Thursday, October 18, 2018

Delft Artist at Work



He was by the window on a bright day.  So by compensating for the exposure I was able to get a high key look.

I love the process of making pictures.  The challenge of the lighting and how to frame the moment.  This would have been a failure if not for using the “bad” lighting to ones advantage.  Framing the image can be afterthought.  I had to crop the left side of this image.  In the end, I think there is no right or wrong.  Photography is both art and science.  That is what makes it very interesting.

Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

If you can read our minds


Woman 1: You are creepy.  Stop taking our pictures.

Woman 2:  Let’s see.  The square root of a negative number is undetermined.  Why did I even go to MIT to get my PhD?

Man:  I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This land is Our land


Give it back!

The highland peoples inhabit all the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative RegionAbraApayaoBenguetKalingaIfugao, and Mountain Province, as well as the adjacent province of Nueva Viscaya. Their culture is well-preserved because they have defended their land against the Spaniards who already captured the places in the low lands such as Manila and others, this people from the cordillera never gave up in defending there land for 333 years that those who tried to go there never came back out or few only survived.  But it may not last long.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Lovers Dispute Caught on a Train


He was upset because she forgot it was his dog’s birthday.

But that’s beside the point on why this image is even meaningful.  I often wonder why I even indulge in street photography.  It’s too much work and one risks getting in trouble.  Most people are averse to having their picture taken.  This is understandable as our privacy is mostly nil nowadays.  Yet there is something about taking pictures of life no matter how transient in a split second.  By the time it’s done, everything is already in the past.  

What makes street photography work?  One is the conflict of the moment.  Such as this one.  I am not saying this image appears successful to the viewers.  Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter.  I try  to be content in what I do.  I don’t want to be preoccupied by what people think of my work.  If it works, that’s great and I am grateful for them.  If not, cest la vie.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Back from Upstate New York


Sorry.  My English teacher always told us not to start a sentence with the word "sorry."  I can see a lot of merits to his advice.  I have been away for so long that it actually felt good - being relieved from the stress of thinking what it is I need to post for my next blog.  And yet, I can't be lazy.  I need to do something to stimulate the mind.  It's mostly reading and writing.  Both of which have fallen to the way side.  So, I'm stepping in to connect back to the free world through the magic of the internet.  Well, unless you are living in a tyrannical country that controls all the internet feeds that go around.  Quite frankly, it is beginning to feel that way here where I live.  Google+, which host this blog,  has lately been compromised.  So I'm not even sure if people can read this post. Well, perhaps eventually they will.

This was shot using the iPhone 7 plus over a month ago when we were at the Cayuga Lake in upstate New York.  A rather lazy town that would be ideal for retirement.  Our host have this two acre lot that was by the lake.  The point of staying there was for a mini high school reunion that Rose participated.  I was having a stomach upset at that time when I took this picture.  Everybody else in our group went for a boat ride across the lake.  But Rose and I decided to stay behind.  The benefit was we get to experience this gorgeous sunset - and a glimpse of a bald eagle flying over us and a water snake sneaking up from the shore.  Pretty cool, I think.  But when I told our host about the water snake she freaked out.  She had been swimming in the lake but have never seen one.  Well, no worries.  Later on, we asked one of the locals and he said that there are no poisonous snake in the area.  

Hope you are having a great weekend.  Cheers.