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28 January 2008

Robert Capa's Lost Negatives

Thousands of negatives of photographs taken by Robert Capa during the Spanish Civil War, long thought to be lost forever, have resurfaced. Photo: © Tony Cenicola/The New York Times. To view a larger photo, click here.

With the recent discovery of Robert Capa's negatives of historical importance, am still amazed on how traditional safekeeping can beat digital storage media.

Read: The Capa Cache by Randy Kennedy/ New York Times

Robert Capa's Lost Negatives (slideshow)

Source: New York Times

Photographing Birds/ Wildlife in Ibon-Ebon Festival 2008

Photographing Birds/ Wildlife is very much different from photographing people (though some principles apply). And it's not as easy as anyone had thought of. Here you have to deal with many factors not just with your mere photo equipment (and lighting situation) but it involves some ethics and a lot of patience as well.

For photographers, especially the first timers, who will be photographing Birds/ Wildlife in the coming Ibon Festival, here are some tips:

Principles of Ethical Field Practices by NANPA
Principles of Birding Ethics by American Birding Association
A Guide to Nature Photography by Bob Atkins
General Bird Photography FAQ by Arthur Morris
How to Photograph Birds by Ken Rockwell

For an updated info on Ibon-Ebon Festival '08, click here.

25 January 2008

Studio 2020

illustration © Danny Tsui

A sneak peak inside the studio of the future
By Tom Wujec

If sensor resolution continues to double every 18 months, the camera of 2020 will capture giga-pixel images instantly with enough detail to easily fill a 10 x 10-foot print.

Emerging technology will focus magnetic fields through a solution of oil and water, shaping it into a remarkably sharp liquid lens worthy of those billion pixels.

When photo sensors are stacked in layered sheets, they capture images on several focal planes simultaneously. And when processed together, the focus and depth of field of the composite can be selected after exposure is made.

A combination of GPS and LIDAR technology (similar to RADAR) will extend image manipulation by automatically fabricating 3D digital models, enabling subjects to be relit with virtual lights and shadows after their image is captured.

Computer processors will continue to grow not just in performance, but also in the total number squeezed onto one chip. The 2020 computer will contain hundreds—possibly thousands—of processors operating in parallel to manage the myriad of new image processing and synthesis functions.

Today's large LCD monitors will be superseded by even larger multi-touch light tables and light-walls where photos will be manipulated by direct physical interaction, like working with film transparencies on a light table, but with new fluidity and versatility.

Seemingly instantaneous connections will tighten the creative loop between art directors, clients and photographers. Shared digital walls will allow teams to visually collaborate at great distances.

Today, most professional photographers spend about 35 percent of their expenses on printer ink. As wide new processes emerge, the cost of print media will dive while quality jumps up.

Source: PDN Gallery PhotoSource

24 January 2008

Greenpeace: Why use a harpoon... when you can use a Canon?

I've been checking my mails and found a letter sent by Greenpeace. I just thought of posting this irregardless of camera brand preference, but for the love of the environment (and all the life that thrives in it).

If you want to shoot a whale - use a CANON. …But only if Canon tells the whalers to lose the harpoons. © Greenpeace

Dear Friends,

Today is the 13th day in a row without whaling in the Southern Ocean due to the presence of the Greenpeace Ship Esperanza. It looks like the whalers are still intent on hunting though, so we're calling on prominent figures in Japan to speak up.

One man with more influence than most is the CEO of Canon, the world's number one camera maker, and current head of the Japanese Business Federation. He'd also make a perfect whale defender, since Canon has built so much of its reputation on conservation of endangered species (you may have seen their ads in National Geographic--every month since 1981).

This is the statement we're asking Canon's CEO, Mr. Fujio Mitarai, to sign: "Canon is committed to building a better world for future generations, and does not support the hunting of endangered or threatened species with anything other than a camera. Canon believes the lethal whaling research programme in the Southern Ocean should be ended, and replaced with a non-lethal research programme."

Please write a letter to Canon urging them to join the cause.

Whales need a powerful domestic ally in Japan. If Japan wants to do research, it can do so with cameras and other non-lethal means -- just as we're using photo identification to research whale migration patterns, along with skin biopsies, satellite tracking, and other harmless methods as part of our Great Whale Trail project.

Best regards,

Brian, Lisa, Eoin and everyone at Greenpeace

P.S. Please forward this message to your friends too -- nature-lovers and photography-lovers alike!

21 January 2008

Got Published in Mabuhay Magazine (Dec 2007 issue)

My photographs of Oarhouse and Club Mwah! performers (Nightspots, P80). Too bad the above photo of Oarhouse was mistakenly credited to the writer. Hope they can publish an Errata for their next issue.

My photo of last year's World Light Festival (Last Frame, P95). Hmmm, maybe Nikon should pay me extra (kindly read the last line of the caption).

03 January 2008

Antique & Bicol Trip

Am back after spending Christmas vacation in two different places (my 2nd time) - Libertad, Antique and Oas, Albay, my hometown. Which is why I was not able to post entries in this blog since there was no/ limited internet connection in Libertad, Antique, my girlfriend's hometown.

Port of Odiongan, Romblon - First stop prior to final disembarkation at Caticlan. The port is a 10-hour trip by sea from Pier 8 aboard M/V Virgin Mary/ Mary the Queen of MBRS Lines which ply the route alternately.

Full and loaded - This woman (center) works as a conductor in tandem with her husband (the driver) and helps fetch passengers along the Libertad-Pandan route. Due to the limited PUVs in the area, the jeepneys plying these areas can contain as much as 50 (+/-) passengers - a capacity enough for a bus (chickens not included). Libertad is very laid-back and undeveloped town, with a rough road going to/from it, but best of all: no pollution (air & noise) and lots of greeneries!

Only in the Philippines - The bridge connecting Barangay Cudiong to the Libertad town proper was closed down (far right) when the lot owner and barangay captain lost in the last May 2007 elections, according to local residents. The people thought of a temporary solution and made a much shorter 'bridge' made of bamboo covering the area where the water actually passes (left). To reach the other side of the river, one needs to go down and traverse the rest of the river on foot. This strangely ridiculous situation is also prevalent in some areas of the Philippines, where rural development is hampered due to the personal conflict of local politicians.

'Kulnad' is just one among the many tedious processes involved in the making of traditional banig (mat) which the Municipality of Libertad, Antique is known for. The mat is made from local 'bariw' plant harvested in the surrounding hills of Barangay Cudiong. The fibers, with thorns removed and cut into pieces in the 'kurulhadan' (splicer) were then dried until brown in color and undergoes several stages of hammering to make it pliable and soft. Mats made from this areas are more softer as compared to the mats from Bicol (made from 'Karagumuy'). Expert mat weavers can finish at least one mat/day. Small mats (for single person) sells for P80 while double size (for two persons) sells for P150.

Hardwork - While everyone is busy preparing for the New Year, Nixon Pintor, Jr. 10 years old, helps his parents plant rice ('tarok') for P200 per day (p150/day if inclusive of food).