Am I a B&W photographer?

I have been lately heavily into B&W photography. Nowadays, every time I shoot a color shot I have a need to convert it to a B&W capture. And I have been shooting in-camera B&Ws a lot lately. It also seems so that others like my B&W work more than my color shots. Recently five of my latest B&W shots have been in Explore in Flickr. My shots have been in Explore now and then but this kind of explore rush hour is not normal for my photos. Not that I am that much into Explore but of course it is nice that people are interested in my photos.

This shots has got 26 500 views in Flickr in less than a day. All I can say is Thank You.

A fly

My Photokina eye-on list

Here is what I am waiting from Photokina 2014:

Fujifilm

  • X-Pro2 or at least some news about the X-Pro1 successor.
  • X200, this will be very interesting one for me as I have the original X100 and have no intentions to buy X100S.
  • Not a Photokina news but the coming Fujinon 90/2 lens will be very interesting one!

Ricoh

  • GR successor or GR with different lens, i.e. normal or short tele version.
  • or how about B&W-only sensor?

 

So that is basically my short list. How about yours?

Old fire truck

I am posting this shot because it showed me once again the power of shooting in RAW. This capture was shot with Nikon 1 V1 equipped with Nikkor 1 18.5mm/1.8 prime lens (50mm equiv.). The truck was situated in a quite dark place which had brightly lid windows behind the truck. I was shooting from outside of that building standing in a bright sunshine using evaluative matrix metering. So quite tricky exposure conditions. The RAW result what I got was bright lid windows and a very dark truck. But because I shot in RAW I was able to open up the shadow area where the truck was located and got the result below. I know there is some grain but otherwise it is a nice capture after some quite easy post-processing in LR. Colors are very nice and the exposure just great, especially at those windows.

This kind of situations prove the power of RAW and may help you to get a decent shot even if the situation seems to be hopeless in the beginning.

Old fire truck at Outokumpu mine

Nallikari scene

I thought I should post something else than GRD IV shots for a change. Here is one shot with my Fuji X-Pro1 and 18-55mm zoom lens last June at Nallikari beach, Oulu, Finland. I really like how this zoom lens renders. It is very sharp and without any major distortions. People on the pier and the ship really make this capture special to me.

Nallikari lighthouse cafeteria