Tiitus wanted to have some punk attitude for his birthday party.
After our vacation I took my Digilux 2 out from the storage cabinet and shot some pics indoors in quite a poor light. As I can only (or at least mainly) use ISO 100 I once again utilized three-shot series to hopefully have some sharp shots. And I managed to get some. Some amazing shots. My Digilux 2 was in B&W white balance because I feel that this camera takes very nice monochromes. Every time I manage to get sharp shot with this camera I really like the result. It is very difficult to explain why those shots shine but there certainly is something in them. With other cameras the shot would just be one sharp shot among others, nothing special, but with this Leica it will be more.
Leica Digilux 2 is a tricky camera to shoot with that’s for sure. But the reward will be more than with those modern digital wonder-gadgets having all the bells and whistles. The shot below is one of those I love. F2.4, 1/4 s (hand-held), ISO 100, 90 mm.
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.
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.
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: