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London – Ricoh Meetup (Update)

My work brought me to the London area this week and I had an idea to try and meetup while I was in the area with some of the other Ricoh camera users here.  I’ve been following Cristian Sorega’s blog for a while now and it was one of his reviews along with some others that helped convince me to purchase my first Ricoh, their GRD III.

I flew into the Luton airport yesterday morning and was able to get a few hours sleep before heading down to the city late yesterday afternoon.  I purchased a one day pass that covered the train and the tube in the city if I needed it for £19.  Cristian and I were able to coordinate our meetup initially by private message via the Serious Compact Forum website and then via private email messages.  We were originally going to meet in Greenwich but it was easier for me, a non city/train/bus rider, to find him at the City stop in downtown London.

He asked whether I wanted to turn right out of the train station for the Starbucks or make a left and go a block to the Black Friar Pub.  Well, I chose the latter!

Please excuse me for the photo heavy post but then I wanted to share a little bit of what I saw on my way there and back.

Where are we going guys?

As I arrived at the Luton train station, it took me a few minutes to get my bearings straight and to figure out which platform to be on, etc. It seems I was not the only one trying to decide.

Self portrait checking out the scenery.

Enjoying the view and ensuring I didn’t miss my stop.

I guess she doesn't like pumpkins.

Guarding his position for the next train

As I came off my train and it pulled away I couldn’t help seeing this gentleman across the tracks in such a commanding stance.

I think he was in a hurry!

As I was leaving the platform and coming up the escalator to leave the terminal I caught this gentleman running to catch his ride.

Infamous London City phone booth

The Black Friar Pub

I only had to wait a few minutes for Cristian to arrive.  It was interesting in how we were going to know one another.  Of course he said I’ll be the one with a Ricoh.

Ricoh GXR with Voigtlander 35mm lens

Of course this story has to have a camera in the picture.  While conversing I had a chance to work Cristian’s GXR with the new M Module and I was very impressed.  Many want to know how easy it may be to manually focus with this system and I had no problems with just a few seconds using the camera.

Cristian heading home

Cristian ensured I got back on the right train and we said our goodbyes and talked about another meetup next fall at Photokino in Amsterdam.

At 2200 it gets a little lonely in the terminal

A much different crowd, or should I say “lack of”, for the journey back to Luton.

Waiting patiently

Reflecting

I grabbed this one as I came across the platforms heading to the taxi stand in Luton.

83 responses

  1. Great pics, love the Black Friar pub photo, never heard of it and after searching it looks just as amazing inside, I’ll have to pop there for a drink sometime

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:02

  2. Thanks Joe for stopping by. I, of course, had never been there before either. I’m sure there’s a lot of history behind that place!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:04

  3. Great to see you had an opportunity to meet Cristian. A great guy. And a large meetup next year in Cologne at Photokina would be fantastic.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:07

  4. Thanks for the nice comments Wouter. Were your ears burning last night? If so, its because your name came up in our conversation more than once. I’ve been following your blog since I bought my GRD since you also had reviewed the camera. I too really enjoy how you perform your art and look forward to seeing your work!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:10

    • LOL. If so I wouldn’t feel bad for missing every Ricoh meetup, but Cristian and I do mail occasionally and we met each other in 2009 in Amsterdam when we exchanged one of the first GXR review samples provided by Ricoh.

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      Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:17

  5. Wow, do I ever miss this place. I LOVE that you chose to do all these photos in black and white, so great. Wonderful job!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:10

  6. I like the black and white photos. Very well done. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:12

    • Thanks justalittebrit and connie. The images are jpgs straight out of the camera except for a couple I straightened and cropped a little.

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      Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:14

  7. Fun images. I’m digging your self-portrait, though I must ask: Do you have abnormally long arms? Because usually you can tell it’s a self-portrait, but you look so … normal. And unaffected. And not like you’re straining to take the picture, like I usually do.

    Or perhaps I just have abnormally short arms? 😉

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:18

    • Hey Mikalee, I wear bandages on my knuckles my arms are so long!!!! Actually it must be the 28mm lens I shoot with on my Ricoh GXR. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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      Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:22

  8. I love the story your photos tell. The black and white is simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being FP’d 🙂

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:42

    • Thanks for coming by Jean. I might have to get a bigger Inbox today!

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      Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:55

  9. Great images! Well done! The black and white photos require great skill.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 13:53

  10. Very intriguing. This is nothing like the railway here in New York. If it only was, how nice would that be. Great post and fantatic shots.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 14:10

  11. Great pictures!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 14:19

  12. colineagle

    Wow, loved these photos. I like to take pictures, but my camera is horrible and I don’t have this artistic sense.
    Love London too.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 14:34

  13. These are absolutely amazing! I love photography and London and the Black and White just captures these perfectly! Oh wow, amazing. Thanks! 🙂

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 15:22

  14. great takes on london life. i haven’t been back in a while and this just gave me some nostalgia.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 15:55

  15. great photos, and I haven’t been to the Black Friar for years, great memories 🙂

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 16:13

  16. Really great set of images. And so good in mono.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 16:27

  17. Great shots!!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 16:31

  18. I like how the photos are in black and white because it challenges my perception of London (I see them as being colorful). So it’s really interesting. I really enjoyed these shots. ^_^

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 16:39

  19. Great photos & blog post!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 16:49

  20. Well, I love photo-heavy blogs, so no need to apologise for my sake! 😉 Beautiful photos and Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 16:58

  21. These pictures show the London you thought you couldn’t capture and the London you think never existed. I love the black and white theme, it gives the pictures a unusual perspective of London and England in general.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 17:07

  22. Ahhh London, beautiful indeed and excellent photos to boot!
    http://thediaryofsugarandspice.wordpress.com/

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 17:21

  23. i wish i’ll visit london someday!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 17:48

  24. upyoursgallery

    I love the shots of the train and station! Beautiful work.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 17:50

  25. Bliss, a bevy at the blackfriar:)

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 18:19

  26. Great pictures!!! Congratulations!!!!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 18:51

  27. it’s one thing having an amazing camera, but you need to know how to use it and you do. These are stunning black and whites of London. I’ll be dropping by again to view your portfolio.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 19:28

  28. Love the phone booth! Great street shots all around!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 19:41

  29. nice photos.. 🙂
    hope you can share your photos again..

