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.

INITIAL INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY
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.

FIRST JOB IN PHOTOGRAPHY
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.

I'M GONNA ADD MORE LATER.

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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, slavery exists since the dawn of humans. Mass slavery happened inumerous times before the last big episode (with blacks), and not only with blacks.

Black slavery only happened because it was a common pratice among blacks to have slaves in some regions. Families were proud when they reached a point they could own slaves, and being able to make tons of money with their export was a great deal for blacks (the ones that own and commercialized them). Having a slave was a luxury desired by most blacks.

White people, in recent history, had slaves because it was a common practice, but they themselves, ultimately influenced by the judeo-christian morals and principles, put an end to it (not blacks).

But well, yeah, I also blame today's worsening blacks' situation to whites, definitely, but the whites that support some form of Marxism, and they are pro-Democrat (watch Hillary's America and Dinesh D'Souza on the Democrats-slavery issue), and blacks continue to support them.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 20:31 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.

@REDred Photo, which one sounds more beautiful?

- Blacks and whites are equal and need to get equal opportinities.
- Blacks and whites have different struggles, and we have to provide more means to black people so that they can compete without the need of quotas.

Wrong, Obama could've helped decreasing the problem (still can, but I doubt he will change speech for actions at this point) if he did not ignore factual differences between blacks and whites, and had looked for solutions to improve blacks' education, and lower children out of wedlock, divorce rate, and criminality among themselves. How can you do that if you increase welfare, go on with quotas, say a thug could be your son, take a little Muslim terrorist to the WH, etc?

I think more whites are aware they better keep away from blacks, for their huge support for Obama, and this is not bad for whites because they don't need blacks to go on with a great life. Blacks lose lots more. Sounds ugly, doesn't it? Not Obama style.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 17:44 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.

Well, one good thing about Obama, I must recognize, is his photographer. Pete Souza seems to be better than Trump's, IMO.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:24 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.

I had black friends when I was a child and early adolescence, but stopped having after entering my teenager years, but only acquaintances. No idea or influence of race. Simply different worlds, but no racism as far as I remember. I started to see the racism because of TV, not because of people themselves. It was through the TV that the differences were so exposed.

You feel there is a difference and recognize it and live your life and respect yours the they theirs, but TV made a mess out of it. I remember how I first started to see things differently. They said quotas were necessary (in my mind, "instead of more means for them to get prepared?"). Then, about Muslims ("they say folks that kill gays like a sport and beat women and marry children to be equal to Christians?").

How can you feel at ease being exposed to that?

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:18 UTC

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.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:11 UTC as 79th comment | 9 replies

Now you're gonna get that awesome bokeh!

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 18:40 UTC as 20th comment

In the other article, Canon seems not to be your friend, but what I see here is that Canon's model seems to be a better friend (more appealing than the Nikon's [not imagewise, 'cause this is more subjective]). By the way, was the difference of 0.1" (and its small impact on the focal length) between their sensors worth of two slides and that amount of text?

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 15:42 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (253 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Well, it sounds reasonable to me that a Chinese company could achieve that. That's what China's for. To make companies from developed countries---that have been the ones spending more in development and quality of production, in safety, in labor costs, etc---look like greedy companies in the eyes of folks that don't mind where a product is produced, the story behind it or behind who makes it, and all the effort to make the wellbeing of each employee a very high priority. Chinese companies are the antithesis of all that. I don't buy Chinese products (unless I have no choice, of course) and Trump is right when he tries to review trade agreements.

@Paul JM Intolerance? Racism? Haha! I had already had one comment removed when I criticized the fact that a DPR author posted one picture containing a stupid text (in my opinion) about blacks and gays and stuff. Although I think I did nothing wrong and the removal was just because the moderator hates Trump, I learned my lesson. This is his "house," and I'm a guest. That said, I wouldn't write anything truly racist and intolerant. Sometimes what one believe to be facts can simple be confused. Just that. Perhaps because of crybabies' mindset like yours. Ask for clarification before wishing me getting stoned.

If they ever do it again though, it still represents the kind of freedom private companies are supposed to have, which is to decide who to serve or not, and I would support it even that happening to me. Grow up, man.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 02:14 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (253 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Well, it sounds reasonable to me that a Chinese company could achieve that. That's what China's for. To make companies from developed countries---that have been the ones spending more in development and quality of production, in safety, in labor costs, etc---look like greedy companies in the eyes of folks that don't mind where a product is produced, the story behind it or behind who makes it, and all the effort to make the wellbeing of each employee a very high priority. Chinese companies are the antithesis of all that. I don't buy Chinese products (unless I have no choice, of course) and Trump is right when he tries to review trade agreements.

