Friday, August 08, 2008

POW! 2nd Week of August 2008

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

Partners in Crime Revisited
"Partners in Crime Revisited"
by: crispyparty
No Exifs Available

Editor's Comment: "Composition and lighting played key roles here. This makes for an excellent print ad."

by: Kim Guanzon
Canon EOS-1D Mark III, 1/250, f/9, 40mm, ISO100

Photo Description: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM
AB800 33" Beauty Dish camera left with diffusion sock.. no filter
AB800 with full CTO filter camera right
WB set to tungsten
check the exif data... all processing was done with lightroom... no need of PS

Editor's Comment: " Here is a good example of what an interplay of good equipment can do to your photos. Forget about the talent or skill of the photographer - a little knowledge will do. Top of the line gears necessarily equate to a brilliant photo!!"

Heat of the Moment
"Heat of the Moment"
by: joelcgarcia
Nikon D300, 1/200, f/18, 40mm, ISO200

Photo Description: Make-up by Jossa Cruz. Regina Condominium, Quezon City.

Editor's Comment: "Great Art for Nude. Great Lighting! This photo just inspires me a lot!"

Friday, August 01, 2008

POW! 1st Week of August 2008

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

"No Title"
by: yetbu
No Exifs Available

Editor's Comment: "This is not his best. I invite you to look at his stream and just let the images do the talking this time."

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"The Cross"
by: JRmannn
No Exifs Available

Editor's Comment: - "I love the colors on this shot. and the rainbow.. just perfect!"

- "Shooting and composing with a rainbow...that doesn't happen everyday. "

URCC 12 (Supremacy!)
"URCC 12 (Supremacy)"
by: Ronyak
No Exifs Available

Photo Description: URCC 12 held last July 5, 08 at A. Venue

Editor's Comment: - "Seldom do we see sports photos uploaded in flickr. It is therefore exhilirating to see one and this photo captures the agony of being defeated and the intense concentration of the brawler on top who seems to be the fighter with an advantage over his foe."

- "i can feel the intensity in this frame. As the other editor mentioned it's a image with a strong story to tell. "

Friday, July 25, 2008

POW! 4th Week of July 2008

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

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"Full of Life"
by: JRmannn
No Exifs Available

Photo Description: FULL OF LIFE
Like a whole little world in that one drop.

Editor's Comments: - "Great capture on the reflection and great timing on the water drop."

- " I just love images where the reflection draws more attention to whats on the middle of the frame. It takes a keen eye and a lot of imagination to create that in my opinion."

"No Title"
by: Joseph Ong
No Exifs Available

Photo Description: Model; Tara
Clothes: Harvey Cenit
Maquillage: Jessie Glova

Editor's Comment: - "The cropped shot did this photo justice. The photographer's an expert when it comes to portraits and it clearly shows. Good details and great use of lighting"

- "This portrait invites me to peer into her soul. it's mesmerizing!
Softness in female portraiture still works best for me not only technically speaking but the way the model projects as well."

by: JohnnyMakati
No Exifs Available

Editor's Comment: - "This is post editing par excellance. The photographer is an artist. Every photos he shows us is a work of art. Not only he can photograph so well, he can beautify as well. Definitely one of the best glamour photograph of the week"

- "This has the makings of really "fine" art photography! terms of gracefulness, lighting, texture among others. "

Friday, July 18, 2008

POW! 3rd Week of July 2008

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

pinoy ako-my pride and joy
"Pinoy ako - My Pride and Joy"
by: my fLEEckr.leeviraycahili
No Exifs Available

Photo Description: “One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one's ability. There is a special sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is rounded, full, exact, complete in its parts, which the superficial person who leaves his or her work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished condition, can never know. It is this conscientious completeness which turns any work into art. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement.” --og mandino

Editor's Comment: "The boy's expression exudes confidence and pride... perfect for the patriotic colors of the hat and the title given. The filtered light on the face adds dimension to the portrait. it creates enough specular highlights to bring the portrait to life!"

- "Mabuhay Philippines! The first thing came to my mind when I saw this photo. Great colors. Mabuhay ang Pinoy! "

by: Solanaboy
No Exifs Available

Photo Description: Went back to dumaguete to shoot the Pier and boy it was one hell of a day. I shot 4gb worth in the pier. I have a few more I will upload this week.

