Now that temperature is decreasing and light diminishing, I really miss summer and especially the sauna at our summer cottage. Last summer was the first one at our very own summer cottage, and that made it somehow special. Next summer, please, come soon! But it is great that we have sauna in our home too…
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.
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.
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.
In an earlier post I wrote that I like the TCL-X100 in outdoor shooting. And that is very true. Indoors the situation is little bit different. Or at least I have somehow mixed feelings.
50 mm focal length is very nice for portraits indoors. Much better than the 35 mm equivalent lens which X100 series cameras have. What is also very nice is that the tele converter does not have any effect on the widest aperture which remain to be f/2. This really sounds nice but what I have noticed so far the f/2 – 2.8 area will not provide tack sharp shots. Of course this will be the situation also with the X100’s lens anyways, so maybe the tele converter does not make the situation worse.
From f/2.8 the sharpness is acceptable but of course I would have liked to use wider apertures in indoor shooting because of the challenging lighting conditions. Because X100 does not have any image stabilization I have to keep the shutter speed at least in 1/50 s range, preferably faster to provide sharp captures. This will of course mean that ISO will go up. With the X100 ISO 1600 is still acceptable in color captures and ISO 3200 with B&Ws. And if I have to use apertures between 2.8 and 4 the ISO will be almost every time between 1600 and 3200.
All in all, I like the TCL-100 in indoors shooting when taking B&W captures. In monochromes some noise is even beneficial but in color shots noise may make the colors look like little bit mushy.
1/40, f/2.8, ISO 3200
I have been testing my Fuji X100 with a TCL-X100 tele converter and I am very pleased about the results when shooting outdoors with apertures 4 to 8. With that aperture range the tele converter delivers very sharp results with lots of details. I also like the 50 mm view which is a very classical one. I feel that I could go even to f/2.8 in good lighting conditions but f/2 is not so nice anymore. Well, it is okay but not fantastic. But that is the situation with X100’s 35 mm equivalent lens anyways; it is not that sharp at f/2.
So, outdoors the tele converter really shines with smaller apertures. The shot below was taken with the following settings: 1/80, f/5.6, ISO 640.
And another shot (1/105, f/7.1, ISO 200):
More later on about my feelings of TCL-X100 in indoors shooting.