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31 May 2007

National Geographic Asia's In the Womb Twins Contest


National Geographic Asia's
In the Womb Twins Contest
Twins, Triplets & Quads

Twin Photos & Stories
Submission period: 15 May 2007 - 21 June 2007
Voting period: 25 May 2007 to 29 June 2007

For details about the contest, click here.

30 May 2007

KKK: Photographs by Kidlat, Kawayan & Kabunyian De Guia

KKK: Photographs by Kidlat, Kawayan & Kabunyian De Guia
SILVERLENS GALLERY
June 12 - June 30, 2007
RECEPTION JUNE 12, 6-9 PM

KKK — as in Key, Keen, Karma. As in Kaleidoscope, Kudos, Kodak. Or maybe Kaibigan, Kinship, or Kapatid? KKK as in the Kapatiran spirit of 1898. KKK as in Brothers Kidlat, Kawayan, Kabunyan de Guia. Three brothers; six eyes; one family. With parents from two ends of the
world: the German stain-glass artist Katrin de Guia and Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, KKK forms the three branches of the same trunk.

silverlens gallery invites everyone to celebrate Independence Day 2007 by visiting the exhibit KKK: Photographs by Kidalat, Kawayan and Kabunyan de Guia. The exhibit will open on June 12 at 6pm and features the different photographic stylings of the three brothers. Most parents don’t allow their children to touch expensive things such as cameras but for the de Guia boys, their Tatay let them play with his camera equipment. These became the toys and tools that let them discover their own images, which eventually led them to find their individual ways of seeing the world. The exhibit will run until June 30.

As a part of the Gallery Talks for the exhibit, Tommy Hafalla will be giving a talk “Photo Documentary meets Tradition” on June 16, from 3-5pm while Kidlat Tahimik will be screening his film “Why is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?” on June 23, from 3-6pm.

Silverlens Gallery is located at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Warehouse 2, Yupangco Building. Gallery hours are 10 to 7pm, Mondays to Fridays and 1 to 6pm on Saturdays. For more information, call 8160044 or email manage@silverlensphoto.com

29 May 2007

FOTOFEST: Photography Summit & Photo Contest

FOTOFEST: The Philippine Star’s 1st Photography Summit
August 2-4, 2007
Trade Show & Exhibit - Glorietta Activity Center
Seminars & Workshops -Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

AUGUST 2 (Thursday)


AM 10:00 Outdoor Wedding Photography - JOHN ONG

12:00 BREAK

PM 1:00 Relevance of photojournalism (news, sports)

Panelists:
ROMY GACAD AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
VAL RODRIGUEZ STAR CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER
ALEX BALUYUT
JOSE ENRIQUE SORIANO

3:00 JT PHOTOWORLD PRODUCT DEMO

4:00 On-Site Video Editing - JASON MAGBANUA
(how did he get to be on the top 5 videographers of the world)

6:00 END

AUGUST 3 (Friday)

AM 10:00 Food photography - MARK FLORO

12:00 BREAK

1:00 Glamour Photography - IBARRA DERI AND DAIL DERI
(on-the-spot) photo contest for this category - PRIZE - PHP 20,000 CASH

6:00 CANON PRODUCT DEMO (RAFFLE)

AUGUST 4 (Saturday)

AM 10:00AM Book launching of Travel Photographer Gunther Deichmann
Travel and Landscape Photography - GUNTHER DEICHMANN

12:00 BREAK

1:00 Post Production Workflow for Photographers - DOMINIQUE JAMES

3:00 Portrait Photography - WIG TYSMANS (Q&A)

5:00 Portrait Photography Icons of the 21st century - fashion photography JUN DE LEON (Q AND A)

7:00 AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIP NIGHT

SEMINAR FEE

3 DAYS SEMINAR PHP 3500
2 DAYS PHP 2500
1 DAY PHP 1500

EARLY BIRD PHP 3000

NOTE:
ONLY DELEGATES ATTENDING THE FULL 3-DAY WORKSHOP CAN JOIN THE ON-THE-SPOT PHOTO CONTEST

For inquiries, please e-mail Nanz Vecina at nanz_mediamaster@yahoo.com or text at 0919-5103934, 0928-5027032.

