Batanes

Select snaps from my July 2013 trip covering 2 of 3 of main islands, Batan and Sabtang. A more detailed account shall soon follow in my personal blog but I will leave this excerpt from my journal, written after a day’s adventures:

"It’s still hard to believe that I’m here and that ‘here’ is even a place. Even at its gloomiest, Batanes is majestic. The rolling hills with its strong winds, the untouched coasts with its angry waves, the lighthouses set against ominous clouds— it is beauty & madness in one canvas.

Tired as I am, I feel at peace here, as though I am one with the universe and, at the same time, detached from the pocket I call my world. Today, and the next few days, I escape the vomit of the everyday.”

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The Pillar of Superlatives

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Visual Arabia 2013

This links to my personal blog account of the conference.

Post features speakers Salem Al-Qassimi of Fikra Design Studio; photographer Eric Kim; art collective Brownmonkeys; graphic designer and illustrator KDLIG; graphic designer, typographer, and illustrator Hydro74; and creative studio Onesize.


Everyday People

Street photography… it’s more fun in the Philippines! 

This album is in memory of the all the files I lost to Multiply. It reminds me of the time when photography was all new to me and I could not part with my D40. Sweet times!

"Loko Motion"

Stills from a stop motion engagement shoot loosely based on Mac Don and Brinee Mercado’s epic 10-year love story. They tied the knot on 12-12-12.

This was a collaborative project with videographer Ish Regodos but there are countless other people who need to be thanked for for their involvement. Carmi Don, Carla Nery, and Farrah Fabe for assisting during the actual shoot; Glen and Nikki Canceko for letting us use their place while they were away on vacation; Rica Halcon and Sandy Ligan for doing Brinee’s hair and make-up; Venus Pagulaya for the gears; Marie Migullas for the immeasurable help during the post-production period; and though he isn’t likely to read this, Abdullah, for the transportation. And the muscle.

A total of 2,832 pictures was taken during the shootthis isn’t counting the outtakes and behind the scenes shots. This was shot in a day, preparation took a week, planning a month.

Actual video is HERE.

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"Loko Motion"

This is a stop motion engagement shoot loosely based on Mac Don and Brinee Mercado’s epic 10-year love story. They got wed on 12-12-12.

A total of 2,832 pictures was taken during the shoot but this isn’t counting the outtakes and behind the scenes shots. This was shot in a day, preparation took a week, planning a month. 

Portraits of a Designer: Klaudia Bedner

These are just my share of takes as I was shooting second for my boss. She only posted few of hers as well, but they’re pretty spectacular. Check ‘em out HERE and HERE.

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Johann’s Sports Universe

Look who’s turning one! Time does fly in Outer Olympic Space.

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Baby Johann

Say hello to my crawling buddy and his tiny ark of inanimate creatures!

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Maternity Shoot: Christine Egama

It’s month 7 and we’ve got a battle of the bumps between Ting2x and Patchok! 

With such busy work schedules, it was difficult to get everyone organized but yesiree we got it together just in time. Big thanks to the couple who was quite willing to play plans by ear and to Ish Regodos and Stella Sam for their assistance despite that late hour.

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The Ultimate Guide to Travel Photos

My sister, Mars, is going on a Euro Trip with her girl friends this month of August— I am so excited for her and the rest of the GWNN!  We’ve been trying to set up an online chat date but considering our busy schedules and the 4-hour time zone difference, it just wasn’t possible.

She’s leaving today, but I hope she gets the time to read this, a list of travel photo tips on the top of my head.

#1: Check how much time you’re going to spend per stop. Allot enough time for taking photos.

#2: Get obligatory shots over and done with. You’re in Paris. Of course you want a solo shot with the Eiffel tower! And you want one with Farina… one with Dennise… one with Julette… and with everyone. Explore all possible permutations, why don’t you.

#3: Be on the lookout for the interesting stuff. Everyone’s going to have the obligatory travel shots, this will set yours apart. Interesting could be something totally out of place, something very quirky, or something that is new to you.

#4: The goal is to capture the whole feel of the scene. If it’s freezing cold, take shots of the car nearly buried in snow, the almost deserted streets… the people huddled in their coats. If you must be in the photo, emphasize the feel of the scene with the appropriate pose.

#5: If you have time, explore different angles and perspectives. A quick review: worm’s eye view (from below) makes things look taller, superior; bird’s eye view (from above) results in something totally opposite. Eye level is the safer option in most instances, which is not necessarily a good thing because safe tends to be boring.

#6: Vary your poses and expressions. When possible, match it to the scene. Doing a default pose and expression in different clothes and places is just creepy.

#7: Incorporate colors, lines, and patterns whenever possible. These elements always add some pizzazz to your photos.

#8: When shooting indoors, try to find natural light. Use that. If that isn’t sufficient, and the auto mode isn’t doing its job, go on manual and experiment with the shutter-aperture-ISO combo. With your cam, start with something like 1/60-f1.4-ISO 800. Pop-up flash is always the last option.

#9: When you’re shooting against the light, and you’re not doing a silhouette shot, use flash to fill in the shadows. If you’re on Manual, use a small aperture opening— that would be a high number.

#10: If the group wants a shot with, say, the Mona Lisa, DO NOT COVER THE GODDAMN MONA LISA.

#11: If you want a wide shot of and with, say, the Louvre, don’t go running to the main entrance. Ask the shooter to stand at a distance which fits the whole structure in, and, as the subject, stay close to the cam. The idea is to make that structure your background and keep yourself recognizable.

#12: Try to get as many candid shots as you can. Test shots, I’ve learned in the course of my work, are a great source of these so don’t delete them just yet.

I leave you with one last tip: don’t let the combined pressure of buying that kickass cam and the need to come home with awesome photos get to you. You didn’t work your ass off for the last couple of months to go to Europe and shoot. Leave that to the professionals.

Next stop: THE WORLD! My sister and I during our Hong Kong & Macau trip last Feb.


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Wedding Invitation: Eric & Christine

A boarding pass invite for a travel-themed wedding. Check out the Save The Date as well!

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Engagement Shoot: Eric & Christine

Photography has been my ticket to many places all over the Philippines. Thinking that it would take me beyond that seemed ambitious but here I am in Dubai. It gets me thinking that this just might be my ticket to the world…

A round of thank yous are in order here. First, to the couple for entrusting such a special project to me. Second, to Dennis Canchico and Earl Montano for assisting in this 2-part affair. Third, to Ish Regodos for making the AVP of this shoot.

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Closing with a line from the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Poster: Eric & Christine

A simple poster where guests could write down well wishes during the engagement party.

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