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ELEGANTLY SIMPLE

The design was surprisingly elegant and minimalist.

Another shoot with Vanilla Kitchen last week had a custom themed Angelina Ballerina birthday cupcakes and cakes. The clover/flower accents brought out the cake while the chocolate cupcakes framed the detailed toppings perfectly.

Caught a little torch action with another set of cupcakes as well (second to the bottom photo). The award-winning smoke still steaming from just torched icing shot-what did I win? A cupcake…

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Update: December 1, 2010

Seeing quite a few views on this post. If your EOS 50D shutter button stops working don’t panic. Just bring it in to Canon for repairs. I promise it won’t hurt. Read on…

SHUTTER BUTTON SWITCH RELEASE

First off, shutter assembly and shutter button switch release, although very much related, are 2 very different components within the hand grip of a DSLR. Now, on to the cold sweat inducing-body contorting set back.

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Cutaway view of the hand grip with shutter switch release

A few months ago during an event shoot the EOS 50D’s shutter button would not take a shot after achieving auto focus. The cam emitted the all too familiar beep and still no go. After trying a few more times albeit with more tap tap pressure than normal the shutter button finally released the mirror to take a shot.

More events were covered without another hitch until some weeks ago. There were no warning beeps, blinking lights or ERR 99 on the LCD. The shutter button had finally succumbed to fingerly abuses while only achieving auto focus but no mirror clak-claking to take a photo. The battery grip (BG-E2N) saved this photographer from an embarrassing situation and served as the main shutter button for both horizontal and vertical shots. Imagine the contorting positions while composing a frame and good thing the 50D’s a second cam with a wide angle lens attached.

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Shutter switch release component: top and bottom view. Notice the darker portion of the red circle-that

There was just no time to search the net for answers and hoping a call to Canon Philippines would get me the proper psycological remedy. The call got me Canon Philippines customer service reps. The cause of shutter failure could be 1. shutter assembly or 2. shutter switch release needed replacing. Without parts on hand repairs would take 2-4 weeks or longer and that was not a very favorable answer for having another shoot lined up in a week. Oh, cold sweat had started beading up all over.

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4" Iron Man modelling the tiny shutter switch release

But 30 minutes later, after frantically searching, got the phone number for Canon service center on Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong. Gave them a call and talked with a supervisor on the dire situation. Finally, a bright future ahead, the switch release replacement part was on hand but no shutter assembly. With that, a trip to Canon Shaw Blvd wishing the problem is the shutter switch release.

Arriving at Shaw Blvd at 11 am, noticed instantly how helpful and cheery the staff was. Very different from the normal sales team at some of the Canon boutiques. Within 5 minutes at the proper hands of a spotless lab coat wearing technician the culprit is the shutter switch release. Feeling quite the relief while begging and pleading got the EOS 50D repaired, cleaned and back in my dirty paws before 2:15pm (It helped to mention photography as a means of living).

Thank you very much and 2 thumbs up to Joseph and his team at Canon Shaw Blvd for the exceptional service. Most importantly, even without CPS, this photographer was given back one of his work horses for another shoot. The shutter switch release was only PHP133.93 (approx. US$4) and workshop repair charge at PHP1,116.07 (approx. US$35). Everything totaled at PHP1,400 and a very small price to pay for the return of a second camera.

OUTTAKES PLUS SCREEN SHOTS FROM AMAZON.COM

From a commissioned shoot in late 2009 and early this year. Some of the photos that didn’t make it to the catalog pages are below and surprisingly, found some that made it on Amazon.com (bottom last photo).

If you have some interesting products that needs some attention don’t hesitate to give me a call.

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Two things this weekend, read on…

EMBODY- A SOLO PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW BY HEIDI PASQUAL

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Just got a text message from my friend and fellow photographer, Heidi Pasqual, on her solo exhibit at Cubao X, Quezon City. The photography show grand opens at 7pm on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at nineteen zero one. That’s 1 floor above Kebab X and it’ll run till December 4, 2010.

In the artists’ own words, “8 black and white portraits of literature-inspired tattoos. From Rilke to Gaiman, from Slaughterhouse Five to the Bible.” Now that’s an eclectic mix.

From some of the photographs I’ve seen the show will be one awesome display of black and whites-perfectly reproduced in very large format. Just check out the teaser photograph above from the invite.

CANON EXPO TOKYO, JAPAN NOVEMBER 2010

Tokyo is not so far from Manila but expensive to go and not to mention difficult to get a visa for Philippine passports. I would love to experience the Canon Expo first hand but due to other obligations it’s a no go.

A better alternative would be “Canon Expo 2010, a “must” for all Canon enthusiasts”, from Akihabara News. Head on over to their site to view all the photos from the Expo.

COVERING A 90th BIRTHDAY

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The cake topper says it all. The colors red and gold to celebrate 90 years. It was both an honor and a pleasure to have covered such an important event.

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Going over the guest list to make sure everyone has a seat. A celebration this big is always hard work.

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Double happiness and the baker making sure the cake is as perfect as it should be.

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The celebrant making sure the family and guest are all having fun!

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Entertainment in a beautiful package.

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Guest looking over a slide-show of scanned photos from another time.

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A photo from the late 40's presenting 4 generations of the family's women.

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A choral entertaining the guest during dinner.

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One of the videographers recording a speech by the eldest son.

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The celebrant receiving a bigger than life birthday card from his children.

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Before the party ends, sweet buns are given out to the guest for good luck.

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Party's over-til next year.

VERY COOL FIND DURING A BUSY WEEK

This will be pretty much an editing/post processing week. Have a few thousand photos from events and product shots that need some attention. The screenshot below will serve as notice for the next few days.

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After uploading my recent post Week-Ender #62 (Vanilla Kitchen) I checked my stats and noticed some readers were coming from Food Press. Curious as to how that happened I made an inquisitive tap and that brought me to just announced Food Press: Serving up the hottest dishes on WordPress.com. This is where all foodie articles and photos are featured and as luck would have it there it was. Thank you to WordPress for the help on promoting a foodie post. Great work as always.

VANILLA KITCHEN

2nd round to the cupcake saga and the contact info promised from the recent Sweet Desires post. These beauties are not only mouth watering but they are a feast for the eyes (ahem, photographed by moi on Canon EOS 7D with flash, camera left).

Without an assistant present I had them all to myself. Delicately posed in the middle of the night to sultry music playing in the background and still I couldn’t take a bite. If you do want some all to yourself, order away there’s nothing like custom made cupcakes to your liking. (Yes, the numbers and email addy works)

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TREKKING MT. PINATUBO, PHILIPPINES

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In June of 1991, a volcano in the Philippines erupted and some considered it to be the biggest eruption in living memory. Lahar flow covered much of the surrounding villages, towns and forest. Neighboring cities were carpeted in a layer of ash that put normalcy on hold for months. The eruption rendered 2 of the biggest US bases in Southeast Asia useless and affected the rest of the world through weather patterns.

Read more on Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia Blogs

Or take a look at the 3 Part post here on MACphotographyDY with more photos.

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