Jahangir Razmi

Photo © Jahangir Razmi

I remember seeing this haunting image in a Time-Life book many years back when I still frequent the old Thomas Jefferson Library (located in Buendia Avenue then). Photographer's name was not mentioned but, instead it was credited to an 'anonymous' photographer. Until I came across Magnum's feature on Jahangir Razmi, an Iranian photographer, who accepted the Pullitzer 27 Years after winning it. Mr. Razmi received the Pullitzer prize last May 21, 2007 for his 1979 photo Firing Squad in Iran. It won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.

To view Mr. Razmi's photo essay , click here.

Read an article by Journalist Joshua Prager on this chilling photograph's hidden history, please click the link below:
http://www.joshuaprager.com/wsj/

25 May 2007

Wanted: Art/ Photo Buyers (Benefit Auction at Silverlens Gallery)


Benefit Auction at Silverlens Gallery
2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Yupangco Building 2, Makati City, Philippines
June 6, 2007
3pm - 6pm only

Proceeds will go to the medical treatment of photojournalist Mon Acasio.


For inquiries: manage@silverlensphoto.com
(632) 816.0044

19 May 2007

Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2007 Contest by DigitalFilipino

Ms. Janette Toral of DigitalFilipino.com is spearheading a writing project of identifying new and emerging blogs that are making impact to its readers since in 2007. To join you have to nominate 10 (or more) blogs you enjoy reading, that you think are influential - the ones who
generate traffic for its readership. Please note that those blogs are created anytime from August 1 2006 to the present (please read Janette's post for complete details).

10 May 2007

Know your Election Precinct Online

Before going out on Monday to vote, kindly check your name with the Online COMELEC Precinct Finder as soon as you can so you'll know what precinct are you in and this is also to check if you're still a registered voter after the Comelec purges over 1M names from voters’ list. Luckily, my name's still there.

Spare yourself from the rush and possible bandwidth problems with COMELEC website come election day, May 14, 2007.

Thanks to Pinoy Tech Blog for the info.

09 May 2007

Photo Exhibits at Goethe Institut-Manila

Deutschlandbilder - Images of Germany
8 Photographic Positions of the Agency OSTKREUZ

Opening Reception:
on Thursday, 7 June at 6pm

Photo Exhibition
June 7 to June 14, 2007
Goethe-Institut Manila

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Free admission
Phone: +63 2 8405723-24
Email: goethepr@pldtdsl.net

Ostkreuz is the name of the largest and most important metro station in East Berlin. Fifteen years ago, seven photographers from East Germany founded an agency with the same name. Its goal then was to produce works with a critical view of the situation in the German Democratic Republic. Years later, Ostkreuz, the agency, is now a highly successful supplier of serial reportages and one-off photo-essays that grace the pages of German and international newspapers and magazines. Its membership has expanded to seventeen photographers, with the youngest members in their early twenties and on the threshold of their careers, while the oldest are over sixty and internationally renowned. Now an established and highly regarded institution, Ostkreuz takes pride in its adherence to the authorship principle that affords each photographer individual creative freedom.

In 2005, in celebration of its fifteenth anniversary, OSTKREUZ put together a special exhibit: “Images of Germany” is an examination of present-day Germany. Much has changed in German society over the past twenty years, and very often it is the small things in life that illuminate these changes. The eight photographic sequences featured in the exhibit examine these changes by highlighting the concept of native identity or homeland both as a geographical, social and political determinant, and also as an expression of sentiments and yearnings.

The exhibit features works by Thomas Meyer, Jordis Antonia Schlösser, Anne Schönhartig, Sibylle Bergemann, Linn Schröder, Annette Hauschild, Ute Mahler and Wolfgang Bellwinkel.

Related link (German):
http://www.ostkreuz.de/


Global Warming and its Effects on Southeast Asia
Lecture by Dr. Jörg Bodenbender

Lecture
27 June 2007 at 3pm
Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City

Dr. Jörg Bodenbender of the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (Karlsruhe) in Germany talks about global warming in Southeast Asia. As part of his lecture, Dr. Bodenbender will also be showing his aerial photographs of the Alps - in particular of the retreating Alpine glaciers - to illustrate the effects of global warming in that part of the world.

Artist talk on aerial photography
Dr. Jörg Bodenbender

29 June 2007, 7pm
Silverlens Gallery, Yupangco Building 2
2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati City
Free admission

Source: Goethe Institut Manila

07 May 2007

Election 2007

On my way home last night, I chanced upon this campaign sortie being held near my place. Speaking before the local folks is Senator Jinggoy Estrada, endorsing local candidates running for councilors in San Juan, Metro Manila- a known stronghold of the Estrada's.