In relation to American companies making products in China, that's the only way they have to compete in the US market itself. The quality standards when it comes to production is, I believe, the same to those of a factory in the US. But, when it come to the workers, the company has to play by the country's laws, which is good for the company, but still plays against the US since the jobs are overseas.

Folks are not realizing how big the problem is. Once China overcomes the US economically and militarily, don't think they will shake hands with Americans and top on the shoulder and be friends and stuff. China will make the US bow down and make Americans' (and other nationalities') lives hard. China's culture is different. Quite different.

Maybe I'm exaggerating, but well, if Trump gets to at least diminsh China's unfair play, he will have done a good thing already.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (253 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Well, it sounds reasonable to me that a Chinese company could achieve that. That's what China's for. To make companies from developed countries---that have been the ones spending more in development and quality of production, in safety, in labor costs, etc---look like greedy companies in the eyes of folks that don't mind where a product is produced, the story behind it or behind who makes it, and all the effort to make the wellbeing of each employee a very high priority. Chinese companies are the antithesis of all that. I don't buy Chinese products (unless I have no choice, of course) and Trump is right when he tries to review trade agreements.

I think that Trump's concern with the deal agreements is legitimate and many people have the same concern. I hope he does a good thing. Once it has gone a long way like that, I don't think everything can be changed, but to some degree, yes. China's job conditions are mostly very different from, to have only one example, the US. This is very known. The country is not as open and democratic as the US are. Most abuses are not reported.

It is simply IMPOSSIBLE for a country to do what China does, make and sell products with great features and acceptable quality for such a low price, or with equivalent quality, but still cheaper, or the same price, but superior quality, and also make extremely close copy of products of all sorts, like even cars (like the Range Rover Evoque I saw another day) and get away with it, without playing by rules that goes totally on the contrary to the of the US.

China is a not a fair player, and it shocks me how the US have let them take advantage of that.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 00:38 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (253 comments in total)

Well, it sounds reasonable to me that a Chinese company could achieve that. That's what China's for. To make companies from developed countries---that have been the ones spending more in development and quality of production, in safety, in labor costs, etc---look like greedy companies in the eyes of folks that don't mind where a product is produced, the story behind it or behind who makes it, and all the effort to make the wellbeing of each employee a very high priority. Chinese companies are the antithesis of all that. I don't buy Chinese products (unless I have no choice, of course) and Trump is right when he tries to review trade agreements.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 15:26 UTC as 11th comment | 19 replies
On article New product overview videos now available: Fujifilm GF (69 comments in total)

Man, how I wish one day I can afford one...

Drooling over.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 23:29 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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Tom Holly: Why did they cut off centre? I was hoping to see lens cross section

Yeah, man. Cutting off center was not cool. The fun is also seeing the shape of the glasses.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 02:52 UTC
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iae aa eia: A Foveon-type sensor reproduces colors in an unmatching way. It's very perceptible. It's curious that DPR praises more resolution, sharpness, detail, than color. I would like DPR to make a photo shoot using some other pro or semipro cameras, taking same pictures with all the cameras, for side-by-side comparison. No one beats a Foveon-like sensor in terms of color, and this other Sigma just proved that once again. It's just frustrating that Sigma is taking so long to make a more marketable camera. I don't even talk about the ISO, because I would not care to have a compromise in ISO in exchange for sucj natural colors.

Thank you for fixing my English, The Name is Bond. I really appreciate that.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 01:30 UTC
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A Foveon-type sensor reproduces colors in an unmatching way. It's very perceptible. It's curious that DPR praises more resolution, sharpness, detail, than color. I would like DPR to make a photo shoot using some other pro or semipro cameras, taking same pictures with all the cameras, for side-by-side comparison. No one beats a Foveon-like sensor in terms of color, and this other Sigma just proved that once again. It's just frustrating that Sigma is taking so long to make a more marketable camera. I don't even talk about the ISO, because I would not care to have a compromise in ISO in exchange for sucj natural colors.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 02:26 UTC as 65th comment | 6 replies
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iae aa eia: One interesting thing about bright lenses on medium format is that the bokeh still looks different than using an equivalent on an FF. Not the amount, which will be the same, but something related to the perspective. You can make people, for instance, look like miniatures without the need for a tilt-shift lens or of applying digital TS effect (well, digital TS to make a miniature of a person standing up while still maintaing the whole body in focus is difficult; requires selective editing).

