Thursday, June 30, 2011


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Just sharing a relaxing day at home. :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

180 for 180

180 for 180
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view is from a 26 storey residential building rooftop somewhere in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sadness and Inspiration

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I was in Hong Kong yesterday to attend a quick informal gathering of some photogs. The organizers invite people in the industry to speak about their works or whatever they want to share photo-related.

Laurence Lai talked about his beginnings and spoke about his passion. The guy is first a businessman then a photographer when he started. His short talk is thought provoking and inspiring at the same time. What I liked about him is he definitely understood something about the business of fine art photography or simply put it the business of selling your photos/prints, not so much of your photo services.

Interesting, very interesting.

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The sky is sad today.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Womb

The Womb
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"The Womb"
June, 2011
Macau, China

"We just wanna say thanks to all the well wishers from our FB friends and all those who liked yesterday's entry. We're really glad a lot of people liked it."

Saturday, June 25, 2011


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Soon, a little kid will be running around this hallway. : )

Friday, June 24, 2011

G spot

G spot
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I almost didn't have an entry today. I was planning on doing something else but the prop i was gonna use is not working how I want it to be. Been planning to do it for a couple of months now but I cant find the right kind of prop. I apologize if I can't reveal what it is just yet.

Yup! G spot. Well, it's actually a logo for letter O and G.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


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I've always wanted to do this, to photograph someone playing with water and splashing it around. It's been raining here all day and we found a good spot for a make shift night studio (just below our building) with pools of rain water. I thought of giving it a quick try.

My lighting wasn't what i had in mind. I would've added a front fill but forgot to bring my other flash. I did bring the stand for it though but I just forgot to put the unit in my bag. well, there's always a next time.

Since the 5D Mark II has no multiple exposure feature (one of the things I like with Nikon cameras), I had no choice but to layer it in PS.

Tip #1: play around with blending modes! I used screen blending mode for this one if you're wondering.

Tip #2: Visualize the final image before shooting or at least put your camera on a tripod for easier blending.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wheelin' it back to the future

Nothing much to say. So here are the photos.

Free Wheelin'
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saw this guy in Mongkok, Hong Kong yesterday. He's part of a circus group that will open a show sometime in November at HKAPA.

Back to the Future
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A bad, bad attempt on recreating the photo on the right. Will try it again with better clothing, it should be really close to the old photo (left) and maybe shoot it when we go visit the actual place. But this lady does it really well.

It's going to be a great family project if I get the hang of it.

Monday, June 20, 2011

An unusual view

An unusual view
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at least for Macau where we have gray skies almost all year round. Shot from the top of Sands Casino (where the Playboy Club is)

Sunday, June 19, 2011


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This would've been a smoking/cigarette photo. It asks for a smoke don't you think? I would've done it but in preparation for fatherhood, I'm on my 9th nicotine-free day.

Happy Fathers' Day!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Watcher

The Watcher
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It would be so cool to have my own photo (I prefer a photo by me) projected on a building facade.

This shot was made from just one photograph. A mixture of long exposure and rear curtain sync.

Shot through a window glass. My photo was a actually my own reflection.

Click on the photo to appreciate more.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hello Moon!

Hello Moon!
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missed the eclipse last night. only remembered about it during lunch today.


shot was made from 2 photos. one exposed for the moon (using the "moony 11" rule) and one for the clouds and the silhouette of the building. when doing this kind of shots, meaning compositing, remember to bracket.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A week of new views

I was gonna open this entry with "slowly, we are getting back to normal" and I just remembered we are expecting our little one in a few months. At least the moving is finished. Now we can concentrate on the baby.

Here's what i "saw" the previous days.

Hello Neighbor I
Hello Neighbor I
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a view from a corner of our room. they actually turn off the light at around 230am

Hello Neighbor II
Hello Neighbor II
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Now here's what we see from our living room. It actually feels like a different place.

Neighbor at Day
Neighbor at Day
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Same view, different time of the day.

Burning Bush
Burning Bush
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This tree is lit by the lights from the highway behind it. on the first night on our new place, i saw this and i just thought this tree needs to be an entry. so here.

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There is just something about this photo that i like. maybe it's the colors. maybe it's the triangle their heads form. i don't know. it's not a nice photo but there is something in it that i really like. or maybe its just me.

Hi Kiddo
Hi Kiddo!
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i'm speechless everytime. =)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Empty Space

Empty Space
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moving day today. our new space has actually more space. can't wait to get settled in.

will have a very limited access to internet starting tonight. will be posting my next entries when we're back online.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Getting Back to Basics

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Sometimes when your creative juices has dried up, the best thing to do is stop and get back to basics. In photography, sometimes (or most of the time) we get too technical about everything from camera use to lighting techniques to gear/equipment, etc and we tend to forget the real essence of it.

It's a very sensitive topic and I am in NO position to talk about the real essence of photography but here's my 2 cents worth. Photography is much like any other art form but the difference is we use a very "technically challenging" tool to express and/or document what we see or what we feel.

What I'm trying to say is just let it go. Just shoot what you feel is picture worthy.

Happy Accident
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Left my cam on manual from using it yesterday but i like what came out with it. just cropped in PS and a little contrast adjustment.

as always, click on the photo to see larger version. It redirects you though to my Flickr stream

Monday, June 6, 2011

Rock and Roll with Zahili

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She's a singer and keyboardist for a band at The Venetian.

Despite the humidity and hike and almost lost a speedlight to the rock and sea, this has got to be one of my favorite shoot so far.

You rock Zahili!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

It's been a long week with long days.

Hi all. posting a quick update of this project. Still recovering from a week of breathing hotel air.

here we go

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I was part of a team who did new photos for a hotel in Shenzen. I liked my room. It was quite spacious. I can't read what it says though.

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After the first day of shooting, I was flat tired. Simply tired.

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That's Jason, also part of the team. This was the only time we were able to eat out of the hotel.

Street View
Street View
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Just the view from my hotel window.

Hong Kong Quickie
Hong Kong Quickie
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made a quick trip to Hong Kong as in a really quick trip.

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Been fixing, adjusting and straightening beds, sheets, tables, etc to get that perfect shot. almost killed my back doing it.

Marco Polo
Marco Polo Shenzen
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This was where we stayed the whole time and pigged out on their buffet. Their pasta bar is awesome.

Home is where the hearst is...
Home is where the heart is
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very fitting. on my way home to Macau, inside the ferry.

Night Out
Night Out
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Walked around with some house guests around old Taipa and ended the night in one of the galaxy hotel's lounge bar. A Filipino band was playing.

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Not the movie. i was waiting to see how much i can have after 5pm to shoot with the sun as my light for my shoot tomorrow. i have around 1.5hours. i hope its enough.

some sidenote:
6 years ago, a group of dancers and vocalist flew to Hong Kong to be part of HKDL's opening team. I am thankful and proud to be part of that team. It seems like it was just yesterday.