I took particular interest in this old man as he is all-ears to the rants of candidates on the stage in contrast with the man in the background who is very much animated.

Will try to shoot photos pertaining to the coming elections as a personal project. You may visit my Flickr for updates.

Photography 1: Intensive B&W Darkroom Workshop

PHOTOGRAPHY 1
BLACK-AND-WHITE CAMERA AND DARKROOM FOR BEGINNERS

This course is for beginners who seek an introduction to both camera handling and basic black-and-white darkroom techiniques. The curriculum will cover: 35mm camera operation, principles of exposure, fi lm development, printing, and picture content. Students will expand their understanding of the techinical and aesthetic possibilities of photography through a slide lecture on historical and contemporary work. Through shooting assignments and darkroom work, after this 4 day intensive workshop, you will walk away with a solid knowledge of the principles of black and white photography.

DARKROOM
Foto Baryo’s darkroom is state-of-the-art, patterned after the world famous International Center of Photography in New York. Included is a reading library with an extensive collection of photography books, giving students the unique opportunity to have access to a wide variety of images. Books range from the great masters of photography to today’s leading fashion photographers.

CLASS DETAILS
DARKROOM CLASSES ARE LIMITED TO 8 STUDENTS. Classes are limited in enrollment to provide one-on-one exchange between faculty and students. To successfully complete the course, students must attend all four classes.

WHAT TO BRING
Students shall bring a 35mm camera with manual capability. Foto BAryo can lend cameras to those who don't one. For the first day of class, bring 3 photographs you like or feel strongly
about. It could be your own work or an image from a book or magazine.

ENROLLMENT FEE
Fee for the 4 day workshop is P7,500. Includes 3 rolls of fi lm, chemicals and photo paper.

INSTRUCTORS
The unique faculty of Foto Baryo is comprised of photographers from all over the world, such as New York, London, Quito and Sagada.

EMILY SCHIFFER received her BA Cum Laude in Fine Arts/Photography from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. In 2006 she received a Fulbright Fellowship in Photography. has exhibited her photographs at institutions including: The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, the School of the International
Center of Photography, New York, NY. She designed photography courses and taught at Foto Baryo in Tanauan, Batangas, and has taught photography at various other institutions including the New York Public Schools. Emily lives in New York City, where she freelances and actively
pursues her own projects.

CLASS DATES
May 20, 27, June 3, 10 (Saturdays)
10:00am - 5:00pm
FOTO BARYO Behind Dr. Afable Dental Offi ce, Lauan St. Mt. View, Subd. Bgy 3, Tanauan City, Batangas

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
PHOTOGRAPHY 1: INTENSIVE BLACK AND WHITE DARKROOM
FEE: P7,500

Email: fotobaryo@gmail.com
Fax: (043) 778.0127
Phone: (0916) 679.8437

METHOD OF PAYMENT:
Cash only. Due at the first day of class.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS
FROM MANILA Drive to South Luzon express way. Take the Batangas exit. Go thru Makiling towards Batangas. From the Santo Tomas intersection, drive to President Laurel Highway, between Isuzu and Kia car dealership. Go towards the Tanauan bridge. Drive to the crossing. Turn left at KFC. Turn right on the second street from KFC. Go straight and pass the tennis
court to the corner of Lauan St. and Bagtican St. Foto Baryo is behind the Dr. Afable Dental Clinic. LOST? Call (0916) 679.8437. Look for TITA AMOR.

Sa Ating Paningin: An Exhibition of the Tanauan Riles Project

SA ATING PANINGIN
Photographs of Eleven Students from Darasa Riles

Rodel Macaisa - Rogelio Onte - Renzi Liana Maceda - Mary Grace Lat - Ann Gellen Rubio - Abby Onte - Maria Ethel Icamen - Nina Arianne Onte - Ella Katrine Maceda - Ambi Amor Gutierrez-I Angelito Platon

May 12, 2007
4.30 PM - 6.30 PM
FOTO BARYO
Behind Dr. Afable Dental Office, Lauan St., Mt. View Subdivision, Bgy 3, Tanauan City, Batangas

Directions: FROM MANILA Drive to South Luzon express way. Take the Batangas exit.
Go thru Makiling towards Batangas. From the Santo Tomas intersection, drive to President Laurel Highway, between Isuzu and Kia car dealership. Go towards the Tanauan bridge. Drive to the crossing. Turn left at KFC. Turn right on the second street from KFC. Go straight and pass the tennis court to the corner of Lauan St. and Bagtican St. Foto Baryo is behind the Dr. Afable Dental Clinic. LOST? Call (0917) 500.3605

05 May 2007

John Shelley Illustrators Workshop

A SCBWI Day with John Shelley
For aspiring and published illustrators or anyone who's interested in the creation
of children's books!

