The sky, filtered


I was looking for a sky photo in my hard drive for this week's Photo Friday challenge and the most recent is a wide shot of the Victorias sugar refinery and thick white clouds in the sky. The original and unfiltered photo would have sufficed but I wasn't sure if, to the ordinary viewer, the series of buildings was more noticeable than the sky. So, I went about making the … [Read more...]

The mangrove and the wharf in Cadiz


When my friends and I left for Negros Occidental two weeks ago, we had no idea what we were going to do there. We were four friends from the U.P. College of Law -- Laly, Lisa, Ida and myself, plus Ida's and Laly's kids -- and none of us had been there before. All we really knew was that food in Bacolod is oh, so good! We agreed that we wouldn't draw up an itinerary and … [Read more...]

The lonesome heron


Yes, it is a heron. Yes, it is an egret. Not all herons are egrets but all egrets are herons because the only real difference is the size and color -- egrets are white and smaller. Appearance aside, there seems to be no biological difference between herons and egrets. Of course, there are those that disagree. Not that it really matters because the photo is a depiction of … [Read more...]

Tilt-shift photography


I didn't know what tilt-shift meant until about a week ago. I asked Sam, she explained in a nutshell, I researched the rest and then I experimented. The easiest way to explain tilt-shift? Keep part of the photo sharp and blur the rest. And this really goes beyond twiddling with the aperture value. Pretty neat, actually. If you search Google for images using "tilt-shift" as … [Read more...]

Green and gold rice fields and blue skies


I've posted this photo on Instagram but because of the pre-sized formatting (Instagram publishes square photos by default), the effect of the photo was lost. This is a landscape photo so it is best viewed as such. It's just hard to appreciate the wide expanse of green and gold, and the vastness of the rice fields when viewed in relation to the mountains in the background … [Read more...]

Taiwan from up in the air


I love aerial shots. But some airlines don't allow passengers to turn on cameras immediately after takeoff and a few minutes before landing. Bummer because at a high altitude, there's nothing to shoot but clouds. … [Read more...]



The pristine landscape of fog-topped greenery is ruined by business ads on tarpaulins.The photo was taken somewhere between Baguio and La Union, en route to Ilocos. … [Read more...]

Shimmering South China Sea


Taken en route to Vigan, the sun was still high when I took the photo. I can't remember anymore if I intentionally chose settings to create the stark contrast between the bright sun and the dark shore and mountain or whether this photo is one of those shots taken hurriedly and accidentally came out beautiful. … [Read more...]

So dark, so deep, so melancholy

Sunset in Bataan

So beautiful. But it evokes a feeling of extreme loneliness. Being free yet alone.Alex took this photo on a class field trip using a Canon camera that she has since sold to buy a newer model. … [Read more...]