Lens is one of the most essential part of a camera. With my FZ30, it does have a 35-420mm, and it works perfectly fine with me. I can be able to take pictures in my satisfaction. But there's a "but", sometimes, I can't take pictures that are out of range. Pictures that are too far are not so clear anymore. So I thought I'll have to buy a lens for my camera. The FZ30 is not an SLR. The lens is fixed and built in so its really hard for me to find a lens. Good thing is when I googled a lens for my camera, I found the Raynox lens that are specially built for my camera model. I checked their website and it has a macro lens, telephoto and a wide angle lens available for my camera. There's a Singaporean website selling Raynox lenses and I inquired about it. The macro lens is about Sing$100 something or 3,300Php and the telephoto for about Sing$390 or 12,700Php. Both are expensive for me now since I already resigned from my job but I'll have to save money for this lenses. I badly need those lenses specially the telephoto. For now, I can't buy those lenses yet but soon enough, I'm sure I'll be owning those lenses.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Last night I stumbled upon this blog dedicated to Cebu City named Cebu City Photos. I was checking some of his photos and it was cool. I'm here in Cebu for more than 2 weeks now and I'm still on the process of familiarizing the places here. The blog has been a very big help to me specialy in discovering new and exciting places here in Cebu. I saw one of his post about the Fort San Pedro here in Cebu and I was excited about it. When it comes to historical places here in the Philippines, I'm always go with it. So I decided to go to the place and try to check everything about it. When I got there, I immediately went inside but the problem is theres's a wedding reception being held inside. I went back outside and try to observe the people coming in and out. While waiting outside, I was talking to an old man outside selling key chains and offering paid photographs to the tourists. If I'm not mistaken, his name is Mang Victor. Mang Victor has been working in the area for about 15 years now. Mang Victor told me that it is OK to get inside the Fort. I went inside the Fort and asked the receptionist and she let me in but will have to pay 30Php for the entrance fee. The lower ground has been restricted because of the wedding reception and the only place allowed to the tourists are the upper level. It was really nice inside. I tried thinking the history of the place and realized that life before is very simple. People doesn't have cellphones, camera, laptops, electricity and other basic needs that the new civilization is enjoying. I think I can't live their life. I'm so used to the modern world. I had a great experience inside the Fort San Pedro and will discover more exciting places here in Cebu. Next stop? Taoist Temple!
Creating a collage is not too easy for me before. I really had a problem creating a collage. I'm using Picasa that has a built in collage maker but the problem is that I can't figure out how to fix the alignments of the pictures. I was browsing online when I stumbled upon the Funtography blog teaching how to create a collage in Picasa 3. I checked on it and I felt like I'm so dumb because creating a collage in Picasa was too easy that even an elementary student can do it. Good thing I was patient of reading her blog and following the instructions until I was able to create my first collage. I was planning to make the background color as black but I noticed that my Half Moon Shot has a black background. So I decided to change the color into something else and here's the result. I hope you guys like my simple collage. I'll continue creating more of collage and I think creating a collage of the set of photos you have can be an elegant way of showcasing your photos into a single post than putting multiple images in a post.
This shot was taken when I was still at Talustusan, Naval Biliran Province. It was noon time when I decided to go outside and enjoy the fresh air in our backyard. There's this bamboo bed under a tree which is good for relaxation. I brought my camera when I went there. I was sitting on that bed for almost an hour until I saw something crawling on the side bars of the bed. It was a worm and not just an ordinary worm, its an itchyworm. I don't know what's the name of this worm but yeah, this worm's gonna make you itch to death. If you happen to touch the worm then you're dead. Its really itchy and the itch won't be gone easily. The bad thing is its not only one, there's a lot of them. Its like their whole population is swarming the tree and the bamboo bed. It is indeed a beautiful worm but its too dangerous. What I did is I just took a picture of it and leave the tree and promised not to go back to that tree again. I asked my cousin to burn some leaves below the tree to let this worm leave. I'll be back in Talustusan soon and I hope this worms won't be there again. I hate them.
A while ago, my mother asked me if she can play a game on my laptop for the reason that she can't sleep without playing. I gave her the laptop and I got bored waiting for her to finish playing those crazy plants throwing beans to zombies. While waiting, I grabbed my camera and took some shots inside the room. I saw this scratching device of my father lying on the table so I decided to make it my subject for the day. I know I'm not really good in setting the correct angle but I think this one has been positioned properly. Tomorrow will be a brand new day and I still don't know what to shoot. I'm planning to go outside and go to I.T. Park and see what's the next subject there.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
My Mothey kept on bragging about this beautiful scenery in our new farm in Naval, Biliran Province. She kept telling me about the view, the air and the sunset. Due to my curiousity, I waited for the sunset there to capture it and tell the world how beautiful it is based on my Mother's opinion. I waited from 4:00pm until the sunset showed up. At first, I was really disappointed because it was a bit cloudy but when 5:30pm came, the sun was so clear and so bright. It took me how many shot to capture it corretly. Tried serveral settings on the focal length and the shutter. I think this one is the best for me. I like it very much. The sun is hiding now at the back of the Higatangan Island. It is very beautiful. This is my first sunset shot with my FZ30. I hope ya'll like it.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
This is one of the famous landmark in Cebu City. The Magellan's Cross is located at the back of Sto. Nino Cathedral and at the front of the Cebu City Hall. I went there alone and was guided by my navigator. Good thing my phone's navigator is very accurate. Nothing's different in the cross today and the cross on the first time I visited it because we were told before that this cross grows taller and taller each year but I think its just an urban legend. I had a hard time taking this picture because there's a lot of tourist during my visit. Devotee around the area are selling candles for you to pray to the cross.
I have a friend from Davao who is currently working here in Cebu. We met once because I'd like to show him my new toy and also, to ask some advice from him about the basics of photography. His name is Raymund or others call him Bon, owner of RabPhotography. Raymund is a good friend of mine way back in Davao and he taught me a lot of things when it comes to computer, photography and other stuff. I asked him once if where are the good spots here in Cebu to take pictures, he advised me to try the Mactan Bridge. I went to Mactan Bridge and took some shots of it. The image above has been cropped to remove some unnecessary objects in the picture. This is the Mactan Bridge I and I never thought that Mactan Bridge II is way better than the I. Mactan Bridge II has a park beside it when I cross it on my way to Naval. Well, next time I'll try to go there and take some shot of the Mactan Bridge II.