As we drove through the city of Berlin looking for our hotel, I caught a glimpse of the cutest couple on the road and quickly grabbed my camera. Taking the shot from the moving car, I unfortunately could not get a proper frame of the dog. But I still love this shot 🙂
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/2500, f/4, focal length 47mm, ISO 500
Sari sari (in Tagalog means variety) is small convenience stores which can be found in neighbourhoods all around Philippines. They are mostly privately owned. Some of the them are free-standing huts, while some are operated from inside the shop owner’s house, as it’s actually occupy 1 room of the house.
They sells basic / everyday necessities, from cooking oil to soap, candies to cigarettes, etc. The goods are normally displayed by the large plastic-covered windows or metal-barred window.
Rather than selling a whole package, in sari sari stores customers can buy the commodities in small amount. Therefore you can see small sachets of shampoo, 3-in-1 coffee, etc. The average spending per person in this kind of shop is around 8 pesos (around 2 US cents).
Shot with iPhone 4S
It has been raining non-stop since yesterday and the forecast said that it will continue until the end of the week. The kids are so happy that the school is even suspended today, due to bad weather and typhoon warning in some areas of the Philippines.
I took this shot yesterday from inside the car. My initial aim is actually to take a shot of that girl with red umbrella. But what surprised me was the water drops on the picture. It took me several shots after this one, until I realised that actually it was the effect of flash firing onto the water drops on the outside of the glass (DANG!). I never expected it would be like this. (My sons said, it looks like a glow-in-the-dark coins are attacking the girl who is using umbrella as protection :-))
Shot with Canon PowerShot G12, shot @ 1/60, f/2.8, ISO 250
The traffic situation to / from the kids’ school is getting worse these days due to some roadworks. Yesterday was the worst I have ever experienced, spending double the time on the road than I normally do. But then I’ve got a chance to make a clear shot of him.
Almost every morning this guy is completely wasted, always laying down on the same spot. Next to him is always a bottle of local rhum and a bottle of water.
Just to clarify, in case you are questioning. No, he is not chained. The chain is just attached to the pole behind him.
Shot with Canon G12, shot @ 1/160, f/3.5, ISO 250
Have you ever asked yourself that question?
Like real love life, I believe there is THE moment when we fall in love with our hobby, our passion. Some of us realise that we enjoy doing one particular activity, falling in love with it, pursue it and practice it religiously, seriously, intensely until they become some sort of expert.
While others, falling in love with it, but then for some reasons put it on hold, until one day they realise, heyyy, how about?… Then they wake up from the hiatus.
In this post I’d like to share my photos which were taken back in ’95 (don’t do the math please!). I believe that was my moment. Those were the time when I equipped myself with a hand-me-down pocket cam of Nikon RD2, 2 rolls of colour and 2 rolls of BW films upon hearing that I would be travelling to Russia and France. I have always loved BW, and what could be more perfect for Russia trip than BW films? In that era, for me, Russia was like entering a black and white movie.
At that time, of course, I know zip about photography. No knowledge whatsoever about composition, rule of 1/3, leading line, frame within frame, etc. All I knew was I needed to record the moments, because I don’t know when will I have the chance again to return, if ever. But looking at these photos now, I think I wasn’t THAT bad. Considering that, unlike digital age, you can’t afford too many clicks, can you?
So here are my “Early Photography” photos, whose negatives are unfortunately lost. I only scanned the prints, unedited, except adding my watermarks.
I must have shot this one in the city of Lavra. (?)
Staying in a converted convent accommodation in Suzdal, I took this picture from inside a wooden hut where I stayed.
A shopping arcade in Suzdal. I remember loving the architectural style. Oh, I also remember how amazed I was looking at how bare the interior of every shop was. The amount of goods they were displaying seemed so minimum.
Somewhere in St. Peterburg near Paul & Peter Fortress. (?)
All were shot with Nikon RD2, which by the way, is still kept by my brother 😉
One of the most popular snacks here is Indian mango (I still don’t know why it’s called Indian? Maybe this special mango originally came from India? Have to do more homework on that). You can easily find it from stalls by the street, or from some vendors, like this one, who are going around offering it as snack-on-the-go.
Unlike what is known as sweet Philippine’s mango, this particular one is more crispy, with slightly tart and sour taste. It’s normally eaten accompanied by bagoong (shrimp paste).
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot @ 1/125, f/4, ISO 640
We look at others. We compare ourselves with others. We judge others. I believe we have this built-in system for gauging. It’s human nature.
We sometimes just don’t realise that others do the same to us. It’s a continuous circle :-).
All were shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L
This is a very common view on the road here, particularly before and after school time. It’s around 4-5pm today, the time when kids come back from school. They could be one family. Or it’s also a common practice to share a motor taxi, called habal habal. Share the motorbike, share the cost. The more you can squeeze in, the less you need to pay. Very simple equation, safety aside.
I love the fact that the boy is looking straight to my lens. However, I dislike the fact that the road looks so empty at the point of time when I captured it, while actually it was rush hour. The motorbike just left the busy intersection, thus I didn’t manage to get the rumble jumble into the frame.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot @ 1/200, f/4, ISO 250