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Looking Back at September 2010
Various storm clouds captured with the most complicated setup being a sturdy tripod, DSLR, wide-angle lens and remote shutter. The DSLR was either an EOS 50D or EOS 7D (whatever was on hand) and lens used was mostly an EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 kit lens. The landscape were all captured in RAW then initially converted to workable file in Digital Photo Professional (Canon’s native software). All images were then put through various adjustments in Photoshop CS5 to get the final versions posted. Some of the photos were slightly HDR’ed to even out the scene. Can you guess which ones?
Here’s a tip: the real secret to getting a good sunset/storm/night sky is not an expensive DSLR (here’s lightning from a Canon G7 point and shoot) used but the post processing work done (RAW+Photoshop). For starters do a search on a good screw on CPL filters (B+W) or for shooters with some extra moolah- Cokin or Lee drop in filters.
New Years Eve Panorama
The panorama to end 2010 from a recent wedding I covered in Baguio-City of Pines, Philippines.
The interior of St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church captured with Canon EOS 40D w/EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. 3 quick hand held frames shot while the entourage was prepping for the walk down the aisle. RAW processed in DPP and final output in Photoshop.
Have a great new years eve party!
Brunch With a Friend
A little real world comparison of the Olympus PEN EPL 1 and a 4 year old Canon Powershot G7.
A 10 MINUTE DISPLAY
In the Philippines the holiday season is celebrated through get together of big families, long home made buffet spreads, last minute gift shopping and massive traffic jams that would put New York and Tokyo to shame. But 1 thing that never quits are the fireworks display.
This was shot a few weeks ago when a department store chain wanted to give it’s shoppers something else to revel in. My gear was on a sturdy tripod with remote shutter attached. Lens used was a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L-yup, the old one that’s without IS and it’s still sharp as nails. Photos were shot on RAW, processed in DPP and finished in Photoshop.
Have a great weekend, folks!
‘Tis Season to be Jolly!
Have a great holiday season everyone!
Leading Up to a Full Moon
The news reported a full lunar eclipse on the 20th of December Manila time. As it so happens, we had clear skies but no luck on the eclipse. What transpired was a total full moon at moon rise and the sunset on the other side of the horizon. It was an incredible sight to behold.
Full Moon on December 22
This scene spotted tonight right after dinner. Quickly grabbed my gear and shot off 4 frames. This is a composite of 2 exposures- 1 for the overall city scene and 1 to expose for the moon. Captured in RAW and processed in Photoshop. The colors were much brighter in 16 bit colors than the 8 bit jpeg here.
Road Trip to Baguio
To Baguio for a fun filled wedding shoot with my travel buddy, Brian. We took the road less traveled and arrived at the City of Pines hampered by pot holes and thick fog on Marcos highway. Baguio City is the Philippines answer to winter. The only place within a 4-5 hour car ride where semi winter experiences can be had. Tagaytay doesn’t count as it’s only spring weather.
Once we got relaxed and squared away it was time to go over some fine details on shooting a wedding.
A little side note: on the night of December 20 (that’s tonight…) there will be a total lunar eclipse. I do hope the clouds hanging around now will go away for my unobstructed view. Here’s the full article on Yahoo!.
Army Navy: Burgers + Burritos
A week and a half ago, the hard drive on my old trusty iBook had a sticky fit and finally crashed. The symptom was a very simple plain blue screen once it booted. Gone was the menu bar and solid medium gray color desktop.
Had to take the Mac to the doctor and on the way passed by this new place being renovated. Made a quick mental note to try it out. Fast forward to a new hard drive, a very clean software-less comp and dinner at the Army Navy: Burgers + Burritos. Will try their breakfast burrito on our next visit.