Editor's Comment: "Colors blended well with the background, not to mention the light coming behind the subject was a great touch. Always a pleasure to see underwater pictures." =D

by: chibusque
No Exifs Available

Photo Description: Photography: CHi busque of iD3 photography
Model: Luiza Rower
Hair & Makeup: Aizza Reyes for House of Laurel
Clothes by: Joe San Antonio
Agency: Chameleon Modeling Agency
Location: Jing Arroyo's Crib @ Belle Villa, Merville

Editor's Comment: "It's quite amazing when all the right elements come together in a fashion shoot. Of course good lighting and photography are a must too as you can see here."

Friday, July 11, 2008

POW! 2nd Week of July 2008

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

by: [2]rokbot[2]y
Sony DSC-R1, 1/320, f/8, 14.3mm, ISO160

Photo Description: Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Editor's Comment: "I'm not from UP but i like this one. It shows the blue skies with cloud formation which draws the eyes more to the background than the real subject. A novelty in composition."

grilled king prawn
"Grilled King Prawn"
by: gilbert "gilbz" gamolo
No Exifs Available

Photo Description: My favorite food...and food photography subject. =)

light set-up: one strobe with a snoot fitted with red gel above & behind the prawn, one small softbox on the left side and a small gold reflector directly below the subject.

did some color enhancement and contrast adjustment in lightroom. also did some minor detail "fixing" in photoshop.


Prawns are crustaceans, belonging to the sub-order Dendrobranchiata. They are similar in appearance to shrimp, but can be distinguished by the gill structure which is branching in prawns (hence the name, dendro=“tree”; branchia=“gill”), but is lamellar in shrimp. The sister taxon to Dendrobranchiata is Pleocyemata, which contains all the true shrimp, crabs, lobsters, etc.

As used in commercial farming and fishery, the terms prawn and shrimp are generally used interchangeably. In European countries, particularly the United Kingdom, the word “prawns” is far more common on menus than the term “shrimp”, which is generally only used in North America. The term “prawn” is also loosely used to describe any large shrimp, especially those that come 15 (or fewer) to the pound (also called “king prawns”).

source: wikipedia

Editor's Comment: "Product Photography is about lighting. This photo just tells it all. Great Lighting. Kudos to the Photographer for being unselfish and sharing to everyone how he setup his lighting technique. Thumbs up to you Gilbert!"

by: Joseph Ong
No Exifs Available

Photo Description: Model: Girly Raven Gabriel
Maquillage: Jessie Glova
Designer: Lorymer Villareal

Editor's Comment: "this is self explanatory... ok...she's lovely! ok nice lighting and she's lovely!"

Friday, July 04, 2008

POW! 1st Week of July 2008

Welcome to the return of FPC's Photos of the week.

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

by: divemaster4ever
No Exifs Available

Photo Description: Choreographed exposure shot @ Ayala Alabang Village home studio.

Editors Comment: "The work is unique to me! Use of multiple exposure or overlapping layers is very tasteful. The work as a whole is as elegant as the dancer subject who was captured in graceful motion!"

I'm the Boss here . . .
"I'm the Boss here . . ."
by: alexdpx
Canon EOS 20D, 1/1000, f/6.3, 300mm, ISO200

Photo Description: Fuwairit, Qatar, 27 June 2008
Fighting against the wind to prevent her kite from being blown away. She's one of the few women we saw parasailing but the most spectacular to watch. This girl's got some moves :)

Editors Comment: "Nice shadows on the thigh of the lady and the depth of field is pretty good. He captured the emotion pretty well. "

No One Is Convinced
"No One Is Convinced"
by: Paolo Mañalac
Nikon D80, f/8, 18mm, ISO 100, HDR 3 shots by 2 stops

Photo Description: Malapascua Island, Daan Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines...
FACT: Malapascua Island is so small you can get around on foot :D

Editors Comment: "This photo does not only show how good the composition and color was shot, but it also made me feel what my personal eyes would expect to see when i get the chance to visit this place. Superb Work."

"Im personally balled over by this image! The tones are so soothing to the eyes perhaps in part because the colors of the sky and foreground seem to harmonize. The net in the foreground offers rich texture and balance which in itself can be imagined as an extension of the sea."

Friday, March 28, 2008

FPC PoW!s -- Week 12, 2008

With the long vacation concomitant to Christendom's observance of the "Holy Week," we expect photos from the vacation of FPC members. My family enjoyed the countryside and the beaches of Ilocandia, with me being the full-time driver, part-time baby-sitter and full-time photographer. I enjoyed the landscape and the photo-journalistic images I took with my camera and I can't wait to share them.

