Understanding Prejudice – How It Forms and How to Prevent It

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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.

Final comment:

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!

 

 

No Surrender – Celebrating New Year!

_1011367-copiarFrom 2018 to 2019 – people having fun at Município de Viseu, Portugal.

_1011262-copiarIt 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.

_1011815.jpgThis 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.

Rui Massena, ao vivo

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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)

Richie Campbell

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O Verão passou tão rapidamente na Chappa que só percebemos o seu declínio (!) quando esta vaga de frio nos fez lembrar a chegada do Inverno. Foi um Verão tão intenso que fomos obrigados a esquecer as redes sociais quase por completo, trabalhámos arduamente em diversos projectos em seis municípios, produzimos algumas centenas de (boas) fotografias a partir de milhares de ficheiros e gravámos horas e horas de footage em C4K e em 4K. Estamos a pós-produzir alguns dos projectos que abraçámos este Verão.

_8170702Indubitavelmente o ensaio sobre a Feira de São Mateus, edição 626, foi um dos mais estimulantes. Desde a montagem até à desmontagem seguimos os personagens e acontecimentos na rainha de todas as feiras.

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Ficam algumas fotografias de um dos concertos mais memoráveis deste ano – Richie Campbell – um dos mais difíceis de fotografar, sem dúvida, pelo “constante e frenético movimento de todos os músicos em palco”…

Todas as imagens produzidas com Olympus E-M1 Mark II e objectivas M. Zuiko PRO. ISO entre 1600 e 12000. ACR and Photoshop to taste.

John Gallo é Senior Consultant e Professional Trainer da Olympus

© Viseu Marca/Chappa 2018

 

Carminho

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Concerto ao vivo – memorável. Ficam algumas fotografias de canções sentidas, cantadas com a alma que o fado – ainda que novo – exige.

Carminho encantou uma multidão enorme que, apesar da chuva e do frio, não arredou pé.

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Todas as fotografias com Olympus E-M1 Mark II, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO. ISO 1250 a 5000. ORF files ACR converted, Photoshop to taste.

Todas as fotografias © Município de Alfândega da Fé (Turismo de Portugal)

 

De PEN-F a Barcelona

_5312153-copiar.jpgFeriado em Portugal, dia de trabalho em Espanha. Reunião de consultores do Olympus Professional Program na sede ibérica da marca, em Barcelona.

_5302034-copiarPorque o voo era de madrugada, jantar na Taberna do Xisto em Santa Maria da Feira, dos meus amigos Fernando e Ana Paula – delicioso com sempre… Esta malta sabe como confeccionar iguarias à séria._5312068-copiarPelas cinco e meia da manhã filas intermináveis no Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro… Este já não é um país só para velhos!

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_5312102-copiarTítulo muito curioso nesta notícia, sobretudo para quem vai viajar de avião. E eu não sou nada supersticioso.

_5312107-copiarPEN-F com lente M Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 – lente kit que é vendida em conjunto com a câmara. Modo selfie das Olympus é um mimo.

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_5312130-copiarPartiu-se pedra, de muita coisa se falou (meus amigos, de nada posso falar), almoçou-se in situ e pela tarde dentro continuámos.

_5312156-copiarBarcelona e os seus icónicos edifícios….

_5312190-copiarMenos bem instalado, já se sabe, mas a vontade de regressar já era alguma… There’s nothing like home…

_5312193-copiarBoarding flight FR4545…

_5312196-copiarDe volta a casa… Porto, Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro.

_5312216-copiarMais uma hora e pouco e estaria sentado à frente de uma das melhores omeletes de camarão de que há memória, no Casablanca, em Viseu.

_5312222-copiarConfort food – I’m happier now…. Hmmmm….

Todas as fotografias Olympus PEN-F black, Olympus M Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 – ISO 200 a 3200. ACR and Photoshop to taste.

 

Shortcutz Viseu #97

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E mais uma… Edição #97 do Shortcutz Viseu. Como sempre, valeu bem a pena. Ficam as imagens, de rabo sentado no meio da assistência, como sempre.

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Parabéns ao Carlos, ao Luís ao Museu Nacional Grão Vasco e ao Município de Viseu.

Todas as fotografias Olympus PEN-F black, objectivas M.Zuiko Digital 17mm, 25mm e 45mm f1.8. ISO entre 2500 e 5000.

ACR converted, Photoshop to taste.

Mythbusters… Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II at ISO 20000… And fine bokeh…

_4250403-copiarM.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO @110mm (35mm equiv. 220mm). 1/80s@f2.8 ISO 20000, handheld.

One of these days I was asked if I was using Olympus professionally, if Olympus was my gear on the field. “Yes” I replied. Unfortunately some minds are still full of misconceptions and prejudice, stuck in a Canikon world where size, weight, noise and backache were synonyms to professional photography.  The pictures published today reflect the extreme quality, sheer performance and reliability of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds system. Image quality is second to none – in extreme situations, this is what this article is about – image stabilization (IBIS) is probably the best one can have and although there is the myth (another one) that with Micro Four Thirds it is not possible to have bokeh “layers” in any given photograph, these images prove otherwise.

_4250387-copiarM.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO @150mm (35mm equiv. 300mm). 1/160s@f2.8 ISO 20000, handheld.

