Today I saw cabbages being picked and loaded into trucks for market.  The heads of cabbage will be sold for making gimchi and the leftover heads and leaves in the field will probably be hung and dried for making winter soups.  I remembered I had a photo of a cabbage field and I include it here along with photos of drying chillies and an autumn tree.

Cabbage Field Ricoh GR10, Fuji C200 film
Cabbage Field
Ricoh GR10, Fuji C200 film
Drying Chillies Zeiss Ikon ZM, 50/2 Planar, Agfa CT Precisa 100 film
Drying Chillies
Zeiss Ikon ZM, Planar 2/50, Agfa CT Precisa 100 film
Backlit Autumn Leaves Ricoh GR10, Fuji C200 film
Backlit Autumn Leaves
Ricoh GR10, Fuji C200 film

Death of Film (camera)

The Ricoh GR10 is dead.  Or close enough to it.  The LED on the top of the camera is unreadable (a common problem with these cameras) and now the flash doesn’t work.  Disaster.  The cost of repairing it might be more than what I paid for it in the first place.  If I can even find a place that has parts and repairs the Ricohs.  So, I am sad to say, I am going to retire it.  I suppose I could get along without knowing how many frames I have left but the flash is important to me.

I looked around for a replacement online and found a new Fujifilm Klasse S.  Unfortunately, it turned out the website owner didn’t update the listing and he told me he would have to spend a couple of weeks trying to get a used one from Japan.  The Klasse isn’t cheap, even used, and I’m nervous about spending that much money on a camera I might not be able to have repaired.  Nobody makes point and shoot film cameras anymore so I think I will just have to give up.  Or buy a Lomo (shudder).

So what to do for a carry-around camera?  I have my Zeiss Ikon rangefinder but I keep slide film in that and it doesn’t have a flash.  Not much good for snapping photos of friends in poorly lit places.  Although I love using film, for the time being I am going to use my Fuji X-Pro 1 with the 18mm lens.  It fits in a jacket pocket but it’s a little bit heavy.  On the plus side, it has good high-ISO performance so I won’t need a flash.  It’s not film but since I’m just using it for snapshots I suppose it’s okay . . . .

Wait a minute!

The missus has a Canon S100 that I gave to her a couple of years ago.  It’s small and, if I remember correctly, the image quality is pretty good.  I will have to charge the battery and try it out again.

(but it’s still not film . . . 😦 )

Animals and Galleries

My photo teacher’s workshop is near the university at the edge of the city.  The property next door has cows and while waiting for my teacher to arrive one day I went over to say hello.  Cows are curious creatures and as soon as I said hello to one of them, the rest of them showed up to see what was going on.  Or maybe they had never seen a white person before? (I’m a visible minority here).  I lifted my camera up over my head and pressed the shutter release button.  I got lucky with the composition but I wish that post wasn’t in front of the cow’s nose and that I could see more of the rear cow’s face.  Still, not bad for a snapshot.

Cattle in plastic barn. Ricoh GR10, Fujicolor C200 film
Cattle in plastic barn.
Ricoh GR10, Fujicolor C200 film

I have to admit my ignorance and say that I don’t know if these are cows or bulls.  They have horns . . . but cows have horns as well?  Someone let me know . . . .

The next photo was taken in the city near the bus station.  I was walking past this window when I saw the chicken come from out around the side of the building.  I sized him up and he sized me up.  I moved left and he went right.  I went right and he went left.  I made a few photos.  Then I realised I could get him into a good position for a photo by pre-focusing and slowly walking to my right.  He moved to the left into the spot I wanted and I made the photo.

Chicken in street Zeiss Ikon ZM, 50/2 Planar, Agfa CT Precisa 100
Chicken in street
Zeiss Ikon ZM, Planar 2/50, Agfa CT Precisa 100


I changed this website address from to  It makes it easier for people to find and remember my website.  Once my exhibition in December is finished I’ll be wanting to direct people here in case they want to buy prints and using my real name dot com is much better.
I have several photo albums on this website that haven’t been updated in quite a while.  Not to mention the flurry of inactivity over on Flickr.  I guess I really need to go through my folders in Lightroom and choose some photos to add to the albums.  The problem is, how many photos should I have in each album?  Twenty-one seems like a good number.  Should I just have fine-art albums?  Is street photography okay?  How about fun photos like the cows above?  Maybe everything is okay if I label the albums appropriately.  Decisions, decisions . . . . .