Meanwhile, let's look at what our members want us to see in PoW! this week. I see the usual contributors and some infrequent ones. However, looking beyond the personalities, I concentrated on the images and found some gems, including one that is really relevant to the "Holy Week," i.e., "Penetencia 2008" by Eric. Other picks are Marvin's shot of Machi in flowing white dress during their Cagbalete trip. Marvin has the eye, but I can't understand why he doesn't title his images; he seem to be very visual, setting aside the rather encumbrance of exercising the mind by thinking of thought-provoking titles. Therefore, I just give his PoW! photo the title "Where's the Party?"

Ken's photo was nominated by Rey Nocum and gives a spice of action to our selection. "Jenny" by Don is a rather raw photo, considering the "as shoot" skin texture and a seemingly obligatory facial expression. On the other hand, it is a very good material for those wanting to learn studio lighting. He applies a subtle Rembrandt and backlighting that brought out the hair texture on the right side of Jenny and kicking her off the background.

Finally, Alex sends another one to PoW! with his self-portrait on a backlit wall, which I would say is rather creative. He uses 2 speedlights, one in ETTL and another in manual zoom and power. With that setup, Alex shows a substantial degree of mastery of Remote Lighting System or RLS.

This is NOT IN ANY WAY A PHOTO CONTEST. We just want to honor Photographic creativity :D

Here are our PoW!s for this week, in order of date taken:

November 18, 2007
Where's the Party by Marvin Maning
Untitled (suggested: "Where's the Party?")
by Marvin Llanos Maning
Shooting Information:
Camera: Sony DSC-R1
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 14.3 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Exposure Bias: 7/10 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
Exposure Program: Portrait mode
Metering Mode: Spot

March 01, 2008
Surf's Up by Ken Tamayo
"Surf's Up"
by Ken Tamayo
Shooting Information:
Camera: Nikon D80
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 5 EV
Exposure Program: Manual
Metering Mode: Pattern

March 17, 2008
Jenny by Don Garchitorena
by Don Garchitorena
No Shooting Information available.

March 21, 2008
Spiderman by Alex Atienza
by Alex Atienza
Shooting Information:
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 22 mm
ISO Speed: 320
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Flash fired
Exposure Program: Manual

March 21, 2008
Penetencia 2008 by Eric Fernandez
"Penetencia 2008"
by Eric Fernandez
No Shooting Information available.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tribute to a Dear Friend

Alex is an Flickers Photo Club (FPC) member based in Doha, Qatar. Originally posted on his Flickr photo page. Reposting here with permission. The photo he captured for this post made it to FPC's PoW!s of Week 11, 2008. Here is the photo:

Tribute to a Dear Friend by Alex Atienza
"Tribute to a Dear Friend"
by Alex Atienza

Shooting Information:
Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 61 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/2 EV
Flash: Flash fired, red-eye reduction
Exposure Program: Normal
Metering Mode: Average

Here is Alex's story:
"Exactly 3 years ago today, my Canon EOS 20D and I met in the small town of Matawan, New Jersey and from then on went into a wonderful photographic journey. Oh man! we did took some beautiful pictures since then.

We went places -- East Coast USA, Egypt, Brunei, Philippines, and of course Doha, Qatar, my present city of residence. We attended some international sporting events -- Superbike Grand Prix, The 15th Asian Games, F1 Powerboat Races, and probably the best known of my photos, 3 seasons of WTA Qatar Total Open.

We photographed some of the most beautiful people in various occasions -- Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis, Roger Federer, beautiful models, my colleagues, my friends, family and most beautiful of all, my wife.

And then we met some new friends here in Flickr and the name "alexdpx" was known by my viewers and contacts. More importantly, I've met fellow "photo addicts" in the Philippines, particularly those belonging to the "Philippines" and "Flickers Photo Club" group. Thank you guys. I'm looking forward to shooting with you again someday.

No, I'm not retiring the 20D but it now has to take the backseat in all of my future shooting. My new Canon EOS 40D is arriving soon and that will be my new main camera and the 20D will assume the role of backup. Although I hope I could use both of them in tandem.

It's been a wonderful three years and a beautiful friendship. Not even once has my 20D ever let me down. Thank you. Now it's time to pass on the torch."

A comment from fmtabora ( on the photo page:
"I'm a new Dad of a 3 month old baby. I've had sleepless nights because of Daddy stuff (changin' diapers & preparing milk). I guess you'll be having the same experience 'coz Mikee told me you didn't sleep enough last night clicking your baby 40D. Congratulations Tatay Alex!"

Indeed a nice friendship between man and machine! :D


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

FPC PoW!s -- Week 11, 2008

With the 7th Tambayan fever wearing out, we focus on the next activities for FPC members. Upcoming are the Go-See for aspiring models and the various tasks that go with it. Committees are formed to ensure distribution of workload among leaders and volunteers. Responsibilities are defined. But however, busy FPC will be, the PoW!s are here to stay.

