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Biography

Mikael Gustafsson is a Swedish photographer specialising in historical sites and nordic nature. He is a member of The Swedish Association for Nature Photographers (www.naturfotograferna.se).


In nature he often photographs wildlife, plants and landscapes, but he also captures the Swedish history in churches, rock cravings and prehistoric monuments. In 2011 he made a book about historic places in Sweden “Upplev Sveriges historia” that have sold in 50 000 copies since then.
He also gives lectures and inspires other photographers in workshops and courses. You can follow his work in his homepage www.skogsfru.se.

Review about GR

Test of Ricoh GR in 4 weeks in mid june-mid july 2013.

I have been testing Ricoh GR, mostly in photo expeditions to nature reserves and national parks in northern Sweden. It´s light weight and compact size made it possible to carry it in my leg pocket all the time.

I chose to shoot RAW (DNG) all the time. My first impression was that it had a remarkable good close macro focus range at 10 cm. I shoot a lot of flowers and it was really nice to take close-ups without special macro-lenses or bellows. It took a while to get used to moving the focus point so I don´t need to focus in the centre and recompose, but after I while it worked fine. I shot in AV-mode and used the exposure-compensation. This was easy and fast.

One thing I noticed was that when you shoot RAW only you can´t zoom in more than 3,4x and this make it impossible to check the focus in playback mode. The solution is to always shoot RAW+JPG and delete all the JPG:s in the computer afterwards. In JPG:s you can zoom in 16x to check if you got the focus right.

The wide angle lens makes it necessary to think when to use the camera, how to build the photo and so on. Sometimes you wish you ha a zoom instead. However, the quality of the lens is excellent, even at f 2.8, this had been difficult with a zoom. It´s great to have a APS-C-sensor and a lens with a big aperture. I have shot hand held all the time and in Lapland I shot at ISO 800, f 3.5 and 1/30 at midnight without having blur or noise.

The big aperture also made it possible to have a shallow depth-of-field when shooting close ups macros at flowers. I still haven´t learned all there is to know and I am going to try it at astrophotography in the late summer.

Notes to photographs

Fjallsippa, Kebnekaise 001.jpg
Flower “fjällsippa”, Dryas octopetala, near Kebnekaise, Sweden´s highest mountain in the fells, Lapland, Sweden.
WGS84: Lat N 67° 52′ 36″ Lon E 18° 32′ 9″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Fjatfallet, Kvikkjokk 001.jpg
Waterfall “Fjätfallet”, near Kvikkjokk, Lapland, Sweden.
WGS84: Lat N 66° 54′ 12″ Lon E 17° 51′ 1″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Brunkulla.jpg
Orchid “Brunkulla”, Nigritella nigra in meadow near Östersund, Sweden.
WGS84: Lat N 63° 6′ 14″ Lon E 14° 42′ 23″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Gamla stan.jpg
The narrowest alley “Mårten Trotzigs gränd” in “Gamla stan”, The Old Town of Stockholm, Sweden.
WGS84: Lat N 59° 19′ 22″ Lon E 18° 4′ 21″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Harnoklubb 001.jpg
Sandy beach in nature reserve “Härnöklubb”, Sweden.
WGS84: Lat N 62° 35′ 59″ Lon E 18° 2′ 2″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Harnoklubb 002.jpg
Polished cliffs in nature reserve “Härnöklubb”, Sweden
WGS84: Lat N 62° 35′ 51″ Lon E 18° 3′ 8″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR langskagg 001.jpg
The lichen “långskägg”, Usnea longissima in Skuleskogen National park. Probably the raw model for the garlands in Christmas trees. Nowadays very rare and exist only in 1700 trees in Sweden. Is a good indicator for primeval forest.
WGS84: Lat N 63° 7′ 57″ Lon E 18° 30′ 55″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Nordiska muséet 001.jpg
Vitkindad gås, Branta leucopsis (Barnacle Goose) at zebra crossing in front of ”Nordiska museet”, Sweden's largest museum of cultural history in Stockholm.
WGS84: Lat N 59° 19′ 46″ Lon E 18° 5′ 43″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Nordiska muséet 002.jpg
Vitkindad gås, Branta leucopsis (Barnacle Goose) at zebra crossing in front of ”Nordiska museet”, Sweden's largest museum of cultural history in Stockholm.
WGS84: Lat N 59° 19′ 46″ Lon E 18° 5′ 43″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Smedsgard 001.jpg
Meadow flora at Smedsgård nature reserve near Sundsvall, Sweden.
WGS84: N 62° 26′ 27″ Lon E 17° 26′ 43″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Soder 001.jpg
“Gamla stan”, The Old Town in Stockholm seen from the Södermalm area.
WGS84: Lat N 59° 19′ 15″ Lon E 18° 3′ 46″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Soder 002.jpg
Maskros, Taraxacum officinale at Skeppargränd, Södermalm, Stockholm.
WGS84: Lat N 59° 18′ 53″ Lon E 18° 5′ 31″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

GR Stekenjokk 001 .jpg
Small creek in the high fell plateau at Stekenjokk, Sweden.
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.
Lat N 65° 4′ 38″ Lon E 14° 24′ 31″

Kebnekaise 002.jpg
Near Kebnekaise, Sweden´s highest mountain in the fells, Lapland, Sweden.
WGS84: Lat N 67° 52′ 41″ Lon E 18° 30′ 13″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Mardsele brandfalt 001.jpg
Mjölkört, Epilobium angustifolium in Mårdsele nature reserve that was marked by forest fire in 2011.
WGS84: Lat N 64° 40′ 37″ Lon E 19° 14′ 26″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Muddus 001.jpg
Old tree log in Muddus national park, primeval forest, Lapland, Sweden.
WGS84: Lat N 66° 46′ 48″ Lon E 20° 7′ 5″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Pano Muddus 002.jpg
Panorama composed of three photos, stitched in Photoshop. Shows both the canyon to the left and the waterfall to the right.
WGS84: Lat N 66° 48′ 47″ Lon E 20° 9′ 4″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Pano Tarfala 001.jpg
Panorama composed of five photos, stitched in Photoshop. Shows the glaciers and high peaks around Tarfala, Lapland, Sweden.
WGS84: Lat N 67° 54′ 27″ Lon E 18° 37′ 5″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Sarek 001 bw.jpg
View over the lake Laitaure towards the high peaks in Sarek national park. Converted to BW in Photoshop.
WGS84: Lat N 67° 7′ 9″ Lon E 18° 24′ 33″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Sarek 001.jpg
View over the lake Laitaure towards the high peaks in Sarek national park
WGS84: Lat N 67° 7′ 9″ Lon E 18° 24′ 33″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Sarek 002.jpg
View over the Rapadelta and high peaks in Sarek national park.
WGS84: Lat N 67° 9′ 29″ Lon E 18° 18′ 0″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Tarfala 002.jpg
The glaciers and high peaks around Tarfala, Lapland, Sweden.
WGS84: Lat N 67° 54′ 27″ Lon E 18° 37′ 5″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.

Tractors, sepia 001.jpg
Veteran tractors. Converted to sepia in Photoshop.
WGS84: Lat N 66° 16′ 52″ Lon E 22° 50′ 4″
Photographed in RAW, converted to jpg, level 11 in Photoshop.