Aperture 3

RAW business with Leica Digilux 2

I have been lately testing RAW shooting with my Leica Digilux 2. Earlier I was not so interested in capturing RAW files with Digilux 2 because of the long writing times needed. It takes 6-7 seconds to write a single RAW file into an SD card! I thought in the first place that the slow operation would hinder me too much to shoot RAW but I found it to be different. Actually the slow pace makes me think about the shooting situation more and the slowness somehow suits so well for this dinosaur camera.

But what is actually the best thing in RAW shooting is the fact that I will get better shots in that way. When shooting JPEGs with Digilux 2 I had many times problems with the white balance. With RAW those problems are gone. Another big thing is that I seem to get more details in my captures using RAW. It is actually quite amazing how much details this 5 MPix camera is able to deliver. I like the CCD sensor rendering – it gives almost magical old-school feeling into the shots. This is quite difficult to explain but it is there.

Below are few shots captured in RAW with Digilux 2. First two of them have been developed in LR and the two last ones in Aperture which I am testing again and actually enjoying it. I am not sure yet if I am going to use solely Aperture but it is nice to have options in this respect too.

My Nikon 1 V1 Decorative stuff Downhillers Ski parking

Aperture got faster with 3.4.1

At least in my MacBook I can notice marked speed increase when loading 100% previews. That’s very nice because Aperture have been quite slow earlier in that respect.

I have been eagerly waiting for RAW support for X-Pro1 in Aperture. It is still not included even if there is already X-E1 utilizing the same X-Trans sensor. Now many people shooting RAW are going over to LR because it can do the conversion (even though it is not perfect yet).

Oh let’s see. I do not have any high hopes for Aperture 4 anymore. I am mainly using LR now but going back to Aperture now and then.

Uno is number one

I love how kids concentrate themselves when playing card or board games. Here Kaapo seems to really think about his next move in Uno card game. I also like a lot this quite heavy processing I did for this particular shot. 

Shallow DoF with Fuji X100

My long time Flickr friend Richard asked me in my last post that how shallow DoF I can achieve with Fuji X100. Here are two quick snapshots to demonstrate how shallow DoF and how smooth bokeh I’m about to achieve. Both shots are F2, 1/100, and ISO 2000. Both are shot using macro mode. 

 

 

 

Interesting times…

…photography-wise. Yesterday I downloaded Lightroom 4 beta and tested it little bit. I found it very nice and it may be so that I could be ex-Aperture user in the future. Even though I like Aperture’s UI much more than LR’s there are quite many things processing-wise that are more pleasing in LR. I found especially the new shadows and highlights sliders very nice in LR 4 beta. Shadows slider for example is now adjusting shadow areas very accurately not touching the mid-tones. That’s quite a huge improvement. All the minor changes in develop module are very welcome. And now the adjustment brush corresponds the basic adjustment module which is also a welcomed thing. Now LR is having a map module too which is nice because I usually map my shots. 

Another interesting announcement was Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 camera. I have Fuji’s X100 compact and I really love it. Now there will be opportunity to have an interchangeable lens camera which shares same ideology as X100. I love the analogue approach in the high-end digital cameras. And of course the image quality of X100 is vey good indeed and I am sure X-Pro1 will be at least as good in that department. The prime lenses they announced with the camera body seem to be great ones! 

Processed in Snapseed

The shot below has been shot with Fuji X100 and was initially saved in my Aperture 3 library in my MacBook. In Aperture I saved some of the shots from that photo shoot in the photo stream in iCloud which is very handy way to get shots in your iOS devices (and vice versa of course). I opened this shot from the photo stream in my iPad and processed it in the very wonderful Snapseed app. I cropped it and adjusted color and contrast. Very handy indeed. I uploaded the final version in my Flickr stream straight from Snapseed. And of course the final version was immediately also in my MacBook through iCloud. Fantastic. 

 

Using Aperture with Magic Trackpad

I upgraded recently to OSX Lion and I am using Apple’s Magic Trackpad with it to fully enjoy all gestures Lion offers (I have 2009 MacBook). I am slowly learning to use all the gestures to change pages and programmes etc. with Aperture it seems to be a different story, however.

With Magic Trackpad I have to double click Aperture’s adjustment sliders to “lock” them. After that I am able to move the sliders. Same thing with keyword list; I have to double click the keyword to move it out from the list on the photo. To release the lock I have click again. That’s quite annoying. With Magic Mouse I just click once with left button and keep the button down and am able to move sliders and keywords right away (normal dragging with a mouse). There is an option for “three finger dragging” in the Magic Trackpad preferences but I would like to use three fingers for changing the programs (I find using four fingers little bit awkward). Maybe it is so that I have to use Magic Mouse when using Aperture and Magic Trackpad in other occasions.

Stools

Stools, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

One of the first pics I shot with my Fujifilm X100 in July 2011. When I shot this I found the stools interesting but when I coverted the pic in B&W it really got a new life! I especially like the light coming from underneath the shelves.