Old Habit & Singapore (Part II)

THERE IS A PHOTOGRAPHER in Singapore, whose LE photography works are really outstanding. His name is Thomas Leong.

Check his Flickr account, and you too, will be amazed by how much passion, how much love he gave to his creative photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/soulfly7/

It’s actually embarrassing to bring his link here, knowing that you can all note the dissimilarities between our LE works. Nonetheless, it’s saying to get better in what we want to do, we have to feed our curiosity; we have to look for someone who can influence us, inspire us to do something about our own creativity.

That’s Mr. Leong to me. Who knows, I might meet him next time?

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LIGHT SHOW from the Sky Park at the Marina Bay Sands.

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In one photo. The SINGAPORE FLYER, the Lotus-shaped ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM, and the MARINA BAY SANDS from across the bay.

There are a few basic tips that I take with me every time I journey into the photography genre.

  • A sturdy tripod is very, very important, especially if you’re on a really slow shutter speed and it is windy around you. Make sure it is standing on an even and solid ground. A tiny shake of the apparatus can make a whole lot of difference in your desired result.
  • Wide angle lens with the smallest aperture need.
  • You may also opt to use a cable release or remote
  • Use INFINITY focus.
  • Bulb or Manual on the mode dial.
  • 5-30 seconds shutter speed.

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Composition is the most important thing in any genre of photography. Don’t just shoot your camera, look for a new concept of the same view in front of you. You’ve got to do it. Otherwise, what sets your photo apart from the others, who have stood in front of that view with their cameras?

At the end of the day, what will always matter is if you’re able to provide your viewer with a different perspective. Did your photo give them a new POV? Did it invite interest or curiosity?

That’s what matters.

The deadliest deadline I gave myself to learn long-exposure photography was three years ago. I’m starting all over again, I hate long breaks. But when this is all done, what I will do is to look back and think once in a while about how long it took me to really learn.

That way, I’d have a habit loop.

 

What Are The Odds?

FISHING VILLAGE: Cambodian little girl sitting on a piece of wood that supports her house. Shy and does not want to be photographed was her little brother.

How likely is it that I leave? You know the feeling? Too many hands, but no fingers are lifting to help?

I swore I wouldn’t feel this. I swore I’m not going to care if nobody pays attention, but… but… my impatience is now bigger than the even-tempered care I am trying very, very hard to hold on to. It’s madness that I continue to do something that’s taking a lot of my time, and yet…

Ice Bucket Challenge

Got challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket… brrrrr… just thinking about the cold water and the ice cubes 🙂 yay!

Man! I accepted, but I’m thinking FLOUR. No way, I’d do the cold water and the ice cubes because I just had cough and colds. And yes, I will donate 🙂

Anyway, here are some more photos from my recent trip in Siem Reap, Cambodia. More photos here https://www.facebook.com/PalawenyaPhotographybyTRFormoso

Baragatan sa Palawan 2014

My province recently celebrated its 112th Civil Government Anniversary through the annual convergence event “BARAGATAN.” In our local dialect, Baragatan means “convergence.”

Every year during the month of June, all 23 local government units (LGUs) journey to the capital Puerto Princesa City to participate in the festivities: the LGU Trade Fair for their “One Town, One Product” (OTOP); culture and arts presentation, such as the Saraotan sa Dalan (street dancing in the Cuyunon dialect), and many others to mention.

Among all activities, my favorite is the Saraotan sa Dalan or street dancing competition because participants wear colorful costumes and head gears, and the beat of the drums is just fantastic — totally different from the usual music we hear all the time.

Too bad I wasn’t able to get a photo of Wak-wak. Weird sounding name — it’s a sand worm — harvested by the locals, dried under the sun, and cooked (fried or ceviche) as food. I swear it’s good!

Here are some photos from the street dancing competition. Love the colors!

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People Are Beautiful…

People as photography subjects are really interesting, particularly if they give out unassuming expressions. Here’s another set of photos from my recent trip in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I also posted landscape and temple photos that are very beautiful.

I edited them in the way paintings would look on bare walls, and I super like the results 🙂

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Cambodia’s Lovely People

Never touch a monk in Cambodia, especially if you’re a woman and you want to photograph him because he’ll leave, and you waste a good opportunity.

Angkor Wat, where sunrise is warmly beautiful, and Ta Phrom, where Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was shot, are not the only things to love about Cambodia. More than the them, I also love the Cambodians or the Khmer people.

Here’s a set of photos capturing the daily lives of the Cambodian people, who are said “to strongly identify their identity with their religious beliefs and practices, which combine the tenets of Theravada Buddhism with elements of indigenous ancestor-spirit worship, animism and shamanism.”

Perhaps the reason why they have almost 4,000 temples; 2,000 discovered, and maybe over a hundred opened to tourists so they too, can appreciate the culture of the ancient Khmers.

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HDR Versions

I’m lagging behind badly doing this photo blog, I know…

It was just really super busy for me the past few days . I was swamped with work, photography, responsibilities at home, my local organization — it’s cruel, but I will live 🙂

Anyway, I shared a raw file for my friends at the Philippine HDR Photographers to play with just a few days ago; they all did very good versions. Here they are 🙂 and here’s the link too, to our group site https://www.facebook.com/groups/thephilippineHDRphotographers/

My own version is in there somewhere 🙂

Disfigured “Figured Out”

I know last night that I got today figured out. But “figured out” got disfigured; thanks and cheers to oversleeping like I don’t know what hit me. Perhaps it was receiving the good news that my senatorship had been approved by the JCI Senate Philippines… hmmm.

The hangover still lingers where that one is concerned. Anyway, I’m just grateful 🙂 Being a JCI Senator will open a new chapter in my life; I’m already excited to know what’s in it for me, or if I would be able to touch other people’s lives by what I will bring into the chapter (JCI Senate Palawan).

“Service to humanity is the best work of life” remains to be my favorite line in the JCI Creed. And I know for sure that wherever life decides to take me, it will be with me.

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My share today is not my photo. This temple in Cambodia was shot by my friend Lolit Whorlow, who is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She recently went on a trip there, and took this image from outside the temple. My contribution to it is to turn it into high dynmic range  🙂

Cambodia is on my bucket… eheste, small pail list. Maybe next year, I’d be saying a little prayer in this temple.

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Diana’s Wings…

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MODEL: Diana Sunshine Rademann is a beauty pageant title holder who lives in Puerto Princesa City.

I’ve successfully downloaded cute brushes that are free online, and one of them creates cool moons like this one on my photo. I love to use them, especially if I’m practicing digital manipulation.

Of course, naysayers would say unprocessed photos are more appealing because they are what are real and true. And I agree. But I also want to learn many things — and that said, I always make it a point to set myself on the learning mode each day.

It’s fun to learn; it does not stagnate a person — it makes him/her proficient. I learned digital manipulation after attending a workshop in April with Maricris Fabi. Since then, I’ve been practicing a lot 🙂 

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.