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

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Youth Of Today

Youth Of Today @ Bound By Honour 10

Youth Of Today @ Bound By Honour 10

It’s been almost three (3) decades since Youth Of Today hits the streets of New York to spread the word of hardcore, youth crew style! We all know Ray Cappo the musician slash guru slash spiritualist slash vegan slash – this guy is just talented! He is also known as front man of several bands like Better Than A Thousand, Reflex From Pain and my personal favorite Shelter. Youth Of Today’s Sound is way different from Shelter – is a Krishnacore band a mash up of Krishna consciousness and melodic hardcore and also promotes straightedge and vegan lifestyle. Seeing YOT at the first time is like being a kid again, Ray Cappo is like a spiritual messenger. I see in his eyes the love he gives to the crowd and the fans. He is a big fan of the fans. Everyone just loves the guy. He even did a hand stand requested by the audience showing how game he was. Speaking of audience, the crowd is just awesome! They (including me) love all the tunes YOT played, sing-song with them and mosh with them – good times! Coincidentally the same day is Singapore Youth Day – Youth Of Today on Youth Day! Hmm catchy. This is the 10th edition of the Bound By Honour created by Reconstrux Booking (Singapore). This show is like a mini Southeast Asian Hardcore Fest. Bands from Thailand’s Monument X and Philippines’ Piledriver came to celebrate this event also the Lion City favorites straight edge hardcore – Straight Forward and growing legend Overthrown shared the stage with YOT. Ten awesome hardcore events and we expect more!!!

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Groundforce 2011 – Round 3 BMX Flatland World Circuit

Every flatland rider in Southeast Asia or even around the world knows about Groundforce and the BMX Flatland World Circuit headed by Yasuyuki Takeo. It’s been almost 4 years since the last (Moto) Groundforce – it was one of the best experience I had. Meeting with other riders I only see on magazines and videos. Seeing them in person is like a shock to me – in a good way. I become more motivated in riding. And I did ride harder after a long time of no riding (almost 3 years from 2002-2005) ’cause I was busy pursuing my career in multimedia design. I can still remember the last Groundforce and it was indeed a wondrous day. I was using a Fujifilm 602Z Pro bridge camera and it was may precious possession that time (and an Aresbykes Dita frame). Without the 602Z I wouldn’t be able to learn the things I know today in photography.

Groundforce 2011

Groundforce 2011 @ *Scape Warehouse

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Dynamic Africa at SP Jain

SP Jain Center of Management (Singapore) conducted an event with Dynamic Africa where ambassadors (from Africa) presented the business possibilities on Africa for foreign investors also to encourage more tourist to go there and experience the true essence of Africa. There were some live performances, fashion show presenting the different African inspired attires, skits telling about life in Africa, monologues, song and dance numbers all African inspired. As a photo assignment for an ex-deal I was suppose to just click my shutter and mind my own business but I ended up learning a lot of things and meeting interesting personalities from this event. After the program we went to the banquet hall and feast on an authentic African buffet. It was a nice experience. Africa is a humble nation (continent) but proud of it’s culture and heritage. Rich in natural resources and lovely people. I was touched how cheerful, simple and warm Africans are. I wish to go to Africa someday. Others believe life began in Africa – the true paradise on earth.

Africa According to Wiki

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth’s total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With 1.0 billion people (as of 2009, see table) in 61 territories, it accounts for about 14.72% of the world’s human population. Continue reading

Mosaic Music Festival 2011 Feat. Razorback

It’s bee a while since I last saw Razorback performed in Philippines. Seeing them in Singapore with their new line-up is surely exciting to watch. An amalgamation of Razorback and Wolfgang members. Manuel Legarda is not new to most of the hard-rocking Pinoys. He is well recognized as the lead guitarist of rock / metal band Wolfgang  and he’s a very welcome addition to the new line-up of Razorback. They still rock hard, everything you’d expect from the band and more! I regularly go to Mosaic Music Festival every year especially when a favorite band is on their schedule. Usually I just go and listen but this time I really want to capture the rawness of the band so I took photos of them in action. You will definitely bang your head and move you feet to the classic songs like “Payaso” and “Giyang” – songs from the LA-105 FM era. Razorback just never fails to ROCK!!!


