Street Tales: Aligned Superimposed Reality

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After a few months, I am still adjusting to shooting with a rangefinder. I’ve only had my Konica Auto S2 since January and it still has a long way to go before I could trust it fully like the Nikon FM2n I used to have.

Also, focusing with a rangefinder, nailing the focus takes time and practice. Sometimes I find it very easy and fast, and I nail the focus without difficulty but most of the time, I spend like half an hour on just focusing, LOL. I check and recheck my focus, and thats what slows me down. But, I’m sure I’ll get used to it with more practice and more rolls of film to burn.

Anyway, photographs, here they are, shot in color and black and white, since I use film depending on my mood.

I was on my way home one night and I passed by the local municipal hall, and saw this moment. I’m sure the guy in yellow is a local security watchman. I’m not sure why he is watching T.V. when he’s supposed to be watching out for the people.

With the upcoming elections, a lot of different kinds of activities were held at the local stage in which the candidates for the local positions in my town have a chance for exposure which can greatly help in his campaign. At that time it was a singing contest and these guys were practicing one last time but I see one member late, but her dress is already there.

One sunday while having coffee with my family, I saw this guy holding a bunch of balloons right in front of me. A party later perhaps?

I hate it when I forget my lunch box. Its so hot outside, that the moment you step out the building, you’ll be sweating like a pig already. Well, I forgot my lunch box one day and went out to eat. I always bring my camera wherever I go, and after a nice meal, as I head back to the office, I saw these two best buds.

One of my officemates, working, and his monkey stuffed toy beside him, probably watching to check if he’s doing his job the right way.

Here’s mom and dad, sharing a moment together.

I was at my sister’s university school one weekend, I took a few shots around the campus.

Luckily, a ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Course) Formation nearby. These two guys were the Military Polices, stationed at the entrance filtering late cadets.

I do commute on my way to work and back home. One day I was just trying how fast I can focus with a rangefinder. I know it will blur, the lighting inside the station is a bit tricky and it is around 1/30th. In terms of focusing I guess I really need practice.

On my way home that same day, I got lucky with the exposure in the morning but not in the afternoon. I’m still learning Sunny16 Rule, and the only way I will learn it is to experience it and make mistakes. This was underexposed by one or two stops, I just did a recovery in Lightroom and grains started to show up. Good thing modern films have a wide exposure latitude.

A night at the mall with my family, and there’s this Pyro Festival going on nearby. I was loaded with black and white film so I just shot people watching it instead.

Yeah, I know, its the same guy from above.

I was testing an Olympus 35SP that I will sell very soon, at first its great, it wins in size and weight against my Konica Auto S2. The color rendition and clarity goes to the Olympus 35SP too. Its a great camera, though I love the Konica Auto S2 more. I’m going to miss it.

Back to the Konica Auto S2, practicing hyperfocal distance. shot at f/8.

These kids, well, see the ramp at the photo above? thats what they were doing. They go up the ramp and just let gravity take care of the rest. Looks fun actually.

Caught these guys resting after a long day. These guys have been selling starter cellphone SIM kits, I guess they have made their quota already.

And here’s my dad. My mentor and my bestfriend. A lot of times we disagree. A lot of times we fight, but he never fails to be there when I need him. That’s my old man. The man I’ll always look up to.

Anyway, that’s the last photo.

The heat is unbearable, and the scorching summer heat makes me want to hit the beach every single day. Hoping to hit the beach soon,

D.

Street Tales: Around With A Rangefinder

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Been to a lot of places recently, and everywhere I went, I brought my Konica Auto S2 with me. Testing it in a real world situation where familiarity with the camera, fast eyes, being observant and guts are needed. Honestly I don’t trust it that much yet. It’s only been with me for a couple of months and I’m still adjusting to it. Maybe I need to go out more often, and take more pictures with it to get used to it.

Anyway, I been to Palawan last holy week with my girlfriend and her family. Here are some shots I took from that trip.

I took this at a souvenir shop there. A lot of smiling faces smiling at me.

There were a lot of palm trees, and a lot of fallen coconuts. This one was fresh, put alongside the dried up ones, cracked open from the force  of impact.

I just love palm trees.  Everytime I see one, it reminds me of the beach. And I love the beach!

We went out for a little island hopping. Its a bit expensive, but we’re in Palawan, might as well enjoy it.

A closer look at the boy at the back of the boat in the photo above.

And a bar in one of the islands we visited which doesn’t have anything to sell but water. LOL

On our way back to the hotel, at the pier, I saw these kids playing with bicycle tires, and using a piece of wood stick to make it go forward. I used to do this back when I was a kid when I visit my province. It is fun. Just don’t let the tire go faster than you or you’ll eat it’s dust. Haha.