Here's what you can expect from John Shelley's llustrators Workshop
on Saturday, 2007 May 26!

John Shelley is a Tokyo-based British illustrator who has published children's books in Europe, Japan and the U.S. He will conduct a one-day illustrators workshop from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, 2007 May 26 at the British Council, 10/F Taipan Place, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig. The workshop is hosted by the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, in partnership with the British Council.

Session 1 - Using a slideshow, John will talk about his background in the UK and run through a few examples of the major artists who influenced him, from Rowlandson in the 18th Century to Errol leCain in the 1980's. Rather than a complete history of British children's illustration, John will focus on those artists that have affected his personal development. He will add a general time-scale of things so those unfamiliar with British children's books will understand the key figures.

Session 2 - John will talk about his progression after graduating, why he moved to Japan, his own books and methods. He will show some progressions from sketches to finals, a number of spreads from his books, and end with Questions & Answers.

Session 3 - John will run a character/story development workshop. Everyone is requested to bring paper and drawing materials. For those who don't have any, paper and pencils will be provided. John will assign a progression of random topics to the participants – a creature, a scene, an object and a time period. Participants will work these into a storyboarded plot during the afternoon. While everyone is doing this, John will run through some of the elements that make a successful picture book.

Session 4 - Wrap-up. Whatever time is left, John is open to critiquing portfolios, more Questions & Answers, etc.

Limited slots, first come first served.

To register, contact :

Beaulah Taguiwalo, SCBWI Regional Advisor
0917-787-4956 or beaulah.taguiwalo@yahoo.com

Dominique Torres (Nikki), SCBWI Asst. Regional Advisor
0917-667-1267 or nikkigarde@yahoo.com

Liza Flores, Ang INK
0918-904-3420

Aliwan Fiesta 2007

Here are some of the photos I shot last Aliwan Fiesta.



To view slideshow, click here.

Web Design Don’ts

So you’re thinking of having your own online folio? Read on…

Don’t let your design compete with your images
Your online design should ideally parallel the image that you create with printed materials such as letterhead or delivery memos.

Don’t use too much spot color
Don’t use pink slide mount do we? Professional designers stick with a couple of tasteful, complimentary color choices. Less is more.

Don’t use gimmicky animation
Shareware such as “GIF Animator” is best used for more playful presentations. Selling your portfolio is what is important. Show off your photography, not your programming ability.

Don’t lose the viewer in layers of links.
From every page in the site, your client should be able to quickly return to the main index.

Don’t make the viewer scroll through part of a picture or caption
Design your website in standard 800 x 600 pixel format so all viewers can see your portfolio without difficulty. Scrolling should be reserved for long blocks of text.

Avoid using black backgrounds
They look sexy but impede readability and can cause eye-strain. If you just can’t resist, make your captions larger for legibility.

Don’t use italic type for body copy
The low resolution of the web makes italic type nearly impossible to read. Instead, try bold or other contrasting typography styles.

If you can’t find time to create your own website, be sure to find a professional designer that understands photography. Likewise, if you’re into fine art photography, stock imagery and limited edition prints, it is best to have an e-commerce enabled website. See also the Philippine Internet Payment Gateway Accepting Credit Cards Guide.

Reference: Photo Portfolio Success by John Kaplan

04 May 2007

National Geographic, Nachtwey, City Are Big Photo Winners At Ellies

© James Nachtwey
Nachtwey's photo essay on wounded soldiers in Iraq helped National Geographic win a National Magazine Award.

National Geographic, Nachtwey, City Are Big Photo Winners At Ellies
By Daryl Lang

National Geographic won the Photography category, as well as the top prize for General Excellence, in the National Magazine Awards, a.k.a. the Ellies, which were announced Tuesday.