Why I bought the Ricoh GR10

I mentioned in a previous post that I bought a Ricoh GR10.  I’m still enjoying it and the camera is always with me in a pocket or a bag.  I have a medium format camera and a Zeiss rangefinder for my serious photos but for documenting daily life, places I visit, or people I meet then the compact GR10 is the camera to use.

Convenience store and bicycle, Seongsan, South Korea Ricoh GR10, Fujicolor C200
Convenience store and bicycle, Seongsan, South Korea
Ricoh GR10, Fujicolor C200

This isn’t a photo destined for a gallery wall but it is a good reminder of the convenience store I visit when I cycle to the village of Seongsan for exercise.  It was taken on cheap-o film but it’s good enough.  Actually, I think I might start spending a tiny bit more money and use ISO 400 film in the camera.  That’ll get me a little faster shutter speed and/or greater depth of field.

Ricoh GR10 and a roll of film

Several weeks ago I bought a Ricoh GR10 compact film camera.  I couldn’t afford a fancier Contax T2 or T3 and I didn’t really want one.  What I wanted was a reasonably fast lens in a camera with complete automation.  The GR10 has a 28mm F2.8 lens and almost no other controls except a switch for turning the flash on and off.  I bought the camera not for art photos but for keeping in a pocket when out for walks or getting together with friends.  In this camera I put Fuji C200 film, one of the cheapest negative films I could find.  I used one roll of this film for testing the flash, the film, and the lens.  The second roll of film I used for taking photos on walks or when I was with my friends.  Developing the film cost 2,000 Won and a contact sheet cost 3,000 Won.  The film cost me 3,100 Won a roll so the total price wasn’t bad.  I won’t show photos of my friends or family but I can share photos I took while out on walks.

000001This very old building in a side street is of Japanese design, I think.  There are a few of these remaining from the colonial period.  This building is being used as a mill, as far as I can tell.

000010 Although a 28mm lens usually gives a very good depth of field, I was close to the plant and there wasn’t much light so the tiles are out of focus.  I can go back later with a ‘proper’ camera.


I like this photo and I think it turned out fine on the Ricoh but I might go back with my medium format camera and do it again.


I made a similar photo of this wall and crane but accidentally included my finger.  A hazard of using a camera with a very short lens.


As you can see from the white and dark objects in the foreground, 28mm was a bit too wide for this photo.  I couldn’t get closer because of a wall.


I should have waited another half a second so the tractor wouldn’t be so close to the edge of the frame.  My timing is usually pretty bad.  At least I didn’t cut the end off the tractor.  The nice thing about being a visible minority in Korea is that people think you’re a tourist and don’t hassle you much about taking photos.


In the middle of nowhere you can often find well-maintained tombs like this.  This one looks quite new.  I made a respectful bow before making this photo.  I’m not superstitious but it doesn’t hurt to be polite, even if it’s just for my sake.


Ignoring the rubbish from farming in the stream, this was a lovely place to take a rest.  The tomb in the previous photo was on the other side of the stream.


Down by the river the city seems far away.  It’s a lovely place to take a walk.


A peaceful summer evening fishing and watching someone else fish.  And me watching someone else watching someone fish.  And my wife behind me watching me . . . .

I was pleased with the Ricoh GR10 and the Fuji C200 after getting these photos back.  The scans I’ve posted here are low quality and came from making the contact sheet so don’t judge the camera or the film based on what you see here.  It’s a camera I want to use when I see something that catches my eye on a day out or just to take photos of my friends at a restaurant or on the street.  Sometimes it’s nice to just press a button and not think about f-stops and shutter speeds and this camera does a very good job of delivering good results.