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Translacion: Black Nazarene

I have been looking forward to Jan 9. It’s translocation of the Black Nazarene (Life size statue? of Jesus) from Point A (usually Quirino grandstand) to Point B (Quiapo Church). So what makes this special? Well it’s attended by millions of devotees. I planned to use my x100f (35mm) in contrast with the usually telephoto usage of the photographers during the event. Thinking a different perspective will give me a different result. Cock sure and confident I walked to the main bulk of the “parade?” I caught it near the Manila City Hall. More like it caught me. As I can’t move away and you just have to go with the tide of human. Nazareno

The heat and the press is suffocating. Thankfully there’s a ever presence of community in the whole mass. Water is given when it’s needed magically. And rescue personel are always available. Nazareno-4

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I tried to get closer still. But i’m wary carrying my camera as once in a while people would splash there water all around to cool the heating people. So I threaded the edge between the watchers and the joiners (Once trying to reach the Nazarene or hold the rope). Nazareno-5

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My shirt is soaked with my sweat and other peoples sweat by this time. Then a wave of feverish emotion soaked the people. They started shouting  “ariba! ariba!”

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After that I stepped out for a while to breath. That’s when I realized I lost my phone. Most likely stolen from the press humans. This completely took me out of the shooting mode. Just 1 and a half hour. The whole thing usually starts at 5am and ends at midnight. What a waste of photographic opportunity.

Note for next year: Bring only Camera!

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Dog portraiture: Versatility of X100f

The X100f’s versatility really amazes me. It’s leaf shutter is really useful with playing with strobes. You gain the ability to cut the ambient light/ background light to black.

Setup:

With softbox (sb900) at 1/8 of power. About 1 feet away from the subject. X100f at f8 ss1000 and iso200. That’s all you need. No black muslin cloth needed to cut out the ugly clinic setting.

Only problem I have is focusing. If the dog is active it’s a pain in the ass. I’ll try manual focusing next time.

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X100f with Yongnuo RF 603 II

When I got the Yongnuo Rf603 ii I immediately tried to sync my old sb-900 with my x100f. 3 hours later I still haven’t figured out how to sync them. “Screw it. Maybe this RF603 II is busted.”  So I returned to the store to return the transceiver. Lo and behold it just turned out that i’m a big idiot. ha! No surprise there. I just needed to turn turn the built in flash off.

FLASH SETTING- Built-In Flash- OFF

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First try. Playing with flash will be fun.

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Caged

When I was younger I always dreamed of having exotic large cats (tigers) and birds of prey as pets. It was the lure of watching to many cartoons where the animals seem to love to have a friend human being.

A few year fast forward, after graduating from Veterinary Medicine and opening my eye to the politicking that’s rampant even in animal shelters, conservation groups and even zoo, I now finally see. Animal suffer because of people’s greed, at least here in our 3rd world country.

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Heartbreaking.

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