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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.

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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.

Aquino Funeral Cortege Stereo Pair

I promised some of my readers that I’d post a 3D shot of the Aquino funeral cortege minus the epilepsy-inducing animation. So, I’ve prepared two versions of my favorite shot. The first (above this paragraph) is a stereo pair, which you can view using the cross-eyed technique or, if you print it out, with a stereo pair viewer. The second is a red-cyan anaglyph which you can view in 3D if you wear them funky 3D glasses.

Aquino Funeral Cortege Anaglyph

I actually prefer these two methods of rendering 2D photos into 3D over my sleight-of-eye animated shots. Using the proper gear or technique, your brain actually sees the image in stereo, just like you’d see in real life (if you have the use of both your eyes, that is).

Honor Guard

Aquino Casket and Honor Guard

On August 5, we bade goodbye to a remarkable woman named Corazon Aquino. Before she emerged as the first female president of the Philippines and the first female president in Asia after the 1986 People Power Revolution which saw the overthrow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, “Cory” was a housewife and widow of the assassinated Senator Benigno Aquino.

While her presidency may have had its share of problems as well as triumphs, Aquino showed the world and, in particular, a nation that a people united can achieve great things.

She died on August 1, following a losing battle with colon cancer. On August 5, her body was brought from the Manila Cathedral to her resting place beside her husband Ninoy at the Aquino family mausoleum at Manila Memorial Park. The funeral procession took almost eight hours, with hundreds of thousands of Filipinos crowding the entire route to say a final farewell.

Here are a few 3D scenes taken along the South Superhighway as we waited for the funeral cortege to pass by.

Riders in Yellow

Riders in Yellow

Bikers in Yellow

Bikers in Yellow

Perched

Perched

Umbrella Boys

Umbrella Boys

Sibling Play

Sibling Play

Yellow and Black

Yellow and Black

Passing Through

Passing Through

Flashing the LABAN Sign

Flashing the LABAN Sign

Chalk it up to surfers to name a place after a confection. Cloud 9, possibly the best, most consistent surf break in the Philippines is named after a local chocolate bar (which you can buy in the small stores smattered about Cloud 9 and General Luna). Located in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte in the Philippines, Cloud 9 gained a faithful surf following in the late 80s and continues to lure surfers from around the world.

I shot these with two Superheadz 110 cameras, the fisheye Demekin and the standard Noah’s Cam. Unfortunately these cameras don’t come with telephoto, so no photos of surfers.

Cloud 9

Cloud 9 @Superheadz Demekin ©Karlo Samson

Cloud 9 with the Family

Cloud 9 with the Family@Superheadz Demekin ©Karlo Samson

Long Walk

Long Walk @Superheadz Demekin ©Karlo Samson

Mrs. Travelomo

Mrs. Travelomo @Superheadz Demekin ©Karlo Samson

Long Walk

Long Walk @Superheadz Noah's Cam ©Karlo Samson

Mrs. Travelomo Again

Mrs. Travelomo Again @Superheadz Demekin ©Karlo Samson

Travelomo Feets

Travelomo Feets @Superheadz Noah's Cam ©Karlo Samson

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

Dusky @Holga CFN

Vintage Beach @Yashica Rookie

Vintage Beach @Yashica Rookie

Curtains @Yashica Rookie

Curtains @Yashica Rookie

Recline @Yashica Rookie

Recline @Yashica Rookie

 

So, I took the Demekin out for a spin last week, taking photos of the office compound and nearby Eastwood City mall. Here’s what I learned:

 

1. The Demekin needs a lot, and I do mean A LOT, of light for it to take a decent shot. Bright day, strong, direct sun.
2. The fisheye lens means I have to get closer to my subjects.
3. Don’t wind the film until you are ready to shoot. The shutter button is unprotected and easy to press accidentally.
4. Stand still while shooting. No drive by snapshots. The shutter is relatively slow.
5. People like the Demekin and will invariably ask you about it. Be prepared for a short chat.

 

Here are some of my test shots:
shadowy

shadowy

 

crosswalk low

crosswalk low

 

total bunting

total bunting

 

fountain fisheye

fountain fisheye

 

forklift forking

forklift forking

 

More photos are posted on my multiply account: here.  Do let me know what you think. Cheerios!