Two from archives and a new selfie

I’ve gone through my photo archives again. There are actually quite many interesting shots that I’ve neglected in the first round. I’ve tested B&W conversion for many shots using VSCO Film presets in Lightroom. Quite refreshing approach actually! I also processed quite many using VSCO color presets like Fuji 160 C which seems to be my favorite at the moment. It seems to be so that some shots need to be archived to be found again.

One of the first X-Pro1 shots from May. XF 35mm F1.4 R lens.

A stone duck shot at summer cottage. XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro lens.

SP. XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro lens. VSCO Film Fuji Neopan 1600 preset. Love that grain!

I just got a Fotodiox EOS-FX adapter to test my Voigtländer 90mm F3.5 SL II lens with my X-Pro1. I will soon post some photos taken with that combination and I will add some comments on it too.

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. 

Little Dumbo

Little Dumbo, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Yeah, that’s our little Dumbo playing ball with his dad, Hiski. Alpo is very fast moving little fellow even if the lawn is quite high as you see.

It is so much fun to watch them play together but almost impossible to photograph because of their fast pace.

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.

Star boy

Star boy, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

I think this is one nice example how my new Voigtländer Apo-Lanthar 90mm F3.5 SL II lens renders quite 3D-like feeling in the shots. Kaapo’s hand is almost like reaching out from the photo. This 3D-rendering plus sharpness plus wonderful bokeh are the reasons I am buying Voigtländer lenses.

You can feel the quality

You can feel the quality, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

My new Voigtländer Apo-Lanthar 90mm F3.5 SL II. Pre-Christmas present for myself. 😉

I really love all my Voigtländer lenses. I have now Color Skopar 20mm F3.5 SL II, Ultron 40mm F2 SL II, and this newest one, Apo-Lanthar 90mm F3.5 SL II. That’s a quite nice combo of manual focus lenses. All Voigtländers are built like a tank and their manual focusing is so extremely precise and all of them are very sharp lenses and they produce so pleasing bokeh. I actually am able to shoot sharper photos with these manual focus wonders than with my AF lenses (of course moving objects are a different story). It is a real joy to use lenses which have been manufactured so that you really can feel manufacturers’ love for photography.

I hope to write a short mini-review of all my Voigtländers in the near future, so stay tuned!

I would like to thank my Flickr friend Morten (Flickr name MoSHa*) for introducing this wonderful lens to me. Please, check his great photostream!

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 – my next lens?

Since I bought Voigtländer lenses (Ultron 40mm f/2 and Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5) for my 5D MkII, I have been very interested in Nokton 25mm f/0.95 for micro four thirds system. I have found Voigtländers very pleasing lenses which are extremely sharp and which produce very beautiful bokeh.

I posted here earlier that my next camera may well be Fujifilm Finepix X-100 but now I am reconsidering that because of this wonderful Nokton lens is haunting me all the time. It would be very nice for my E-P1 or any other m4/3 body later on.

Here is one short review in German (includes some nice pics shot with it).

And here is a Flickr group for this Voigtländer.