Saturday, April 28, 2007

Kadaugan sa Mactan 2007

"Calm before the storm"

Food Festival

Mactan Shrine was turned into one big open-air food ground. 20 or so establishments offered exquisite dishes of up to P60.00 only per serving. And servings were so generous & sumptuous that it seems they just want to empty their booth fast and go home early.

Two of the participating organizations are Shangri-la and Tambuli resorts but the longest queue happened at Plantation Bay's booth. Dunkin' Donuts' booth was quite like a monk's slumber party.

"The People, The Characters"

This guy as lead field director provided some last-minute tips on how the fight scenes should progress.

"What's the fuss all about? Hey, you need a dog character? My schedule today's clear. If not for my ancestor, you won't have early warning and Lapu-lapu's definitely a dead fish by then." No pun intended.

Rico Lucena of ABS-CBN News.

"This apple's fishy... ah, yes, it's Lapu-lapu Day!"

One of Lapu-lapu's minions.

Brad Murdock as Ferdinan Magellan.

Alma Concepcion as Bulakna

Gardo Versoza as Lapu-lapu (2007 version)

"The Battle of Mactan"

We come in peace! Welcome us, otherwise...

Tonight, we'll dine in hell.

The SWAT-supplied explosives provided excellent atmosphere to the drama.

Hombre Ferdinand, you're dead meat. Who's your daddy now?

I somehow lost my iPod during this shoot. Lesson learned: minimize stuff outside a field bag during active sessions!

Anyway, I consider this celebration a success (eventhough the supporters of the suspended mayor staged a mass boycott. Boo to these vile & ignorant creatures!).

Nice job, everyone! Until Magellan's nth death anniversary next year, see ya'al!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Sto-Fen Omnibounce 400

_DSC2940.jpg (Shot 1)
_DSC2941.jpg (Shot 2)

These 2 shots were taken 20 seconds apart and shot in an empty road so as to eliminate any bounce flash. No post-processing was performed to these JPEG files.

Shot 1 was shot with a straight-on flash from SB-400. Shot 2 was taken with a Sto-Fen Omnibounce 400 put on SB-400 and flash adjusted to the recommended 60 degree angle.

I need to make more comparisons (using different subjects & situations) to have a conclusive statement but for the sake of this quick test, I think this Sto-Fen model works as advertised.

Camera Settings:

Exposure Program = Manual
Exposure Time = 1/60"
F Number = F4.5
ISO Speed Ratings = 400
Focal Length In 35mm Film = 112mm

My Amateur's Kit:

As of April 21, 2007

- Nikon D40 with Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX, HB-34 Hood and C-PL filter attached
- Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX with UV filter attached
- Nikon ML-L3 Infrared Remote Control
- Nikon SB-400 with Sto-Fen Omnibounce 400 attached

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Weekend 13

This is now the 2nd straight sunday that I'm here (working my butts off) in the office. Sigh, one of the bad things when an organization is awarded with a really big project... I'm glad though that my team is also here (hopefully not with knives behind my back) hehehehe

A quick shoot session yesterday with my Fudge, my love...
"He's called Dr. J because, on the court, he operated on people." - Nate "Tiny" Archibald on Julius "Dr. J" Erving