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 19:57

  30. wow. (i’m a pentax user but since ricoh bought pentax recently i think it’s safe to comment here…) WOW! i love that black friar pub shot. makes me want to go inside.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 20:43

  31. Your pictures are magnificent! You have taken enough pictures to describe London and you didn’t need long words to elaborate. Great job! 😀

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 21:07

  32. You character studies and captions (“Guess she doesn’t like pumpkins!”) were clever and wonderful, as were the photos.

    Ronnie

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 21:13

  33. I like it. The black and white really make the atmosphere for the shots.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 21:24

  34. Wow fantastic post! After seeing it makes me want to buy a really good camera and take pictures of the beauty that surrounds our everyday lives.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 22:20

  35. wooowww!! the pictures are so awesome!!! 😀

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 23:20

  36. It’s like the soul (or ghost) of Black Friar came into the frame. Marvelous. “Patient waiting” is another master piece of light and shade. Others surely are great ones.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 23:50

  37. people make the coolest subjects

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 23:55

  38. Fantastic pictures! I have always wanted to go to London.

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 00:26

  39. Ive checked your folio and you have amazing shots! KUDOS

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 00:40

  40. Especially love the night tracks shot. A friend of mine has that exact camera and he treats it like his baby.

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 01:13

  41. I really enjoyed these pictures. You are a true professional. Thank you for sharing.

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 01:25

  42. Beautiful photographs. I loved the shot taken of the gentlemen in the train station (3rd Picture)

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 02:45

  43. it’s how to make a simple train journey interesting.

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 04:16

  44. oh my!! merely looking at those pics made me miss one place!!! SINGAPORE… interesting pictures though. 🙂

    http://travellersdiningdepot.wordpress.com/

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 04:20

  45. Great photos. =)

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 04:27

  46. loved your pics

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 04:44

  47. These urban shots have a lot of clout…great set.

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 04:55

  48. my fave “Reflecting”
    Inspiring black and white pics… thank you for sharing

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 05:37

  49. I like the black and white photos. Very well done

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 06:34

  50. Photography of Todd Materazzi

    Well done! These make a great series for any home.

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 07:59

  51. London is an incredible location for photography. Your work is lovely and tells the story of your visit well. I have done a little photo journalism myself on my blog Routine Patrol and have put up a web site for my recent book http://www.routinepatrol would lappreciate your opinion. Marc

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 08:29

  52. blackredandwhite

    Great Photos, love them, Live in London myself and commute a different way, so is nice to see this! Great Job

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 08:32

  53. very nice:)

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 08:53

  54. Your use of black and white really delivers some great shots.

    John
    http://tomorrowzworld.wordpress.com/

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 08:56

  55. There’s just something about black and white photography. Really liking the telephone booth one! I’ve always had a thing for them and really hope I can get over to London one day to actually see one.

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 09:24

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 09:27

  57. All your photos make the eyes explore every inch of the frame-at least for me. Every picture presents a world of its own with little hidden objects here and there. Great photography and thanks for sharing!

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 09:51

  58. Simple elegance! . . . You have a great eye!!

    http://arabianmusings.wordpress.com/

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 09:53

  59. great photos, it was your blog title that grabbed my attention. I do travel a bit, and have often thought about trying to connect with photographers in the city I am travelling to, any tips on this would be appreciated.
    thanks

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 10:20

    • Hey J, I found Cristian’s blog when I was researching info about the Ricoh GRD III (I still have it but shoot now with the Ricoh GXR). I also found the http://www.ricohforum.com website via my research too. After getting the camera I began hanging out there and at http://www.seriouscompacts.com. Cristian had a Ricoh meetup on Saturday that I of course missed since I live in the US. But through participating in these two forums was able to establish myself with the other users and that’s how this meetup was able to happen. Good luck in your travels.

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      Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 13:20

  60. RAK

    Great photos! London is a fantastic photo opportunity! I especially like the second and third to the last photos as well as the one with the camera and menu.

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 10:53

  61. Picture #9

    Wow, I can’t believe someone actually smiled, did you say “Say Cheeeeeese” 😉

    Cheers,
    -Ron
    http://www.learntobeatmatch.ca

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 11:04

  62. great pictures..very talented ! congrats on fp’ed

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 12:40

  63. RoseWine

    I love your black & white photos. As my colleague told me, black & white photo shows its soul.

    ~dance like you do when nobody is watching~

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    Friday, November 4, 2011 at 02:35

  64. love the photos!
    love London..
    I wish I could be there soon…

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    Friday, November 4, 2011 at 03:08

  65. Hot images, reflecting is my fav

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    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 04:47

  66. Dan

    Really rad shots!

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    Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 06:51

  68. Oh WOW. Beautiful!!!

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    Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 18:21

  69. Nice work!

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    Monday, December 5, 2011 at 06:20

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    Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 11:36

    • I don’t hide my camera 2 Rivers, but then its not that big compared to a DSLR. I usually have it prefocused with my aperture set around 5.6 and all I have to do is raise the camera and shoot.

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      Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 12:01

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