Thursday, December 13, 2007

The vain in me

Wow, that's me!


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

My Wishlist

You can view my list here.


Mactan Island: A Picture Essay

Starting next month, I will embark on a 6-month personal photography project on Mactan Island. Basically, it's a picture essay that will show the true state of this island city of Lapu-lapu.

Friday, November 09, 2007

DPP Issue #5

I'm not a subscriber of Digital Photographer Philippines (DPP) magazine but I'm a collector. I have all the issues except #5 & #7. I made it known to all members of the DPP online forum that I'm willing to pay P500.00 (each) for a used copy of 5 & 7.

Yesterday, to my surprise!, I received #5 via LBC with a handwritten note from Nick Tuason, DPP's Editor, that my copy is for free and that they will keep a lookout for #7. All I have to do, he said, is to spread the word about DPP. Well, that's easy considering that DPP is very well known among the photo community because of its world-class print & content quality.

Domou arigatou, more power to DPP!!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

My 2nd work to be published

As printed in i-Mag Photography magazine Vol. 1 No. 11 (October Issue)

Anyway, using my last blog entry as reference, we got back our TV after 3 working days. Fortunately, the lightning only blew up a fuse, diode and a capacitor - just minor parts. Good news indeed!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Lightning Strike

Around 8:30 last night, there was a loud & nerve-wracking lightning strike near our home and it killed our TV set.

Anyway, I'll be bringing the set tomorrow to Sony Repair Center. This blog entry serves as my record in monitoring the repair leadtime.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Monday, October 01, 2007

Flickr Explore

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Off-camera Flash Photography

As I long for freedom, I ditched Nikon's SC-28 flash cord and went wireless with GadgetInfinity's cheapo V2s Trigger set. I modified the trigger board a bit to increase its open-air range and here's a shot when cover is open:

And here are sample shots I took last week:

Can you make a guess on the location of the flash in each image?

Friday, September 14, 2007

DIY SB-600 Diffuser

As mentioned in my previous blog entry, shown below is my DIY diffuser. Material used is a plastic binding cover (bought in National Bookstore). This plastic has 2 surface finish: coarse & smooth. For the inner side of the diffuser, I used the coarse side so as to have consistent 'scattering' of light.

Again, I would like to emphasize that you'll only use a diffuser when you have (preferably white) walls or ceilings around you. Otherwise, you'll look stupid for trying to bounce/diffuse light off the clouds (now what if it's a cloudless day?). Seriously, you're just wasting power.

If you really need to use flash outdoors, you can do the following:

1) Bounce light off a reflector.
2) Use as fill light (during bright daylight)
3) Use your flash off-camera via extension cord or an RF trigger system.

Remember, photography is basically lights & shadows.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

Nikon D40 Noise Handling Performance

I was able to find time last night to perform this investigation. Throughout this test, onboard Noise Reduction (NR) is off.
Image @200
Model = NIKON D40
Exposure Time = 2"
F Number = F5.6
Exposure Program = Manual
ISO Speed Ratings = 200
Focal Length In 35mm Film = 82mm

Image @1600
Model = NIKON D40
Exposure Time = 1/4"
F Number = F5.6
Exposure Program = Manual
ISO Speed Ratings = 1600
Focal Length In 35mm Film = 82mm

Image @3200

Model = NIKON D40

Exposure Time = 1/8"

F Number = F5.6

Exposure Program = Manual

ISO Speed Ratings = 3200

Focal Length In 35mm Film = 82mm

More here.

Monday, September 03, 2007

MSU 46th Foundation Day

MSU Alumni Association - Central Visayas Chapter
September 1, 2007 6pm Jo's Chicken Restaurant, Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City

More pictures here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Nikon SB-600

Last week, I sold my Nikon SB-400 Speedlight, Sto-fen OM-400 Diffuser, & Nikon SC-28 Cord and upgraded to Nikon SB-600. I hate this addiction syndrome! ;-)

Anyway, for this model, I won't be buying a diffuser (P1,200). Instead, I'll make my own. I'll post the result later.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Weekend 32

A bed for a rose
Orton Effect
A fisherman navigates his boat over this under-the-bridge waterflow chokepoint. It's like rafting.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


My Photography & Photoshop-related Books:
(as of July 26, 200&7)

The Digital Photography Book: The Step-By-Step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros! by S. Kelby


The Digital SLR Guide: Beyond Point-and-Shoot Digital Photography by J. Canfield

Digital Photography: Expert Techniques, 2nd Edition by K. Milburn

National Geographic Photography Field Guide by P. Burian, R. Caputo

Lighting the Nude - Top Photography Professionals Share Their Secrets by A.Larg, R. Hicks, F. Schultz

Photoshop® CS2 Killer Tips by S. Kelby, F. Nelson

Idea to Image in Photoshop CS2: Rick Sammon's Guide to Enhancing Your Digital Photographs

Sams Teach Yourself Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 in 24 Hours

Photoshop® CS2 FOR DUMMIES by P. Bauer

Digital Art Photography FOR DUMMIES by M. Bamberg, MA

Adobe Photoshop CS2: Photographers’ Guide by D. Busch

The Photographer's Guide to Photoshop by B. Thomas


The challenge now is to find time to digest all the wonderful & useful contents. Some of these books were just xerox copies/printed from an eBook format. I then had them professionally bookbounded.

However, I'm focused with Harry Potter Book 7 this week so everything else is slowed down.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

My first published work

Mabuhay ang bagong kasal!

Renford Suralta - Liza Zafra Nuptials
San Antonio de Padua Parish Church
July 7, 2007 - Cagayan de Oro City

Reception: SBC Party Venue, Cagayan de Oro City

Complete pictures here.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Bulak para sa akong hinigugma

For you, my Fudge...

Tamrac Velocity 8x

Finally, my photography kit now includes a decent bag. Previously, I was just using a generic all-purpose bag - it's not padded and stuff inside easily gets tangled. I used it because it doesn't look like a camera bag.

Yesterday, I bought a black Tamrac Velocity 8x. It looks cool and still doesn't look like a camera bag. I tried stuffing my whole kit (save the tripod) and there's still room left for a souvenir or two.

Nikon D40 & Tamrac Velocity 8x

Monday, June 18, 2007

Weekend Stars

My funny, intelligent, and good-looking uncles, aunties & cousins...

Tomasito C. Suello (1947-2007)

You will remain in our hearts forever...

While we are mourning the loss of our friend,
others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. -- John Taylor
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"He's called Dr. J because, on the court, he operated on people." - Nate "Tiny" Archibald on Julius "Dr. J" Erving