( photo things + living life)

Monday, May 31, 2004

New Photograph! : Up & Down

I've added a new photograph :). After spending a work week in Vienna this is the photographic result. Not too much, but taking trains and metros was the only free time I had.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Another one bites the dust.... (aka. awful photofinish services)

This weekend I went to the Forum Barcelona 2004. I was carrying my Nikon F80 with Superia 100 film... an easy one. On sunday morning I decided to leave two rolls of film in a Kodak Express Center for developing and printing. I thought that an official Kodak shop just dedicated to photofinishing services should be good enough for my snapshots... What a horrible mistake!!.

I've never seen a work so badly done. unbelievable.... All photographs with an awful magenta cast, all painfully washed out and overexposed..... So, my word of advice for all of you leaving or passing by Sitges (Barcelona)... DON'T leave your rolls to:

Dirección : C\ Mayor, 32

You will be very dissapointed with the results!!!!!.

Fair Trade in the Barcelona 2004 Forum

Taken in the Forum Barcelona 2004, a meeting point for the, cultural diversity, sustainable development and conditions for peace (and much more). This one talks us about fair trade. How many coffee cups you have to drink for a Latin America coffee plant farmer to receive just the price you paid for ONE of them???????. "The excessive dependence of the majority of developing economies on the production of raw material, combined with low wages and almost inexistent labor laws, explain why the expanding international trade brought about by globalization has not generated the expected results in terms of human development".

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Look changes


moved by a friend I decided to try one of the new blogger layouts... what do you think of the new look?. I also modified completely my Portfolio Web Site... Opinions are welcomed!.

We can now use the Hello software from Picasa (www.hello.com) to upload photographs directly to our blogs... they will be saved in the blogger site directly. This is my first try, and also my latest release :),

Infinite Pathway

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

A word of advice for spanish people on El Corte Ingles photofinish services

Hi everyone, this post is for spanish people only. The big national shopping malls "El Corte Ingles" has the usual photofinish service, where you can develop and print your film. El Corte Ingles has slightly higher prices than the rest of shops, and it's supposed that a better service will be found....

...unfortunetely that's not the case... Last Sunday I went to the El Corte Ingles center in Alcalá de Henares (near Madrid). I gave them two rolls of Kodak Ultra 400 35mm..... well, the prints I received where the worst I've ever seen. I was initially upset because they were my two first rolls using my new Nikon F80 (more on this on future posts). All skies were completely washed outs, colours pale and with a high blue cast, even some unsharp prints..... Unbelievable.... Price was, not exactly cheap.... 12€ per roll!!!.

I took the negatives and scanned them with my, not very good, Microtek 35mm film scanner..... I was more than surprised of the results.... of course there were blue skies in my shots... and very saturated colours... that right out of the scan....

...I supposed modern minilabs are capable of much more good results than the ones I saw with my prints... so I can only think of El Corte Ingles being completely negligent with their photofinish service.... Of course a lot of people would blame the camera, the film, the photographer........................

...so, My suggestion is.... please please please..... AVOID leaving your film rolls to El Corte Ingles.... If you cannot get rid of them, tell them just to develop your rolls and give it back just the negatives.... then use a film scanner or a scanning service to get photographs to be printed anywhere else.

And if someone from El Corte Ingles reads this.... please, take jour job more seriously.... you're playing with the memories of people... don't let them washed out!!!.