Yes people. I’ve moved on.
I started learning photography two years ago because i want to have a hobby that’s easy to get started. I began with a couple point-and-shoot cameras, but everything i know about photography i learned from a used Nikon DSLR i bought online. From there, everything went like a whirlwind. I created a weblog and called myself the Shutter Slacker. I got a few recognition from fellow bloggers and even taught basic photography at one point. Having a blog fueled me to shoot more so i can post more and maybe make a name for myself online.
A year later, i had to sell my DSLR because of financial reasons. Since then, posting on my blog became very scarce even if i finally got a new camera. I don’t know, i guess i just got too laxed until i lose the desire to go on. Shutter Slacker is, for me, a huge success, and it’s sad that i let it die a slow cyber death. But i just couldn’t push myself. :’(
Shutter Slacker gave me one of my best blogging experiences. Being able to share my work with people who appreciated it was beyond amazing. But right now, i have to set my priorities straight first, figure out what i really want, and then pick up from there. I’m no longer the Shutter Slacker. She was a serious, DSLR-wielding photographer. I am now just a little snapshooter.
I’m currently working on a new and much simpler photoblog. Only pictures and captions — no long and wordy posts. It’s still under construction but you may want to take a look at it and let me know what you think:
ODEEISAWESOME | SNAPSHOTS
You can also catch me at my personal blog, http://odeeisawesome.wordpress.com
Again, a huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported my craft through the months. And to Christie, Stef, Prima, Joshua, Chester, Ayla, Anna… you guys were the ones who drove me the most to shoot. Thank you! :”>
THANK YOU THANK YOU.
This is one of the reasons why I’m excited to start with my new work: the place surrounding our building is just so picturesque. :)
It’s been a while since I last saw the moon. Or, it’s been a while since I brought my camera out to take a photo of the moon.
More like a painting than a photo, but it’s okay. I’m all for experimentation.
Food photos for this post! :D
Carbonara topped with parmesan cheese and bacon bits. I’m picky when it comes to white sauce pastas, but this one by The Creamery is, by far, the best I’ve ever tasted!
A slice of Sans Rival ice cream cake. Yup, no chiffon or spongy layers – just pure ice cream (Selecta, not Nestle) with a bunch of peanuts. It’s too sweet and frozen for my taste, but I love chewing the nuts hee hee!
The Creamery is a casual resto and ice cream bar located at the Mall of Asia, Philippines. Visit them at the Ground Floor, Entertainment Mall South inside Kids’ Universe. :)
I love sunsets. Whether i’m at the beach or on the road, sunsets never fail to amaze me. ^_^
Taken on a footbridge, converted to black and white. I like the contrast of dark and light at the top and bottom. :))
Every day this summer season feels like the hottest day of the year in the Philippines. Forget the usual halo-halo and indulge yourselves to these smoothie flavors: Guyabano & Caimito* Twirl and Guyabano & Kamias* Beat. Now available at:
It’s a great-tasting smoothie, promise.^_^
*thanks to Stef for bringing to my attention a translation of these local flavors. Guyabano is soursop and Caimito is star apple. I couldn’t find a direct English word for Kamias; the closest description was averrhoa, a close relative of carambola, but I think it’s a scientific name. :))
We went at Bicol for two things: swimming with the whale sharks locally known as butanding, and getting a good view of Mt. Mayon, one of the country’s active volcanoes.
More photos after the jump. ^_^
It is now my official camera. :))
Canon’s G-series targets enthusiasts who want to move on from normal compacts but can’t quite jump yet to a DSLR. The G12 is its latest model to date, which still continues to gain a steady number of users because of its DSLR-like features without the additional bulk and weight.
From this day onwards, photos that will appear on this blog are all taken by the G12 unless otherwise stated. :))
Mt. Mayon in Albay, Philippines. Less clouds mean a better view of this active volcano.
Camera used: Blackberry 8520. Zero post-processing.
This is the outside of Gateway Mall at night. I love the different-colored lights, and it has always been my wish to be able to photograph it. I was finally able to with my Blackberry 8520, but I was in a moving shuttle so the result is a bit blurry.
But I like the effect. :)
Yummy Tiramisu and 7th Heaven cake slices for dessert at Kitchen of Cakes and Coffee in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. I forgot which is which, though. :p
First off, congratulations to my dear friend Kim for finally tying the knot with the man of her life! :D
And now, the ranting.
Admittedly, I suck at shooting events and portraits. And it’s frustrating to suck at events and portraits because in a photography career, these are where the money’s at.
This black and white photo of Kim and her hubby’s moment at the altar is my only shot out of a hundred that I find acceptable. Everything else went to the bin.
I couldn’t remember when it was bought exactly, but yeah, I’m camera-less for more than a month already. And I finally am missing it, which means getting a new one—no, not a DSLR—will be my top priority after I scraped enough money.
