December 24, 2011
Have a ball this Christmas!
With just under 24 hours before we hit Christmas – in this slice of the world, at least – this might be a tad late. But, if you live around these parts, chances are great that you won’t be taking down your Christmas lights until well into the new year. There’s still time to do this!
By “this,” I mean using creative aperture techniques to add shape to background lights and highlights. See the above photo? Look at the stars. See how they shine for you. No, that is not a Photoshop trick. I’ve transformed the pinpricks of light coming from a string of Christmas lights into five-point stars by modifying the shape of my camera lens’ aperture. In this case, I am using my favorite lens for this type of shot: the Lensbaby 2.0. If you don’t know what a Lensbaby is, just follow this link.
Lensbaby lenses don’t have adjustable iris apertures the way most lenses do. To adjust the opening, either to open it wide or stop it down, you have to insert aperture disks manually onto the front of the lens. Normally, those aperture disks just have circular holes punched into them, corresponding to a particular aperture size, say f/8 or f/2. What’s neat is you can also have aperture disks with different shaped holes. In this case, a star-shaped hole. (more…)
December 22, 2009
The problem with cameras such as the Superheadz Demekin, my vote for 2009 Travelomo Camera of the Year, is that the damn things use obsolete film formats. This makes it impossible to just go into any camera store and buy a few rolls off the rack. Early last month I ran out of 110 film, having only about six shots left for a trip to Negros Occidental. The pity is that Negros Occidental is a beautiful place to shoot.
This Christmas break (for you non-Filipinos reading this, this means the entire week from Christmas Eve to January 3), my family and I are going up to Kiangan in Ifugao province, up in the mountains of the northern Philippines. It’s a beautiful place – we’ve been there twice before. Kiangan features gorgeous mountain vistas, great hiking terrain, a river where you can go whitewater rafting with verdant fields and ravines on both banks. A half-hour’s drive and you’ve got the Banawe Rice Terraces, which you’ve all seen on Discovery Travel & Living as well as many of the travel books which feature the Philippines.
It would be just sad if I failed to capture this on 110.
An emergency trip to the Oh Shoot Toy Camera store before hitting the office was in order. It was a risk going there because I had no idea if it would still be open this close to Christmas break. Good thing it was. Proprietor Jill Lejano was on-hand to sell me the 110 cartridges I needed. At 80 pesos a pop (US$1.70) for Fujicolor ASA 200s isn’t bad at all. However, Jill tells me that 110 film is getting increasingly hard to come by. That worries me because I use a lot of 110 film. Time to look for other sources. Eight rolls is more than enough for this trip. I also bought a spirit level to attach to the Demekin to keep my horizons straight. It’s not as easy as you think!
Oh Shoot's Eco-friendly Packaging
Anyway, this may be my last post until after Christmas so, Happy Holidays from me and Travelomo!
January 27, 2009
A belated post is better than no post at all.
Here are a few shots taken at SPINDIKATO: The Team Manila Christmas Party. Team Manila is, if you don’t yet know, the official rep of Lomographic Society International in the Philippines. Their parties are always bangin’ events, with a full-on assortment of graphic designers, skateboarders, photographers, musicians and other scenesters always present.
Lomo Wall Lala
Sandwich Singing "Last Christmas"
Los Tres Moskitos