Author: ruimelo

TravelAround: Africa – Luanda, Angola

Angola and its capital Luanda, are not a usual touristic destination. Not as yet anyway! The potential is there and is enormous. Nevertheless it is certainly one of the work destination for many Portuguese, mainly due to our common language and historical facts. A lot of families still hold members of both countries. Portugal and Angola have a common history and one that…

Unpacking my new travel mate: Canon Powershot G7x MK II

Starting what I expect will be come a steady paced channel, I am sharing the unpacking of my latest acquisition: a small sneaky yet powerful advanced camera, the Canon Powershot G7x MK II. This is the replacement camera for my travel companion, the faithful Canon G15 that has followed me around for some years now. The motivation for changing came out of a recent visit to Sweden, where I was presented with a spectacular snow fall. During that trip it was very difficult to capture the subtle but yet ever so important texture of snow.

There is something about unpacking videos that I like: they

These type of cameras are specially useful when travelling. They are compact, yet they have all the manual capabilities that allows me to do things my way when I feel like it. What has drawn me to this choice:

  • Compact: no other set of lenses needed
  • Sensor size: 1” one of the biggest sensors I could get for a compact format. Sensor size directly influences the dynamic range which was the initial cause for the change in the first place
  • Aperture: I want a fast equipment 1.8 is one of the best apertures you can find in this class of equipment
  • Wide angle: 20mm – 100mm; Just because I like to bring a lot into a frame… 🙂

Nice to haves:

  • Tilting screen: I’m not getting younger and somehow people find it strange to find a chap lying on the ground to capture an image… go figure
  • Wi-fi with advanced remote control: the phone app allows me to control everything from a distance, including through the lens image
  • Interesting FPS (frames per second): 8fps

Hope you enjoy it and make sure you drop by my youtube channel.

Here is one thorough review of the camera on DPreviewSecond Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review


TravelAround: CopperBelt, Zâmbia

Zâmbia is a southern African country that has Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia as neighboring countries. With a large country size and a very disperse population of 13M+, Zambia is one of the largest mining countries, with a region named Copper Belt as a reference to that specific industry. This was the zone I visited for…

TravelAround: Gävle and Sandviken, Sweden

November 2016. In Lisbon I start packing my cabin sized bag with my first (of many I hope) trip to Sweden. Outside a warm Autumn with temperatures around 18º C strongly influences me on the choices I make regarding clothing. A quick check on one of many weather forecast sites, focus me on a reality around 0ºC an possible some…

TravelAround: Vancouver, Canada

While traveling to TR, I had a fabulous opportunity to visit Canada for the first time. I headed for Vancouver in an inspiring mentoring session. Thank you Willy-Peter Shaub for a receiving me, spectacular conversations and sightseeing. Here are some humble captures of a the lovely scenery. All images captured with a Canon G12, handheld, no filters. Post production in…

TravelAround: Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara is the capital city of the Timiș county, one of the total of 41 counties and Municipality of Bucharest that make up Romania. Located in Southwest Europe, Romania has as neighboring countries Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, Moldavia as well as a natural border with the black sea. Located in the western part of the country, it is the third most populous city in…

Picos da Europa expedition 2015: day 5

The night was calm and re-energizing. The hotel uses a generator for electricity that is shut down at mid-night. After that moment, absolute silence! Only the sound of the wind persists. Some adventurous fellows stayed up and made some nice night sky images. I’ll have to come back to this amazing place and stay here a bit longer for those types of images…
Now was the day for the high mountain glorious sunrise… or was it?


Microsoft is not a reference in the photography software market, but occasionally they release some tools that I add to my toolbox or at list I find interesting. This time I came across Image Composite Editor (ICE) 2.0 which has been developped by the research branch of the brand. With ICE 2 you basically can create panoramic images from a set of images or from a video. I gave it a try recently with a handheld video capture at Piazza de Santo Pedro, Rome, Italy and… I was honestly surprised.

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