Thursday, January 07, 2010

Fiona Hall, fotografa de la Antartida

De repente llego a esta página con 10 fotos sobre La Antartida: ... bueno, fotos bonitas, leo un poco de qué va y leo que una de ellas -con pinguinos- quedó entre la selección final de Fotografo de Naturaleza salvaje del año... no me pregunteis por qué -bueno sí, por que soy muy curioso- pincho el enlace para ver la página web de la fotografa; Fiona Hall.

El subtítulo de su página web es "Un episodio de MS en la Antartida" y pienso qué cojones es MS? Microsoft? pues no; Esclerosis Múltiple en inglés.

Lo que se recaude durante la duración del projecto de su página web irá donado a asuntos de Esclerosis múltiple. Fiona, la fotografa sufre esclerosis multiple y ha viajado once veces a la Antartida.

Fiona dice:
"Asumir la conciencia de las dificultades de vivir el día a día con esclerosis multiple y explorar la idea de la discapacidad y el viaje de aventura no son excluyentes mutuamente, estoy emprendiendo el viaje a la Antartida seguido de una extenso viaje por Chile. Planeo recaudar fondos para la investigación en esclerosis multiple y proyectos de rehabilitación a través de la venta de articulos, imagenes y charlas a la comunidad y grupos interesados."

Dice también que tenía planeado un libro que mostraría el lado humorístico incluso profundo de alguién que sufre esclerosis múltiple, no sé si lo publicó.

Sus fotografías están bien, su actitud mejor!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rawstudio opens orf from Olympus E-510

Yes it does it

I've been looking for a program that lets me open .orf files from my Olympus E-510 and since I use Fedora I rule out from official software from Olympus. I keep on using their official software for firmware updates, but just for it.

So Rawstudio definitely opens .orf (which is the name for raw's in Olympus cameras) but it goes better if I right click on the file and then I choose rawstudio. You may have check for your camera compatibility at rawstudio compatibility list

I can manipulate the file and if broke something I may reset each value to their original setting.

I also know there's RawTherapee and I wanna try it out too. RawTherapee offers a users guide in spanish... it sounds great for an absolute beginner in raw processing.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fedora problems with dvd-slideshow and how to solve them

I've just returned from our holidays in Florence... nice city by the way, very nice in deep.

Since I've carried my DSLR Olympus E-510 with me I've done several photos, now I'm involved in the post production job

I wanna some photo slideshow that keeps amused my family on the TV so I search some software for Linux and I found that (in my opinion) most mature and proper software seems to be dvd-slideshow and it has just one but; there's no GUI for more complicated command line options, it really doesn't matters to me but may to you.

Installation and dependecy problems resolutions are not complicated in Fedora. The only thing I've to take care is to specify -p and -mp2 options in command line. The first one, -p is for generate PAL video output and the second one -mp2 is for generate mp2 audio since it crashes if try to let it with mp3 by default although I got the propers codecs installed.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Finally Olympus E-510

I've bought a Olympus E-510 instead of E-410. There were three main reasons:

  1. Great discount plus 100€ refund from Olympus (yet waiting for it)
  2. Stabilization
  3. Grip

Grip really doesn't make a difference but is a plus. What really decides me is the discount, it makes affordable to pay the difference and buy the camera with the stabilization

I've done a few photos and also I've attended a workshop instructed by Olympus teachers. There I've got the chance to use the E-3 camera (professional camera from Olympus). Olympus divide their lenses in three groups:

  • Standard Lenses: the ones that you gonna find in your kit, the one that I use, such a 14-42(1:3.5-5.6) and the 40-150(1:3.5-4.5)
  • Pro Lenses: pro stands for professional: in that workshop I test the 8mm(1:3.5 Fisheye) and the 12-60(1:2.8-4.0) with SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive)
  • Top Pro Lenses: as you may assume this are the top lenses, for professional use. I test the 7-14mm(1:4.0), and my Good! I flip with the 150mm(1:2.0) in the studio photos, even more that with the 300mm(1:2.8) outdoors.

You may see a couple of photographies at pbenavent's Flickr, there're just a few of them...


Monday, December 17, 2007

Olympus E-410, my next christmas self-gift

Since I was a little kid there was a Olympus OM-2 at home. My father wasn't very photografy fan but that camera increased my interest till I really became amateur photographer.

I really like my old and professional OM-2 but time for digital evolution finally has come. The main advantage is not to wait till the photos come from the lab and the money saving. No need to explain more about:

  • I may shot as much as I can
  • see immediately how it is
  • my lens are compatibles with a Olympus digital (using an adaptor not very expensive)
  • ... nothing in common with compact digital cameras ...

After looking for a choice I decided to buy a Olympus E-410. This camera is really affordable among the rest of DSLR, it's intended to be a choice for amateur photographer or a second choice for professional.

The next step in Olympus is a E-510 which is quite expensive and offers two main differences: more professional grip and stabilization in the camera body. The first one is worthless for me 'cause I don't expend hours and hours working with the camera and the second one is not so worthless but I've been told that is fairly more interesting stabilization in the lens than in the body camera. Anyway, there's so much price increase that I'm going to keep the E-410 choice.