Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Aliwan festival 2009

Hi, I attended the Aliwan festival 2009 last weekend. I also wrote a short news item about this in Please click on the link below if you want to see it.

Anyway, the photo I am sharing today is one of the colorful floats that participated in the festival.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

my hometown...another view

This is a view from another side of my hometown. It's almost like a postcard perfect view, right? I did not even color manage this photo. I just used a uv filter.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

patterns...for the last time in this series

This is the last photo about patterns for the moment. I'm sure you have had your fill of the topic for the last few days. So next time, I will start with a new topic.

Anyway, this photo is the headdress of a costume worn by one of the "atis" during the ati-atihan festival which I posted sometime end of January.

If you would like to contribute any "patterns" picture to this blog, you are very much welcome. Just send your photo to my email and I'll upload it for you. Many thanks.

Monday, April 20, 2009

patterns ...created

Playing with water and oil created these patterns.

Just shows that water and oil do not mix. In the presence of water, oil droplets tend to join together and form bigger drops.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

patterns ...rotated

This is the same photo that I shared in yesterday's post. However, I rotated it to a vertical orientation and look what I got...doesn't it look more dynamic?

Sometimes, rotating a photo can give it a new twist and maybe make it more dynamic as what happened here. However, everything of course depends on one's preference. I just discovered that I like the vertical orientation better than the horizontal one. What about you?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

patterns ... one more time

I'm sharing another "patterns" photo today. This is a wall decor of a hospital.

In this series, I just want to show that we can find patterns everywhere. That's why the photos I have been sharing for the last few days include both living and non-living materials.

Patterns are really interesting focus points in composition. Don't you agree?

Friday, April 17, 2009

more patterns

I am still into the "patterns" mood today. So here is another pattern for you.

I know I have already shared several fern photos before but ferns are just simply beautiful. They do create patterns that are very graceful and pleasing to the eye. Don't you agree?

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Here is another "patterns" picture.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


In my other blog,, I talked about patterns as one of the things I like. So I thought of repeating here what I wrote there. I still don't know how to link one blog with another, that's why.

Patterns are exciting subjects in photography. I'm thinking that I might do a series about patterns in the next few posts.

For today however, here is what I wrote in my other blog...

One of the many things I look for when I compose my shots during photography is to look for patterns. So when I thought about "P" as my topic for today, I immediately thought of patterns.

We find patterns everywhere... in things at home, in the office, in school, in nature.

Just look at how crayons are packed or how bottles are stacked. Take a look at the leaves, or the flowers, or the stones. Observe the things in your closet, or your bag, or your desk. You will find patterns there, everywhere.

The challenge in photography is to present these patterns in such a way that they create pleasing pictures. This is the challenge that always excites me. That's why I love taking pictures.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

city lights

This is my first city lights shot. I have not tried this before. It just so happened that the hotel we stayed in last time has windows that overlook the city. The skyline is fantastic at night with all the city lights. I just had to take a picture. The rays of light at the lower part of the photo come from lights that illuminate workers who are on night shift. They are building another hotel just beside the one we were in.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Hello Everyone,

May the miracle of Easter bring you blessings and happiness.

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

a day in the farm

When we were in the province last time, we visited my mom's farm. My daughter, Smarla, enjoyed the day by having pictures with the animals there. She carried in her arms a newly born goat and also tried to catch some chickens.

Here, she is posing with "Babe" (how original!), the pig.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Flying baby

One of the things I love doing when in a public place like Boracay is to watch what other folks are doing and to capture some interesting shots. I love taking "stalker shots" as I call them.

Well, the photo I am sharing today is about a baby being repeatedly thrown up the air by the father. I took a series of shots of the activity. I'm certainly glad that I had my zoom lens with me that day. Although I could not hear them from where I was, I'm sure the baby was squealing with delight or fright then. There was even a point when both father and mother were throwing their baby like a ball between them. Should I say "poor baby" or "lucky baby"? I really wonder if a baby remembers such activity with "delight" or with "fright"?

Do you remember being thrown up in the air at all?

Monday, April 6, 2009

morning mist

When I went home to the province last time, one of the activities I did was to climb a hill and tried to catch the sunrise. Unfortunately, going up the hill took longer than I projected such that the sun was already up when we reached the hill top. However, the morning was still cool such that we were able to catch the morning mist.

So, even if I did not catch the sun rise, the view was still breathtaking because of the morning mist.

The picture I'm sharing today is just one of the many photos I took that day. Don't you feel like singing "...the hills are alive with the sound of music..."?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

twilight jump

I never could get a good jump picture. Something always comes out blurred. I just could not get the right aperture, exposure and shutter speed combination. However, when I went home to the province last time, I tried once more to capture a jump shot with the twilight as background. My daughter, sister, brother and brother-in-law were my willing models. We were at the same pier that I featured in a previous post.

Just to make sure that nothing comes out blurred, I used the sports mode of my camera and finally captured a perfect shot. What do you think?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Generally passages fascinate me. I kind of look forward to whatever is at the end of a passage. If a passage is however too long and narrow then I get claustrophobic. Thus I welcomed this newly built underground passage which connects the Quezon City Hall to the Quezon Memorial Circle. This passage is just short and well-lighted and there are guards at both ends of the tunnel. This is definitely a safer and more pleasant alternative to crossing the street. I wish all underground passages are as well-lighted and airy as this.
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