Razorback Live & Raw

The lighting is not that bad considering it’s a free concert. I had the chance to get near the stage to shoot them with my trusted Nikon D700 equipped with a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G VRII lens – a great combo for concert photography. It’s important to know when to use a tele-zoom  or a wide-angle lens (e.i. Nikon 16-35mm f4G VR or Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G) on a concert. Continue reading

Carnival of Chaos

Group of talented Hardcore, Death Metal, Trash Metal and Metalcore Pinoy bands in Singapore performed in one spectacular event. Joining them is local death metal band Fall of Mirra and Ian Tayao front-man of WilaBaliw and Queso (former Cheese)promoting their new album with album signing. Too bad I missed few bands ’cause me and my buddy Jay were stranded at Little India (whammy!) but it still was a blast!!!

It looks tempting when i first saw a concert photograph with bright lights and crisp colors so I one day decided to do my own concert photography. This is my first attempt My Flickr Photostream. It was harder than I though. I was using a Nikon D90 (APS-C cropped sensor) and a Nikon 55-200mm VR DX lens before (R.I.P. but they both served me well) and need to crank up everything knowing the 55-200mm has a floating aperture of F4-5.6 I don’t really know what the results might be. Thanks for the NIN good lighting budget I manage to get the job done or what others might say a “first-timers luck”. With luck, anticipation and the right gear you don’t have to worry about anything aside from the bouncers chasing you because photography is not allowed on the concert/gig or show so to avoid this hassle you should follow regulations or at lease be discreet about it (very hard if you attached a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens on your Nikon D3). Happy shooting!!!

All photos was shot in Raw format with Nikon D700 with Nikon 16-35mm F4G VR and Nikon 50mm f1.4G without the use of flash. Post-processed in Lightroom – adjusted exposure and white balance.

* To view complete album visit My Deviantart – Concert Photograpy.
“Five Minutes of Fame (with Ian Tayao)”

Wildlife Photography with Nikon 105mm f2.8G VR

Warning: This is not a review of AF-S Nikkor 105mm f2.8G Micro VR instead this is just to share my experience using this lens on wildlife. I most of the time use this awesome lens (despite of its minor flaws) for portraits and macro shots of inanimate objects or toys (not the one you are thinking naughty you) so this is a departure from my regular usage of Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR and I won’t be discussing any technical specifications or MTF charts on that matter ’cause I can assure you this lens is sharp (I did a few front and back focus testing of my own). Let’s treat this as a simple field application of this lens and my “likes” and “dislikes” while I’m using it for wildlife. Take note that all photos are shot hand-held without the use of any tripod or monopods and I can say that it’s not “proper macro photography” the fact that I didn’t use any ring light or the Nikon R1C1 Macro lighting system. I just want to see for myself if it’s possible to shoot macro photography hand-held with the use of VR (vibration reduction in Nikon terms) or IS (Image Stabilization in canon terms) on just available lighting like other photographers claim.

“AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR ED 105mm F2.8G (IF)”
or Nikon 105mm VR for short

Strobing with Youki Maehata

This series involves mostly the use of Nikon Speedlights SB-900 and SB-600. Strobing is a lot of fun if you know what your doing and can be quite frustrating if you don’t. Just know your settings very well experiment with light angles. You should also know how to direct your subject/s on what pose to do make him/her feel confident but not too over confident or else your photos will turn out to be unnatural. On different case such as sports photography it’s always good to anticipate the next move of the subject – power of anticipation (

I sounded like a photography nut) but whoever nut said that is true. Enough with the photography babble enjoy the photos.
“Garuda vs. Youki”

With Child

I just want to share this special photo session with my wife while she’s pregnant with our baby Kirsten Jae (Kae). Strobbing is one of my favorite photography style you can take full control of the lights more like painting with speedlights instead of paint and brush. Gears used: Nikon D700, my former lens Nikon 50mm f1.8D (replaced with Nikon 50mm f1.4 AF-S version), Nikon SB-900 and Nikon SB-600 Speed lights (CLS).
“Baby Kae (coming soon)”