Thursday, May 31, 2007

PoW! 30th Week

Here are this week's FPC's PoW!s, in no order of preference:

waiting for the day's catch
"Waiting for the day's catch"
by: cocoy@2007
No Exifs Available

Editor's Comment: Landscape and silhouette shots always amazes me. Maybe its because I don't get a lot of chance to shoot this kind of photography. Whenever I see such photos. It keeps my hopes to be able to travel around our country and to be able to take such beautiful photos.

The golden color of the sun is so wonderful, the kids silhouette and their reflection on the water are just superb. Nice work.

FPC Anniversary Shoot
"FPC Anniversary Shoot" (suggested: "Three-Piece")
by: Kamalayan
Canon Powershot S3 IS, 1/25. f/6.3, 34.3mm

Editor's Comment: Somewhere in Reuel's multiply pages, he wrote of being frustrated at seeing other FPC members using "pro" equipment at the 1st Anniversary Party. He felt small with his Canon Powershot S3IS, and lamented at how far-fetched it is for him to obtain "pro" equipments.

I reply to that post, encouraging him to continue even without "dream gears" because he has the eye. As I was about to choose my PoW! for this week, I deferred to the Anniversary photos (of course, to hype FPC events), deviating from my list of categories. When the photos with tags "fpcannivparty" came on the page, this photo was the "most interesting," on top of the heap. That proves my observation that Reuel has the eye, and with a good one, he doesn't need much pro gears to inspire others.

by: manu antigua
No Exifs Available

Editor's Comment: It's just a shame that manu did not enter this in the FPC monthly theme competition (Blue). I don't know if it would win but it definitely stands a very good chance. I mean, just look at that water, that sky!! Very effective use of wide angle lens and the view point is excellent the boat pointed towards the horizon with the two passengers looking at it - it says, "It's a big world out there!" It reminds me of those Rennaisance explorers just before Magellan proved that the world is round.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

FPC April Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the FPC April Monthly Contest - "Just Desserts" Theme.

To all the members who submited their entries. Congratulations for a job well done.

April Dessert
"The Entries"

Here are the top 3 Winners:

3rd Place Winner

Watermelon Chill
"Watermelon Chill"
by: spiegelbild

2nd Place Winner

5 The Impending Attack
"Impending Attack"
by: usclabdog

1st Place Winner

Halo-halo Special
"Halo Halo Special"
by: den1224


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

PoW! 29th Week

We have skipped a week of PoW because of the preparation for the FPC's 1st Anniversary Party held last May 19, 2007 at Town and Country Gardenville, Congressional Ave. QC. Check out the outcome of the party Here.

We're back!

Here are this week's FPC's PoW!s, in no order of preference:


manu antigua
Canon EOS 400D Digital, 20 sec (20), f/14, 10mm, ISO200

Editor's Comment: This one of the much photographed Enchanted Kingdom amusement rides packs a definite PoW! punch and simple knocks your jaw to the ground! The peripheral lights caused by the onboard gondola lights (and some specks on the lens?) add interestingness to the overall good composition, which was made possible with a wide angle lens.

Tagaytay City Philippines - 4
"Tagaytay City Philippines - 4"
Karlo Bonifacio
Nikon D80, 1/500, f/5, 195mm, ISO100

Editor's Comment: Crystal Clear, Sharp and Wonderful Colors. Such a great macro shot. This is just wonderful.

Canon EOS 350D Digital, 1/640, f/5.6, 55mm, ISO800

Photographers Description: I am a Filipino but a lot of people have mistaken me for Indonesian, probably because not only do I look Indonesian (yes, we Malays resemble each other) but I speak the language as well. Having been visiting Indonesia for almost 14 years now, I feel at home in archipelago which is so much like the Philippines in so many respects. Heck, I even got married in Indonesia but to a Filipina of course. In embracing another world's culture, one keeps coming back to your own.a boat detail that looks like the Philippine flag in Geger Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Editor's Comment: The first time I saw the thumbnail of this photo in the FPC pool, my first thought was that this looks like the Philippine flag. When I clicked on it and saw the photo page and learned that that was Farl's exact description why he took this photo, it made me smile.It only shows how effective this photo is in conveying a message. Beyond technical excellence and bright colors, its effectiveness is what makes it a winner.


