June has been a hectic month, as can be seen by the lack of updates on this blog. Not that there are no ideas for new articles, but that writing good stuff requires time.
In the meantime, I was in Paris for a long week-end. This is always a great photographic opportunity. I picked my “light bag” again, ie my 35mm f/2.0 with my trusted(?) *istDS body.
It had a Cartier-Bressonian feel… until you review your pictures, that is.
The good: Asus EEE
It was also my first trip with the EEE as “super card reader” and it did a good job – picking the free hotel wifi and reviewing my images. RawStudio is usable on it (thanks to the “full screen” F11 key) and the interaction latency for RAW files demosaicing and tweaking is acceptable – but this is on a 6mp camera.
The fun bit was to review the images at the end: the key combination for “next image” in RawStudio is Ctrl + Right Arrow which are on both sides of the keyboard: I had the impression of having a Gameboy in my hands 🙂 .
The bad: camera breakage
The view finder started getting darker and darker and then all at once the autofocus was not able to focus anymore… then I realized that the lens was stuck on f/16 or so – something wrong in the tidbit that keeps the lens wide open and closes it to the desired diaph when shooting. There was nothing to do about it but thanks to Pentax retro-compatibility, I was able to set the diaphragm ring on f/5.6, use the autofocus and have an acceptable light in the viewfinder. Good stuff I had taken the 35mm that still has a diaphragm ring.
Still that sucks and I hope the camera is fixable – if anyone has an idea?
Well, there are plenty and I haven’t reviewed them seriously yet. However, there is one serie that jumped to my eyes as being good images that work well together. They are from the Centre Georges Pompidou.