Why on earth did you show the link to a comparison where the shots were taken with a small aperture? What's the point of that if the bokeh effect is an essential part of our discussion here? That reinforces my belief that you could agree with me if you understand what I'm talking about in the first place. Pictures from different formats with both the foreground and background in focus are USELESS for this discussion.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 19:54 UTC
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iae aa eia: One interesting thing about bright lenses on medium format is that the bokeh still looks different than using an equivalent on an FF. Not the amount, which will be the same, but something related to the perspective. You can make people, for instance, look like miniatures without the need for a tilt-shift lens or of applying digital TS effect (well, digital TS to make a miniature of a person standing up while still maintaing the whole body in focus is difficult; requires selective editing).

No, man. Physics is not wrong. You need a smaller aperture lens on medium format to produce the same amount of bokeh of a full frame format lens, and because the aperture is smaller on the medium format, the bokeh effect is more uniform across the frame, and there is also less vignetting as well.

In order to achieve the same amount of vignetting of the medium format lens, you gotta have stop the full frame format lens down to the same aperture, but the bokeh effect will diminish, but will be as uniform as in the MF lens.

Now, if you want to replicate with the FF lens the same amount of bokeh of the MF lens, you'll have to bring the subject closer to the lens, but doing that the subject will appear bigger in the picture, so you have to make the subject be proportionally smaller.

That's why you get more of a miniature effect when you use an MF lens. It's hard to understand, but it's a practical result and not theoretical as you guys suggest.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 00:55 UTC
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iae aa eia: One interesting thing about bright lenses on medium format is that the bokeh still looks different than using an equivalent on an FF. Not the amount, which will be the same, but something related to the perspective. You can make people, for instance, look like miniatures without the need for a tilt-shift lens or of applying digital TS effect (well, digital TS to make a miniature of a person standing up while still maintaing the whole body in focus is difficult; requires selective editing).

Aside from the pictures with shallow DoF, trying to guess the format based on fore-and-brackground-focused picutres is one of the dumbest things there is. It's not about belief. It's a fact. And I guessed more than 90% of them (the ones with shallow DoF) correctly.

"The only thing different on medium format, is that the lens may have less distortion itself cause of the larger elements [what?... facepalm] and mostly larger focal range you can use [oh my... easy man]."

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 01:08 UTC
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iae aa eia: One interesting thing about bright lenses on medium format is that the bokeh still looks different than using an equivalent on an FF. Not the amount, which will be the same, but something related to the perspective. You can make people, for instance, look like miniatures without the need for a tilt-shift lens or of applying digital TS effect (well, digital TS to make a miniature of a person standing up while still maintaing the whole body in focus is difficult; requires selective editing).

As I said in the beginning, I have never written nor talked about this, and it was difficult to start it and elaborate. Showing charts is useless. It has nothing to do with that.

The larger the front element (or group) of a lens compared to the sensor, the more vignetting and irregular corner bokeh there are. What happens with a larger format is that you are able to get the same amount of bokeh, but it will be more uniform throughout the frame and there will be less vignetting too, and that's because the front element (or group) is not proportionally as large in relation to the sensor. The result matches that of a macro lens shooting close to the subject, because macro lenses have small apertures, so even at their largest aperture, the bokeh effect is more uniform and the vignetting is lower.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 02:33 UTC
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iae aa eia: One interesting thing about bright lenses on medium format is that the bokeh still looks different than using an equivalent on an FF. Not the amount, which will be the same, but something related to the perspective. You can make people, for instance, look like miniatures without the need for a tilt-shift lens or of applying digital TS effect (well, digital TS to make a miniature of a person standing up while still maintaing the whole body in focus is difficult; requires selective editing).

Now, take a fullframe format 75mm lens (for example) with an aperturre of only 3.5 and take a picture of a playmobil mimicking the photos you posted above. Will the bokeh produced be uneven and there will be strong vignetting as in the pictures you showed me, or will be even and with less vignetting like the ones I posted?

I wish I could find one subject photographed with an FF format with a standard lens and with a medium format also with its standard lens, but the latter with a twice as a small aperture so that you could see with your own eyes what I mean.

It's possible to see that by comparing the ones I posted and yours, but you still don't seem to notice the difference.

The technical page you posted has nothing to do with what I was describing. As I said, I had never elaborated on this (and English is not my native language), so it's pretty hard to explain that well the technical aspects of it.

If I find more stuff to better illustrate what I mean, I'll post here.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 04:39 UTC
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