Nov 28, 2012

Au bord du lac Léman - Nernier, France, août 2012











Merci Pakica et Fan-Fan!
Technical Data:
Camera - Leica M4
Lenses - Summicron 2/50mm + Elmarit 2.8/28mm
Film - Agfa APX100
Developer - R09, diluted 1+50
Scanner - Epson 4990
Date - August 2012
Location - Nernier, France

Nov 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Helena


“Coming Back To Me” – Jefferson Airplane (Marty Balin)
The summer had inhaled
And held its breath too long.
The winter looked the same,
As if it had never gone,
And through an open window,
Where no curtain hung,
I saw you, I saw you,
Coming back to me.

One begins to read between
The pages of a book.
The shape of sleepy music,
And suddenly, you're hooked.

Through the rain on the trees
That kisses on the run,
I saw you, I saw you,
Coming back to me.

You came to stay and live my way,
Scatter my love like leaves in the wind.
You always say you won't go away,
But I know what it always has been,
It always has been.

A transparent dream
Beneath an occasional sigh...
Most of the time,
I just let it go by.
Now I wish it hadn't begun.
I saw you, I saw you,
Coming back to me.

Strolling the hills
Overlooking the shore,
I realize I've been here before.
The shadow in the mist
Could have been anyone -
I saw you, I saw you,
Coming back to me.

Small things like reasons
Are put in a jar.
Whatever happened to wishes,
Wished on a star?
Was it just something
That I made up for fun?
I saw you, I saw you,
Coming back to me.

From the record "Surrealistic Pillow" (1967)


Nov 23, 2012

Film Cameras For Lovers - Leica M5 (Photo Gear 16)


The Leica M5 remains, after all these years, a controversial Leica.
Opinions about this camera tend to passionately diverge between love and hate.
Some people enjoy it precisely for the same reasons others despise it: a different shape and larger size than previous M’s, its vertical hanging from the two carrying-strap lugs at the left end of the body – later remedied with an optional third lug for horizontal transport −, rapid rewind-crank on the camera baseplate, are some of the grounds for the enthusiastic quarrel among the Leica rangefinder cognoscenti.
Paradoxically, quite a few of these changes in the characteristic shape of a Leica M are the direct consequence of some of the best and most innovative M5 attributes: through-the-lens spot metering (Cds cell), shutter speed and exposure information on viewfinder, are only some arguments impressive enough to treasure the Leica M5, which undeniably deserves a special status in the long Leitz/Leica tradition of manufacturing first-class tools for the discerning photographer.



Summicron 2/35mm



Tele-Elmarit 2.8/90mm


Elmarit 2.8/135mm
Four decades later, this groundbreaking camera is still capable of producing first-rate photographs on film.
No matter what criticism it may arise − or praise, for that matter −, in my opinion the Leica M5 is the last true classic camera from Leitz Wetzlar, a beautifully made apparatus and a great performer on competent hands.
I will make a small transcription from a book that I bought many years ago:
The Leica M5, introduced in 1971, is still what Leicas have been since 1932 – a rangefinder camera that combines the highest optical and mechanical standards with the greatest ease of handling. It is the first rangefinder camera to combine interchangelenses with a through-the-lens metering system.
The M5 has a rugged die-cast chassis like those of earlier M Leicas, redesigned and slightly enlarged to accommodate the metering system. It remains a compact and handy camera that can use most of the earlier M-Leica lenses and accessories”.
Leica Manual – 15th Edition (The Complete Book of 35mm Photography)
© Morgan & Morgan, Inc., N.Y., 1973.
I couldn’t say it better.
Long live the Leica M5!

Toquinho, Serpa, June 2009
(Toquinho is a wonderful guitar player who made countless memorable records with Vinicius de Moraes - Thank you for the invitation Fred and Ana!)

Crossing the river Sado from Setúbal to Tróia, March 2009

My best friend "Pakica", Évora, March 2009
(Photographs made with the Leica M5)

Nov 14, 2012

Frankfurt am Main - August 2012

















“Won’t You Try / Saturday Afternoon” (Paul Kantner)
Won't you try
won't you try
find a way to need someone
find a way to see
find a way and need someone and the sunshine will set you free
won't you try
with love before we’re gone
won’t you try
Saturday afternoon
Saturday afternoon
when your head is feeling fine
you can ride inside our car
I will give you caps of blue and silver sunlight for your hair
all that soon will be what you need to see, my love
won't you try
won't you try
I do care that you do see
Is it time to leave, my lady
yes it is I know
round about and everywhere sunshine instead of snow
times can't change that what I say is true
I’ll come through for you
and I’ll come through for you, my love
won’t you try
won’t you try
Saturday afternoon
yellow clouds rising in the noon
acid incense and balloons
Saturday afternoon
people dancing everywhere , loudly shouting I dont care
it’s a time for growing and a time for knowing
Saturday afternoon
Saturday afternoon (wont you try)
Saturday afternoon ( wont you try )
wont you try (saturday afternoon)
wont you try ( saturday afternoon)
wont you try

From the album “After Bathing at Baxter’s” by Jefferson Airplane (1967)
Technical Data:
Camera - Leica M4
Lenses - Elmarit-M 2.8/28mm + Summicron-M 2.0/50mm
Film - Agfa APX 100
Developer - R09, 1+50
Date - August 2012
Location - Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Scanner - Epson 4990



Nov 1, 2012

Bandeira Nacional


Talvez um dia me torne vítima de uma qualquer moléstia que apele aos meus brios nacionalistas mais primários.
Se tal mal porventura me acometer, possivelmente me encontram também por aí aos berros, empunhando uma bandeirinha nacional, num qualquer acesso de patriotismo bacoco.


Até então, sinto alguma vergonha − ou será asco? − de ver certos tipos que por aí se pavoneiam com ela na lapela.
Lá estão eles, coitados!, apinocados sob as luzes da ribalta, nos seus inflamados discursos – oscilantes entre o inócuo e o malévolo −, pretensamente patrióticos.


 Pobre bandeira que te esvais em vão por essas calçadas cheias de amargura…





Oct 23, 2012

You Are Leaving the American Sector: West- und Ost-Berlin, März 1986





































Leica M2 und Leica M4-2

[…Ein paar geliefert Umrisse, denen durch geschickt hingestreute Punkte eine gewisse Richtung gewiesen wird, erlauben viel mehr Freiheit als die so heftig begehrte absolute Freiheit, die sich der Phantasie des einzelnen ausliefert, dem bekanntlich nichts, gar nichts einfällt, dem ein leeres Blatt Papier soviel Anlaβ zur Verzweiflung bietet wie eine leere Stunde, wenn plötzlich die Bildröhre streikt…
…daβ dieses Erzählwerk wirklich eine reine Idylle werden soll, in der Kloakendüfte dieselbe Funktion haben wie anderswo Rosendüfte, in der die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Krieg vermieden oder zumindest sehr reduziert wird, die Nazi-Angelegenheit wie etwas zwischen Schnupfen und Schwefelregen abgetan werden soll…]

Heinrich Böll – “Entfernung von der Truppe” (1963/64)
(Als der Krieg ausbrach – Erzählungen – Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag)
Technische Daten
Kameras: Leica M2 + Leica M4-2
Objektive: Leitz Super-Angulon 3.4/21mm u.a.
Aufnahmematerial: Kodak Tri-X
Entwickler: Kodak D-76
Aufnahmeort:Berlin (West- und Ost-Berlin)
Datum: März, 1986
Scanner: Epson 4990