The year 2010 just ended after I took a snap of that photo above. I closed my eyes and thank God for the wonderful healthy year that was again added under my belt. I have to say 2010 is one of the most fruitful year I've had for the last 23 years of my existence. It started with me having a good-paying job (well that's because I'm in the province :)) No starbucks to drained you here, 7 pesos lang ang 3-in-1 ngarud! :D ) that allowed me to offset my liabilities versus my assets... finally.... Two, the experience I gained with my current job, processing general documents, attending court hearing, countless hours of interacting with government employees and whilst most of the time irritating, I consider it priceless. Those were real-life lessons that I have not learnt in college but will surely serve me well in the future.And though my job is starting to get really frustrating at times, I have things still to be thankful for such as the friendship I share with my colleagues/ supervisor. Which I think is what still keeps me going. 'Dahil sa kanila, nasa work pa rin ako, at sumisweldo pa rin' =)) better be frustrated lang than be broke and frustrated :))
Way back 2008 after I graduated from college, I felt lost. All I know was that I have to find a decent job, earn some dough, save up, get married, settle down and make a lot of duplicates of myself, that was the 'PLAN'. If somehow it was just that easy, but it seems that I easily get bored with stuff I'm doing. Don't mean to sound boastful but I know I have the ability to perform flexibly, I'm a fast learner and can really wow people with a variety of skills, a jack of all trades if you may (well, that's judging by previous comments made by my previous supervisors). But I think that's a problem for me. A jack of all trades, master of none is more of a con than a pro. I perform at a high level early, thus raising expectations, then I lose motivation, then SPLAT!... disappointments... :( if somehow I can just find the passion in what I do, but it seems that it was very hard to find passion if your motivation for work is to just earn money and save up.
Sometime in the year 2009, I bought my first (well, only) DSLR. I have always been fascinated with photography ever since my high school days, as I love seeing great photos, but back then I was under the perception that it was reserved only for those who can really afford it. To make a long story short, I started to tinker with my camera, took lots and lots of photos and started to get good feed back by just using the auto-settings of my camera (I was using it like a point-and-shoot). I was starting to fall in love with photography, and I was determined to learn more. During this time, my income was well... hmm.. tamang tama lang pangkain ng tatlong beses sa isang araw :D so when I saw that a 2-day workshop would set me back two months of dinner and about a week of lunch, the fire inside me burned out, and again lost motivation :(
|Taken with auto-settings of my D40 (No Flash Mode) One of the first very few photos I'm proud off|
Fast tract to 2010,(tamad na magkwento :)) ) this was the year I finally made a huge jump in terms of my photography skills ( from level 0 to level 0.5 ). I've decided to just learn everything from scratch. Fortunately, I've met people who in someway, gave me a crash course in photography without them even really noticing it. I'll take time to thank them first. SIR Estan Cabigas, I never knew he was a Photography instructor until he gave me five tips to master the art (1. know the basics, 2. learn composition, and 3. PRACTICE! 4. PRACTICE! 5. PRACTICE!); Anton Carranza, he helped me out in better understanding ISO and exposure +/-; Ada Lajara, aperture and depth of field (the two things that I was really having a hard time comprehending) and finally, the HOT team of Sir Abel Baldemor, Ms. Fay Nicolas, and Olga Villanueva, for teaching me a lot of their techniques (perspectives, styles, composition :) ) and letting me joined in in one of their shoots (great experience :D ) With all of these people behind me, I again found my fire, that now has just kept on burning and burning. I've decided that this is the path I want to follow and channel all my efforts and (possibly resources :D ) to improve my skills. With all of that said, I can now proudly say, 'Marunong na ako gumamit ng manual mode! Ayun! :)) hahaha...
|Finally learned about lighting... next is to learn better casting of models :D|
One of the highlights of 2010 for me was probably the West Pangasinan Blogger's tour. This is where I met the likes of Estan, Anton and Ada (thanks due to Micaela Rodriguez for this, whose as of this writing, is going gaga over Croatia :D ) and other bloggers that played a key part in tapping into a deep sleeping passion of mine, travelling. This trip opened up a lot of things for me, learning how to socialize with new people (I'm naturally shy, though hindi halata :)) ) and now look at me, I've got travel plans for 2011 other than the usual home-office-mall-beach routine! :) you can read my experience about this tour here, kung gusto mo lang :D
|New blogging buddies at Bolinao|
|College Friends from left: Jim, Vijay, Myk, Angel, Sir Randz, Sir CJ, Dudz, Lee's Friend, Lee, and Bhel ♥|
|Fred and Chu: perfect example of why opposite sides attract :P|
|Check the hair: Gummy, me and boss Mark (photo credit to xes)|
|From left: Angel, Xes, Alvin, me, Sir Jhe, and Maam CJ (photo credit to xes)|
|My first wedding shoot experience with the 'HOT' Team|
|First photoshoot complete with a MUA and costumes :D Models: Shaira and Hazel :)|