While I do love shooting with film, I’ve no qualms about shooting with my mobile phone. Spotted this awesome tag on a boulder in Virac, Catanduanes in the Philippines.


Canoe Dig It?

Fujifilm Natura 1600 film is a specialty film stock best used in low light, but it can handle beach lighting situations as long as your camera can compensate. The grain in the photo doesn’t work with the subject and scene. This shot would have been better with something ASA 100 or 200.

Here’s a tip for all us forgetful folks:  Write down the film stock you’re using on a strip of masking tape and stick that on the back of your camera. 

Shot with a Ricoh GR1 point and shoot.

When work becomes dreary and you find yourself befuddled and bored behind your desk, it’s time to take a break. Late last year, my wife and I took time off from the daily grind to recharge our creative energies at the beach. The resort we picked was La Luz, located in San Juan, Batangas, on the southwest tip of Luzon. While the beach itself doesn’t come close to the powdery goodness in Palawan or Boracay, the resort is charming and inexpensive, provides cabana masseuses and offers a relaxing atmosphere that’s hard to beat.  

As with any trip, I came packing, with a Canon AE-1 and 350D, an LSI Actionsampler, a vintage Yashica Rookie, and a Holga CFN. Here are some of the shots from the Holga and Yashica.

Duo in Yellow

Duo in Yellow @Holga CFN


Dusky @Holga CFN

Vintage Beach @Yashica Rookie

Vintage Beach @Yashica Rookie

Curtains @Yashica Rookie

Curtains @Yashica Rookie

Recline @Yashica Rookie

Recline @Yashica Rookie

There’s a special place in the cockles of my heart for Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. I first visited the place in 1995 just before graduating from college and have since called it my escape, my island oasis, my second home. Those who’ve visited the island have similar things to say, calling it an island paradise, the last frontier, an ecological sanctuary. The seafood is fresh and tasty, the beaches are gorgeous (even though you DO have to go out of the city to get to the best spots), and the folks are friendly. Prices aren’t bad either. I haven’t been back in a few years, so these shots from Gay Somera really hit the spot, making me feel nostalgic, envious and beach-bum-lazy at the same time.

Enjoy these as I have.