Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Path into the water

Sometimes I am so convinced of the excellence of a certain scene that I spend dozens of shots on it. More often than not, all the photos turn out to be quite dull and end up being deleted or forgotten in hard drive limbo. Some other times I take a single casual shot of a vaguely interesting subject, and the visualization on the computer screen reveals an unsuspected potential and an excellent photo is made.

I admire those photographers who are able to visualize the final photo in all detail before actually pressing the shutter button. My work is more intuitive than rational. I have some idea of the kind of image that may come from a particular framing, perspective and choice of camera settings. But, in post-processing, I often create something quite different from what I originally had in mind. Standing behind the camera is only half of the fun in the photographic process.

The two photos in this post are some of the (few) examples when the outcome actually pretty much coincided with my initial idea. I thought this scenario would yield good photos. And I believe it did.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Small village at night

If I had the time, this would be one of my photo projects. Capturing the way how street lights in (badly lit) rural villages create unique images, completely different from daytime scenes.

PS: Merry Christmas to all!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dark mountains / white clouds

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Friday, December 17, 2010

The general formula for Modern Art

Craig Damrauer, an American artist, sells this print as part of a project called "New Math":

Y'know what? I could do that!


(via PetaPixel)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A gallery of natural horrors

Carlos I is the one with the royal belly
Portuguese king Carlos I (1863-1908) was known all over Europe for his research works on Ornithology and Oceanography. He organized 12 nautical expeditions for studying the ocean fauna along the Portuguese coast. Many of the specimens collected were either preserved in formaldehyde in glass vessels or embalmed, for future study and scientific dissemination among the general public.

The Vasco da Gama Aquarium, close to Lisbon, holds a large number of sea animals that belonged to the king's collection. The preservation techniques avoided decomposition, but the creatures now look discoloured and ghostly. The visitors wonder along the exhibition rooms with a mix of fascination and horror.

These photos were taken hand-held with apertures around f/2, using only available artificial light. I must say I quite like the results. If you happen to visit Lisbon, don't forget to take your camera to the Vasco da Gama Aquarium Museum. Other sections of the aquarium include regular displays with live animals. Interesting, but not as entrancing.

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As a final historic note, I may add that king Carlos I and his older son were shot dead on February 1, 1908, when riding an open carriage in Lisbon. The assassins were two monarchy opposers, possibly connected to Carbonaria - a secret and revolutionary society that existed in Southern Europe in the beginning of the XXth century. They were killed on the spot by the royal guard. The king's second son, Manuel, ruled for two years, until the republican regime was finally implemented in Portugal, on October 5, 1910. That was one hundred years ago.

Friday, December 10, 2010


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Granite valleys

A couple weeks ago, we hiked 22 km (13.7 mi.) into the heart of Peneda-GerĂªs National Park. The low Winter sun casted long and cold shadows over the granite valleys.

A perfect day for carrying a 28 mm (equivalent) lens on a small camera.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Autumn leaves

And here is my annual photo of fallen leaves.
You certainly agree that it would be inconceivable to have a photo blog without one of such images by this time of the year.

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