Campeones!

The spanish national footbal team performed a hat trick last sunday, and earned my compliments.

After the (very) notable accomplishment of taking home the champions cup in Euro2008 and the 2012 World series, they entered the pages of history by taking the Euro2012 as well, being the only European team to win three major tournaments in a row. [source:Wikipedia]

(Full gallery inside, at the bottom)

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Thailand – 500 years of interchange

Last February, there was something special happening in Lisboa: the visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand.

To celebrate half a millenium of cultural interchange between our two cultures, HRH came to inaugurate the Thai Pavillion at Jardim Vasco da Gama, in Belém.

 

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess of Thailand, and António Costa, mayor of Lisboa

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Being amongst one’s best friends

Last weekend I went to a pet fair.

I know there are a lot of people that don’t really like to have pets (or any animals around them, for that matter), But I do, so I went there.

bulldog

How can you say no to this face?

And I wasn’t planning to shoot anything.
Pet breeders don’t like to have some random bucko come out of nowhere with a big SLR and any non kit-looking lens. They get REALLY nervous. (As I had the chance to feel first hand, with the cat ones).
But I get them. They spend a lot of time and money to come up with animals with certain desired characteristics, and it’s their source of income. Obviously they don’t want their results copied by everyone, because then there won’t be anything unique about their work.
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The end of an Era

Today is a very sad day for photography, in it’s whole.

Eastman Kodak has filed for bankruptcy today.For all it’s existence, Eastman Kodak was, probably, the biggest name in photo-sensitive film, in all formats, for photography and cinema.

It has been unconfortable to watch the last few years of struggle in a market of proprietary sensors, where no manufacturer or customer is very interested in the old model with the separation between machine (the camera) and medium (film).

I will miss your films, old friend! And will never forget that you changed the world like nothing else has!

>You have failed me for the last time!

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Dear Nissin Di622,

Your shambly TTL system almost ruined my assignment yesterday.
We had some manual fun in the past, but now you’re going to be my 4th choice and last resort.

The SB-24s are WAAAAY more reliable, fast and useful than you, despite being almost as old as me.

But let’s still be friends!

Best regards,
JFM Photo

PS: So, does anyone have a cheap SB-800 willing to sell?

>These aren’t the Blues you’re looking for…

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But worry not, they’re the next best thing.

More, after the jump.


Some Background

Back in the 70′s this guy Dan Aykroyd (you might have heard of, or seen him somewhere) was working with this  other guy named John Belushi (ditto) on that one live comedy show broadcasting from NY.

Since both were into the Blues (John only after being introduced to by Dan), they got together with a whole set of other musicians to form The Blues Brothers. “Joliet” Jake Blues and his brother Elwood Blues (aliases of, respectively, John and Dan) released a couple of VERY sucessfull albums, revived the audience’s interest in Blues and Soul music styles and toured the US until Belushi’s early demise in 1982.
After that, severall other artists have been cast to fill in the lead vocals, including John’s brother Jim Belushi and John Goodman, and the band still ocasionally goes on tour, influencing younger generations into the some of the few all-american tunes still popular today.

Back to the Point!


…And their influence has been so great, indeed, that it reached across oceans!
Such an example are The Boogie Brothers, whom I had the privilege to shoot last saturday, at Cinema São Jorge, in Lisboa, PT.

Black suit, black tie, sunglasses and black hat, the original garment of Jake and Elwood, these guys gave a great show.
The moment they started playing the Peter Gun Theme, the boogie was on!

 

You can check the rest of the gallery here.