Monday, January 16, 2012

Fashion Shoot: Nayong Pilipino

These are some shots taken from a Fashion Photography Club shoot at Nayong Pilipino last Sunday, January 15, 2012.

It was my first ever shoot with a model, reflectors and with a group; I learned a lot and got to shoot loads. In fact I only had 14 exposures left before I run out of space in my 4GB memory card. Teehee!

The model we had was sooo good!

I love this one, makes me think of a fashion magazine

I'm pretty pleased with some of the shots though I need to work on composition and framing. The model loved some of the shots too and even put them in her portfolio! So happy! :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Texture: A Visual Tactile Experience

Bamboo Organ Church, Las Pinas

Jade pendant

Great Wall of China guard post

Forbidden City, Beijing

Dr. Tea packaging

Summer Palace, Beijing

Kalaw, Manila

Thai street food vendor

Thai ash trays

Thai handicraft

Christmas lights

Crocheted and beaded keychains

Woven items

Raffia and wire

Silver tooling

This type of wall is a nightmare for housekeepers

Monday, January 2, 2012

Mang Freddie and the First Moon Shot of the Year

Before 2011 left the building, I got myself a new tripod, Mang Freddie (Manfrotto 190xPROB with 486rc2 head). He's what a Pinoy would call bagong luma (new-old) or segunda mano (second hand).

Of course I had to put this here; no hauntings from getting a thrifted tripod, the owner is still alive, thank you very much!

My goodness, the tripod can make a BIG difference in your shots! I didn't realize my old tripod was really shaky until I took shots of the moon tonight. 

Razor sharp photo of the January 1, 2012 moon, compared to my older moon shots (La Luna)

With a proper lens, I could probably set it up to look for ant zits. 

Getting a ballhead also meant adjusting the camera position using only ONE knob. That is a miracle for me as I used to fiddle with zillions of controls just to move the camera along different axes.

For those who have yet to buy their own tripod, here's a tip: invest in a good model. Don't settle for the cheaper ones, because with tripods, you really get what you pay for. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012


A taste of  vintage along Kalaw Street

How to take a group picture when you don't trust strangers with your camera

Bamboo Organ Church, Las Pinas

Friday, December 30, 2011


Not exactly a toy (it's actually a Southeast Asian puppet) but this fisher allowed me to practice lighting and slightly long exposures:

Kudos to my voice-activated flashlight (my dad)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Just sharing some photos of this beautiful place. Too bad I wasn't able to visit it in the late afternoon-evening; I heard it's spectacular. Nonetheless, the harsh sun created interesting effects and allowed us to view the temple in its golden glory.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

La Luna

One of the reasons why I wanted to get a DSLR was to take pictures of the moon. Using the sunny f16 rule (set aperture to f16, set your shutter speed as identical or close to your ISO value) and a lens with a long end of at least 300mm made that dream possible.

September 13, 2011, Las Pinas City

September 14, 2011, Las Pinas City
Taking these pictures were a breeze but I probably need to get a better tripod as my current one can't support the long lens very well. I also need to make sure my curious cats are sleeping or away from my gear - my feline friends kept trying to look through the viewfinder as well!