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Pupils work on computers at Ruhiira Twimukye Primary school.

Ruhiira has 20 government schools serving more than 11,000 children. After extensive construction in 2007, the MVP Ruhiira team has focused on completing upgrades at schools and continuing the school meals program, which serves twice-daily meals to all 11,000 children.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:17

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The small shop of Gimeyi Atworekire, Kabuyanda.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:34

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Pupils work on computers at Ruhiira Twimukye Primary school.

Ruhiira has 20 government schools serving more than 11,000 children. After extensive construction in 2007, the MVP Ruhiira team has focused on completing upgrades at schools and continuing the school meals program, which serves twice-daily meals to all 11,000 children.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:07

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Two children laugh while sitting in front of some Matoke (green bananas), tomatoes and mature bananas being sold for a small income, Ruhiira Twimukye.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:02

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Street scene in Kabuyanda, the site of the Ruhiira Millennium Village. The Ruhiira cluster is situated in the Isingiro District of southwestern Uganda. The region is characterized as a highland region with elevations ranging between 1350m and 1850m above sea level. Road are extremely poor or non-existent, making travel between the villages and commercial centers, such as Mbarara, very difficult. As a result, connecting villagers to schools, clinics, markets, electricity, communications and local government is a significant challenge.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:21:58

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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The maternity ward, Kabuyanda.

Ruhiira has six health facilities, all of which have received significant upgrades and new additions by the MVP. The MVP has also completed the largest health facility at Kabuyanda with an operating theater where cesarean sections can be performed. Health facilities in Ruhiira are staffed with more than 50 trained health staff. In an effort to improve maternal and child health, the Ruhiira team introduced a midwife program that increases the number of women delivering under supervised care at the clinics as well as increasing the number of women delivering under midwife care at home.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:21:48

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Pupils work on computers at Ruhiira Twimukye Primary school.

The Millennium Villages in the Ruhiira cluster are spread over several hundred square kilometers with extremely poor or non-existent roads, making travel between the villages and commercial centers, such as Mbarara, very difficult. As a result, connecting villagers to schools, clinics, markets, electricity, communications and local government is a significant challenge.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:12

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Gimeyi Atworekire, 30, has a small shop where he sells airtime for cellphones in Kabuyanda.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:23

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

The Obsession with Sharpness

The Obsession with Sharpness

Season of Touit – picture 10
Week 37, Saturday

As far as I can tell photographers are pretty obsessed with the sharpness, but I can surely relate to this feeling myself as well. Looking at the picture and seeing all the small details captured in a moment of split second is just fascinating. This sort of obsession with sharpness is profound with high resolution cameras, because one can zoom in and see even more details. No wonder why ‘is it sharp?’ or ‘how sharp it is?’ is number one topic in many photography forums. Like many other Sony Alpha users (especially those coming from the Nex legacy), my first experience regarding sharpness happened with the Sony E-mount kit lens (SEL1855). For those who dismiss kit lenses in general, I can say that even the kit lens can deliver pretty good contrast&colors, and stopped down it can deliver acceptable sharpness as well. But the truth is that when I was using the kit lens I always had to worry about the sharpness. After shooting with it I always felt certain anxiety and needed to check my pictures later on from computer screen to see if they were ok, particularly regarding the sharpness.

My experience with Zeiss is different. The Touit 2.8/12 is very sharp right from the wide open at f/2.8 and doesn’t really increase after that even if stopped down a bit – although the focus area increases and makes the image feel sharper in total. What I like about the Touit 2.8/12 is that the sharpness extends to edges as well, particularly if the subject is close focused.

When focusing into far objects, like landscape for example, the sharpness doesn’t strike as superb, but might also be because things get rather small in the image field due to small focal length. Nevertheless the results are very good like in this picture of stars where edge sharpness is very important.

Then the Touit 2.8/50M. It is, perhaps unsurprisingly, also pretty sharp even wide open. Stopping down at f/4 or F5.6 things get very sharp and is joy to use in everyday photography. However, the Touit 2.8/50M starts to shows its real capabilities only at the macro range. When focused very near the lens is very very sharp, though this perception might be emphasized by the experience of seeing microscopic details which would otherwise be unreachable for the naked eye. The diffraction doesn’t really start to decrease the sharpness until at f/16, which is very impressive and convenient considering that macro photography usually works with small apertures to increase the depth of field.

Are the Zeiss lenses sharper than the x product from the competitors? To tell you the truth, I have no idea. I find them to be more than enough – which in my case means I don’t have to make compromises between the aperture value and sharpness (like I had with the Sony E-mount kit lens 18-55). Everything looks very good and after certain level of ‘clear single hairs and dust particles’ I find it difficult to see the benefit of increased sharpness. I understand that people love to compare things, but for those who are seeking maximum sharpness, I would like to remind that while it feels rational to maximize performance it might not be psychologically the best approach. There is always something better waiting behind the corner and going for maximum performance means that one is more likely to be unsatisfied again when the newness-factor disappears. For me, the best thing regarding the sharpness of these lenses is the fact that I stopped worrying about it altogether and have enjoyed my images ever then.

Year of the Alpha – 52 Weeks of Sony Alpha Photography: www.yearofthealpha.com

Posted by Toni Ahvenainen on 2014-09-12 20:37:14

Tagged: , Stars , Sky , Night , Zeiss , Touit , 2.8/12 , Sony Nex-5N , Antenna , Falling , star