Ricoh GR: the Mighty Pocket Camera for Street ‘Togs?

Ricoh GR Limited Edition. Copyright © 2014. stFOTOgrafer. All Rights Reserved!

Copyright © 2014. stFOTOgrafer. All Rights Reserved!

In the 1990’s, camera makers silently went to war with their most innovative designs, which caused the eruption of the first High End Compact Camera era.

While Contax continued to be successful with its Continue reading


Revelations: Unlocking Diane Arbus’ Composition Techniques

“Child with A Toy Hand Grenade” taken by Diane Arbus. Central Park, NY. 1962.

“Child with A Toy Hand Grenade” © Diane Arbus

As I was sitting in my living room flipping through the pages of Diane Arbus Revelations, I realized that all of her photographs shared the same visual element. Not the perversity or the freakish that my mind continuously sipped at her photos throughout the years. It was the identical arrangement repeated to the same effect in all of her photographs. Most of her subjects were presented almost Continue reading

Leitz Summicron 35mm f/2 Type I

Leica M3 with Leitz Summicron 35mm 1:2.0 type I Canada

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The art of designing optical system fascinates me. Most fascinating is that lens designers are still using the same centuries-old methods and concepts; even though today’s photographic lens design is no longer a simple meniscus lens. This entry will dedicate to the most desirable Leica lens, the symmetrical, eight element Summicron Continue reading