This week, fresh talents contributing fresh takes to our pool of PoW!s steadily pour in along with long time members of FPC. One is Marc, who took good photos of the Manila Bay dragon boat riders. He also contributed photos of his trip to Anawangin in Zambales and one of these get featured here. Eric shows how to create moving images with a piece of clothe -- and an emotive model.

Perry wows us again with a brilliantly crafted one-lighter creating a dramatic scene with his toy heroes. Alex retires a camera and captures a lasting image-tribute to his Canon 20D. A blog will follow to feature this end of a "close friendship." And lastly, Roy comes back with a photojournal with a political message.

This is NOT IN ANY WAY A PHOTO CONTEST. We just want to honor Photographic creativity :D

These are our PoW!s for this week in the order of date taken:

February 23, 2008
After Glow [at] Anawangin Cove by Marc Geronimo
"After Glow in Anawangin Cove"
by Marc Geronimo
Shooting Information:
Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital
Exposure: 15 sec (15)
Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 20 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
Exposure Program: Shutter priority
Metering Mode: Pattern

March 01, 2008
Swoosh by Eric Fernandez
by Eric Fernandez
No Shooting Information available

March 03, 2008
The Vision by Perry Chua
"The Vision"
by Perry Chua
Shooting Information:
Camera: Nikon D2Xs
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 60 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
Exposure Program: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot

March 15, 2008
Tribute to a Dear Friend by Alex Atienza
"Tribute to a Dear Friend"
by Alex Atienza
Shooting Information:
Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 61 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/2 EV
Flash: Flash fired, red-eye reduction
Exposure Program: Normal
Metering Mode: Average

March 16, 2008
Only Hope by Roy Yap
"Only Hope"
by Roy Yap
Shooting Information
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Digital
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 22 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/2 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sea Breeze Resort Revisited

by Garry Cruz
Original blog posted by Garry at his Multiply page. Posted here with permission.
I have been in a slump lately with my photography. I couldn't get myself in the right mood to take photos nor process those that I took some time ago. I mean I'm excited to go out and take pictures but the results are sometimes not what I wanted them to be. I guess I needed a break.

Last Saturday, I was packed with possible shoots and really couldn't decide which one to choose. There was the UP fair, a folio shoot for a friend and a funshoot out with my friends from Flickers Photo Club (FPC). I wanted to go to the UP fair since I haven't watched a concert for such a long time but wanted to go to my shoot at Boni as well. Good thing I was able to ask my 'client' to postpone the shoot the next day.

FPC is also scheduled to have a shoot that day in a warehouse located in Makati but due to the lack of participating photogs, it was cancelled. Robert invited me to a shoot in Sea Breeze Resort in Taguig City, which almost didn't push through due to some model backing-out at the last minute. I said to myself: "What the heck! Since I'm not doing anything that weekend anyway..."

After my shift, I went straight home to pack my things for the shoot. I was also thinking of bringing some swimwear since I'm not really in the mood to shoot but rather to relax. Good thing I decided otherwise and my laziness to bring an extra bag paid off.

We started shooting late in the afternoon coz some of the guys swam in the pool while the models were preparing for the shoot. I was surprised when Luane asked me if we knew each other since I looked very familiar to her. I told her that its the first time I've seen her.

We started shooting around 4pm just about when Egay, our hired makeup artist con hairstylist (does great work), finished doing April's make-up. I messed up my first few shots of her because the strobes were not being triggered by my cam. I felt stupid when I found out that I forgot to reset my cam to trigger the strobes that I was testing earlier that day. With all the strobes set... I was shooting like crazy.

We brought April outside the resort to a construction site and saw some workers with their equipment. We asked permission if we could use their equipment as props for the shoot and they gladly agreed. They even posed in a few shots as well.

Two teams were shooting at the same time. Exchanging models as we go along. Next up was Luane. I remember her talking to me prior to the shoot and asked me if we knew each other. She told me that I looked very familiar to her. Flattered, I told her that it was the first time that I saw her. After having her make-up done. We also brought her outside and started shooting.

After shooting for a couple of hours, we decided to take a break before starting the next set. While waiting, some of us had dinner while others charged their batts. With more than enough juice in mine, I just passed the time listening to music in my PSP.

We were shooting till about 9.30pm all of the flash batteries were bled dry. Too bad I wasn't able to shoot Luane with her 3rd outfit but nevertheless I had fun that day. I went home exhausted but had tons of fun.