Olympus HI-RES mode @ Feira de São Mateus in Viseu, Portugal

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One of the best features Olympus E-M1 Mark II has is its HI-RES Mode. The camera can produce up to 80MB RAW images with stunning detail, extremely high dynamic range and superb color rendition.

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This clever feature provides professional and amateur photographers with the ability to produce stills that rival the best medium format cameras available today – in a perfect slim, light, fast, durable and fashionable body.

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These images were produced at Feira de São Mateus in Viseu, Portugal – this is the oldest fair in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula, a real pearl shining now for 626 years (yes, in 2019 the fair celebrates edition 627)

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These are hi-res jpegs (far, far, from the detail, resolution and depth the originals have, but still I challenge you all to have a good look at every single one of these photographs… This is absolutely stunning stuff.

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All images © Feira de São Mateus/Viseu Marca/Chappa

Photographer: John Gallo, Summer 2018

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M.Zuiko Digital PRO Lenses, ISO 64 to 200, Manfrotto Tripod, several seconds exposures.

Adobe Photoshop to taste

 

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Keymer Tiles – 426 anos a produzir telhas artesanalmente

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Porsche no Caramulo

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Inaugurada no passado sábado, está patente ao público até dia 27 de Outubro a exposição “Porsche: 70 anos de inovação”.

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15 Porsche únicos, em que apenas um não é português, ilustram a história da marca alemã. Até o Porsche de James Dean pode ser visto no Caramulo.

Ficam as imagens, num certo tom vintage…

Todas as fotografias Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, Photoshop to taste (vintage look).

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.

 

Será que o Verão vai chegar?

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No campo tosquiam-se as ovelhas, preparam-se os animais para o calor que se adivinha. Está frouxa esta Primavera, tímida, com altos e baixos, cheia de pólens que nos enchem de rinites, “coceira” que não nos dá descanso.

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Neste país encantado há recantos em que o tempo parece ter parado – pastores tosquiando ovelhas, algumas negras, com a calma de quem nunca teve pressa para ir a lugar algum.

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Em Gouveia, concelho de Alfândega da Fé – no coração de Trás-os-Montes – este bucolismo enfeitiçou-me. Dizem os mais velhos que este país era muito pobre – nem vale a pena duvidar da sua palavra – mas há momentos do passado que, no presente, nos enchem de saudosismo.

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De tesoura em punho se desfaz um casaco, para fazer outro, aliviam-se as ovelhas antes do Verão para que o seu calor nos abrace em pleno Inverno.

Todas as imagens © Município de Alfândega da Fé (Turismo de Portugal). John Gallo/Chappa – Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f1.2 PRO e 40-150 f2.8 PRO

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.