Nothing eventful or special has happened to me since the Chinese New Year. I wish I could tell you loads of exciting stories and show lots of amazing photos, but I have none. :( It’s sad when I think about it now, but yesterday I didn’t give a damn. Now I’m realizing the importance of blogging and photography in my life, and I have regrets for letting Shutter Slacker die a cyber death.
I’ll try to resuscitate it. I’ll try to resuscitate me.
A continuation of my last post, these are full-color photos taken at China Town in Manila last Monday during the celebration of Chinese New Year. :)
All entrances to China Towns around the world have the Arch of Goodwill.
More photos after the jump. ^_^ (more…)
The following photos were taken at Binondo, Manila (a.k.a. China Town) last Monday during the Chinese New Year. My 50mm prime lens is not wide enough to cover the celebration so I concentrated on getting some street captures instead.
More photos after the jump. ^_^ (more…)
Thanks to Jay of Pointless Paranoia for the reminder to post an update. ^_^
I would’ve loved to do a Happy New Year post to celebrate 2012, but some things took place in my life during the latter half of 2011 that made me do less of writing and photography. As I’ve said on my personal blog:
It was one heck of a year—2011, I mean—but while it wasn’t the good friend like 2010 was, its parting gift is a lot of very important life lessons I know I will always remember. Circumstances from the previous year taught me a lot about patience, strength, hope, determination, love, perseverance, and strong will. It gave me quiet moments and unforgettable memories. I don’t think I will ever forget 2011.
Shot with a kitlens and post-processed using a Lightroom infrared preset. Just an experiment. :)
Here’s the original:
If there’s a road that leads to perfect happiness that can last forever, I’ll search the whole world for it so I’m never going to be sad again for the rest of my life.
(Photo taken at Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan.)
I had the privilege to fly to Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan two weeks ago. I wasn’t exactly a tourist there; I came as the family photographer of a friend to document their first out-of-town vacay together. My landscape photos are very few because I kept my D40 mostly in the bag to keep itself from getting splashed with sea water.
More photos after the jump. ^_^ (more…)
NAME: Taz Ramos (Her full name is a mouthful so we all call her by her nickname.)
She’s a two-year old kid who loves music and singing, drinking soda, going up and down the stairs, and playing with my iPod Touch before eventually throwing it. Although she’s not blood-related to my family—she’s a neighbor’s kid—she has been with us since last summer and thus becoming our unofficial adopted baby.
My mom regularly brings her to church, so now she calls all books “bee-bol” (Bible).
Sometimes she annoys me by forcing herself on my lap while I use the laptop, I’ll end up not being able to do anything because she’s watching Ratatouille. But she has a natural charm that will make you just wanna scoop her up. ^_^
(The Profile Shot Series is a collection of profile photos [mostly black-and-white] of the people in my life. This is my fourth post on this collection; hopefully there will be more.)
The city of Makati is a locally famous business district. People wear corporate attire for work. They ride buses and taxis. They swing their briefcase in one hand while holding a to-go coffee on the other. They walk as if they’re always in a hurry, which I’m guessing they probably are.
The photo above was a view of the buildings of Makati from the 29th floor of Rufino Pacific Tower. I was there for a job interview two weeks ago. I couldn’t resist taking a picture through the clear glass window, so I unleashed my ever-reliable Nokia C3 to do the job.
Why does the photo look so yesteryear? Because when I post-processed that shot, I was in the mood for all things vintage. :p
I’m taking this little space below each Shutter Slacker post to promote my personal blog-–Odee:Blah.
I just thought that I’ve lived in Shutter Slacker long enough and now I want people to take me in a more personal level.
Latest post on Odee:Blah: PARTY ON A SATURDAY.
(written in English)
Read more at http://odeeblah.wordpress.com
Yeah, it’s Instagram over and over. Sorry, but with the awful quality of my Nokia C3’s camera, it’s the only way I can post-process my shots and not be bothered by the digital noise.
A fruit stall. This wouldn’t be very interesting to me if not for the yellow yummy bananas.
I love bananas! :p
Taken in front of the SM Marikina shopping mall. Yes, I was there on one of its 3-Day Sale. Wasn’t able to buy much; these past days I prefer shopping at ukay-ukay (used clothing store).
Worms-eye view of the mall taken at sunset. :)
Nah, it isn’t lost or sold or broken. Not yet, anyway. My trusty old Nikon D40’s still here, all whole and solid and hibernating in its little makeshift drybox. But for the past several months, I’m getting by without it. :)
The photo above was taken sneakily with my Nokia C3—-yes, she (and yes, it’s a she) doesn’t know. Now will I be able to do this with a DSLR? Not many people in my part of the world has the smile to give some random stranger who’d be pointing a camera at any of their body parts, so the answer is “hell, no.” Plus I might get a kick instead from one of those bulky shoes.