winter

How about 5 megapixels and through a window?

Well, it seems to work out very nicely. At least if you have a Leica Digilux 2 with its brilliant Vario-Summicron lens. I think the details are incredible for a such low resolution camera. It surely was a magical moment to see the shot below on a computer screen. I actually have thought about to get another Leica someday. Maybe M8. I know it has its quirks but I think it would be fantastic B&W camera with some nice Leica lens. But we’ll see. As usually.

 A view through our library room  window

So nice to have a decent mobile phone camera

I am so happy that my iPhone 6 has a good camera. It was an extremely nice day today and I was able to get few nice shots of trees covered in frost. I absolutely prefer ”real” cameras but my phone is always with me. iPhone 6 is a very capable device to shoot at least in good light.

Trees at University

Trees at Tiitus' pre-school

50 mm view with Fuji X100 outdoors

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.

Snowy road

And another shot (1/105, f/7.1, ISO 200):

488

More later on about my feelings of TCL-X100 in indoors shooting.

Longing for the light

During the whole November we saw sunshine 12 minutes. If you divide it evenly, it makes 24 seconds per day.

Summer scene

P.S. My new Ricoh GR will arrive today. The above shot was taken with my earlier GR.

Just a snapshot

This very quick snapshot of Tiitus has got 2000 views in two days in Flickr. My other much older shots are not even close to that sum. Of course I have the best model in the world and he has a pleasing little smile in it. Sigma DP2M has some magic in the shots it produces. Super detailed and sharp with nice 3D look and quite nice bokeh too. Sharpness is so high that I had to smoothen his cheeks little bit.

 

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.

 

Low temps and frost lately

We have had very cold weather lately (- 32 C or so) and trees are now extremely beautiful because of thick frost on their branches. This kind of weather is not any unusual situation here in Finland though. It is normal winter for us. The lowest temp what we have had at our place was – 42 C in February 2007.  Here are few photos from the past days. Hopefully they look like cold.

 

 

 

 

 

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.