As I’ve written in previous posts, I really like the Ricoh GRD IV for what it does. It’s small, it’s easy to hold, it’s infinitely adjustable, and the photos are decent. I’d never admit to being a sucker for gimmicky ideas and features on a camera, and on the Ricoh I don’t regularly use any of the .jpg modes or much else. I’m really liking the multiple exposure feature though. It’s the one thing I think should be in every camera.
I love to play around with it. When I’m hiking with my family it’s too much to ask that the kids be patient for 40 minutes while dad sets up a tripod and waits for the clouds to be just right. With the multiple exposure mode I can combine a couple images in what I hope turns out to be a neat photo in just a couple seconds.
It might not be the height of fine art, but sometimes the images are pretty cool.
Sometimes in post production I have to turn the exposure down a little and increase the contrast, but it’s minimal. I really like being able to combine the desert floor with an arch, or a trail with Balanced Rock in Arches National Park, or petroglyphs with a clear blue sky.
If I have a beef with the multiple exposure mode, it’s that on my first Ricoh GRD IV, I was able to assign one of the “My Settings” to automatically engage multiple exposure mode, and on my my more recent Ricoh GRD IV, I can’t seem to make the setting “stick”. It’ll say it’s remembered, but when I turn the dial to where I stored the setting, it’s doesn’t engage. I’ve got the most recent firmware, and I wonder if that changed the ability to store this setting somehow.
The photos above are all shot with the Ricoh GRD IV and processed in-camera and exported as .jpgs only. I didn’t combine any of them in post production at all. The ones below are perhaps a little more “honest”. They were shot on expired Kodak Tri-X in a Holga 120S. Gimmick or no, I guess I really like double exposures.
Thanks for looking.
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