Ricoh is really good for street.
Today it showed it very well.
It was sunny. I was walking among the people.
On the tram stop. Click. Click. Snap mode. No hiatus. Instant shoot. Press it and it is there.
Man with beer and crutches in front of the pub. Click. Very cool one.
Keep walking. Lovely warm summer day, because it is too hot for the spring.
Two cars almost hit on the intersection. Loud horn sound. People watching whats going on. Click.
Walking up and down the town square.
“Hey sir, don’t photograph us, we are ugly.”…old woman on the bench told me. I smiled and said something. Don’t know what.
Ricoh in snap mode is quiet. Very quiet. It is very small. Street shooting turns to so something natural. Something very easy. Intuitive.
Walking ahead. Old gypsy man. Click. He yells: “Hey, are you photographing me. Go ahead. Make a photo”. I know where he is aiming. He will ask for the money. And he goes like: “Sir, I am Roma. I am 80 years old and I have 8 children. Would you give me some change?”. I wanted to, but I realized that I left my wallet in the car. Sorry, sir.
And I kept going like this. I made some great shots and some cool shots. Street shots. It was easy.
Thoughts in my head. Should I give this Ricoh second chance? Where is the problem? It works well if snap focus is on. Should I keep it after all?
Man sitting on the chair on the parking lot. Money collector. I am standing just one meter behind him. I am moving silently so he won’t notice me. My shadow is almost touching him. Click. So silent. Barely any sound comes out of the black box.
So, I have these doubts. Maybe I shouldn’t blame Ricoh. Maybe I should blame myself. Because, I got what I wanted and it does what it advertised. I feel like a little boy. When I was a six or so I really wanted BMX bike that all others boys had. When my parents bought it to me, I was sad. I don’t really know why. So we got rid of that super great bike and I used old one. And I was happy again.
Periphery. In front of the grocery store.
Ostrava – Hrušov, February 2017