Here are some shots taken in Punta Fuego using a set of colored creative filters. The vignette you see in some shots is an effect of a full zoom out using the A-series adaptor (it just means its a small adaptor) of the creative filter on my 18-55 kit lens. I shoot using a Canon 350D.
On an unrelated note, I’d really like to spray paint my camera body the way Jake Versosa does it (he’s selling his 20D by the way). I dunno. Maybe spray it white. Or zebra. Or sexy leopard. Will this void the warranty?
Guests are photographers Jose Enrique Soriano, Tammy David, Brutal Grace, Greyhoundz bass guitarist Nino Avenido and myself. We’re going to talk about blogging, photography and all things beautiful. Catch us tonight in your family room!
When a new service like Twitter is launched, it doesn’t take a long time before we start seeing a lot of controversies with real world relationships. The traditional blogging medium (I can’t believe I just called blogging “traditional”) allows you to organize yourself into one coherent thought bubble and post what you have to say, filtered of all the things that you wanted to say but didn’t.
The case may be different with Twitter, which by nature lets you send thoughts in “packets” which means that you are more spontaneous in your thoughts, and thus reduces the chance of being prudent. Twitter, undeniably takes a more laid back approach to blogging, that I have no qualms of calling it the new personal blog platform.
It’s a parody animation/video we made based on the Saturday morning cartoon, Challenge of the Superfriends (remember the good ole days?). Only instead of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman we got the US Presidential Candidates duking it out in four color wonder.
I hope the time will come when we see a localized version of this very effective satire.
Sometimes I argue that photography has enshrined the superficiality of experience. It has contributed to the over-valuation of appearances to a point where image has (subconsciously) replaced the reality as reality. – Gang Badoy
I get excited whenever someone calls me over the landline. It is partly attributed to the surprise that the caller assumes I’m home coupled with the mystery factor of not knowing who that person is (I don’t have caller ID). in an age where we’ve replaced our landline with mobile phones, we hardly get surprised by who’s on the other line. We can reject the call if we don’t want to talk to the other person and make up some excuse like “hey I was at the spa and had cucumbers in my eyes so I couldn’t answer.”
In a similar light…
Is it better, as a tourist to have never seen a picture of your destination so that there are no pre-conceived notions of what the place looks like?
Can the same be said for photography? I see many great pictures of the sights – that look so much better than the actual image itself. Is picture perfect an oxymoron? Here’s a simpler analogy: food stylists for instance try as much as possible to make the dish look really good on camera. Take for instance how appealing a Big Mac looks on the product shot. Not that it has anything to do with Sharon Cuneta, but does the real image justify what the consumer was led to believe?
This isn’t a bash on photography. It is actually a reaction to a post made by Gang Badoy about photography and how it can be used as a double edged sword. The first side is here. And the “>other side here.
Because a few a-listers have carried over the topic of mobile blogging to their blogs I decided to join the bandwagon because first off, this was the question addressed to me and Marc Macalua after our talk at iBlog 3.
Moblogging or mobile blogging is very similar to wearing a scuba outfit while walking in the mall. No one’s prepared for that kind of thing yet. No one sees the obviously inherent value to mobile blogging at this point in time. Remember my analogy about how children have developmental stages of play? It is pretty much the same thing as social media. There is a strong stress on the word “social” here because, according to Malcolm Gladwell, the point has yet to tip. It is true that not all cellphone users are bloggers, but it is even more true that there is still no need for this type of technology – blogging from the cellphone has been overly shadowed by blogging from your laptop. It’s easier and more comfortable. In fact, in its strictest sense, that is already mobile blogging – it is blogging using a wireless connection regardless of using a laptop or a mobile phone. Same analogy goes to podcasting – you don’t necessarily need an iPod to listen to a podcast.
Back at iBlog 3 I talked about how different the pay scale is between blogging professionally and being a contributing writer for a print publication. I want to elaborate more on this.
Although it may be true that blogging pays more steadily and regularly, let us assume that both types of writing gigs required you to write everyday. This would put a spotlight on writing articles for the broadsheet or magazines as the usual trend would be one to three articles a month if you’re quite settled in with your contacts.
Afterwards I was able to sit with Gang to record my third podcast episode. We talked about how to protect yourself from media. Be it traditional or new media, you can fool anyone – like starting your own religion for instance.
Conversation is in both English and in the local dialect, Filipino.
- How do you read, break down and analyze media?
- Gang says that my podcast is listened to by people who come from good schools
- Why the “contrabida” in a Philippine movie (villain) doesn’t run for public office
- Shampoo commercials sell to girls with long hair and a bit more on target markets and appeal
- Gang starts her own religion
- Bloggers and Journalists are differentiated according to their institutions
- Respecting beliefs doesn’t mean exclusion
- Bloggers are fantastic because we are flawed!
- Gang started blogging because of Jobarclix
I sincerely apologize for the background noise. We were recording from a convenience store in a gas station.
Shameless Plug: I will be guesting next Sunday at 8:00PM for RockEd Radio with Gang and some other interesting folks to talk about a controversial topic on Earth Day 2007 in the Philippines! The RockEd Radio Show happens every Sunday at 8:00 PM at NU 107 FM.
[Photo courteously stolen from Gang's blog]
I’m at the iBlog 3 Conference now waiting for my turn to talk. How sad, the free WiFi can’t access Friendster! How am I going to add all my new friends?!