B&W

Thermal Stream

Thermal Stream

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.  Great B&W shot from my long-time Flickr contact David Renwald. He is one of my first Flickr contacts.

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Birthday hairdo

Tiitus wanted to have some punk attitude for his birthday party.

Tiitus 7 years old - in SuperCorner sports park

Two flowers in B&W

Ricoh GRD IV is a fantastic tool to shoot close-ups. It will focus to 1 cm in the macro mode, and its in-camera high-contrast B&W produces rough but pleasing results. Here are two flower shots to show how it performs.

Flower in B&W

A small flower

Some nice in-camera B&Ws with X100 and GR

Sometimes it is so great to shoot B&W photos in-camera. The best thing in this approach is that you can see a B&W image through the viewfinder or LCD. It really helps you understand things in monochrome – helps you see the gradations, tones, shadows, and highlights. Yes, I know, it is JPEGs then but usually the results are quite rewarding actually.

I have used all my cameras in B&W mode but below are some examples shot with Fuji X100 and Ricoh GR.

Back from school

Relaxing

Jenni the wife

Apples and bananas

Almost 100% crop

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.

Old Town main street on a rainy day

13

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.

Herkko 13 years old today

Fuji X100M

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.

May the Force be with you

In-camera RAW development

I tested in-camera RAW development with my Ricoh GR and I have to say that I was very positively surprised about the results I got. I think it will be handy tool for some of the shots. At least I can easily develop RAWs into my beloved high-contrast B&W and get much more details when my starting point will be a RAW shot. Below is an example of this (from RAW to high-contrast B&W). I did 1×1 cropping also in-camera.

My Revue Thommen Airspeed