October 2009


Early this morning, I was roused from slumber by a gentle shake on the shoulder from my wife. “Look out the window,” she said. “You need to see this.”

I got up, shambled to the window and peered out. A blanket of gray lay upon the scene before me, which looked eerie in the darkness of the early morning. Tropical storm Santi had arrived, its clouds diffusing the light and its winds shrieking overhead. Heavy weather fan that I am, I immediately set my camera up to take time lapse photos of the typhoon.

If I lived in Kansas, I’d be chasing tornados.

Rice Racers

Responding to ROCK ED‘s emergency call for volunteers, my wife and I, along with some friends and family, lent our Wednesday night to a bit of civic work, repacking relief goods to be distributed to victims¬† of last month’s terrible floods and landslides here in the Philippines.

While we were busy bagging rice and instant noodles, pork & beans and meat loaf, my camera was tasked to take time lapse photos of the frenetic action. That’s the great thing about the remote intervalometer: you couple it to the camera, set the shoot parameters, point the camera at your subject, then press START.

Here, then, are the results. Proof positive that, despite all the negative criticism that the Department of Social Welfare and Development is getting from bloggers, they aren’t all bad civil servants. Just woefully undermanned and ill-equipped.

The trick, then, is not to hurl stones at the government but rather see what we can do to help out. If you’ve got the time to blog, you’ve got the time to volunteer. What are you waiting for?

Several things.

First, market forces have expedited the unfortunate yet wholly expected closure of the magazine I work for. However, despite turbulent times in the publishing world, it always seems to have room for qualified talent.¬† I’ve taken up a new editorial position at another magazine under a different publishing house. While the office isn’t as swanky as the last one I worked at, the pay is better and is located closer to my condo.

That said, second, apologies again for not updating this blog as often as I should. I’m still adjusting to my new role and have lots of things on my plate, things that pay the bills.

Third, speaking of paying the bills, my first paycheck came in the other day and, to reward myself, I bought an intervalometer.

Phottix Intervalometer

Phottix TR90 Intervalometer

In a nutshell, it’s a programmable remote control that lets you do time lapse photography and long exposures. I’ve been meaning to get this for quite some time now, primarily for my light photography, but the time lapse bug has sunk its teeth deep into my neck and won’t let go.

Last, I concede defeat. I had meant this blog to be dedicated to film photography, but I need to be practical. Film photography as a hobby is expensive, time-consuming, and it takes too damn long to get my photos back from the developers. I use my digital camera more than I use my beloved TLR or 110s anyway.

So there. Change is good, in career as in content.