted wow.
    Who knew.
    What perspective.
    I began following you in love with the homeless’ Tunnell and you not waking them…Didnt know what to expect.
    This is simple just seeing being people and side kick in the world and I love it.
    Thanks for giving me your amazing perspective Sly Photo Man

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