At the airport, waiting for our flight home. I just love airports. There’s a lot of things going on. People waiting, eating, sleeping…

My favorite photo from that vacation. Twilight. Photographers and painters refer to it as the “Blue Hour” after the French expression “l’heure bleue”. It is the time between dawn and sunrise, and is also the time between sunset and dusk.

Then off to Baguio for a weekend summer bonding with my family, the summer capital of the Philippines. We’re not expecting it to be really cold, that’s only wishful thinking, but we didn’t expect it to be really warm especially at midday. But it pays off to be there during the nighttime. It’s cold. But not as cold as it used to be. Blame it all to Global Warming.

Anyway, here are the photos from that vacation.

Baguio Botanical Garden was the first stop, so yeah flowers. A sunflower, reminds me of the scorching heat of the summer.

You just got to love that Hexanon sharpness. Damn.

A wooden craftsman, putting finishing touches on the wooden carving.

Baguio natives posing. Seriously they make a living out of this. Posing with them or any picture taken with them, they will ask for a fee. I don’t know how much, we were leaving and I sort of ran away, good thing that man didn’t throw his spear at me. Haha. But he was pissed off. Seriously.

Then we went to Session Road. A famous road in Baguio where you can find the restaurants and malls, and an Anting – Anting. An Anting – Anting is some sort of an amulet that protects the bearer from evil. It is a Filipino belief that if you have one, you possess some kind of magic that makes you immune from everything bad that can happen to you or can bring you luck.

I had the chance to talk to this lady after taking this shot. This old lady sells stuffs from stones, dried plants to oils, and some beads. She is a very nice old lady, full of stories.

The most interesting story she told me was the power of the stones. I will never forget that she said it will bring me luck so that Iwill not use old cameras anymore and ill be able to buy a new camera. Of all things she could talk about, she talked about my camera. Seriously.

Global warming has truly made a huge impact in our environment. Imagine being in the summer capital of your country and needing a huge 7-11 GULP to coold you down. Unbelievable.

And an ice cream too.

Mom and Dad.

Hoping for more vacations and out-of-town trips. I prefer the beach, its so hot you just want to be in the water all day.

Cheers,

D.

The Rangefinder Experience

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When I learned about Rangefinders, I got hooked, I dreamt of having a rangefinder. I don’t know what’s all the fuss about rangefinders, and people who used them tell their stories of how great a rangefinder is. It made me want a rangefinder more. I don’t understand why people love it. Why people shoot with it.

Ive been shooting SLR’s for over a year. My first camera I held is an Auto-Focus Nikon F60 that was lent to me by my girlfriend as she taught me the basics of photography. Then I bought my own manual Nikon FM2n to get me to the next level. I’ve shot with it for over a year, and due to unfortunate circumstances, i had to sell it to a fellow RFFil member. And then i found my father’s Minolta X700, sitting inside his cabinet for 25 years, a “Mana” from my father, which his father [my grandfather] gave to him as a gift for graduating college. I got it fixed, and been shooting with it for months… so as far as my photography goes, its all about SLR’s.. and dSLR’s..

and then this came along..

I got this before I sold my first love Nikon FM2n because i want to try a rangefinder for myself, and after unfortunate events, and almost two months of waiting, this came in the mail..

though i havent finished my test roll.. I can clearly see the difference between an SLR and an RF.. clearly, this has been a liberating experience for me.. the shutter noise, the focusing with eyes open (it will take time to get used to it, i always lose the patch)… and of course, no black out when you press the shutter.. I LOVE IT!

Finally, the first two test rolls arrived.

What can I say?

The Hexanon lens is amazing.

Handling is okay, you get used to it. Its a bit big, but size doesn’t matter.

Focusing is smooth. Changing shutterspeeds is easy. The aperture rings doesn’t have click stops, and a bit thin so changing aperture is a bit of a pain especially if you have big hands and fingers.

I can say that viewing through a Rangefinder’s VF is awesome.

It is different from an SLR.

When you put it in front of your eye, you seem to foresee the picture you are about to take. I was surprised that the pictures I took were exactly the way I imagined them while looking through the VF.

Sunny 16 isn’t rocket science after all.

Rangefinder is definitely my type of camera.

What else? Ah pictures.

I saw this guy playing his top while waiting for my girlfriend to arrive. He almost hit my feet with that thing!

This guy’s all crouched down while reading a book. It must be interesting, that book.

This one’s making his friend’s mohawk sharper. Looks like they’re going to bully someone with that hair.