National Geographic, which was honored for its May, November, December 2006 issues, is a frequent Ellie honoree but has not won a photography category since 2001. National Geographic's photography is supervised by David Griffin, senior editor for photography, and Susan A. Smith, deputy director for photography.

A National Geographic story was also a finalist in the Photojournalism category: "The Heroes, The Healing," which included photography by James Nachtwey of wounded soldiers being treated in Iraq.

Nachtwey was nominated twice in the Photojournalism category. The other time was for a Vanity Fair story "The Vietnam Syndrome," about children deformed as a result of the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

A surprise winner in the Photojournalism category was The Paris Review, which has mainly been known for its literature. The award recognized a photo essay about Kenya called "Kibera" by photographer Jonas Bendiksen. This was the first time The Paris Review has been a winner or a nominee in a photography category.

A complete list of winners, including links to much of the winning work, is online here.

To read more, visit PDN Online Website.

Your Friend Flickr?

Flickrites, read on...

Your Friend Flickr?
By Daryl Lang

Ryan Brenizer landed a job covering events for Wired.com. Paul Wilcock licensed his concert photos to a few newspapers. Hamad Darwish got an assignment to shoot desktop backgrounds for Microsoft Windows.

What did these photographers do to drum up work? Almost nothing. They uploaded their photos to Flickr and the work found them.

Flickr went online in 2004 as a powerful yet easy-to-use program for storing and sharing personal images. It was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. Today it leads a double life as a hugely popular site for amateurs to share personal snapshots, and as a growing marketplace for licensing photo rights.

With millions of keyworded pictures, the site resembles a big stock library. Photo buyers praise the quality of the photographs and the ease of the Flickr search engine. Professional shooters say the site's forums are a good source of tips and inspiration. Joining the site is free, and with so much traffic it seems like a logical place to set up shop.

But Flickr has done little if anything to welcome professionals. It offers no e-commerce features. It expressly forbids commercial uses of its site. "If we find you selling products, services, or yourself through your photostream, we will terminate your account," its guidelines read. Many of its users happily give their photos away for free.

Transactions that take place off the site are not forbidden, however. Flickr neither encourages nor discourages art buyers from e-mailing photographers to ask for photos, a spokesperson says.

Members say such e-mails are on the rise. Flickr's forums bustle with discussions about requests users get for their images, and how much to charge.

Sherri Jackson, a Flickr member who says she shoots for fun and personal expression, noticed more people contacting her in the last few months asking to use her images.

"I get more requests every week and it's exciting to learn how people wish to use my images," she says. "I like the fact that my work can be out there and available and I really don't have to do anything to market myself."

Another Flickr member to notice this trend is Matthew Blake Powers, a graduate of architecture school who takes photographs as a hobby. "Many times, the e-mails I receive are very casual and get to the point. They simply state who they are, what image they are interested in, and how/why they would like to use it," Powers says.

In one case, someone designing the annual report for the Milwaukee Art Museum e-mailed Powers seeking to use one of his photos on the cover. After researching how much to charge, and weighing the fact that he never had anything published before, Powers decided to ask $250. To Powers' disappointment, the museum selected another cover.

Paul Buckley, vice president and executive art director for Penguin, uses Flickr to find photographs, something he mentioned in a story about book publishing in PDN's March issue.

"I use Flickr as any other stock photo source with a search engine," Buckley says. "That may not be its intended purpose, but it works beautifully, and the site has a smart, powerful search engine." Penguin recently used a Flickr photograph on a book cover.

There is no way to know how much business is conducted through Flickr. One member claims a major ad agency paid him $2,500 to use a Flickr photo as a background in an unaired TV commercial. Darwish's job for Microsoft, shooting landscapes to be included with Windows Vista as desktop wallpaper, was almost certainly a multi-thousand-dollar job.

At the other extreme, some blogs and small companies ask to use Flickr photos for free. Some don't even ask.

"I think a lot of companies are using it as kind of a fishing site for cheap stuff from people without a lot of experience," says Jim Hunter, a stock and assignment photographer and editor of StockPhotographer.info. But even Hunter posts work on Flickr, which he says drives a fair amount of traffic to his professional site. His wife also uses Flickr to share family photos.

