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.

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.

Somber woods

Somber woods, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

It was a very dull weather yesterday and I went shooting in our yard. I looked in the forest at our backyard and took few shots of the woods. Even if the forest looks very gloomy, I like the result what I got. The photo delivers exactly the feeling I was having at that very moment. And actually those tree trunks are very beautiful if you just want to see their beauty.

Sign of the clean air

Sign of the clean air, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

I am always so delighted when I see treemoss hanging from the tree branches. And there is lots of treemoss in our near-by forests. It is a good sign for the clean air and I am really hoping my future grandchildren may still see them.

You can find some more info about treemoss from here.

It was a great sunshine!

It was a great sunshine!, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

I had so much fun at our little hike. The sunshine was so phenomenal in the woods with warm colors (not a real warming effect though) and with all those beautiful shadows. This sunshine gave us a glimpse of spring even if we still have over two months to the spring time.

Poxed boles

Poxed boles 😉, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Aspens have really great patterns and structures on their trunks if you just take a closer look. The yellow lichen spots are especially beautiful and they are like pox marks on their boles.

Greyscale day

Greyscale day, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Yesterday we had a real greyscale weather. You don’t have to shoot in monochrome mode or post-process your shots to B&W because all colors have vanished somewhere. Actually those trees are quite spectacular having all shades of grey tones.

Clouds and greenery


White clouds, blue sky, light green forest. Really a Finnish spring.

It was so stunning combo with nice light to lit the forest. Clouds were spectacular and thunder storm was approaching us. Soon after shooting this we had to run back to the summer cottage because a heavy rain started.