Look for a new tv boy?

Lets just stop and take a photo of ourselves!

Saw this kid with a whole bunch of popcorn. Now that’s gluttony. haha

And a loving mom.

Another one bites the dust!

I’m sure he’s going to sit on that chair when the red light is on. And he did sit on that chair!

Back at work, when all computer’s gone down, we all go back to fully manual. Funny thing is, when all digital breaks down, there’s only film and a fully manual camera that will be left behind. Isn’t it ironic?

With a little snack, chicken gizzard, and a bit of barbeque is all I need to get back to shooting.

And pedestrians are for bicycles too, you know.

hyperfocally, i love it!

I was on my way home and this bus stopped right in front of me.

Closing time for these guys.

Hanging on to something sturdy.

That’s it!

Cheers,

D

Cross Processing

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I ran out of 120mm Superia’s and I had no choice but to buy a few Slide Films from my sister and try the Cross – Processing thing… I’m not a fan though, but it’s worth a try…

From our recent Hongkong Trip, we went to Hongkong Disneyland.

I don’t know why I like shooting airplane wings. There’s nothing special with them, and its always the first shot whenever I bring my holga to a trip…

Another set from our recent Cebu Trip, Hilton Hotel Cebu.

Anyone up for a game of chess?

The Cebu version of Jeepney. I must say, It’s a little too small for me. It’s a knee-to-knee experience for me. Lol..

Hilton Hotel Cebu, Shuttle Bus.. Lol, it’s an airconditioned, pink colored jeepney. Lol..

That’s It.

Yashica D: Double the Lens, Double the Fun

New toy. A Yashica D, with a 3-element 80mm f/3.5 Yashikor Lens.

What a beauty this is… Oh I so envy my sister, Venice Yuzon, for this! Check her photographs too.

This made me want a Rolleiflex!! If only there’s an affordable one out there!

It is currently on test roll. I can’t wait to see how it rocks!

Nikon FM2n: A Farewell

Thank you for the memories we’ve shared.. The pictures we took together.. The places we’ve been.. you hold a special place in my heart.. forever.. someday, we will meet again…

Street Tales: Stories in ISO400

For more of my photographs, please visit my Flickr site.

Let’s get this started.

I was on my way home from work, and I didn’t bring my car. Why? because of  rising oil prices, toll fees, parking fees, limited parking spaces, heavy traffic and of course, a chance to use my camera, and photograph just about anything that catches my eye.

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Things people do while waiting for the train. Reading and Halumbaba (chin rested on palm)

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Caught this scene at the MRT, Paranoia? Reminds me of Linkin Park’s Papercut. I love that band by the way.

“It’s like a face that I hold inside – A face that awakes when I close my eyes – A face that watches everytime I lie – A face that laughs every time I fall, and watches everything – So, I know that when it’s time to sink or swim – The face inside is here in me, right underneath my skin.. – It’s like I’m paranoid, looking over my back – It’s like a whirlwind inside of my head – It’s like I can’t stop what i’m hearing withing – It’s like the face inside is right beneath my skin”

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After the train ride, I rode the bus home. A bus conductor waiting for passengers.

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A typical “Ordinary” Bus driver. In the Philippines, there’s such thing as an “Ordinary” Bus, meaning, not airconditioned, poorly maintained bus units, and “Air-Conditioned” Bus, the latter speaks for itself.

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A typical “Ordinary” Bus Conductor. This one is a trainee, with his supervisor close by. This one is a KID! and he’s only 16. This is child labor. Only in the Philippines.

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after the bus ride, I then rode the Jeep. Caught this soon-to-be nurse on his way home or his on-the-job training at some nearby hospital, or whatever, its a mystery!

Oh!, I went to the beach one long weekend, luckily my black and white roll had a few remaining shots with it, and I had a color negative film with me too, my last roll of color film. hahaha.

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Took the time to get to know the locals. This is Aling Musing. A widow.

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Kuya Mandong, (at the right most part holding an umbrella) with his friends. He is one of the staff in the resort where we stayed. A very nice guy.

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Fishing time! I wished I could come along, but, I’ll be a burden. A big ass burden to this guys.

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Finally! Our banana boat arrives!

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My photograph of the day. Saw this kid running while buying fruits at some wet market close to the beach.

I was sad to go home, but Monday is fast approaching, and I’ve got tons of work, but even on our way home, the camera is still clicking!

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One rainy sunday afternoon. It was my birthday, and it was raining so hard, but these kids decided to take a bath. The simple  joys of being a kid.

That’s it!

Cheers,

D

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