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GRDIII vs RX100 - mini review
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Just a quick and dirty comparison of Sony RX100 to Ricoh GRDIII:

(the Sony is a present so it still has the protective foil on the display)

- I am NOT mentioning here the image quality (see my other photos around here) - obviously the RX100 thanks to muich alrger sensor is beter in this regard. See the following comparisons that include 100% crops:

- 800 ISO wide open
- up close and wide open
- high contrast scene on a sunny day
- portrait of a family member :)

- The size is VERY similar - the RX100 is a few mm thicker.

- both feel very sturdy, but ricoh has very good (non slippery) surface finish and thanks to smaller (in diameter) lens more space for the grip. So the RIcoh is much easier to hold in one hand. I have already ordered the grip for RX100 (from Richard Franiec) - but it will take a few weeks.

- on the back side there is very little space left on the Sony for your thumb - mainy thanks to the large display.

- the control on Ricoh are easier to use - one needs the menu less often. The RX100 is simpler, but menu is easy to navigate.

- RX100 has brighter display, but the deatil-wise the display on Ricoh is very good too.

- focusing speeds seem similar to me (only tested at wide angle), but I did not make any dedicated tests.

- Concerning the exposure - it seems to be spot on most of the time. My GRDIII usually needs composition of about -0.7 stop to prevent overexposure.

- The control wheel around the lens barrel is really a great thing - as compared to cameras like Canon S100 or Olympus XZ-1 it does not click, but moves smoothly with just the right amount of resistance. You can assign different different functions to it - my pick would be probably aperture in A mode or exposure compensation in P mode.

- Concerning controls the Ricoh has 2 more dials (well, it does not have the one around lens), but the main advantage of the GRDIII (for me) are the 3 (MY1, MY2, MY3) 'modes' where one can save 3 different full sets of camera settings (e.g. I have black & white under MY1). On the other hand Sony definitely brings more fun with its MANY creative modes (selective color, defocus, ... you name it).

- When it comes to video the RX really shines - the stabilization works very well. I did not test the microphone and its resistance to wind though. I do find the placement of the video button (on the very top right edge on the back side) uncomfortable - but as mentioned before - there is very little space on RX100 for controls.

- The video mode of GRDIII is very basic with low resolution and lack of zoom and stabilization makes the camera suitable only for very simple video applications.

Tapestry - SATO Kazue 佐藤一枝
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Part of a Set / Slideshow documenting the art works on display at the touring exhibition "Postcards from Japan", subtitled "A message from Tohoku artists". The photographs were taken while the exhibition was hosted by the Embassy of Japan, London, UK.

Title: Tapestry
Artist: SATO Kazue 佐藤一枝 - living in Ofunato
Artist's website: www16.plala.or.jp/sato-kazue/index.html [日本語 and English]
Media: Acrylic & Gouache on paper

The exhibition has been curated and organised by Scottish and Japanese artists and sculptors Kate THOMSON and KATAGIRI Hironori. They are based both in Scotland and their Ukishima Sulpture Studio in Iwate prefecture, part of the Tohoku region. They were living and working in Iwate when the Great Earthquake and Tsunami struck the pacific coast on 11th March 2011.

Electricty, telephone and internet services (fixed and mobile) all stopped (or had to be prioritised for emergency relief purposes), and retail supplies of bottled drinking water and petrol (gasoline) quickly ran out.

Japan Post proved the most resilient communications service for people living in the affected areas. It was often the first service available for people to check on the welfare of friends and relatives. This is the inspiration behind the theme of the exhibition. All the works are A5 postcard sized - measuring 21 x14.8 cm (approximately 8.3 x 5.8 inches).

St Johns Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ
6 - 29 August 2011

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
7 October 2011 - 27 November 2011

Embassy of Japan, 101/104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT
12 December 2011 - 31 January 2012

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS
15 February 2012 - 22 April 2012

The exhibition is part of the Postcard project [www.postcardproject.org/], the catalogue is available for purchase online [scroll down to foot of page] with profits used to sustain the project.

The exhibition has been supported by the The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

Long exposures on a tripod enabled the use of a slow - low noise - sensor setting and small aperture settings to optimise the depth of field. The frames were glazed, and so the art works were photographed at an angle - to avoid reflections of the camera and tripod. A dark coat was also used to minimise visible reflections. The images were subsequently adjusted to appear rectilinear - using Photoshop's lens correction "Perspective" and "Barrel Distortion" functions, and also the "Distort" transformation. This is why the images of the frames have one point perspective, with an offset vanishing point. Some "Smart Sharpening" was also selectively used.

Pioneering tool
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