Monthly Archives: September 2007
|I’m a Winner!!!||25 Sep 2007|
I got some very good news for you.
The results of second Quarter Contest of Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) are out now.
I got the Ninth Place at Silhouettes, Shadows and Good Light category.
At the same time, Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalist Association [AG]WPJA released its second quarter results.
First place at Ceremony category
Seventeenth Place also at Ceremony Category
Fifth Place at Getting Ready Category
Nineteenth Place, also at Getting Ready Category
These photos put me at the top 3 photographers for 2nd Quarter at [AG]WPJA.
I’m still overwhelmed by the birthday party given to me last night and I got this news early morning. I’ll tell you about it next time. Meanwhile, let me catch my breath for awhile. :)
|It was forty years ago today…||24 Sep 2007|
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Album was the number 1 album in Billboard Chart 40 years ago. I have quite a number of CDs and LPs in my collection and I must say Sgt. Peppers is in the top list. It’s hard to say why it became my all time favorite but having multiple copies of that album proves it. :)
This is just a time for me to step back and look what happened in the last forty years.
I was an infant in the late 60s so I can’t remember anything. Some people said I’m cute when I was a baby. I just don’t know what happened when I grew up. :) Of all the things I lost in my life, my cuteness disappeared too early. :)
The 70’s were the boring years. My life was very slow that I felt it was moving at half or quarter speed. At that very slow speed, I felt I missed so much in my life. For some reason, I’m in search of photos of establishments in Makati, Roxas Blvd, and Manila. Every time I see some antique shops, I was hoping I would stumble on to something.
The 80’s were my confused years. This is the time I don’t have a clue of myself. Although this is the time I felt that I’m an artist but it was blurry that time. So many things happened in those ten years that until now I don’t really understand. I only need one letter to describe it – Y?
The 90’s was the eye-opener. Things starts to get clearer. I found Photography among other interesting things. Although I struggled for ten years finding out some sense, I finally found myself after December 31, 1999.
For the past 7 years, life has been running at a very fast rate. However, things have meaning now. I’ve come to appreciate the little things around me and how it greatly affects me.
I’m hoping I’m gonna spend the next forty years touching other people’s lives using one simple rule – be kind.
Popular opinion is we live in the hard times. True? Maybe or maybe not. I have to say it’s a wonderful life. Even though I still want gazillion things for myself, but actually, I am a man who has everything. :) Hard times? Like the Beatles, I get by with a little help from my friends. :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
“There are moments in every mans life, when he glimpses the eternal” – Robert Conway from Lost Horizon
|Image Processing||21 Sep 2007|
I’d like to illustrate the basic process that I do in my images. For me, image processing has several factors involved like patterns, effects, message, moods, etc. This is sort of before and after illustration.
This is the original shot downloaded from the camera. As we examine, we see several elements in this picture. There’s the radiant bride (of course :) ), the light source and patterns.
First, I burned some parts to highlight the bride and the lamp. Sometimes, I tend to overdo it losing some details on the dark areas. In this case I was able to control myself. :)
Then I pumped up the contrast a little more.
I feel the color doesn’t add anything to the overall impact, so I decided to convert it to black and white.
I then do final dodging and burning on some parts. Now, it’s very dramatic. :) If this image goes to the album, I may refine more the highlight and shadow areas. For the purpose of illustrating the process, this is enough. Now to save you from scrolling up, here’s the original image. :)
|Madre de Dios Chapel (Tagaytay Highlands)||20 Sep 2007|
I had a wedding last August at Madre de Dios Chapel at Tagaytay Highlands. It’s nice to have more choices other than Caleruega and Chapel on the Hill. I think it can have around 200 people inside. It’s well lit.
This is the facade. Design is modern and has a country-feel on it.
Sideview and view of driveway.
The aisle is short, just like Caleruega and Chapel on the Hill.
I wish there’s a choir loft for top shot.
One side is facing the beautiful Taal lake. There’s a small garden which is ideal for pictorials.
This is the side of the church.
It’s also near the Tram station.
|Anti-bridal shoot…again||09 Sep 2007|
There’s a new trend lately – Trash the dress. I’m not sure yet if I want to do it because posing is not my specialty. Although I did several posed shots that were recognized by some people, it’s still not my strength. I’m a wedding photojournalist.
I haven’t done any extensive research on trash the dress but my impression is to do something outrageous to your gown. It could be making the dress wet, lying on sand or even setting it on fire. Maybe sometime, the principle behind it will sink in to my brains.
For now, I believe in my anti-bridal shoot. It’s very similar to trash the dress thingies but I like to project some attitude. Yesterday, for lack of scenic shot at Sacred Heart, I did this…
Derek and Trina were already a couple since their grade school days. Those monoblock chairs represent the school chairs and the textures gives an old feeling.
Whether it’s trash the dress, wet the dress or burn the dress, I want some attitude in it.
Here some previous entries on anti-bridal.
|Anticipation||07 Sep 2007|
What we can do and want to do is projected in our imagination, quite outside ourselves, and into the future. WE ARE ATTRACTED TO WHAT IS ALREADY OURS IN SECRET. Thus passionate anticipation transforms what is indeed possible into dreamt – for reality. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe