There is something about the open road that draws me to it. A few months ago, I bought a 2010 Honda CBR 150 motorbike, and I needed to take it out on a moderate-distance ride. Up to this point, I have only used my bike riding around the city. Ron, a friend of mine, and   Read More …

This article also appears in Tara Let’s Go! Asia “Have you been to Chinatown?” No matter where in the world you go and travel to, chances are good that you’ll find a Chinatown nearby. Historically ethnic enclaves of Chinese people (but of course!), Chinatowns all around the world are trading posts of Chinese medicines, food,   Read More …

You may have noticed that there haven’t been any new projects or new pictures in the website, or even new blog posts. So let me start off with a greeting: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Chinese New Year, Happy Birthday and all of those nice stuff! I’d also like to thank a certain special someone   Read More …

Last time, I taught you how to create a time-lapse video using FFMPEG and the Terminal or (GIMP for animated GIFs) in Ubuntu Linux. But not many people are comfortable using the command line. I for one certainly made that post so that I wouldn’t forget how! This time around, I have a simpler, easier   Read More …

Knowing the shutter actuation count of your camera (or a 2nd-hand camera your buying) is important if you want to know the “age” of the camera based on how much it has been used. The higher the number, the more pictures it has taken in its lifetime. Recently, I was interested to know the shutter   Read More …

I rarely do heavy post-processing on my work. All I usually do when I get my photos from my camera to the computer is convert them from RAW and do a little bit of curve adjustments and white balance tweaking, and that’s it! Take for example the picture on the left. From the camera, the   Read More …

I saw this photo while I was browsing YowaYowa’s blog. It reminded me of a shoot we did a couple of years ago in Sagami Ono, and made me think could this be on the same line of tracks we shot on or if it was in a completely different part of Japan? It looks   Read More …

Last February 1, Gina Lopez, the Managing Director of ABS-CBN Foundation, launched a signature campaign to save Palawan from both illegal and legally-questionable (allegedly, some politician’s hands were greased to approve the mining contracts) mining activities in Palawan. The goal is noble, and the ideals are lofty. Indeed, that which they are fighting for is   Read More …

Last week, I had a toy shoot for some Castlevania toys that were going up for sale. The shoot was pretty straightforward, and all I needed was one off-camera strobe and a shoot-through umbrella. I initially planned to use my DIY macro studio, but it was too small for these action figures, and the ration   Read More …

Normally, new year’s resolutions are declared when the year is new. To be honest, I did create a very short list, but I thought I’d wait till after the Chinese New Year. You may ask why. And the simple reason is that I wanted to have more time to think and reflect what aspects of   Read More …