Aperture 3

A red berry

A red berry, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Autumn has arrived in its full power. It is quite chilly and rainy now. But autumn provides nice photo opportunities with all fall colors, mushrooms etc.

I am very pleased on Fuji X100’s close-up capabilities. Macro mode works well and it is possible to use back button to focus if using MF focusing (the focus ring in the lens is totally unusable). Above pic is shot using available light but if you need fill flash the X100 is very handy to provide some additional light automatically. Flash shots are very natural looking. I think X100’s flash is the best in-camera flash I have encountered.

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“What did you say?”

“What did you say?”, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

This is an attempt to make a color processing preset for Aperture 3. It has quite much a vintage feeling and I kind of like the result. But I am not quite there. 😉 Something is missing.

I used curves to pump up midtones, muted colors by lowering the vibrancy, and added some overall tint (done by tint wheels and color monochrome adjustment).

Please, give your honest opinions on this. I am quite pleased; at least it differs quite much from the original (shown below).

In his virtual shop

In his virtual shop, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Tiitus is selecting groceries from a virtual shelf here. 😉

The actual reason (even if I like the shot in general too) for posting this photo here was to state that I think I have found B&W adjustments which really pleases me.

I use Aperture 3 for my RAW converter (and also to adjust JPEGs) and after a long-time testing and tweaking I am now happy with the B&W results. No need to use any other programmes or plug-ins for the conversion anymore. I have tested and used before Nik’s Silver Efex Pro (also version 2) and DxO’s Film Pack 3. Both are very nice plug-ins, Silver Efex even a fantastic one. But it is always an extra step and more importantly you’ll get those huge TIFF files after using them.

That is why I have been trying to find suitable B&W adjustments in Aperture and to save them as my personal B&W preset. I want to have quite constant results which need only minor additional tweaking.

What I basically do in Aperture 3 is to use different curves adjustments together with some decrease in vibrancy plus some tinting in color levels to achieve above kind of a result.

I have been trying to find similar approach also for color shots but it seems to be a much more complicated thing to achieve.

Common wood sorrels

Common wood sorrels, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

These beautiful little flowers gave me such great spring or early summer feeling! They grow in shade of big spruces but they really lit up their surroundings.

They were so wonderful that I decided to shoot plants more from now on. I have two wonderful Voigtländer lenses for close-up work. CV40 (40mm/f2.0) is really great when you want to include some more background and habitat in plant close-ups. CV90 (90mm/f3.5), which I used for the above shot, is sweet for tighter close-ups. Both of these lenses have also special close-up lenses which you can attach to them and get greater magnification ratios, 1:4 for CV40 and 1:1.8 for CV90.

“Put that stupid camera away!”

Sometimes it sucks to be a kickbiker – and a photographer. 🙂

Spring verdure

Spring verdure, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Spring time is finally here! I just love those light green tones in the foliage. It is so nice to observe the nature to awake from winter’s hibernation. We really have to try to enjoy this because it will last so short time here.

Lions prowling

Lions prowling, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Spring show of Kaapo’s dancing class.

The whole show was one hour dancing feast. All the performances (12 pieces) were really good, colorful, and joyful. The main theme was “Circus” and I felt like I was in a real circus.

Kaapo was in the circus lion group and he was so great. Full of power and artistic performance. I really can’t put in the words how proud I was. I hope he will continue dancing because I can see that he enjoys it and has developed a lot during this year.

Great place for a presentation

Main entrance, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Säätytalo, The House of the Estates, Helsinki.

I was giving a scientific presentation about effects of magnetic fields on oxidative stress there.

You can find more info about Säätytalo here.