iae aa eia

iae aa eia

Lives in Brazil Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Works as a English school coordinator and EFL teacher
Joined on Jan 13, 2011
About me:

I was born in Brazil, in a city called João Pessoa. I lived in a few other cities in three neighboring states before moving to where I currently live, about 1,300 miles away down south, Belo Horizonte. Back then, photography was not offered at colleges and universities, I didn't want any other courses, and I never got a higher education. I tried to get in the AirForce—they offered the career of aerial photographer (don't know if they still do)—but I could not get in because they detected a health problem. I started working with social photography. I shot a couple of birthday parties and some portraits, but I wasn't successful. I liked the experience, but I had never been a very social person and the few clients I had I got with the help of my mother.

During this time, I was living by myself and in a different city, and I was not able to prospect any clients by myself or get any references from the few folks I had done work for. I was just to shy to ask for references. I had some issues related to lack of perseverance. I was constantly feeling down since my later teenager years. I ended up giving up and working with motorcycle sales, an area in which I was also unsuccessful because I had to be socially more engaged as well, but I thought that it was going to work just because I liked motorcycles. After a while, I got an opportunity to work at those 1-hour photo labs/shops as a minilab operator. Now I was able to do a better job, probably because I didn't have to have high social skills. I worked isolated most of the time. As a minilab operator, I was considered one of the best at all the places I worked at, thanks to the fact that I loved photography, read a lot of technical literature, and learned with two very good folks how to operate and maintain those machines. One of them had worked at a Kodak laboratory for more than a decade and had opened a photo lab along with two other business partners, the first photo lab I worked at. The other guy was a Noritsu consultant/technitian.

I started getting socially more engaged after I got involved with the church of Christ. If I was as socially engaged as I was after 2 or 3 years attending church and doing volunteering work when I started shooting, the story would have been different. Since I got involved with church, I have been often in contact with Americans and my English improved considerably. It was because of that that I had my first opportunity to teach English, helping some classmates at a course I was attending in which to have English was a very important requirement. My classmates noticed that I liked teaching and that I taught well, and they encouraged me to be an English teacher.

After about six years working at at least four English schools, I got the opportunity to have my own business, which is as a master franchisee for an English school specialized in private classes. This opportunity was offered to me by the same company I had been working for two and a half years as an EFL teacher, but only if I moved to a pretty far away city, which is where I live now. I had terrible headaches when I lived in my previous hometown, but my current hometown is cooler and drier, and it's also better for business, a little more developed, the fried and cooked food is amazing (except baked stuff, nothing special), and the accent is among the nicest in Brazil.

The first camera I've ever shot with was my mother's Kodak Instamatic 177XF, in the 80's; I used to disassemble and assemble it quite often. The first contact I've ever had with photography literature was still in the 80's, when the husband of a distant relative of mine gave me a photography guide composed of two magazine-sized and four less-than-letter-sized books. Each one of the magazine-sized books was divided into many sections, like cameras, lenses, flashes, framing, darkroom, techniques, pro-photographers' galleries, etc; and the other four books focused on specific photo subjects. Only photos and commentaries in these. One was about people, the other was about women, another one about nature, and one about architecture. I loved that kit. Decades later, already late 2000's, when I was able to understand English much better, I could compare them with many other guides and I realized that they were quite complete and technically accurate. Really good stuff for Brazilian standards. It was probably the translation of an American guide.

In 1993, I was living in a city called Natal. I was riding a bicycle when I decided to stop at a newsstand located at a supermarket for a quick look at the magazines, as I used to do. I wasn't looking for anything in particular and didn't intend to buy anything, but while I was browsing, I saw that beautiful red glossy cover magazine with lots of SLRs on it, standing on the top shelf. It was the December's 1993 edition of Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine. I was in awe, thinking, "Wow, look at that!" (in Portuguese, of course). I had never seen such an appealing cover (uncommon to Brazilian magazines at that time) and that rich content in terms of equipment. I decided to buy a compact Collins Gem Eng-Port Port-Eng dictionary and a calculator in the same week I bought that magazine, and spent the whole month trying to translate most of the magazine's content and converting feet to meters, inches to mili/centimeters, and pounds and ounces to (kilo)grams, and even dollars to royals (our currency, or 'real/reais' in Portuguese)—well, I started doing currency conversion from 1996 onward, as there was no 'real' in 1993, but only a temporary, transitional currency in 1994, and I was still not interested in currency conversions by 1995). I continued to buy issues of that magazine for the next 6 months. At first, equipment ads, gear guides and articles, and shopping catalogs where the sections I read the most.

In 1996, I was living in Guarabira, a small city in the countryside of the State of Paraíba, and the owners of a photo shop in Natal called me and invited me to move back there and work as a minilab operator. That was my first job. I knew the folks there because they didn't have access to that kind of magazines and I used to go there to show them to them and talk about photography, and we enjoyed doing that and became friends.

