This picture of a kid was taken in Jomalig, Quezon using my Canon 7D and Tamron 70-300mm VC at 300mm. I kinda like the expression on the child’s face.
This is a very wide (21 : 9) picture of Burot Beach that I took the first time I went there. The locals are gathering sea urchins (or sea weeds) while the background are of stranded ships (they were moved when the tide went higher).
The inspiration for a super wide panorama came from Ming Thein (a noted Malaysian blogger). As for the picture, I like this as this was taken on my first trip there, when the place still held magic for me. This was taken with Canon 7D and Tamron 70-300 VC at 300mm (hence, the compression of distance).
Another one of my beginner photoshop projects (something to do while it’s raining and flooding outside). Grass flowers on an acid-induced background.
Last February, my family and I visited Vigan. My second time there and their first. Here are some of the pictures taken there.
Taken in the pottery business in Vigan. These are jars made in the barn and are just stored outside. I love the light falling on the jars and the way the jars are arranged (or not arranged). [Olympus OM-D + 12-50mm]
Portrait of a Tiger
This was taken in Gov. Chavit Singson’s Baluarte. He is the most famous tiger there (I think named Romy or something). When it was still a tiger cub, visitors can have their photo taken while nursing the tiger cub (with milk). When we visited, he is the only tiger not in a cage (but with thick metal chains). [Canon 7D + Tamron 70-300mm VC].
Taken again in Singson’s Baluarte. Maya is a common bird here in the Philippines. The tree is beside an orange wall (part of a structure) and the orange wall provides a nice background (blends well with the color of the birds). [Canon 7D + Tamron 70-300mm VC].
Singson’s Baluarte has a butterfly enclosure and this is one of those butterflies. Shot with the Canon 7D and Tamron 70-300mm VC (love this lens as it can do close ups with a long working distance – will never beat the 100mm macro though).
Both of these pictures were taken inside the Sy Quia mansion – a must-visit site in Vigan. It displays the grandeur of a rich life during our colonial past. My niece was imitating one of the statues/sculpture in the house. The shot of my father is taken inside the house’s dining room. The large open windows, color of the walls and wood and the reflected light from the red roof beside the house (outside the windows) provides beautiful light for taking portraits. [Olympus OM-D + 12-50mm].
My youngest nephew seems to have changed from last year. Last year, he was the one who was always in front of the camera smiling and making cute poses. Now, he’s the one holding a camera (an Olympus bridge camera) and is not too keen on being photographed. Calle Crisologo is the main attraction of Vigan – a street full of old houses, most of which are now stores selling souvenirs (the lower part of the houses as old houses use the lower floor for storage or a garage). [Olympus OM-D + 12-50mm].
Yes we have a souvenir uniform tshirt which we wore on our second day there. My two older nephews did not come with us. I’ve also gained a lot of weight in a span of a year (I’m the fat guy in the left). [Olympus OM-D + 12-50mm].
Some brown birds in Cagbalete Island. Shot with a Canon 7D and Tamron 70-300mm VC at 300mm and then cropped. For shooting birds, you really can never have too long a lens. The birds would fly away whenever I get closer.
This week it’s Photoworld Expo in Glorietta. But unlike those in the US (CES), Japan (CP+) and Germany (Photokina), manufacturers are not in full force as I guess the Philippines is too small a market for them to care (Nikon, for instance, doesn’t even have a subsidiary here but a mere distributor).
There are some gears on display and some you can try (had a nice time trying out the X cameras of Fuji).
Canon is the biggest camera company here as it has its own subsidiary here and they also have the biggest displays. One of their exhibits is a gallery of photos printed with their Pixma printers. Among these galleries is one on a photo contest with vertical panoramas as the theme.
Basically, pictures printed with 2.14:1 aspect ratio in a portrait orientation. This inspired me to revisit some of my previous pictures and try this technique.
Here are three pictures shot and edited before using the normal 3:2 ratio and the vertical panoramas.
The first shot is of the UP Oblation (symbol of the University of the Philippines – a guy offering himself as a sacrifice to the gods or for knowledge). The original was shot with Fuji X10 in 4:3 format, cropped to 3:2. The vertical panorama, I think added nothing to the picture nor did it take away anything substantially. Either format could work.
The second one was taken during our company outing in Bataan – a guy throwing a volleyball. This was shot with the Panasonic TS3 and edited to 3:2. The use of vertical panorama took away the obvious ghosting/flare on the left side of the picture. For me, the 3:2 formats look better but the 2.14:1 could also work and removes the optical imperfection.
For the third one, this is a local resident of Burot Beach, taking home the firewood he gathered. Again, I like the original 3:2 format better but the longer ratio also works.
Below are some more pictures edited using the longer/taller aspect ratio. Their originals are presented at the end of this post.
I would like to know what you think so drop me some comments.
Macros and Closeups
Some 2012 pictures reprocessed in black and white.
This is one of the migratory bird in Calaguas. The bird is on top of a cow or a carabao and the blue foliage makes the picture very busy and the green foliage takes away focus from the bird. I converted the picture to black and white using a blue high contrast filter which basically blackened the green leaves and made the bird stand out.
Same bird but this time in flight. Not a very easy picture to take. My limited experience with shooting birds in flight makes me admire more those who take wonderful shot of bird photographers. Tracking a bird with a 300mm lens is not easy and most bird photographers shoot with 600mm or longer. Granted they’re using lens with better and faster focus but just getting the bird in the lens’ sight is hard, what’s more tracking it. Image stabilization (vibration compensation on my Tamron) really helps – a lot. Anyway, I need more practice and a more bird abundant location.