Thursday, September 4

Inday ng buhay ko (The woman of my dream)

Nevermind the heat
Coming off the street
She wants to party
She wants to get down
All she wants to do is
All she wants to do is dance
And make romance
All she wants to do is dance
[All She Wants To Do Is Dance, Don Henley]

She was definitely on something.  I have been staring at her for the last few minutes as she kept dancing and singing to the crowd at the market.  Some were laughing at her.  But many just ignored her.  Finally, she saw me taking pictures of her.  She came closer and performed for me.  I never understood a word she said but I knew she wanted some money in return for her performance.  I gave her Php 20, and she seemed happy with it.  I was glad that I was there to capture her.

Wednesday, September 3

Maybe I don't care anymore

/ˈæpəθi/ Show Spelled[ap-uh-thee]
–noun, plural -thies.
1. absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
2. lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.
3. Also, ap·a·thei·a, ap·a·thi·a  /ˌæpəˈθiə/ Show Spelled[ap-uh-thee-uh] Stoicism . freedom from emotion of any kind

Tuesday, September 2

Sometimes I Wonder

© 2014 Rob Castro

Sometimes I wonder where I've been.  Where am I going?


Tuesday, August 26


© 2014 Rob Castro

Taken one Friday night at the street of Claremont, California. I've been in a rut. I haven't been creative. I was getting depressed. I needed to go out. 



Friday, August 22

Helga checks her email

Helga is waiting for her date. But her date is an idiot. Russell always forgets his schedule. (He has done this before with his other dates - but that's another story.) So he sends Helga a message.
"M on my way. Ritz Carlton OK with U?"
Helga is amused and takes another drag from her electronic cigarette.
Physician heal thyself: This is really a botched shot but I really like the gesture so it's a keeper for me. It's for the most part blurry (by accident) and I should have been focusing on her face but ended up focusing on her cell phone. This is pretty common in street photography when anything (in this case it was me) would be moving and unpredictable (also me). Almost all photographers make this mistake. Maybe Apple will like this photo and use it for their next iPhone 10.0.

[Fujifilm X-Pro 1, 35mm, Buda, Hungary]
Copyright 2013 Rob Castro

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 21

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?

The calm fish pond is owned by Rose's sister-in-law.  For years, she was in a legal battle to claim its ownership.  Finally, the court settled that she has rightful ownership.  It was battle worth pursuing, I think.

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.