An entirely self-taught photographer, Paul Marsden has been learning the art of landscape photography for the last 4 years.

 Paul’s passion for photography has seen him travel extensively in the Colorado Plateau, Colombia Gorge, the Olympic Peninsula and increasingly along the Southern coast of the UK. Paul enjoys spending time in a diverse range of landscapes in the pursuit of photography.

 “My fascination with landscape photography stems from the juxtaposition and interplay of fleeting light and the comparative permanence of the landscape,” says Paul.

 “Nature's erosive forces, wind and water, take eons to shape and influence the face of the landscape. Longer than often can be appreciated in human terms. But fleeting light can alter the mood and texture of a landscape fundamentally for mere fractions of seconds. Part of the challenge of landscape photography is in the process of isolating, extracting and excluding elements to create a composition from this chaos.”

Review about GR

Growing up on a diet of DSLRs with their rugged bodies, creative control, powerful lenses and über megapixel counts, I’ll admit to not having been interested in owning a digital compact.

So I was keen try out the Ricoh GR; with its fixed frame lens and generous mega-pixel count boasting a spec close to some prosumer DSLRs.

I’m converted.

First I love the fully manual option.

It gives me all the freedom I need to control a scene combined with the fact that the GR also supports RaW, means I have full control over capture and image development. These are all things that compacts typically lack which has steered me away in the past.

The rear LCD is crisp beyond belief, rendering detail from the lens exquisitely.

Having a viewfinder for horseshoe is a nice touch. This suffers from some edge softness but overall this add-on makes framing landscapes easy for those used to composing instinctively with TTL cameras.

Handling in the field is a dream.

The Ricoh GR is slim enough to go in the pocket. It’s lightweight but with a sense of robustness. Being more used to heavy duty DLSRs this gives a welcome sense of confidence and a nice 'feel' in the hands despite its slim line body.

Its locking mode is a great ergonomic feature, making it easier to handle the camera with confidence and ensuring less accidental mode changes. The aperture and shutter speed flick-switches are quick and easy to use, rather than being hidden in cumbersome menu options. This is great as it makes the camera responsive in rapidly changing conditions.

Back in the digital darkroom, I was really impressed with the RAWs this camera churns out. Low noise, good colour space and an impressive level of detail.

Perhaps, most refreshing is the fixed focal lens. An odd choice for a compact audience perhaps, but that added camera craft of framing with your feet only adds to the GR’s appeal for me.

Like I said, I’m converted. The RICOH GR is now a permanent fixture in the kitbag and has become my default camera when choosing scenes and undertaking field research.