Someone wants a Speedlite Flash for her birthday

Sam is on YM and asking for the birthday gift that I’m still saving up for — a flash for her dSLR. Of course, I’m going to get her one — she’s taking up A.B. Photography after all so I can’t say that a flash is a luxury. She’ll need one pretty soon for school work.

Personally, I’m not a flash user. I even bought a diffuser but I hardly use it. I like the play of lights and shadows in photography so I don’t want the flash drowning out the shadows that add so much drama to photos. For example…

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The photo above was taken along a narrow street in Manila last Saturday. As a trivia, like many houses in the vicinity of the De La Salle University, the old house in the photo has been converted to a dormitory (no, Sam doesn’t stay there but in a high-rise a few meters away). So, I was on the sidewalk while Sam was retrieving her stuff from the dorm and I went trigger happy. In the photo above, the only sources of light were a lamp post on the left and the lights inside the old house which were really more than enough to take a good shot. See, when the subject is motionless, it’s easy enough to take photos at night even with the flash off.

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From Manila, we drove through Makati. At a red light along Ayala Avenue, I had the Shangri-La Hotel perfectly framed. I opened the car window and took a couple of shots. Inside a car with the motor running, the vibration caused perceptible camera shake but the result was still pretty sharp considering the low light. This shot inspired me so much that I suggested stopping at Global City for more night time photography while hunting for a place where we could get coffee and dessert.

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While Speedy and the girls browsed the Mac store (I refused to enter the store because that would have been tempting myself needlessly — my credit card needs a rest), I took the photos above and below. It’s the same trellis-covered walk but taken from different angles and distances.

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We were on our way to Fully Booked when we first caught sight of the electric tricycles. I had to wait until the street was free from vehicles and pedestrians to take several shots of the electric tricycles with the well-lighted Dimensione furniture building as a backdrop.

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All photos were taken with the Canon Powershot G10. I don’t like bringing the EOS 40D when we eat out because it is too conspicuous and some restaurants don’t allow too-obvious picture taking. And I don’t like bringing the dSLR with the huge camera bag it goes into even more when we go out to see a movie because the security guards might think I’m sneaking a camera inside the movie house to play pirate.

For a last trivia, Canon has just unveiled the Canon Powershot G11 and I almost fell off my chair in shock when I saw that it is the same price as the G10. You know, the feeling that for the same amount of money I could have gotten the latest model had I made the purchase eight months later? But the shock wore off because the G11 is NOT really better than the G10. The G11 is a 10-megapixel camera while the G10 is a 14-megapixel camera. What the G11 boasts of is the vari-angle LCD which I don’t really need because I only use the LCD to play back the photos — I always shoot through the eye piece. So there.