Brenizer, who has been shooting events like the New York Comic Con for Wired.com thanks to a Flickr connection, joined the site as a casual member a few years ago. Brenizer credits the site's message boards with teaching him to be a better photographer and jumpstarting his photo career.

"The passion just totally captured me," he says. "There's that positive reinforcement of all the people on there. . . . Then the people who contacted me started to be clients."

A former newspaper editor, Brenizer now works in the publications office of the Columbia University Teachers College, where a large part of his job is shooting photographs. On his own time, he shoots weddings and events, and he spent a week as the photographer-in-residence at a biological research center—all jobs he got through Flickr. "I've never solicited, I've never done any advertising," he says.

Flickr has made some photographers into cult celebrities. David Hobby, a Baltimore Sun staff photographer, publishes a blog about lighting called Strobist. To complement the blog, he started a Flickr group so his readers could share advice and photos.

The Strobist group spun out of control and now has more than 7,100 members, who post dozens of messages a day. Hobby doesn't have time to answer all the questions people send him. A lighting seminar he organized sold out weeks in advance.

Hobby says he is impressed by how good Flickr photographers are, pointing to the Strobist photo pool. "Almost every one of those pictures has earning potential," he says.

Like a lot of Flickr fans, Hobby thinks it's only a matter of time before the service finds a way to monetize this collection of talent. "You don't sit on a big oil well and not drill down eventually," he says.

A Flickr spokesperson would not comment on future plans. For now, Flickr makes money off advertising and by selling upgraded memberships for a small annual fee. It has some direct competitors (including Zoomr, SmugMug and Photobucket) but none with the kind of popularity and goodwill Flickr has achieved.

Flickr allows members to set free usage terms by attaching Creative Commons tags to images, so a logical next step might be to let users set prices for certain kinds of usage. Another strategy could be to partner with an existing stock photography site, perhaps one of the royalty-free micropayment sites that also appeal to semi-professional shooters.

Or it could do nothing.

To better understand Flickr's future, it may be helpful to step back and look at how Yahoo! and its investors view the site.

In earnings calls and media interviews, no one asks Yahoo! executives how they're going to make money off photographs. Instead, the buzz is all about "Web 2.0," the user-generated, community-focused sites that have attracted huge audiences. Sites like Flickr, MySpace and YouTube are hot because they engage people in a way that traditional media increasingly cannot.

Yahoo! recently began requiring Flickr members to use the same ID to log in to Flickr as they use for other services like Yahoo! Mail. As a result, the company can collect more information about users and their online behavior.

To Yahoo!, Flickr's value is not its photography, but rather the desirable audience it attracts for advertisers and marketers. This may explain Flickr's failure to embrace, denounce, or even officially care about the pro community.

Somehow, Flickr has created a marketplace for professional photography and made it look like an accident.

Source: PDN Online

03 May 2007

On being a Photo Contest Judge

BPI Camera Club had invited me to be one of the judges in their monthly photo contest which was held yesterday, May 3, 2007. It was my first. Isa Yñiguez, Caloy Zamora, Nick Olayao and I were asked to select 10 entries per theme based on their given criteria. I selected and eliminated images based on their visual impact and weaknesses. But as the judging progressed, I find it all the more difficult because we are compelled to select 10 photos even if what were left are redundant ones.

A digital infrared entry caught my attention as it’s the only monochrome image among the pack. But on close scrutiny, it appears to have a ‘murky’ tone and lacks the tonal beauty - stunning clarity, surreal and serene look of a true infrared print. Some of the photos, while properly exposed, its composition was poor making the image appear as an ordinary snapshot. Right cropping would make a big difference. I also noticed photos that have blown highlights and appear grainy. Some heavy vignetting was also evident on the edges which I think was added to emphasize the subject however, that didn’t helped since the image looks to be heavily dodged/ burned-in. One was an image of a tree with a sunset behind but one thing I notice was that it looks to be heavily saturated making it appear unnatural - its whites turned slightly grayish.

