Wednesday, August 20

Pond Anilao

© 2014 Rob Castro

Taken in 2010 with a Panasonic DMC LX3 Point and Shoot.  The camera only had 10 mp.  The worst part was I dropped it on a raging river.  I let it dry for 3 days and re-used it on this landscape.  Obviously, the camera still worked.  Maybe the water that got inside the camera gave it special powers.  Who knows?

Tuesday, August 19

Pete the Elder

The great Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt once said that it is better to shoot an iconic picture rather than a good but boring one. I certainly would not call this image iconic – although in a few years maybe it will – only time will tell. A boring picture? But that is subjective.

I am almost sure that Pete would not like this photo.  But that would be his own opinion.  In any case, it doesn't matter to me.  Because I like it.

I was pleasantly surprised by the result. I thought that the lighting was bad as it was mostly florescent predominantly coming from the top but I think the warm backlighting helped. The classic Nikkor 50mm from my Rose's vintage Nikon FE may have contributed to the wow factor. Despite using a crappy 8 mp Canon Rebel XT, the combination of the lens and the camera as appointed by providence all contributed to this shot.

© 2013, 2014 Rob Castro
Reworked from February 13, 2013 post


I used an old Nikkor 50mm lens (truly a great glass on this one - that's why I used it) which was designed for the film SLR. So everything is operated manually including the focus. Without the benefit of the auto focus and split screen I just eyeballed the shot and went for broke. Since this was a stolen shot and the environment was a bit dark, it made shooting more difficult. So yea I wished I had focused on the eyes but focusing on the wrinkles is the next best thing :-)

I also liked the colors on this one. It's not often that I render my portraits in color as I'm partially color blind but I think this one works for me. I did render the image in B&W but this version is my fave.

Monday, August 18

Dahil Sa Iyo

Michelangelo:  Where are you originally from?

Juzno:  From Mars.

Michelangelo:  I will sing you a song from your place.

Juzno:  Okay.

Michelangelo (singing):  Dahil sa iyo … nais kung mabuhay...

Thursday, August 14

Earl while his mojo is working

© 2014 Rob Castro

Juzno:  Can I make a request?

Earl:  I don't do request. Can't you see that I'm a hip old jazz artist portrayed in classic film-noir black and white?

Juzno:  How did you get those streaks behind you?

Earl:  I don't know but every time I play the sax they seem to follow me.

Juzno:  You really are a hip old jazz artist.  Are you portrayed in colored?

Earl:  Never.  Colored is a bad word.

Juzno:  Oh.


Where are we?

"Where are we?" Mildred cried out.

Captain Hook had taken the children to his secret cabin. In the meantime, Vera and Chuck were arguing with one another on who is the greatest of them all. Vera thought that she could out do Mildred who was the presumptive leader. She tried to convince Chuck of this since she was older than him. Chuck made the argument that he was the only son and therefore heir to the throne.

Saturday, August 9

Teenage Hobo Dude


© 2014 Rob Castro

Alleen is her middle name.  But she goes by Kamilah.  Sometimes I refer to her as KC in my writings.  Rose calls her Baboo.  But most of the time she is just our Pangga.

Shot last Autumn.  I needed a model to test my lighting set up.  KC is always willing to comply.  I think I used a small soft box on this one. I must have read somewhere that one is suppose to point the light on the subject's nose.  I think I pointed it at angle instead.  Don't really remember.  But it seems that way now that I'm looking at it.  Or maybe she turned her head when I took the shot.  Yet I am quite content with this test shot.  It's all that matters.

The Fat Lady Sings the Blues

© 2014 Rob Castro

For me, one of the highlights in our tour to Spain was watching a flamenco show in Seville.  We enjoyed the dancing and the flamenco guitars.  But the best was this Diva whose voice captivated everybody.

Friday, August 8

A Day at the Library in the Age of Innocence

Babe 1:  Oh, great, they still have Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.  That's got to be heavy.  I'm checking it out.

Babe 2:  I wonder if  I should check out Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House or should I go for Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace?

Hope your day is going well.

If not, then here's something to cheer you up.  The age of innocence.  Youth.  The future.  I know you will not let them down.

Have a great weekend.  Peace. - R