Tuesday, November 17


I haven't updated my blog for the past couple of days even though I have prepared some drafts for finalization. Up to now, my mind has been clouded with a lot of thoughts and plans for 2010 and beyond. I'm not sure if I could pull this through but I know we will find out at the end of the day.

Probably, ill have a major overhaul on this blog as well to give it a fresher look. 

For now, I have to prepare my own day 19 days from now: My Wedding. XD

Wednesday, November 11

100 Things We Should Learn About Photography

Ive been a follower of Digital Photography School for quite a while now. and after reading his article on 100 Things I’ve Learned About Photography (http://digital-photography-school.com/100-things-ive-learned-about-photography), it made me check and look what I've learned so far. Ive tweaked the topic and added some comments about it. So here it goes...

1. Never do photography to become a rock-star.
2. Enjoy what you are shooting.
3. Prepare well for your shooting, realizing that your battery isn’t charge when you’re setting up for that sunrise shoot is too late!
4. Always take one warm garment more than you actually need with you
5. Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions while you are shooting
6. Set goals you can achieve
7. Write tips about photography, because writing is also learning
8. Never go shooting without a tripod
--> I'm planning to buy one soon
9. Be pleased with the little prosperity
10. Build relationships with potential photo buddies
11. Watch the place you want to shoot first with your heart then with the camera
12. Always stay calm
13. Know that you tend to overestimate yourself
14. Perspective is the killer
15. Dedicate yourself to photography, but never browbeat yourself too much
16. Take part in a photography community
17. Keep your camera clean
18. Never compare yourself to others in a better or worse context
19. Find your own style of photography
20. Try to compose more and to hit the shutter less
21. Seek out and learn to accept critique on your images
22. Do something different to recover creativity
23. Get inspiration from the work of other photographers
24. Criticize honestly but respectfully
25. Get feedback from your lady
26. Don’t copy other photographer’s style
27. Be bold
28. Take care of the golden ratio
29. 10mm rocks!
30. Take self portraits
31. Read books about photography
(I don't have any books but I'm trying to learn online.)
32. To give a landscape photograph the extra boost, integrate a person (maybe yourself)
33. Every shooting situation is different than you expect
34. Pay attention to s-curves and lines
35. Always shoot in RAW (I haven't tried this since shooting in RAW takes up huge amounts of space)
36. Keep your sensor clean, so you can save some work cleaning your image in post production
37. Discover the things you think are beautiful
38. It takes time to become a good photographer (Up to now, I still feel like a newbie. =D)
39. The best equipment is that what you have now
40. You can’t take photographs of everything (I have to agree on this ^_^)
41. Break the rules of photography knowingly, but not your camera ;)
42. Pay attention to the different way that light falls on different parts of your scene
43. The eye moves to the point of contrast
44. Clouds increase the atmosphere of a landscape
45. Start a photoblog
46. Accept praise and say “thank you”
47. ‘Nice Shot’ is not a very useful comment to write
48. ‘Amazing!’ isn’t useful either. Try to describe specifically what you like or don’t like about an image.
49. You are not your camera
50. Ask a question at the end of your comment on a photo to get a ping-pong conversation with the photographer
51. Do a review of your archives on a regular basis, the longer you photograph – the more diamonds are hidden there
52. Always clarify what the eyecatcher (focal point) will be in your image
53. No image is better than a bad one
54. Everyone has to start little
55. Your opinion about photography is important!
56. Leave a funny but thoughtful comment
57. Speak about your experiences with your photo buddies
58. Limit your photograph to the substance
59. Participate in Photocontests
60. Post processing = Optimizing your image to the best result
61. Shoot exposure latitudes as often as possible
62. Use photomatix as seldom as possible, HDR’s always have a synthetic flavor
63. Always remember what brought you to photography
64. Never shoot a person who doesn't want to be photographed
65. Always turn around, sometimes the better image is behind you
66. It’s who’s behind the camera, not the camera
67. Mistakes are allowed! The more mistakes you make, the more you learn! (Ive done countless mistakes here. =D)
68. If you have an idea and immediately you think : No, this is not going to work – Do it anyway. When in doubt – always shoot.
69. Understand and look to your histogramm while shooting. It delivers very important information about your image
70. Know your camera, because searching the menu button in the night is time you don’t want to waste
71. Shoot as often as possible (Ive done this for 103 days straight before taking a breather.)
72. Believe in yourself
73. Don’t be afraid of getting dirty
74. Pay attention to qualitiy in your image
75. Your photographs are a personal map of your psyche
76. Re-check your ISO-Settings. It’s aweful to detect the wrong settings on your screen.
77. Be thankful for long and thoughtful comments on your images
78. Never trust your LCD. Normally it is brighter and sharper as the original image.
79. Provide for enough disc space, because it’s cheap and you will need it.
80. Learn to enjoy beautful moments when you don’t have a camera with you.
81. Always arrive at least half an hour earlier before sunrise / sundown, composing in a hurry is a bad thing.
82. Try to amplify your mental and physical limits. Takes some extra shots when you think “it’s enough”
83. Pay attention to structures in the sky and wait until they fit into structures in the foreground
84. Visit the same place as often as possible. Light never shows the same mountain.
85. Print your images in big size. You will love it.
86. Calibrate your monitor. Working with a monitor that is not accurate is like being together with someone you can’t trust. It always ends badly.
87. Don’t think about what others may say about your image. If you like it, it’s worth publishing.
88. Never address reproaches to yourself. Learn from your mistakes and look forward, not backward.
89. Fight your laziness ! Creativitiy comes after discipline.
90. Ask yourself : What do you want to express in your images ?
91. Always try to think outside the box, collect new ideas about photographs you could do and ask yourself : Why not?
92. Search for a mentor. (And the search continues XD)
93. Photography is never a waste of time. (Whoever said photography is a waste of time must be nuts.)
94. Every community has it’s downsides. Don’t leave it out of an emotional response.
95. There will always be people who will not like what you are doing.
96. Henri Cartier-Bresson was right when he said that “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” (Ive taken more than 10,000 IMO =D)
97. A better camera doesn’t guarantee better images.
98. Always have printing in mind when you post-process your images.
99. Photography is fair : You gain publicity with the quality of your images. Unless the images are stolen, there is no way of cheating yourself higher.
100. Write a 100 things list

Sunday, November 1

The Last Tree

I still remember that our backyard was used to be filled with different types of trees. Those trees were very helpful in taking most of the flood water every time there was a storm. Whenever I feel hungry, its fruits satisfy my hunger. Some of them were sturdy enough for me to climb up to our rooftop. But now out last tree has been destroyed by the typhoon that passed early this morning.
Thank God we already had electricity since last night after the storm has passed. Strong winds were felt signaling the wrath of the typhoon. By the time I got up from bed, it was already sunny. I went to our backyard and I was surprised that the last tree that we have was already destroyed. It almost fell towards the other house but good thing it didnt fell off. My dad was able to trim some of the branches to lessen the stress of the tree. These are the pictures that I took after the storm.




Now there are no more trees in our backyard. Right now, I miss the good memories playing in our backyard. But I will do my best to provide the same kind of backyard to my future family for them to enjoy.


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