Foi nestas ruas que me fiz fotógrafo, no início da década de noventa. Quase por aqui não passava gente num domingo – alguns velhotes, muito poucos turistas, os velhos edifícios da baixa gemiam num estertor de morte, fétida, anunciada. Não fotografava nas ruas do Porto há vinte anos – sim, ainda há muito por fazer, mas esta não é a mesma cidade que me ajudou a desenvolver um amor incondicional pela minha profissão. O Porto ferve. Porto, numa pacata tarde de domingo, em 2019. Porto.
Na sequência da publicação do segundo volume de Floresta Negra, com o subtítulo “Inferno”, o Presidente da República voltou a endereçar-nos uma pequena missiva. “Inferno” foi integralmente produzido na zona de Pedrogão Grande, depois do grande incêndio que transformou indelevelmente toda a zona centro do pais e que causou mais de 60 vítimas mortais.
Senhor Presidente, bem-haja! Muito obrigado!
Prejudice can have a strong influence on how people behave and interact with others, particularly with those who are different from them. Prejudice is a baseless and usually negative attitude toward members of a group. Common features of prejudice include negative feelings, stereotyped beliefs, and a tendency to discriminate against members of the group. While specific definitions of prejudice given by social scientists often differ, most agree that it involves prejudgments that are usually negative about members of a group.
The main disadvantage of Micro Four Thirds is prejudice. Keeping an open mind I challenge you all to read carefully:
1 – Bresson, Capa, later Meyerowitz and other masters of this craft early adopted what was in those days a very small “sensor”: 35mm. By that time “full frame” was, at least 120 roll film. Meyerowitz began photographing in color in 1962 and was an early advocate of the use of color during a time when there was significant resistance to the idea of color photography as serious art…
2 – The enormous advances in digital photography allow MFT to mitigate alleged limitations of the format when compared to FF, much more than 35mm did when it was introduced, compared to 120 film.
3 – No other system provides better image stabilization (7.5 stops).
4 – No other system provides this level of portability. Even Olympus E-M1X weighs less 370 grams than Canon’s flagship 1 DX Mark II. Forget lenses size and weight…
5 – Only MFT delivers 18fps with continuous AF and 60fps with locked focus.
6 – No other system offers this level of performance at this price point, not even close.
7 – Olympus new E-M1X AF system focus down to -6EV.
8 – E-M1X specifications regarding weather, moisture and dust sealing are referential – there is no other camera on the market offering this level of protection against the elements. Have you ever tried to wash yours under the tap?
9 – AF “deep learning” is not available in any other camera on the market today (Sony a6400 path is similar, nonetheless).
10 – Integrated (electronic) ND filters with this level of accuracy, delivering fabulous results were unheard of until today.
11 – RAW Handheld High Resolution and RAW Tripod High Resolution modes are unique features, delivering stunningly detailed pictures.
12 – Panasonic GH5 is one of the best video tools the world has ever seen, unbeatable price/quality/features/results.
13 – The range of available lenses and accessories is huge – enough to satisfy the needs of the most demanding photographer.
14 – Noise levels are on par with many other systems until 12800/16000 ISO. Need more?
15 – Bokeh depends of many factors; moving your ass around the subject, changing lenses, walking further into/further away will deliver the results you need.
16 – Due to the size of the sensor, flange focal distance and thread diameter, MFT delivers pin sharp images across the entire frame. No other system offers this level of sharpness across the frame.
17 – Yes, you can print massive sized outdoors from an MFT file. Outdoors have been around for more than a century and photographs have been used for decades and decades on this medium.
What MFT will not do for you:
1 – It won’t turn you into a great photographer. If you’re photography sucks, it will continue to be bad like hell.
2 – It won’t make you look like the “great white” predator. If that is your scene buy those FF 600mm monsters, big and noisy FF cameras. It will be impossible not to spot you, even if you wish to go unnoticed.
3 – It won’t break the bank. If you wish to spend a fortune go FF instead.
4 – It won’t make you look like a “professional, seasoned and old fashioned photographer”; you will look like a clever person that saves money, weight and effortlessly walks for miles with a backpack full of hi tech gear… Using MFT gear you’ll look like contemporary photographer taking advantage of today’s technology.
