Monday, March 26, 2012

Praia de Angeiras
(The Lamb of God, 3)

Trivia (XXXVI) - The Switch

I have for sale one Fotodiox Metal Step Up Ring, Anodized Black Metal 48mm-52mm, 48-52 mm (info here).
If you need one, please email me at portostreetshooting cof cof
Fotodiox is very fine quality. Can't say the same for their pack and send...

Fotodiox Inc. USA
Order ID 026-3286011-1847512:
1 of Fotodiox Metal Step Up Ring, Anodized Black Metal 46mm-52mm, 46-52 mm
[ASIN: B0048IH5EY]

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Praia de Angeiras
(The Lamb of God, 1)

Trivia (XXXV) - Camera bag upgrade

So I finally got permission from the Missus to upgrade my camera bag.

Retrospective® 5 (Pinestone)

Product: TT746
Inconspicuous, soft-sided shoulder bag with a simple exterior that blends into the environment while carrying photo gear. Carries 1 standard size DSLR with 1–3 lenses or a complete Micro Four Thirds or rangefinder camera system.
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Definitely not in Porto (XIV)
(The Tomb Sentinel)

Trivia (XXXIV) - unique visitors

A special Hi for those who arrived here this week looking for «candid bra straps», «portuguese streets porn» and «oporto city history».

You are all refined gentlemen of exquisite taste and impeccable judgement.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

FNAC store, Marshopping shopping mall
(The Guitar Tuner)

Street Photography Now (VIII): Jeff Mermelstein

b. New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1957, lives in New York City

'Ugly can be beautiful. Paris may be beautiful but I prefer New York because there's a certain kind of craziness, neuroses in the air, a temperament on the street: it's just an endless vat of information'.

'I don't think too much. I just take pictures. I've got to be quick. Because if I'm not quick, then it's gone. I don't get releases on the street. You couldn't do the kind of photography I do by speaking to the people before you take the picture'.

Thames & Hudson

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Travessa do Outeirinho
(The Kobe Girls)

Trivia (XXXIII) - Spring camera porn (i)

Gordon Coale is the gordy at gordy's camera straps. I don't know him personally but I have a great deal of respect for someone with his kind of skills and knowledge. It is craftsmanship and attention to detail which makes the difference.

I plan on showing here the two straps I bought him until now.

First one is a nice wrist strap I bought on Feb 19, 2011 for $18 including shipping. A real sweet strap. I've chosen red for both the wrapping cord and the attaching cord.

Wrist strap string
Size: Regular , Leather color: Black leather , Wrapping cord color: Red wrapping cord , Attaching cord color: Red attaching cord

Gordon Coale blog can be reached at Gordy's camera straps are for sale here at and is the place where he publishes his customer's cameras with their gordy straps.

There is even a Flickr group where gordy strap owners can put up their own pictures: Gordy Camera Strap Owners Club (here at

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Mekor Haim Synagogue
(The Irony)

Magnum 50 years at the front line of history (iii)

(Previous chapters here and here. Project started July 14, 2011)

Chapter 3. The Founding.

"In the spring of 1947 Capa at last got round to doing something about setting up the photographers' co-operative he had talked about for so long: he organised a lunch. In a way it was an entirely appropriate launch pad for an organisation founded by a notable bon vivant, but it also set a standard for the organisation's casual attitude towards its own history. It is known that the lunch was held in the elegant restaurant on the second floor of the Museum of Modern Art on West 53rd street in New York, but no one thought to make a note of the date. It was almost certainly in March or April, but the actual date is anyone's guess".

"Similarly, no one had the presence of mind to record precisely who came up with the name Magnum or why, although it seems safe to speculate that the discussions were accompanied by at least a magnum of something or other, probably not sarsparilla".

"That the nominal host of the lunch was Robert Capa is certain, but whether or not he lifted the tab is less sure, since he was often out of funds. If he had a good day at the racetrack or at the poker table the previous evening, he would willingly have called for the bill, but if Lady Luck had temporarily deserted him he would have no difficulty, with his famous charm, in persuading another of those present that the honour of paying for the occasion was theirs".

You can buy this book at amazon.