Ricoh GRD3 ― It’s Time
The whole mobile internet photography theme lead by the famous Instagram seems to make some folks uncomfortable and ask a series of questions which are rather interesting. Actually, some people even feel threatened by this sudden rush of images coming at you almost by the second. In the latest This Week in Photography I even heard some images from the Olympics got published in a major magazine and all of them courtesy of Instagram and iPhone.
Ricoh GRD3 ― Shining Through
I believe this is just awesome it can be called the “Democratization of Photography”. Let’s face it, photography can be an expensive hobby. When I add up all the cameras I’ve owned and sold my jaw drops. I realize I’m in the minority of users who buy and sell like a kid addicted to candy, but nonetheless, its worth noting that a generous amount has been spent in the last 1.5 years. But what about the people that can indulge in such hobbies, well, there are many options out there these days some more affordable than others but still open to the masses.
Now, give someone an iPhone a few apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic and you can get out there and really share you photography with the world in a matter of seconds and creative some beautiful images. Yes, we all can concede that they are small sensored images with all the virtues and defects that those cameras bring to the table, I say, so what. If that’s your fancy, then so be it, enjoy it for what it is, a creative outlet for many and for others a bit of a more serious endeavor and be happy.
Ricoh GRD3 ― Window Shopping
I believe Alex Lindsay form the Pixelcore (also in the lates TWIP) mentioned my exact feeling when it comes to small sensor cameras [he specifically was talking about his iphone]. To paraphrase, he said "if it doesn’t fit in the pocket, then I’ll use my 5D’s(dSLR’s). This resonates so much with my own discoveries in this photography project that it took me about 25 weeks to finally hone into what I really like and most importantly enjoy doing on a dailly (almost) basis, hence, its where my GRD3 fits into my workflow, it fits in a pocket and you can simply forget about and when the moment comes, boom its there, ready to go in a microsecond.
Ricoh GRD3 ― Men’s Haircut
So, to conclude, let there be more mobile shooters, the photography world is big enough for everybody you can still create the images that you want with whatever camera your heart desire.
All images by Jorge Ledesma, edited in Lightroom 3, Silver Efex, and VSCO Films