My name is Darek, I`m Polish, living in Asia for couple of years.
I`ve been visiting your web page since December last year. From the moment I had Leica Monochrome in my hands for the first time 🙂 Then of course I was looking for a word in the Internet about it, which led me to your review of this piece of art.
My daily work is all about travelling. I`ve reached this scary moment, when majority of flight attendants of different asian airlines know me by name. I had my DSLR, I`ve bought some lenses still last year – but I`ve found that I use these very seldom.
I`ve started my serch for perfect camera. Perfect for me, where portability is one of most important features. Finally I`ve found it. No, not Monochrome. It is NinjaBrick. Ricoh GRD4.
Lots have been said about it. I`m not going to add anything more to it, except one thing. Recently I was curious enough to try new GR. And actually, I have mixed feelings about it. The best comparison I came with, is that GR is like a new, young, pretty girfriend. And GRD4 is an old friend, who will never let you down. You can add rest of the story to it :-).
With time, I`ve learned one thing: the camera is not that important. You have to feel comfortable with if, you have to like it, and then everything works well. At the end, what matters, comes from you and from the way you see the world, the way you want to capture it. I`m at the beginning of this journey. I enjoy discussions with one of polish photographers, Robert Kresa, http://robertkresa.com You`ll not hear from him which camera does he use (except it is small and pink 😉 ) He stands for his photos, not his gear. And I like this approach a lot.
I`m sending you 3 shots.
First one, with the birds, I took in Ho Chi Minh City, VietNam. On the trip to factory, we`ve stopped in modern shopping mall for a coffee. I had a walk around. When I looked up, the only thing I could do was to point the camera and shoot. This was astonishing moment. Second one is from small fishing village, Sumur, West of Java, Indonesia. We went for 3 days fishing trip, starting from this place. Every morning, they have fish market there. Small place, very crowded, very intense, which gets empty after an hour. This is sunrise over Java.
GRD4 is also my companion, when I walk the streets of asian cities at night. Small, black, doesn`t bring any attention. And I can freeze the life as it is – passing by, not disturbing, almost invisible, letting the life go by. Like on 3rd shot, from Singapore.
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Hope you enjoy these shots – more can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/meyer_59/
Thanks for your commitment to run your page, and share all these excellent ideas and photographs