Wooott...I just got home from a drinking session with a couple of my best buds and I really feel like blogging at 1:12 AM in the morning. It seems that I really am suffering from a disorder where I feel the effects of things in reverse (well that's according to my girl who's in the field of medicine) its just like how alcohol keeps me awake and energize while coffee tends to make me sleepy. :) Anyway, I was scheduled to meet my two friends at a Bar and Resto for a couple of drinks, but I was a bit too early. So while I was waiting for them, I did a little tinkering with my camera and did some light painting to kill time. I've been meaning to this stuff after reading this post from Adaphobic.com late 2008, but never really had the chance or the willingness to do so... well not until tonight. :)) check out my other shots after the jump :)
In relation to my previous post about the Yongnou Speedlite 460-II, I got the chance to borrow my friend, Princess Dee's D90, she does make-up for all kinds of event by the way, a certified make-up artist for a fraction of the cost, you can PM me here or go to her facebook page MakeUpbyPrincessDee for more details :D Anyway, back to her camera, the Nikon D90 has a built-in remote that could be use to trigger an external flash thus giving me the perfect opportunity to try out the YN460-II as a slave flash. So far, I'm satisfied with this trial shot given that I was in a rush (had to go to a post-Christmas party hosted by Princess as well, she's also a chef btw =D> ) and never really had time to atleast arrange the set (my room/dump site :)) ). Please excuse the model too, I had no one else with me that time except for my tripod so live with it! /wahaha
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First of all, I have no idea know what was going through my mind when I thought of that title, but hey, it’s there, so live with it :D Anyway, just recently, I finally bought an external flash to be partnered with my Nikon D40. You see, I’ve been learning my stuff at DIY Photography and I came across an article that says : to be able to master photography, I must learn how to master lighting and besides the camera, a good external flash should be more of a priority to invest in rather than lenses for those who truly wants to learn the basics of photography. So after reading that, I scoured the web for quality, less expensive (okay, cheapest :D ) external flash and found this Yongnou Speedlite YN460-II. I read some reviews about it, and learned that its use is comparable to the Nikon SB-600, but of course with less features and you don’t get to have the ‘NIKON’ logo in front of it to boast around. But, for a quarter of the price of an SB-600, I’d rather print ‘NIKON’ on a sticker paper and stick it on a Youngnou :D . Some advanced photographers may say otherwise about its comparison to the SB-600, but hey, I’m a noob, I’ll believe anything :D
December 25, 2010 at 11:25 PM – Here I am staring blankly at my computer, sitting alone in my room, getting deaf with silence, thinking “tis the season to be jolly, huh?”… hmmmm… it’s supposed to be Christmas, the time when people should be at their happiest, being with their family and all that, it just seems the’ Christmas cheers’ just didn’t get through me after all. I should be sleeping right now to fast-forward time, but the Christmas blues just won’t let me, so I figured I might as well write about it here just to get it out of my system… damn… depression sucks big time!
/XD Waaah.. It's Christmas eve, tis the time most Filipino families has come together, reunited with their love ones, singing, laughing, getting busy preparing for Noche Buena. For now, I just want to share a very heart-warming story just so as to remind us all about the true meaning of Christmas.
It's a must-read story that has been circulating in inboxes for quite sometime, hopefully you'll read through it til the ending. This should melt any coldness in your heart this Christmas season and send those tears bursting down your cheek /no enjoy...
Yup, you read it right. What else can you do on a weekend being all alone in the house with lots of free time? you play with yourself, right?... While you sit around, you get bored watching TV and playing the same movies over and over. Then, suddenly some thoughts enter your mind. Stimulating thoughts that make you helpless to resist. Suddenly you feel the urge to do something. Then without knowing you just reach out and grab your…
/hihi I just wanna share this rare view of a burning sky taken in Calasiao, Pangasinan :D . This was taken last July 7, 2009, I just got off work that time and was just lucky enough to caught a glimpse of this spectacular view and frame it.
December 11, 2010 - Finally, this was the opportunity that I've been waiting for, to finally get the chance to cover a wedding together with experienced photographers, its a huge stepping stone for me towards my plan on shifting careers :D Master photographers Abel Baldemor, Fay Nicolas, and Olga Villanueva was kind enough to let me joined them on their shoot and teach me a thing or two about wedding photography. I also wanna give a shout-out to my highschool buddy, Ferdie Tinquico, for accomodating me on such short notice since the wedding was in Baguio and was scheduled on a Saturday at 9AM and call time was 5:30 AM to give enough time for preparations and photo shoots before the actual wedding. I was already in Baguio that Friday to do some work and stayed with Ferdie for the night. It's a good thing his place is just near the meeting place, no need to get lost for my first break :D and so before anything else, I would also like to thank Mr. Val Corrales and Catherine Macalino-Corrales for letting me be part of their special day and I hope these photos could do justice to their beautiful wedding :) Oh and this is just Part I (preparations) comments, advice, and criticisms are very much welcomed! :D and here we go...
Last November 19-22,2010 - a group of 9 mostly Manila-based bloggers plus myself went on a Western Pangasinan excursion. Headed by true-blue Pangasinenses Anton and Mica, chief organizers of the whole experience, they were eager to show other bloggers the beauty of our hometown. I was fortunate enough to be included in the group that includes such heavy weights as Estan Cabigas (langyaw.com) and Ada (adaphobic.com). Five bloggers arrived during the first day; Mica, Ada, Sir Estan, Robbie, and Darwin to explore central towns such as Dagupan City, Calasiao, Lingayen and experience local delicacies such as Calasiao’s Puto and Pigar-pigar. Day 1 of the official western tour was all about the Hundred Islands at Alaminos City, by now Anton, Gael, Marky, Cai joined to complete the group. Special thanks to Islandia Hotel, Local Tourism Office, and Island Tropic Restaurant for their hospitality during our brief yet memorable stay. And now we come to Day 2, the Bolinao Experience. This trip was made possible by Puerto del Sol Resort who took care of our iterinary, accommodation and even the food :D oh and they have a very cool website, check it out http://www.puertodelsol.com.ph/ . My stay together with the other bloggers at Puerto del Sol was I think just close to perfect that it deserves a separate post :D for now, I’ll just focus on the whole Bolinao experience :D
Pangasinan – one great thing about living in the edge of the Philippine archipelago is that you’ll never run out of white sand beaches. I’m sure you’ve heard about the beaches of Bolinao, the islands of Alaminos, even the crowded waters of Lingayen, San Fabian, and Bonuan; but have you ever heard about the beach in Cabalitian Island just off the coast of Labrador, Pangasinan?
Baguio City, Philippines – The tagline ‘A Slice of Home’ is not an exaggeration of how I really feel about this humble Café and Restaurant located along the corners of Yandoc St. and Naguilan Road, Baguio City.
Hundred Islands National Park, Alaminos, Pangasinan – A staple in the Department of Tourism’s list of top tourist destination in the country; a 2 million-year-old national geological monument, and some may call it to the extent as a ‘Paradise’ on Earth - Yet, here I am, been living in Pangasinan for 16 years, just an hour or two at max bus ride away from this stunning spot, and still it took about 11 years (been there once when I was a kid) and 9 outsiders (mostly Manila-based bloggers) to made me fully experience what this group of 124 mushroom-shaped islands (during low tide, 123 during high tide) has to offer. I’ve been raving about the beaches of Boracay and Palawan, about the activities in Camarines Sur, raving about how great it would be to go to those places and yet taking for granted the majestic place just outside of my doorstep that is the Hundred Islands. I guess you can never truly see the value of something (or someone) until you lose it.