Space provided us lots of interesting happenings during this week. First, at Wednesday we enjoyed beautiful Aurora borealis (Northern lights; two photos of them at our place in the earlier post) and at Friday we were examining the progress of the solar eclipse at my work place as you can see from the shots below.
Sorry for the parallax error in the shot above.
Yesterday we had very nice Aurora borealis here and I tried to capture them with my Ricoh GR. The most difficult phase was to find out where I’ve put my light and cheap tripod! :) I used f/2.8 and shutter speed of 8 secs for the shots below. I was quite pleased for the results as these were the first Northern lights I have photographed.
The shot below is an almost 100% crop from a portrait oriented photo shot with a Fuji X100. That camera has a 12 MPix sensor and I think this shot nicely shows that the resolution is really fantastic (even if it has quite moderate MPix if compared to present standards) and it is possible to crop a lot. Sometimes it is very refreshing to test different crops and learn that way also a lot of compositional matters.
Few days ago I got these beautiful cards from my Flickr contact and friend, Richard Wanderman. Oh boy it was nice to see Richard’s fantastic photos in a printed form. He is a brilliant photographer and he prints his captures a lot by himself. He has provided so much wise advice to me about photography during these many years we have known each other through Flickr. It is funny but you can call some people your friends even if you haven’t seen them in person. Richard is one of those people in my book.
I really love how these tulips look like in B&W. And high-contrast B&W is even better. Beautiful metallic shine combined with a coarse looks makes it. Why to always shoot flowers in colors?
Our border terrier Herkko got 13 years old today.
About a year ago we thought that we were going to loose him. He was in a very bad condition loosing lots of fur and his movements were slow and uncoordinated. Then our vet diagnosed Cushing’s syndrome which was causing all these bad things. Now Herkko has medication for Cushing’s and he is feeling much, much better. I think he will have many good years to come.
No. I do not have any insider information about next X100 series camera.
But I named my Fuji X100 as X100M. X100 Monochrom (sorry, Leica…). Well, obviously it is not only a name that changed but I put it to shoot B&W JPEGs. I deserve a special B&W camera. And X100 is perfect for that. I have special relationship with this camera, so, it suits well for a special task. X100 is also quite slow camera to work with. This is actually good for my monochrome work. Better not to have all fancy bells and whistles.
I use the following B&W settings:
- Film simulation: Monochrome + red filter
- Sharpness: M-Hard
- Highlight tone: M-Hard
- Shadow tone: Hard
- Noise reduction: M-Low
Those settings combined with the use of exposure compensation provide results I like. I may even attach again my TCL-X100 tele converter to test it with my new X100M. :)
May the Force be with me.