Erasmus Student Network






Erasmus Student Network 20th anniversary parade and meeting at Foz do Porto, Portugal. Shot past 10th of June this was an exchange students gathering, quite fun actually. Was invited by a friend to shoot the event (did it for free).
Full set on flickr right “here”:

These shots where edited in Photoshop, the ones you’ll find on the flickr set are all decaf.

By the end of the meeting (when there was not much left to shoot, fortunately) I ran out of batteries, the two of them. I could still get some more shots out of them by taking them of the grip battery holder and inserting them again. This “fools” the machine into thinking there is still some power in the batteries, and it’s usually good for one more shot for battery switch until they eventually die. This got me some 6 or 7 more shots.

As a result I ordered 2 batteries ( on the following day and later got the 2 other I had previously ordered ( via hong-kong) that got stuck on customs. I now am the proud owner of 6 NB-2L(H), 2 Canon originals, 2 Canon OEMs and 2 third party (rated 1300mAh but there’s no such indication on the battery itself, the other 4 are all 720mAh rated).


Finding Rodney

I was contacted by a visitor that used the contact form in this website but unfortunately there was a problem and that persons e-mail got lost in the process… So, if you’re Rodney please resubmit your feedback, just tell me that it’s you and post your e-mail address.

My apologies.

Cortejo de Engenharia 2007

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Last 8th of May I shot the 2007 Burning of the Ribbons Parade (lit. translation of Cortejo da Queima das Fitas, more info “here”: This is the 3rd year I’ve shot the parade and I’ve evolved from a Sony DSC-V1 to a mighty Canon 350D (mighty as prosumer goes… as of 2 years ago) with a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 attached.
The shots you see above have been edited, all of the “clean” shots are available “here @ flickr”:

* Canon 350D
* Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5
* Canon EF 50mm f1.4 (just hauled it, didn’t use it)
* 2x 1GB Sandisk Ultra II CF Cards
* 430EX Canon Flash
* 8x Ansmann 2700mAh AA batteries
* Black Domke F3-X Camera Bag
Last year I only used the 350D with the 50mm f1.4 and even though it’s an excellent setup for portrait, it rendered group shots under crowded conditions nearly impossible and the lack of a proper flash meant blown backgrounds for back lit shots and shadows on peoples faces (considering a great deal of them are wearing top hats during this particular parade).
Later photoshop work was required to brighten a lot of not so exposed faces…

This time though, the use of flash allowed me to have great exposures specially under tricky conditions like people with the sun on their backs.
I wanted to have soft lightning on the shots so nearly all of them are taken with a bounced flash from a white card attached to the flash set to a 45 degrees of tilt or larger.

All frames were shot as JPG (not enough room to shoot RAW on this scale, but 2x 4Gb Sandisk Ultra II are now on the shopping list) with auto WB.

Zoomifying Ribeira


The framed picture above is 9 photo panorama of Ribeira > Oporto > Portugal [google maps] taken on the 16th of October 2006.

Technical data:
Canon EOS 350D
Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5
1/200 17mm @ f8 ISO 200

And since I’m a generous person you can take a look at the (nearly) full resolution picture right here:

==Created using the export to Zoomify feature of Photoshop CS3 Beta==

If you think the resolution and sharpness is far from great, you can feast your eyes on this zoomified picture instead.

I could have produced a better panorama if I hadn’t shot the pictures at 17mm, but since it was hand held it was the best choice at the time. I may just go back there and perhaps shoot it at 70mm. In which case a tripod would be very welcome.

One of the great thing of panoramas is that they can grow to pretty big resolution images. And such images are quite suitable to be printed… BIG. And that’s just what I’ve done:


==Printed ordered from FotoClix, 75cm (29.52in) by 50cm (19.68in) @ 300dpi==


==Framed at Moldura Minuto, Norte Shopping (Portugal only as far as I know)==

Total cost: 62 euros ($82)

We Are All Photographers

bq.. _Dear Photographer,_

_Your images were shown in the Musee de l’Elysee’s exhibit ‘We are all photographers now!’ in the last few days. Enclosed you will find some installation views of your images that show them in the wall._


_From the team at the Musee de l’Elysee_

p. Received a mail a couple of days ago from the “We Are All Photographers”: project of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne.

In it were 3 webcam shots of the 3 photos I submitted and that got displayed on the installation:

Elysee - All Photographers Now! (2007-02-24, 4.49PM)
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Elysee - All Photographers Now! (2007-02-13, 2.08PM)
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Elysee - All Photographers Now! (2007-02-18, 1.08PM)
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Go ahead and participate too!

Noites da Queima

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To inaugurate this blog/portfolio what could be better than a second place in a contest! Not much actually… except perhaps having your photos displayed on a “swiss museum”:, but that’s on a different post.

The winning poster will get to be the one of 2007 Oporto’s Noites da Queima, (lit. Nights of the Burning) a whole week of live concerts during Queima das Fitas (lit. Burning of the Ribbons, learn about it “here”:

Anyway, “check the winner”: out (and the 3rd place, also won by the numero uno guy), page in portuguese. And, if you’re portuguese or able to understand it, take a peek at my radio “interview”: on a local radio.

And now for something completely different:
O mais curioso é que os 3 primeiros prémios foram ganhos por estudantes de engenharia… Sempre achei que dos 68 cartazes a concurso o pessoal de Belas Artes e família fosse concorrência séria. Das duas uma, ou ninguém concorreu, ou são muito fraquinhos…