Yes, all facts and distances, aperture and focal length being the same a smaller sensor will produce images with more depth of field. But how much more? For an image produced with a short telephoto lens (85mm FF equivalent), with the subject standing 2,5m away from the lens and background at a distance of 5,9m from the lens, Full Frame cameras will have a total of 6.8 centimeters of DOF, while APS-C will have 8.9 centimeters and Micro Four Thirds will have 10.6 centimeters. Peanuts, I dare say. Comprehensively, rendering is quite different. And bokeh “layers” will be rendered differently by any of aforementioned systems. Do you know how different they will look from each other? Do you know which one is softer/more or less feathered/more or less pleasant in any given scenario? No, you do not, neither do I, because the variables are so many that one cannot anticipate a specific result.

_4250286-copiarM.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO @150mm (35mm equiv. 300mm). 1/320s@f2.8 ISO 8000, handheld.

Micro Four Thirds systems offer what any other system cannot offer: considerable size and weight reduction, in a system capable of performing at a true professional level. Olympus cameras are absolutely remarkable – I believe that Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a true benchmark, a beast regarding performance, build quality, reliability, with resources and functions to spare, infinitely configurable to taste and capable of pleasing anyone looking for a truly professional camera. Olympus Pen-F is one the most, if not the most beautiful camera available on the market today. And yes, it is also a beast.

_4250166-copiarM.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO @85mm (35mm equiv. 170mm). 1/160s@f2.8 ISO 3200, handheld.

M.Zuiko Digital lenses, PRO and Premium range deliver stunning performance – Olympus has a very strong reputation regarding lens quality and this new collection, developed for the Micro Four Thirds system is outstanding. Looking carefully at some of the images published here easily we get to conclusions: at full aperture, extremely high ISO, resolution (MTF) is outstanding in the center and extremely good if not extraordinary towards the edges. Some of Olympus’ lenses so sharp that you’ll be hard pressed to see any difference in sharpness across the frame between f/2.8 and f/11 (https://www.ephotozine.com/article/olympus-m-zuiko-digital-75mm-f-1-8-lens-review-20557#Performance)

_4250361-copiarM.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO @142mm (35mm equiv. 284mm). 1/250s@f2.8 ISO 8000, handheld.

_4250450-copiarM.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO @40mm (35mm equiv. 80mm). 1/160s@f2.8 ISO 20000, handheld.

I use this zoom (M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO) extensively, not only because of the covered focal length range (35mm equiv. 80-300mm) being very, very useful, but also because of outstanding optical quality.  The Olympus 40-150mm lens is not only stunningly sharp by zoom lens standards, but also sharp by prime lens standards. And this is wide open at ƒ/2.8 at practically every other focal length. Corner-to-corner sharpness is also tremendously good, with almost no change in sharpness from center softness at every focal length. The blur characteristics are very flat. For all intents and purposes, this lens is sharp, everywhere, all the time from ƒ/2.8 to around ƒ/11-ƒ/16, where we see minor diffraction softness coming into play (https://www.imaging-resource.com/lenses/olympus/40-150mm-f2.8-pro-m.zuiko-digital-ed/review/)

And this is one of the biggest, although many times forgotten, advantages of Micro Four Thirds – given the size of the sensor light gets to the the extreme corners of the CMOS almost perpendicularly, as opposed to full frame cameras (specially DSLR’s) where light reaches the corners of the sensor with much less perpendicularity, therefore resulting in much less possible resolution in the image’ borders, and in the corners/extreme corners of the photograph. The practicality of this? I can compose and frame as I want, without having in mind that bigger apertures mean less resolution as a rule of thumb, or that “cornering” my subject will affect tremendously the resolution and the quality of the final image and therefore perception viewers have when they see my work in any given media, especially when enlarged significantly for exhibition. My artistic expression is not fenced by technical shortcomings.

_4250224-2-copiarM.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO @150mm (35mm equiv. 30mm). 1/200s@f2.8 ISO 8000, handheld.

To be continued (…)

 

All images Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 PRO. RAW (ORF) files ACR converted and Photoshop CC 2018 to taste.

 

O regresso do Shortcutz Viseu

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Foi a edição #95, de volta ao Museu Nacional Grão Vasco, agora com o apoio do Município de Viseu. O Luís Belo e o Carlos Salvador estão de parabéns, casa cheia – a abarrotar – na sessão de regresso. Tiago Fernandes Alves foi o convidado especial desta edição.

Ficam as fotos.

Todas as fotografias Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M.Zuiko Pro 17mm f1.2 e 45mm f1.2, ISO 1000 a 10000.

Peer Gynt – Dia Mundial do Teatro no Município de Viseu

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De Henrik Ibsen, foi levada à cena ontem pelas 2130H no átrio dos Paços do Concelho. Uma delícia as aventuras de Peer…

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Numa sala cheia, improvisada, com enorme simbolismo, aplaudiu-se de pé um elenco que durante duas horas e meia, aproximadamente, interpretou a peça inspirada na obra do dramaturgo norueguês.

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O intervalo foi, literalmente, para o tecto.

Todas as fotografias Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II e M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 f.2.8, ISO 2000 a 6400.