Little Tutu Angels :-)

 

When a friend invited me to a photo session with the kids who attend her ballet lessons, I immediately said yes because I love kids, especially when they’re doing everything cute for me to adore them.

At Talah-Tales last Sunday afternoon, it was like all hell broke loose with little girls in endearing tutu dresses running here and there and screaming so loud.

I laughed because I know two of the girls: Celine, the daughter of my friend Vicky, who works at the Palawan Electric Cooperative; and Jade, my goddaughter by Clyde and Dacs, who’s grown so pretty.

Jade was in a violet-fuchsia pink tutu, while Celine was in a spritely white one — both look so, so, so pretty — I just can’t help smiling at their amusing behaviors — they melt me 🙂

Here’s what I did with their photos. There’s a third pretty girl; too bad, I miss her name.

Seeking by Contemplation

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Akiko Pria, our model in the recent shoot for the Amorsoloesque Workshop with Maricris Fabi Carlos in Las Piñas, Manila. Edited using the Chiaroscuro technique. Texture employed as background of the photo is from Deviantart.com

Prenuptial: Myra+Gerard

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Back in 2012, I participated in a prenuptial shoot at U.P. Diliman for Gerard and Myra. Out of 50 photographs or more, these are the only ones I like best.

Myra and Gerard are now happily married. These are first prenuptial photos I have ever taken, and I wish to share them here 🙂 Cheers!

Playing Footsie with Quiapo

 

Many years ago, Quiapo was downright dirty — covered in filth, and wet everywhere even if it was high noon. Today, that has changed a bit \O/

Last April, there was no reason for me not to enjoy the photo walk with my friends. I wasn’t even scared of pickpocketers, or brawlers, or those who’d grab you by the arm to force you to buy something from them. Or kids begging for coins with their grubby palms.

This is not to badmouth the place, this is merely telling the truth about what it was  years ago. Right now, anyone going there can be happy to some extent that it has changed.

And with none of those… I thought I’d play FOOTSIE (hahaha!) with Quiapo.

Floriography

 

Flowers from photography of long ago and present. Just sharing this with everyone, who love flowers like I do 🙂 Too bad I don’t know their names.

Strokes of Serendipity

If these photos do not qualify as street photography, then I’ll just call them “strokes of serendipity.” Serendipity because they’re in front of my camera, and they’re agreeable situations I didn’t seek but found interesting.

The worst thing they’d be called is “POVERTY PORN” since a street photographer is not supposed to take photos anymore of  people (or scene) in dire situations.

 

I was unable to imagine my reaction when somebody described my street photo “poverty porn” in one of the SP group sites on Facebook 🙂 I thought “Wot?”

And I thought “poverty porn,” according to Journalists for Human Rights, is “documentation of poverty for profit” since images can convey “powerful messages and can engage” people “deeply and personally, especially in vulnerable moments.” Iba pala?

Even if you’re not peddling your photo to make profit, it can be labeled “poverty porn?” But hey, that’s from a human rights journalist’s point of view.

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Tutti Fruit-ti Lady

Tutti Fruitti Lady

Sharing my latest HDR work. This photo was taken at Quiapo, Manila during a photo walk with some friends last week of April.

For this photo, my setting was 1/40 sec at F5.6 with a focal length of 18mm at ISO 100. With the aperture I used, I thought I’m going to have a background with a depth of field.

I’m so glad it has none 🙂 Or if it has, it’s not that noticeable at all. HDR masters said a good photo for HDR should not have a depth of field so when tonal contrast is applied, details would pop out nicely.

Sexy and I Know It!

A friend from Singapore arrived back in the country last April and invited me to do a sexy shoot (popularly called boudoir too) with him and another friend. Of course, as a greenhorn I was excited  🙂  though I really don’t know what to do, or if there’s a set of ethics photographers follow that I should too.

But it happened without any glitch, thank goodness! I was thankful Bruce and Carlo made me feel comfortable, as well as An Gelly, who’s so game and so professional as a model. Bruce brought lights all the way from Singapore, which was way cool. He also had with him remote triggers for Carlo and I to use so it’ll be easy for us.

Below are some photos from that sexy shoot in my own room at Stone House Hotel 🙂 Ahlav-eehhtt! There is one photo here that I have already posted earlier. That’s the photo of a sexy leg coming out of the closet — it’s part of this shoot.

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Once Upon a Caleruega

Caleruega: Once Upon An Afternoon...

Ever wonder how it feels like to walk to the altar in your beautiful wedding gown?

Just a little ride away off Tagaytay City, there is a church on the hill that’s a favorite among wedding photographers, and couples who are thinking of tying the knot.

This church is said to be named after a small town in Castille-Leon, Spain  —  the TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL OF CALERUEGA in Nasugbu, Batangas/Tagaytay City.

 

Transfiguration since its roof that’s hut-shaped is in “remembrance of the temporary sheds that the apostles” apparently “wanted to build for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah during the transfiguration.” Transfiguration, of course, is Biblical, mentioned in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and Peter. It was that day when Jesus transfigured and became “radiant on a mountain with bright rays of light.”

The church is unfamiliar to me. I’ve never heard of it even if I was told actors and actresses, and some famous people have gotten married, or spent time retreating there. That’s perhaps because I’m not Catholic, and that Miag-ao Church in the Visayas tops my bucket list.

But the Caleruega trip, I must say, was a welcome interlude 🙂 I had fun with my siblings at World ShutterZ Avenue (https://www.facebook.com/groups/WorldShutterZAvenue.WSZA/) Traveling is really more fun in the Philippines when you do it with wonderful people who enjoy the same interest with you.

Caleruega has a garden that’s so lovely and vibrant with different kinds of ornamental plants  that go along the footpath to the chapel on the promontory. There are also towering pine trees that I found so enjoyable since they are good protection from the hurtful sun.

The little chapel is so wonderful with its glass stained windows behind the altar. It can only accommodate a handful of people, which means any wedding there is really a close-knit family affair.

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Manila Cathedral Window

Manila Cathedral Window

1/80 sec at F14 // 10 mm // ISO 100 // Canon EOS 7D // Taken on April 25, 2013 with some friends from World ShutterZ Avenue and FUNtastic Philippines at Intramuros, Manila.

There’s a quote somewhere that I find so useful whenever I come across “beauty” as a topic, I just forgot who’s it from.

It says about people being like stained glass windows. That they spark and shine whenever the sun is out, or in sunlight. But the moment darkness hits, their true beauty is only revealed when there is light from within.

No wonder I only find a few people beautiful 🙂

Sharing this photo of the Old Manila Cathedral with its stained glass window before I say good night. 

Old HDRs

Here’s sharing some of the high dynamic range (HDR) photos I edited in the past. I like to check them out once in a while to recognize the differences — see where I’ve improved and see what’s taking long behind. I’ve taken an online HDR workshop last year, and really learned from that. But I’ve learned more from some friends along the way.