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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.