5 – If there is something about you that needs to show off big phallic objects you’ll be in trouble. Go FF.
6 – If you’re not an early adopter forget it. Innovators already bought the system many years ago. You’ll end buying it when everyone has it and uses it. Probably these clever users will be jumping on to the next big thing when you finally settle for MFT.
You need to be able to abstract yourself from your old beliefs and credos to really understand the benefits of MFT. Bresson’s photography was initially coined as anti graphic by the status quo… Get it? Prejudice cannot be part of the equation.
Photography is about photographers, about emotions, art, technique, sense and sensibility, about inspiration, about life, death, tragedy, joy, faith… Photography is about conveying emotions, passing on ideas and ideals. Photography is, essentially, an art form. Sorry, not everyone can be an artist, much less a great one.
When I switched from FF to MFT do you know what my clients said? Nothing. They didn’t spot the difference.
Photograph: Octopus, one of Chef André’s delicacies. What a cook he is!
From 2018 to 2019 – people having fun at Município de Viseu, Portugal.
It was cold, but the party went on and on and on… Very special (micro) essay focused on one of the most iconic nights of the year.
This will be part of my “No Surrender” series about Viseu – ongoing now for three years… Paying a tribute to the 40000 souls that celebrated New Year at Campo de Viriato.
Great IBIS can be part of the creative process – this was I decided to do @ Feira de São Mateus in Viseu, Portugal this summer. Taking pictures at extremely slow shutter speeds (1/5 sec, 17mm, f16 photo above) handheld is by no means an easy task.
When you push Olympus IBIS to the limits, its when you get astonished by it. The photograph above was made with a shutter speed of… 5 seconds – yes 5 seconds, handheld, 25mm f1.2 M. Zuiko PRO Lens @ f16, ISO 200.
With the same lens, set @f4, this an exposure of 1/8 seconds. Notice how tack sharp everything not moving is.
Half a second, f9, ISO 64, 7-14mm f2.8 M.Zuiko PRO Lens – handheld… The fact that you do not have to use a tripod gives you an enormous flexibility on the field – easier to choose the angle, much easier to compose the image as you wish, you blend seamlessly with the crowd and you carry much less weight – avoiding the nuisance of having to carry a cumbersome tripod has no disadvantage whatsoever.
All images Olympus OM-D E-M1 MarkII, firmware version 2.2. M.Zuiko PRO Lenses, ISO 64 and 200.
John Gallo is Olympus Senior Advisor and Professional Trainer
ACR and Adobe Photoshop CC to taste
© Feira de São Mateus/Viseu Marca/Chappa
Há quatro anos documentei os últimos meses de laboração da Keymer Tiles, em Nye Road, Burgess Hill, UK. Fundada em 1588, a fábrica produziu telhas de forma completamente artesanal durante 426 anos.
Consideradas de referência, as telhas aqui produzidas tiveram como destino castelos reais (a Rainha era um dos principais clientes), mansões de membros dos Rolling Stones, dos Beatles e alguns dos museus mais famosos do Reino Unido.
Descontinuada a produção a marca acabou por vir a ser comprada pela Wienerberger – de alguma forma preservando o legado da Keymer.
Em Nye Road nasceu um empreendimento imobiliário… de luxo.
As fotografias produzidas em 2014 ainda fazem parte da comunicação da (renovada) marca.
O ensaio esteve exposto na Tower of London, no relançamento da marca – exposição inaugurada pelo então Minister of State for Housing and Planning Brandon Lewis, membro do governo de David Cameron.
Um dos tipos de telha produzido pela Keymer “obrigava” a que o artesão que a produzia lhe desse fortes “palmadas” numa das fases de produção, daqui resultando o característico decalque ou imprint destas telhas.
Rui Massena, ao vivo – Dias do Património a Norte, Igreja Matriz de Sambade. A genialidade de Rui Massena, num concerto memorável no encerramento dos Dias do Património a Norte.
Todas as fotografias Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus M.Zuiko PRO 40-150mm f2.8. ISO entre 5000 e 16000. ACR/Adobe Photoshop to taste.
(Norte2020, Portugal2020, UE, DR Cultura Norte)