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Cool

I just love Tiitus’ expression in this shot. The harsh side light was perfect for this image.

Cool
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Smoky

I have to say that I love the photo below. Not only because there is my lovely son but also because how my Leica Digilux 2 renders the smoke. I know that Tiitus is not focused properly but the smoke is like magical to me. I used Digilux 2’s flash in its first position where it works as a bounced flash. For color photos you really can not use this camera over ISO 100 but that ingenious flash saves the situation.

Smoke
f/2.4, 1/60, ISO 100, 90mm, bounced flash

Run!

Our track and field club had a running competitions yesterday. Both Kaapo and Tiitus were competing, Kaapo 800 meters and Tiitus 400 meters. Lovely weather, great company, and heartwarming spirits. Everybody got a trophy and especially a good mood. This is how you organize sports competitions for children. I saw everybody enjoying. A lot.

Above photos were shot with Fuji X-Pro1 and Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5 manual focus lens. I had some problems to get the focus spot on and also camera shake was not so nice time to time because of lag of image stabilization. I was thinking during shooting this event how good the Fujinon 55-200mm zoom lens would have been.

Hymypoika

Hymypoika, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Kaapo got Hymypoika (“Smiling boy”) statue from school today. This statue is awarded by other students of the school. The statue will be given to a student who forwards good will, is happy, helpful, and honest friend. One boy and one girl studying in grades 1-3 will be awarded annually.

I am so very proud of him.

Kaapo’s first school year is soon over

Kaapo with classmates, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Oh my, it is so hard to believe how fast the time flies! After summer he will be going to the second grade. And just few moments ago he was a small baby – at least I feel so.

He has been very good in his schoolwork for which I am very proud of. And he has got lots of new friends that is also a fantastic thing. I hope that at least some of those friendships will last all of his life. That would be a real treasure.

Lovely Flickr Explore

I have never understood how Flickr Explore picks up the photos which will be presented in the Explore photostream. And I do not actually care. All I can say that it is a lovely system because you can get casual everyday snapshots in Explore. The shot below is a very good example of that. Just my son Tiitus helping me out with the firewood. It is a great memory and actually an exploration of life for Tiitus. Maybe that is why it was in Explore.

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.