Kaapo

How to proceed with X-Pro1?

Earlier I stated that X-Pro1 is a great B&W camera. And that is fully true. I have decided now that I will shoot in color with it though. Then I will have the possibility to choose between different post-processing options including the fantastic B&W presets by VSCO Film. But many times I want to have color shots too. Sometimes vibrant ones and sometimes with muted colors.

Another important thing to test more is X-Pro1's RAW files. Especially now that I have faster computer (see the post below) I feel that I should give a possibility for RAWs too. Earlier I have tested them only quite occasionally. I am actually quite exited about RAW shooting now. I have looked through many great shots processed from RAW files in Flickr and those were not having that “smearing” problem.

A photo of my sons at the end of this post because they just had their birthdays and it was Father's Day yesterday:

 

White joy

We got some snow yesterday and our boys were really thrilled about it as they are every year when we have first snow. They are so happy even if we have lots of snow here every winter. Unfortunately it seems that this snow will now smelt down because weather forecast promises some plus degrees. I like the snow too because it gives so much light.

Here is one shot of Kaapo enjoying snow and his Stiga sled. Shot with X-Pro1 and XF 35mm F1.4 R lens. It was taken at 4:27 pm and I had to use ISO 1600 with F 2.0.

 

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. 

The only boy

Kaapo loves to dance. He has now been two years in a modern dance class and he really likes to perform this wonderful art. In addition to the artistic part dancing is very good physical exercise and improves a lot of coordination and balance. What I have been wondering about is the very low number of boys in these dancing classes. Do people still think that dancing is not enough “boyish” hobby? Anyways, Kaapo is the only boy in his dancing class. 

 

 

Ice skating is fun

Kaapo was very happy to go ice skating first time this winter. He was amazingly good after a such long pause. We have an ice skating rink very near to our place and usually it has decent ice. Now the ice was quite snowy but actually that was a good thing because it was not too slippery for Kaapo. I saw from his face that he was enjoying a lot. Here are few shots of Kaapo ice skating, having a pause, and getting up after falling down. I am quite amazed how nicely Fuji X100 coped those difficult lighting conditions. 

Boys love snow

Our boys, Kaapo and Tiitus, really love snow but this winter has not been very good in that respect. But now we have some and they enjoy.  
 

 

Test post from Blogsy

Just a quick test using Blogsy for iPad to write a blog post here. This app seems to have very nice formatting tools and nice handy link to my Flickr account to attach photos here. Let’s try to include one Christmas shot here:

 
 
 

 

What’s wrapped in there?

What’s wrapped in there?, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

This shot is from Kaapo’s birthday party we arranged for his friends. They opened all presents together and as you can see they all were very excited to see what is inside the wrappings.

I am wodering how to get some new life in my photography. I think it has to be this extreme darkness around us which puts me in off mode. And of course this hectic life in which I’m immersed in at the moment. Then all the photography I am able to do is snapshots like this one. Of course it is a precious shot to remember things but otherwise it is a really bad one. I hope I’ll find a new spark for my shooting soon.