Kae at Her Grand Dad’s Birthday (photos + video)

Kirsten Jae

Kirsten Jae “Kae” with her pretty big eye and sweet smile

I had the chance to shoot some photos and videos of my father-in-law’s 58th birthday celebration last January. Actually it was a double celebration of his birthday and their (w/ mother-in-law) wedding anniversary. It was a late celebration ’cause we only can visit them a week later the actual date. It was a good day for all of us my parents and my wife’s (Jenny) parents have a time to bond before my in-laws go back to Italy. One big happy extended family. Hope you like the photos and video, Kae sure did enjoy posing in front of the camera.

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Alice in Chains – Singapore Rock Fest 2014

Alice in Chains - Singapore Rock Fest 201

Alice in Chains – Singapore Rock Fest 2014

I’m thinking of a good introduction for this awesome band but I don’t know how to start. Maybe I’ll start when I first heard one of their song. Once upon a time there was a radio station called 97.1 WLS FM (I also don’t know why I even tuned in here, LA 105 and NU 107 just started) this was on my high-school years, fourth year to be exact, every Saturday night the radio station feature songs or bands that aren’t usually aired on regular basis, genres like hard rock, metal and grunge were not the norm ’cause they usually air pop music and other junk, this was also the time when Nirvana’s hitting stardom. When I first heard this Alice in Chains song I was already dozing off to dreamland, suddenly I was awaken by the strong lyrics of the song and how surreal the whole music was then the words “I Stay Away” echoed in my brain, in that instance I became a big fan.

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Alter Bridge – Singapore Rock Fest 2014

Alter Bridge – Singapore Rock Fest 2014

I don’t really miss Creed and I think it’s better that they don’t bother reuniting ever again. The new line-up is way more cooler than the former line-up. Songs are more deeper not that catchy (as Creed) which is good in a way. I just hope I don’t see KTV machines  flooded with Alter Bridge songs. Most likely that a Creed song will be sang on a KTV bar (bet my a$$ on that) 3 out of 10 guy will do. It’s a good thing that Alter Bridge’s sound is an acquired taste of music – either you love it or hate it specially for the fans of the old Creed. I think they’re awesome and damn good musicians, can’t wait to see them again. Here are some photos of day two March 6, Singapore Rock Fest 2014.

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Rob Zombie – Singapore Rock Fest 2014

Rob Zombie crowd photo – Singapore Rock Fest 2014

Rob Zombie was first known as the lead vocals of White Zombie which actually sounds similar to his later songs minus the gimmicks. One example is the song Thunder Kiss ’65 which is from the early White Zombie album titled “La Sexocristo: Devil Music Volume 1″. Rob Zombie’s song has a more industrial metal and electronica combined sound to it with matching horror or shock rock imagery. Continue reading

Korn – Singapore Rock Fest 2014

The comeback of Korn’s guitarist Brian “Head” Welsh

March 5, 2014 is a very special date for me and for most people who lived on the mid-90′s which is my college years. Korn and White Zombie were the main feature on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and on Beavis and Butthead. Maybe most of younger ones doesn’t know the significance of Korn and White Zombie in the scene, they revolutionized (or modernized) Metal and brought Metal to the mainstream. Some might think this was a wrong move from them ‘coz these two juggernauts of Nu Metal have a very strong underground fan base before they became “Rock Stars”.

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Five Finger Death Punch – Singapore Rock Festival 2014

Five Finger Death Punch – Singapore Rock Festival 2014

This guys are awesome. They reminded me of Pantera, very Southern… the eagle on the backdrop is a dead give away. The music not quite ‘coz their style is more of Southern Metal rather than Groove Metal like Pantera or Throwdown. The music is more inclined to the likes of Godsmack and Disturbed more formulaic. I also like bands with mascots like Iron Maiden’s “Eddie the Head” and Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead, if you haven’t notice the skeleton character on their artwork is their legendary mascot named “Knucklehead”. Continue reading

Framed Memories – Past and Present

Kirsten Jae on a hammock at my Parent’s house – Balungao Calumpit

Whenever I go back to my hometown I always forget to take a single photo of where I grew up. I always finish a photo project or a video project but regretfully forget to snap a photo of the greatest thing in my childhood. This place always gives me a sense of solace. I don’t feel rushed and stressed out when I’m there. I can definitely kick back relax and enjoy the view or the moment. Maybe I can only say it because I’m on vacation but I really feel that there’s something more to it than a feeling of nostalgia. Now that I’m a Dad myself I’m glad to have introduce to my daughter Kirsten Jae the place where I played, got dirty, broke a bone, bitten by a dog, climbed, fell and got scolded. Continue reading

Flipbykes BMX Team 2014

Flipbykes Team - Migs Serbanda (BMX Street)

Flipbykes Team Rider – Migs Serbanda (BMX Street)

January is almost done and I haven’t even put a single post since mid-December. It’s been a busy year-end at work and other personal stuff. I’m glad to begin the year with a project that made me start photography which is BMX. A part from taking snaps of riders I also do ride on my spare time but for now I’m just the guy with camera – let the real pro-riders do their thing. I’m just happy to see how far BMX had become in the Philippines since the late 70′s. I didn’t actually witnessed the 70′s but from old photos, articles and people that told their wonderful stories on how they started in the BMX scene. How they make their own ramps like we do when we’re just kids. The schedule was very hectic and short but it was all made possible by our rider friends (Flipbykes Crew) that assisted me through the whole project. It was just a short time but all-in-all a time worth spending. For more about Flipbykes BMX Shop visit www.flipbykes.com. Without boring you any further here are the photos from the Flipbykes BMX Team photo sessions. Continue reading

Will and Vanessa

Will and Vanessa Wedding Reception @ The White Rabbit Singapore

Will and Vanessa Wedding Reception @ The White Rabbit Singapore

At long last our buddy Will and his long time partner Vanessa finally tied the knot. Congratulations to both of them. Here are sample photos from the wedding reception. All taken with Nikon 85mm f1.4G. I really love this lens!!! Now it’s one of my favorite along side Nikon 70-200mm F2.8G VRII and the Nikon 105mm F2.8G Micro VR lenses. The Nikon 50mm f1.4G still have a special place in my heart but the 85mm beats it in may ways. My only gripe is that the auto focus is hit and miss specially on low-light. The Nikon 70-200mm F2.8G VRII is is the winner in terms of focus but the 85mm is darn bokehlicious!!! Continue reading

Madonna and Child: Jenny and Kae

Madonna & Child - Mama Jenny and Kristen Jae

Madonna & Child – Mama Jenny and Kristen Jae

 

Another rainy Sunday evening and we’re about to hit the sack. Jenny and Kae were playing “Monkey Ball” on Kae’s tablet and they’re having so much fun I realized why not freeze the moment. Before Kae realizes what’s going on (’cause she really hates the camera) I quickly grab my cam and shoot away. Our room light is not as bright so I crank up my ISO to 2000, shoot with an aperture of F2.8. Even though I stop down at F2.8 from the widest F1.4,  it’s still considered wide. I guess F4 would be the ideal aperture for this kind of shot.  I can see some softness on the shot making  Jenny’s eyelashes the sharpest part of the photo and Kae’s face a bit soft. Oh and the shutter speed is 1/50 of a second. I took probably 6 shots but this one says it all plus converting it to black and white made it a Kodak Moment in this case a Nikon Moment.

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