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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.

Lightning Photography

Another tropical typhoon has hit the Philippines and as a matter of fact, we are still in the throes of it’s wrath. Instead of being cozy inside with a nice cup of coffee the EOS 7D is mounted on a ball head tripod and brought outside to experience Chedeng. With strong winds the tripod had to be on extra weights to keep it still-strapped on a back pack full of books.

Below are photos taken on 3 separate nights starting on May 22, 2011. The lightning made it too good not to shoot.

The sky after a typhoon here.

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A Few Cityscapes

The story started with a Canon EOS 7D and a Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM. Then came along a Nikon D90 and a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. With the Nikon D300 and Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 ATX 116 finally making its appearance. This round has Canon outnumbered.

The photo outing started off quick as the sun was setting fast with all the purty colors in the sky. But as the sun finally settled and night came there was just too much clouds for star trails. Maybe next time when the typhoon season settles down for some clear night skies again. Until then…

Cityscapes captured in RAW, converted to TIF file and finally to Jpeg in Photoshop CS5.

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Sunset A Day After

The Philippines has just experienced typhoon Bebeng (international name Man-yi), the second of the year and brought a mean 170 km/h winds. But one of the best times to shoot a sunset is after a typhoon has passed where rain clouds are still present to reflect the suns colors and strong enough winds have blown grey-brown pollution somewhere else.

PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) uses its own naming scheme apart from the rest of Southeast Asia for typhoons (tropical cyclones). The list below are tropical cyclones for 2011.

  • Amang, Bebeng, Chedeng, Dodong, Egay, Falcon, Goring, Hanna, Ineng, Juaning, Kabayan, Lando, Mina, Nonoy, Onyok, Pedring, Quiel, Ramon,
    Sendong, Tisoy, Ursula, Viring, Weng, Yoyoy, Zigzag, Abe, Berto, Charo, Dado, Estoy, Felion, Gening, Herman, Irma, Jaime.  source-Wikipedia

Images were shot using Canon DSLR mounted on a ball head tripod. Images captured RAW, processed to tif file using various softwares (DXO Labs, Photomatix) and further processed to final upload version in Photoshop CS5. Do click images to view larger…

More on HDR here and here

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Captured right after the sun has just set into the horizon. 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix--Exif: EOS 7D, 17mm, f/16, 1/5, ISO 100, tripod mounted and remote triggered with Canon RS-80N3.

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Same view as above in portrait orientation. 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix-Exif: EOS 7D, 17mm, f/9, 1/3, ISO 100, tripod mounted and remote triggered with Canon RS-80N3.

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Captured a few minutes after the above images. 1 exposure HDR processed in DXO Labs-Exif: EOS 7D, 17mm, f/20, 5 sec, ISO 100, tripod mounted and remote triggered with Canon RS-80N3.

The Take Out Box

White is not really all white. White is a mix of creams, greys, whites and yellows. The challenge was to shoot a white take out box against a white background. A few head butting sessions later, concept of using many take out boxes as background became a reality. Providing perspective and a harmonious texture to the subject. Through trial and error the Canon Speedlights had the right formula to isolate the single box as hero and background that blends in.

Captured with the Canon EOS 7D and EF 24-70mm with 2 speedlights and shoot through umbrellas.

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6 Exposure Panorama

It was a beautiful sunset scene that would not even fit into the field of view of a 10-22mm ultra wide angle lens. The next best thing is shoot a series of vertical frames and stitch them.

The image below was stitched in Photoshop from 6 verticals in 24mm. Originally captured in camera RAW file and converted to tif file in Canon DPP. Post processing was kept to minimal adjustments- brightness and boosting colors a tad. A final edge sharpening was applied upon saving to jpeg for posting.

Read on about HDR and manual blending how-to here and here.

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The blaze started this morning around 10:30. Fortunately it was contained within an hour with all the volunteer and government fire fighters present. I hope there weren’t any casualties at the restuarant.

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BREAKING NEWS- Quezon City, Philippines

A raging inferno that started at 10 pm on February 7, 2011 has razed up to 100 homes. As I write this post (2 am) the fire is still going strong with a lot of fire engines whizzing by. The Edsa-Quezon Avenue Service road is now closed to traffic-both east and westbound.

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