Going Back to the Street - My 1st Love

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Petach, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    I have to challenge the persistent PD tremor to my left hand, and my problems with walking (Peripheral Neuropathy to the feet with swelling, causing pain and numbness at the same time. If you can't imagine it, think having your hair ruffled and your a** kicked at the same time)

    I am going to ditch the Canon gear. I rarely use it. Proceeds will go towards the latest Ricoh GR. I am familiar with it. However, I have also heard good things about the Sony RX100.

    Currently using the X-T1 and the X100T. But still hanker for the Ricoh; I cut my teeth on it.

    I have only dabbled half heartedly in the past 18mths or so, and am now itching to get out there. My MoJo is starting to call out.

    Watch this space!

    24526757760_534d213911_c. pete street by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr
     
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  2. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    go
     
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  3. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    aye aye, Captain.
     
  4. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    You go! Please post as you shoot!
     
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  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Pete, that's great news. Listen to your MoJo, feed it - it can only be to the good. Whilst I have nothing like your challenges I have to say that between the GR and the X100T I do find the former easier to get decent results from at lower shutter speeds.
     
  6. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Good for you Pete. I've owned a GRD III and an RX100. I'd choose the new GR mainly for ergonomic reasons and the larger sensor.
     
  7. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    thanks Bill, the Ricoh is the likely one. I hold it well enough by having my fingers in the "Churchillian" position but horizontal and clasping the lens in between.
     
  8. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Whatever keeps you shooting Pete, particularly given your physical challenges - which have never extended to your eye! I'm looking forward to seeing your next chapter...

    I've kind of chilled out on street shooting - I still do it when I'm in a place with opportunities (and still get a decent number of keepers - got a few I like yesterday despite spending very little time on it, just posted in street thread), but I don't seem to seek it out as much as I used to. I guess while I was learning the craft I was pretty obsessed with working at it. A LOT! Now I feel like I have the craft/technique pretty well under control, and it's just down to how much time I want to spend on it vs other types of image making I also enjoy. Which is evidently not all that much. But I still find a well captured street shot about as satisfying as anything I ever do with a camera, given the inherent difficulties... As for tools, I tend to do it mostly with my DF because that's what I tend to carry and shoot everything else with. The Coolpix A is still a great street camera and what I'd grab if going out specifically for a day of street work, but I don't approach it like that much anymore, so that's rarely the camera in my hand when the opportunity presents itself...

    -Ray
     
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  9. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Pete, this set-up may be worth considering:
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    Thumbs-up GR
    par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    That's a thumbrest designed for a Fuji X-Pro1 that, as you can see, fits well. The tube is the standard Ricoh accessory tube. I find that it gives a really firm two-handed grip as well as providing protection to the extending lens when in the rough and tumble of the street.
     
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  10. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I will look forward to seeing your images. Maybe cranking up the ISO and the shutter speed will help in dealing with the physical challenges.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  11. Glad to see you are not letting this stop you from shooting. :)

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  12. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    thanks Bill, will investigate......
     
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  13. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Handicaps- challenges, do hinder, but, just do not stop true passion. We just find a way to get-r-done!
     
  14. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    Congratulations with your new gear! It is so inspiring to see your persistence and do what you like despite the physical issues. I am looking forward to seeing many new S&D shots!


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  15. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    Ray, your chilling out on street is our loss. Like others, I have always enjoyed looking at your work and it was always something I aspired to. But, a half empty tank's better than nothing at all.

    It takes me ages to type anything these days. Always left jab left jab. You'd think I had Angelo Dundee behind me hissing it out! back space, delete, back space, delete every sentence and it reminds me (as if needed) of my affliction. It annoys the b'jesus out of me no end! When I play darts at the local pub, or go shooting.....for some reason the room clears :0) I am not allowed to buy a round of drinks as you cannot guarantee getting all of what you ordered without sucking the carpet. My wife knows when to open the street door 1/2 mile before I get there as she can hear the plastic shopping bags rustling. I don't do knock-knock jokes with the grand kids. I do knock-knockknock-knockknock-knockknock-knockknock-knockknock-knock jokes and they disappear before I deliver the punchline. So I reserve what patience I have for loading batteries and SD cards and taking pictures. So, what I am saying is, I don't type much these days but I do love what I see on here. I am constantly inspired would by people like you on this forum.

    I hope that when I die my sense of humour is the last thing to leave! and that heaven is full of BMW Z4 sports cars and you get to drive a different one every day for ever; and that in each glove box, there will be a different camera to try every day.

    Now, in the meantime, keep shooting. See you over there again some time soon hopefully.
     
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  16. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    Thank you, kind words indeed.
     
  17. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    amen to that!
     
  18. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I can't even look at it as a half empty tank Pete - it's just full with more other things crowding out some of the street shooting gas (not GAS, gas...). I'm quite certain of one thing - your sense of humor and your good eye for images will be the last two things to go and they'll be fighting like hell to push the other out that door first. Don't worry too much about the typing - you still get there, but I understand the frustration. Have you ever tried using the speech recognition on a current smart-phone? They're remarkably good - I imagine they'd even be able to decipher a British accent.. ;) I can push one large button on my iphone and then vocally command it to send a text to a particular person, then dictate the text, then send it, without touching the phone again. I've occasionally composed emails by voice too. Although you have to remember to say the "comma" and "period" type stuff most of the time. Probably worth a try assuming your voice is steadier than your hand?

    Anyway, it's good to see you around here and I hope to see a lot more of your shooting, street or anything else you feel inspired to do. For as long as you can manage, and I hope that's a long time indeed...

    -Ray
     
  19. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Photography is a liberating and forgiving hobby. It gets you out and about, you can share your results with enlightened folks like us, and the the range of modern cameras can adapt to anyone's preferences and situation. I look forward to seeing some images.
     
  20. rayvonn

    rayvonn SC Veteran

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    Jan 19, 2015
    Well @Petach@Petach, how are you finding the various cameras you're using, do you have a particular favourite?