While I was working there, I had the chance to handle and use some very nice cameras like the Nikon F3 and FM2, the Minolta Maxxum 9xi and X-370, and quite a large variety of Pentaxes, like the K2000, ME, and P30t; There were other cameras from same said brands and other brands, like Vivitar and Yashica. Canons were rare and I don't know why. I can't remember ever seeing one, except compacts. But, two brands I wanted so much to have an opportunity to see live were Contax, Ricoh, and Zeiss. I just drooled over seeing pictures of Contax bodies and Zeiss lenses. Even one or two of Contax compacts. I also wish I had seen more Olympus SLR's. I also drooled over its µ-II.



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I'm gonna give an idea for free here, and the camera company that takes it and puts it in practice, will be offering something interesting and not expensive.

Make a camera with a tiny sensor and, instead of designing a lens for it, design a speedboster-like optical adapter (that really reduces the image to fit everything into the tiny sensor) built into the camera and offer different mount adaptors for manual fullframe lenses.

That would allow for the old FF lenses to be used again, but with the advantage of being super bright and producing the same bokeh effect. It wouldn't need to be the utmost quality "speedbooster," because the old manual lenses are not that good, so the final quality would not be that Oooh, but it would be an interesting and fun camera, and could be sold for a good price.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 01:34 UTC as 110th comment | 5 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Sigma SD1 (239 comments in total)

Under a low ISO and with the color temp well balanced, no camera matches the color depth of a Foveon sensor. No camera, not even the al-galaxy-mighty D850. It would be the ultimate advance (even more than flexible sensors, in my opinion) in sensor technology if Sigma manages to acheive better high ISO's and video from it.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 20:00 UTC as 38th comment

Awesome! One detail unrelated to the point of the story is how the color balance and rendering, and the technology of modern screens improved at 03:06. The colors are very close to real life. Just 10 years ago, a photo of a live view screen would look terrible. Perhaps, even 5 years ago would look already bad enough.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 14:58 UTC as 35th comment

This video shows 10 to 20% of peripheral lack of focus, and I don't think that that plus the circular characteristic of it (kind of a not-that-interesting-anymore feature, maybe because the wider format photo and video of today makes the circle look smaller and also small viewing in contrast to full page paper prints) justifies paying 500.

There is a Samyang 7.5mm that, although not as wide and still having the circular distortion, fills the whole frame and has better corners, which allow for barrel correction and still look better, and it still costs quite less.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 16:26 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply

Ai ai ai, Nikon. Tsk tsk tsk. You just raised cosumers expectations a lot! Now, to compensate for this arrogance and disrespect (and even untruthful statement to some extent), to save yourself from good laughs and perhaps another major product failure, you have to launch a heck of a mirroless FF camera. It has to match the level of the slaps of those statements. You took this path, now go all the way. I can also apologize, but I'm not sure it would do any good or any better. Good luck, Nikon.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 22:20 UTC as 140th comment

I'll buy that orange shutter button as a spare part if it drops a little more.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 17:25 UTC as 92nd comment
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iae aa eia: Employees come and go, and Sony seems to me to pay very good attention to all the experience acquired throughout all of its existence. The new generation comes and carefully considers previous generations' knowledge of production and marketing, and keeps adding and adapting knowledge, instead of simply changing it.

No, mosswings, that's not exactly what I mean. I largely agree with you, but I meant how their production (and marketing) *strategy* works.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 17:21 UTC

Employees come and go, and Sony seems to me to pay very good attention to all the experience acquired throughout all of its existence. The new generation comes and carefully considers previous generations' knowledge of production and marketing, and keeps adding and adapting knowledge, instead of simply changing it.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 16:08 UTC as 62nd comment | 2 replies
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thx1138: Just a symptom of the wider malaise afflicting a very sick, dangerous and divided nation. The escalation in Police violence over the last decade is horrifying, we even had one Georgian Police officer caught on his own video telling a white women he pulled over not to worry, because they only shoot black people! They are looking into it.

The sickening gun culture has now desensitised people so much unless it personally happens to them, they nod their head and tut and then forget all about what's happening 5s later.

The scary thing there is NO solution, there is no will to change and so many Americans believe it is their god given right to blast the crap out of anything they like at any cost. Reap what you sow.

Remember that many people have called for the death of cops, especially by blacks, and black communities have suffered much more with an increase in single montherhood, which has contributed enormously for the increase in violence even among blacks themselves. If I were a cop, even if I were black, I wouldn't be able to see blacks as less or equally threatening as whites. You can't ignore facts.