No Exifs Available

Photographers Description: Melvin James own an antique shop in Cubao Expo.
Editor's Comment: I like the detail and light and color mood in this image -- a shopkeeper and his wares, a guy who hopefully truly loves his work. So many details here, from the knick knacks he sells to his reflection on his clean tabletop.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

PoW! 28th Week

The sun and the moon and the pattern
Of the sand and some french fries sticks

Make my mind wander to places I yearn
To the sanctuary that the silence speaks.

But here I am underneath this passage
Counting my days straight into old age!

Here are this week's FPC's PoW!s, in no order of preference:

Watery Desert
"Watery Desert"
by: Ian Ong
No Exifs Available

Photographer's Description: Sunset at White Island Camiguin. The sky was overcast the whole afternoon. I already gave up hope of ever seeing the sun. So I decided take a swim and enjoy the beach, instead. Then a miracle happened, the sun decided to take peek! My officemates were shocked to seem me running and jumping along they beach, frantically trying to shake myself dry so that I'll be able to take some pictures. :D Hehehe. :D

Editor's Comment: I pretty much love everything on this photo. The pattern of the sand, The Clouds, the reflection of the sun with the flare. Great wide angle shot. Love it.

by: laz'andre
No Exifs Available

Editor's Comment: Very creative use of lines and colors. It's a wonder to me how laz'andre is able to see art in what appears to be simple everyday objects. I still can't figure out what it is. Is it a fence, a trellis, part of a bench . . . I guess that's where the magic of this photo is - in it's mystery.

central park_2007-04-28_068
"central park_2007-04-28_068"
by: scubapup
Canon EOS 5D, 1/50, f22, 70mm, ISO800

Photographer's Description: untold story (as suggested by rarerimages)

intentionally allowed the sky to blow out to get detail on the stonework, the walkway above the tunnel is a very popular jogging route in central park and the buildings behind are the metropolitan museum of art (the met) and apartment buildings along fifth avenue.

initially took this photo in color but the blownout highlights didnt work for me so i thought that converting it to monochrome would work and i liked it better that way.

the musician was playing and singing rambling man and did it very well.

there are several versions later in the photostream that are colored versions of this but still the guitarist is sillhouetted. up to the viewer to decide if they like it or not. :)

Editor's Comment: A rarer B&W find from about 7 options from 30 pages of the FPC photo pool! What makes this photo awesome is the artful inclusion of the branches and building over and beyond the overpass. How it was done, Lenny will explain in the photo page, but however it is, the end makes us crave for the means! The human figures beneath the archway and another beyond adds to the mystery of the photo's "untold story."

Thursday, May 03, 2007

PoW!: 27th Week, by Members

Here are this week's FPC's PoW!, in no order of preference:

Aliwan Fiesta 2007
"Aliwan Fiesta 2007"
by: redsago
Canon EOS 30D, 1/250, f/8, 120mm, ISO100

Member Picker's Comment: Interesting to see different facial expressions from the performers. composition is interesting and eye catching.

Golden Harvest
"Golden Harvest"
by: jeridaking
No Exifs Available

Member Picker's Comment: The color contrast and composition is simply amazing. The color tones and the moment captured is something to relish and enjoy looking at. The photographer was able to capture the beauty of a place where life might be slow but peaceful.

Shine on me
"Shine on me"
by: Ian Ong
No Exifs Available

Member Picker's Comment: perfectly composed. Got a nice timing of the sun at the back of the cross. The blue sky and the clouds somewhat made it more heavenly to look at. i'm not really good at landscapes but this really caught my eye... perhaps, it's a reminder for us all...