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Cristian Sorega - Ricoh Travel Photographer

Cristian Sorega - Ricoh Travel Photographer - Cristian Sorega is a Ricoh user that is currently travelling through Asia. We caught up with him.

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Image taken in Laos, © Cristian Sorega 

How did you get into photography?
Travel is what got me into buying my first camera, a Pentax Optio S40, I wanted to share what I saw and experienced with others.

What really got me into photography however was researching a new camera to buy and get 'better' pictures. I then realised that a lot could be done with my current camera by just understanding what the different settings do and how I should compose my photos.

Have you always wanted to travel? Tell me a bit about what inspires you in your photography.
Travel and photography for me go hand-in-hand, I started to travel more after I got into photography and I got into photography because I wanted to share what I saw while travelling with others.

My main inspiration is to try and capture a special moment that would be lost in time but also just to help me see the world around me. Having my blog, with the one picture a day, means I am always looking out for a photo opportunity wherever I am.

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Image taken in Laos, © Cristian Sorega

Why does Pentax Ricoh gear appeal to you?
For me it's about the handling and controls, the cameras never get in my way and I can customize them the way I like to work.

When I went to a shop and just held the Ricoh GR Digital, I immediately knew this was the camera I had to get. It just felt right in my hand and I wanted to go out and use it. The Ricoh engineers have set out to make a camera "that brings a smile to ones face when holding it" and they have certainly succeeded with me as it still brings a smile to my face and inspires me to go out and take photos.

How are you finding it in Asia?
Asia is a fantastic place to visit and travel. The people are great, there is lots to see and you have opportunities for photography everywhere. I was always interested in the culture, history and the places around Asia so it's great to have the time to travel around now and experience it all.

There is also a lot of change going on here and even in the last few years a lot has changed in some parts and more is changing right now so it's exciting to see but also interesting to photograph things as they are right now before they will change even more.

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Image taken in Laos, © Cristian Sorega 

What do you aim to show through the images you capture in your blog?
Photography, for me, is all about capturing a moment in time and through my photos on my blog, I want to share this moment with others so they can be part of it. It's about sharing my view of the world with others, show them something different, unexpected or even something familiar but from my point of view.
When travelling, I want to show places that some have never been to and might never go to themselves, I want to show that people despite their different culture, language or race are not that different from each other.

Tell me a bit about the way you work - what settings you tend to use, how you go about approaching people to photograph.
The most important thing or me is to focus on the photos and what happens in front of me, I don't want to have to think too much or fiddle with changing settings when I am out shooting.

Most of the time I shoot either in Program mode on small sensor cameras or in Aperture priority mode on large sensor cameras. The only other setting I change is the EV compensation, everything else I let the camera handle to make my life easier.

Having a small and compact camera with an LCD screen makes photographing people quite easy, I can shoot more fluidly and faster from the hip or from any angle. Compact cameras are also less threatening and I can maintain eye contact when taking photos of people while still being able to frame and compose my pictures through the LCD screen.

Different countries and cultures all have their own rules and etiquette about photographing people, but I found that as long as I don't get in their way it is not really a problem to photograph people, it helps to smile and not hide behind a camera while taking photos.

For more information on Cristian and to see more of his images, take a look at his blog, One Day, One Picture

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