So, saying that it is a division is half a truth. There's much more to this than simple division. There have been politics that have destroyed black communities, and then, the politicians that helped create that mess, makes the discrimination problem look much bigger than it really is so that blacks get distracted from the real problem, because if they are able to focus on the problem, they will look for what caused it, and once they find it out, it's game over for Democrats.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 01:25 UTC

Any ultra wide angle lens with an aperture above 2.8 can be a waste of money. I say that because the bokeh you get with that aperture in such a focal length is narrow and not that interesting or useful (except in macro shots). But, in a medium format, it would make much more of a difference, since its equivalence would produce the bokeh of a 21mm, and thus, a more useful (or impressive) bokeh for shots other than macro. I saw that they have an ƒ/4 version, but I don't know how if it is as good or how better it is. It has a 1:1 macro feature and shift capabilities.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 15:38 UTC as 19th comment | 8 replies

Curious how the aperture blades melted (they are not that fragile to the heat), since that is the area, after the first element, where the rays are spreaded (or diffused) the most inside the lens. In the first case, I believe it was caused because the lens itself was already in a hot place for a long time, and not only because of the converging rays, and in the second lens case, I believe it was caused by the convergence produced by the reflection from one element surface, right after or before the blades.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 04:44 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

This artificial bokeh the iPhone is capable of producing, with the help of good illumination and post-processing, and if the image is not used in large prints, can easily fool a lot of people, including myself. Pretty amazing.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 01:56 UTC as 41st comment
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (521 comments in total)

"...the new EF 85mm F1.4L doesn't aim to beat the $1200 Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art on price:..." I don't think we're gonna see a Canon equivalent for the same or lower price as a third party lens. Canon is not a third party lens and the brand has a reputation, so their own accessories will always be more expensive. If they offer for the same price or lower, I believe this might pass a bad impression. Besides, every new product is always pushing the price to a higher level, in general, so, IMO, that was a useless statement.

If this Canon doesn't supass the Sigma, but is at least as good, it's already worth the extra dollars. Not saying that most folks will be wiling to pay for the difference, but just that Canon would already have done what was expected to justify what they ask for.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 14:26 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

I would never buy a Leica without that red logo. It could at least be a monochromatic one on this camera. I wouldn't buy a Leica and not be able to make sure people knew I was using one. It's like an iPhone or a Mercedes without their logos. Folks don't buy Leica only for their quality, but also their exclusivity, their status. Maybe I don't know Germans well and most of them who buy it don't mind the absence of the logo.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 19:04 UTC as 106th comment | 2 replies

A top notch video, unfortunately, is very important, especially in a camera at such a price. You think not because you don't care about it, but it seems you might not be that much connected to the market demands. Don't play it down.

The fact that a brand is undergoing financial problems, is on the ropes, doesn't necessarily mean you're gonna see products getting worse. There are many cases of companies that went bankrupt and of which last products were as good as always or even better.

"I'd argue you're not really paying attention. It's not yet the final round and Nikon is up and swinging." Hmm... Do you know something we don't? Tell us.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 19:18 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply

My result:

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No doubt, IMO, that Canon delivers the most natural colors, but it definitely seems to have the poorest DR. The colors of the Nikon and Sony may look more appealing, but they do not reproduce skin color as natural.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 20:04 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply

I had two 12XP's with Helios 44M-6 58mm ƒ/2 MC lenses (the most common kit lens for the XP12 in Brazil back then) when I was a teenager. I decided to disassemble the first one and didn't know how to assemble it, and since my mother used to spoil me a little, I just finished finishing it and asked her for another. It's a crappy camera with a crappy lens (maybe not for the price?), but classic in many ways. The loud and heavy shutter sound it produces, the all metal body and lens (and quite heavy combination), the typical Russian design, the very limited features. I tell you, it looks interesting, and maybe even attractive, and robust. Definitely a collector's piece.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 00:09 UTC as 89th comment
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Paul B Jones: Official camera of the White House!

@Paul B Jones Yeah, man, I also saw about that on CNN.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 23:42 UTC
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jadot: Regardless of how far technology has evolved, photographs like this can still show us how simplicity and authenticity combined can make for an engaging portrait. It's quite incredible to me how some of the earliest pioneering photography can still have such an impact today.

I think it also has to do with the fact that it's been common to take a picture smiling, which was not common at that time (I think). Perhaps smiling was not seen to pass seriousness or power. Smiles everywhere today, and when you see a picture without it, its powerfulness (in its way) becomes more evident.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 19:23 UTC
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iae aa eia: Not everybody that gives speech is good at the subject of their speech, even if their speech is mostly true, and that's why they give powerful PC speeches instead of being the actors of the speech. Obama is one of them. Says beautiful things, uniting people, politically correct things. That's basically all, or we wouldn't have black vs white, Muslims vs Christians tensions increased.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion." This is true and beautiful to say, but also very stupid. Of course no one is born hating others because of skin color, background, or religion. Even the ones that consider IQ differences a relevant racial issue agree that the IQ level is not very different until late childhood or early adolescence.

@EDWARD ARTISTE So, if Democracts (which manipulate blacks very competentely) and most blacks dance together, and Republicans (the ones that tell the truth and propose down-to-Earth solutions) are the enemies, what's the solution?

Now, imagine that this is the truth (which I believe it is), tell me what you think that should be done.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 20:32 UTC
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