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Interior Panorama, Eastwood Mall, Libis

It was a quiet Monday morning and the plan was just to shoot a few interior images from different angles. The guys and gals who were prepping for the days operation happily vacated the premises to allow for the full view of the restaurant. Not to pass up the splendid opportunity, it was panorama time.

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The first image is the view when one enters the restaurant. This panorama is made up of 16 images gently stitched, so to speak, together in Photoshop. The single images were first edited and processed in Lightroom 4 to get the exposures evenly across the entire set. The second shows the rows of tables to the right side of the entrance, is stitched together form 20 images with editing in the same software.

The frontage of Slappy Cakes is just bathed in natural sunlight but the rows of tables are set against a window facing a covered walkway without any natural light. A few of the images in the second set needed a 3 exposure stack to even out the lighting. No HDR on the stacked images, they were manually blended in Photoshop.

Click the images and go large…

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April 19, 2013

Get your vanity fix at Maldita’s own hair and beauty studio for full servicing.

Members of the Press and Media, as well as fashion bloggers and other prominent personalities have gathered to witness and join in this significant event. The salon blessing was officiated by Rev. Fr. Benedict Nyoni of St. Paul The Apostle Parish Church, followed by the ceremonial ribbon cutting made by Madame Emelda Teng with special guests, Gen. Manager of L’Oreal, Yunos Koswara and Brand Ambassador for Maldita Studio, Dr. Hayden Kho, Jr. –Maldita Studio

Excellent food and drinks were catered by Mango Tree Bistro.

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Maldita Studio is located at Ground floor, 75 Panay Avenue, Quezon City.

A few weeks before the party I had a few hours to the studio to shoot the interior with a wide lens.

Maldita Studio Foyer © 2013 Mac Dy Photography

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Maldita Studio Color Area © 2013 Mac Dy Photography

Maldita Studio Service Area © 2013 Mac Dy Photography

Finally, a new post.

How many of you still have the Canon EOS 50D and still love to shoot with it? This is the very last model in the xxD line without video and still made out of a metal frame but a camera this old will start to show its quirky nature. First it was the shutter button assembly failure. Brought it to canon and it was replaced within a day.

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My old reliable.

Now, when 2 fresh batteries (BP-511A) are loaded into the battery grip they would not last a day. The top LCD would start doing the blinking low battery dance. Or in some instance a recharged BP-511A are loaded and the camera does not turn on. Sound familiar?
Do not panic. There is probably nothing wrong with the BP-511As. Nor the 50D itself. But the internal clock battery has dried up and needs replacing. The CR-2016 can be purchased in most stores that supply wrist watch batteries.

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The original CR-2012 from the Canon EOS 50D

First, make sure the 50D is turned off. If a battery grip is attached, take out the BP-511As and detach the grip. Look into the 50D battery compartment and there is a little tiny plastic plate with a CR-2016 engraved on it.

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The internal clock battery slot.

Make sure the brand spanking new CR-2016 is right where you need it. Once this is removed date and clock will revert to 0. Don’t worry continuous file numbering will not reset.
Then, by pressing on the grooves with a finger slowly slide out the battery panel. The little plastic battery tray should slide out with just a little bit of friction since the slot has not been moved for years. Then remove the dead CR-2016 and put in the fresh one. + goes on the side facing the BP-511A chamber. Battery brand will not be crucial to breathing new life into the camera. Just make sure the CR-2016 are new stock.

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Put a finger on the grooves and slide out the battery holder.

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Once the old is replaced with the new CR-2016 slide the battery back into the slot and push it down gently into the slot.

Then slide the little tray all the way back inside the slot. Insert the BP-511A into the battery compartment and, close and lock the compartment door. Turn on the camera and the adjust date and time screen will magically appear. Set to the appropriate time zone and the old EOS 50D will have another few years to go.

That is it. Simple, easy and without problems.

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The 50D is now ready to go back into action.

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On a side note, found Energizers near me and it only cost PHP50 (about US$1.00) for a pair.

Happy Holidays 2011

It’s that time of year again: to be with family, eat home cooked food(lots of it) and make pretend Santa brought all those goodies under the tree. There’s nothing like the wide eyed happy look of a kid opening presents.

The tree shot with Canon EOS 7D and processed in Photoshop CS5. Snow texture by Oh Joy Photography-thanks!

Merry Christmas, dear readers. Posting will resume in the next few days after all the food and drink gets digested.

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Stormy Clouds

Been sick and working and thus the absence of any new post the past week. Things have gotten better and posting duties will continue…

For now, the photos below were captured last week when typhoon Juaning was scheduled to leave the Philippines area of responsibility. More storm clouds for your viewing pleasure here and here.

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Wedding Photography

Instructions from the church coordinator were: photographers and videographers must not stand in the Chancel (In church architecture, the chancel is the space around the altar in the sanctuary at the liturgical east end of a traditional Christian church building. It may terminate in an apse. -Wikipedia) area. Ok then I thought, Heidi and Mel will never ever have a photo of themselves kneeling in front of the priest listening to the sermon or saying their vows. Since I doubt the couple will ever go through this again- with utmost respect and good intentions, there just had to be some shots coming from that area.

I slowly inched closer to the off-limit area but surely my tall build didn’t help much as everyone in the church noticed this photographer doing what he wasn’t supposed to. But in hind sight, it was well worth it.

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Quezon City, Philippines

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Night time HDR with 3 exposures, manual mode. Shot RAW and converted in Photoshop CS5. Click to view large.

This memorial at the intersection of Tomas Morato and Timog Avenue was erected in memory of the Filipino Boy Scouts and scout masters who died in a plane crash in the oceans of Bombay, India on their way to the 11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Marathon, Athens.. The incident in July 28, 1963 was considered one of the most horrific involving a plane. With a total of 62 passenger of which 24 were members of the Philippine Scouts and 22 of them just teens. There were no survivors and only 5 bodies were identified by next of kin.

This particular area is named Barangay “Laging Handa” (Tagalog for “Always Prepared”), the motto of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and many of the streets are named after the 24 scouts that perished. Today, the Laging Handa area has become an entertainment hub for folks living in Quezon City and surrounding areas.

Pictured here is the round monument with the recent addition of the obelisk with the statue of Tomas Morato, the first Mayor of Quezon City. The street on the left top corner is Timog Avenue intersecting with Tomas Morato starting from the right top corner.

Its too bad all that electrical and cable TV wires crisscross across the frame.

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Another frame slightly from a different angle. 5 seconds single exposure, no hdr, captured RAW and coverted in Photoshop CS5. Click to view large.

Impromptu Event Shoot

It just happened. No advance booking or details. Came home to the tune of 200 images with a stomach full of good food.

The Atrium is beautifully lit but a disaster to DSLR white balance. Flash was used on most of the photos (except the 1st and last 2) and had to be off camera for a bit of directional lighting. No flash diffusers were used. Exif details: Canon EOS 7D+Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM+Speedlite 580 EX II on slave mode. For ultra wide angle lenses it is better to use off camera remote flash. Just be creative with your hands and don’t forget to bring a tripod.

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