Isa cautioned to veer away from shooting passé subjects such as the perennial anahaw leaf but if there are no choice, Nick recommends bringing a frog or lizard when shooting said subject to further add interest.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2007 Opens at The Podium

I was at the opening of the World Press Photo exhibition 2007 at The Podium yesterday, May 2, 2007 where approximately 200 prizewinning pictures from the World Press Photo Contest were displayed. The Inauguration was graced by Fr. Jose M. Cruz, SJ (Dean, Ateneo School of Social Sciences), Ms. Evelien Kunst (Program Manager, World Press Photo), HE Robert Vornis (Ambassador of the kingdom of The Netherlands to the Philippines), Dr. Violet B. Valdez PhD (Executive Director, ACFJ), Mr. Werner von Busch (Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung), and Mr. Mark Vincent L. Escaler (Chair, Ateneo Dept. of Communication). The event also coincides with the Awarding of Certificates for the first batch (8) that had finished the Diploma in Photojournalism at ACFJ. Congratulations!

The images are impressive indeed and how I wish that Filipino photojournalists will make it in the future World Press Photo Contest! For those of you who won’t be able to view the exhibition at The Podium, you still have the chance to view them on May 10 – 16 at the SM Mall of Asia and on May 18-24 at The Block (SM North EDSA).

I was able to touch base again with PJs from Philippine Center for Photojournalism and later in the night, photodocumentary photographer Nana Buxani invited me to join her group where I met Italian photographer Giovanni Del Brenna & Artist Dindo Llana. Giovanni was in town for a magazine assignment and had promised to eat balut when he got the chance to visit the Philippines again.

02 May 2007

The 1st Extreme Digital Explosion 07

IDN Club Philippines & HP Invent presents
The 1st Extreme Digital Explosion 07
The Clash of the Digital Titans

Open to all Digital Artists & Photographers

Theme: Create, Innovate, Invent

Category Hard:
Artworks or Graphic Arts that take advantage of editing software like Adobe Photoshop - editing features including, but not limited to, special effects, compositions, montages, etc., with or without the aid of additional software.

Category Soft
Photography, enhanced in editing software like Adobe Photoshop by way of cropping, color correction or other enhancements as necessary to improve its composition or general appearance.

RULES & REGULATION

RULES:
1. Each participant is allowed to submit a maximum of three entries per category.
2. All entries should be the designer's original interpretation of the contest theme and not lifted from other sources. IdN Club Philippines will not be held liable for any copyright infringement committed by the participant.
3. Each entry should be an artwork not previously published or entered into any other competition.
4. Active members of IdN Club Philippines, its affiliates and subsidiary companies or their immediate family and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to join the contest.
5. Participants give IdN club Philippines the right to reproduce their artwork for the website & other materials for purpose of promoting the contest & the Club. Once submitted, entries will not be returned, while winning entries will be considered properties of IdN Club philippines.

MECHANICS:
1. Contestants should enclose a personal data sheet containing the following information: full name, address, company/ school, telephone, cellphone, email, website, theme.title of entry.
2. Entries should be printed & saved in A4 size x 300dpi jpeg burned into CD.
3. On a separate word file provide a brief description of the artwork - the concept behind it and the technique used - together with a curriculum vitae and 2x2 photo of the artwork's creator.
4. Enclose each entry, CD, Personal Data Sheet in one short brown envelope with data sheet copy pasted outside.
5. Deadline for submission of entries is 5PM on May 24, 2007. Submit your entries at Philippine Center for Creative Imaging 2247 2/F Kodak Bldg., Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.

WINNERS:

1. The judges will choose finalists from among the entries. The finalists' works will be exhibited at the Design Gallery of Graphic Expo 2007 on June 6-9, 2007 at the Philippine Trade & Training Center, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Philippines where the announcement of winners will took place in the opening of the Graphic Expo on June 6, 2007.
2. Winners will be notified as soon as judging is completed. Announcements will be made through our media partners including radio and television stations and broadsheets.
3. The decision of the panel of judges is final.

PRIZES:

CATEGORY HARD
First Prize: HP Color Laserjet 1600 + Trophy + Php 5,000.00
Secnd Prize: PCCI Gift Certificate + Trophy + Php 3,000.00
Third Prize: Trophy + Php 2,000.00

CATEGORY SOFT
First Prize: HP Color Laserjet 1600 + Trophy + Php 5,000.00
Secnd Prize: PCCI Gift Certificate + Trophy + Php 3,000.00
Third Prize: Trophy + Php 2,000.00

All winners will receive FREE IdN Club Philippines Membership good for 1 year.

Sponsored by:
Graphic Expo, PCCI, i-Mag Photography Magazine, Ynzal Marketing & Creativity Lounge

For questions & clarifications, email : idnextreme07@yahoo.com