Day 12 – Ramune for Thirsty Thursday

Day 12 Ramune for ThirstyThursday

Shot with the Olympus E-PL7 with the Panasonic Lumix 30mm F/2.8. Manual, F/2.8, 1/40, ISO 640. Light source: 1, Canon 430 EX II speedlight bounce through the cealing point twards behind me.

For me, this is like the best soda. It taste great and it’s just fun to drink, from the moment you pop it open it’s like there’s excitement all over it.  I was going to have this yesterday, but  I remember it’s Thursday and I can use for my Thirsty Thursday theme. Well it’s worth the wait.

Day 11 – Buttons for Wearable Wednesday

Olympus E-PL7 with Lumix 30mm F/2.8 Macro lens. Manual, F/2.8, 1/100, ISO 640. Light Source: Single Speedlight in Manual mode at 1/32 bounce to the wall.

Day 10 -Tree Branches for Tree Tuesday

Olympus E-PL7 with Lumix 30mm F/2.8 Macro lens. Aperture Priority, Auto ISO, F/5.6, 1/320, ISO 200

Day 9 – Hongbao for Macro Monday

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. (Advance Kung Hei Fat Choi to everyone), Chinese red envelopes or Hongbao or to some it’s called Ang Pao are a means to convei your Best Wishes for the new year.

Olympus Pen E-PL7 with Lumix 30mm F/2.8 Macro. Aperture priority, Auto ISO, F/4, 1/320, ISO 200. Light source from windows to my right

In China, people put money inside the money envelopes and give away to their relatives, children and friends on Chinese New Year. Money envelopes are also call red envelopes.


DAY 8- Spices Sunday – Star Anise

Shot with the Olympus E-PL7 with the Panasonic Lumix 30mm F/2.8 Macro Lens

Commonly known by many as star anise, this spice is a native of northeast Vietnam and China, it is also called Illicium verum. I used this when I’m cooking pork humba and beef pares.


Day 7 – Snack Saturday – Oishi Soaked Snack Crunch

OM-D E-M5, Lumix 25mm F/1.7. Shot in Aperture Priority, F/5.6, 1/60, ISO 1600

Day 7 – Snack Saturday – Oishi Choco Soaked Sponge Crunch
Oishi Sponge Crunch is a choco coated snack that originates from the Philippines. They are round crunchy cereal like snacks that actually taste good. You can find them on most Asian / Oriental Markets.


Day 6 – Gear Friday – OM-D E-M5 with Lumix 25mm F/1.7

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the Panasonic Lumix 25mm F/1.7 Prime Lens

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Day 5 -Lipovitan for Thirsty Thursday

Todays theme is Thirsty Thursday. So after the morning run, I immediately grab a bottle of Lipovitan and took a few shots.

Day 5 – Thirsty Thursday – Lipovitan

I love this energy drink. This is what I used to drink way back when I was in the Philippines. Lipovitan predates Redbull. In 1962 Taisho Pharmaceutical Co. of Japan, introduced Lipovitan, and started the market for Energy Drink in Japan.

I’m glad that Lipovitan is now available in the U.S.

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Day 4 – My Tough G-Shock and Daily Theme

To spruce things up a bit, I’m starting a daily theme for my 365 Project, which will change every month. So for this whole month of January, these are my Daily Photo Theme:

  • Macro Monday
  • Trees Tuesday
  • Wearable Wednesday
  • Thirsty Thursdays
  • Gear Friday
  • Snack Saturday
  • Spices Sunday

For today, it’s wearable Wednesday. Featuring my ever reliable G-Shock.

G-Shock. OM-D E-M5 F/2.2, ISO 200, 1/125, Aperture priority, Auto ISO


Day 3 – Rainy Day

Day 3 Rainy Day. Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Lumix 25mm F/1.7. Shot @ F/4, 1/80 and ISO 500

It was raining all day so I decided that my photo for today should have something to do with rain. When the rain stop I went out for a walk and found these dried leaves on the sidewalk.

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Day 2 – Lucky Chinese Knot Tassle

Day 2 Lucky Chinese Knot Tassle. Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Lumix 25mm F/1.7. Shot at F/2, 1/200 and ISO 200

Day 2. Lucky Chinese Knot Tassle.

A Chinese knot is a knot that is tied and woven from a single length of cord or rope to be a variety of shapes and of varying complexity. Each shape has its own symbolic meaning, and nowadays you can find them as decoration, gifts for special occasions, and adornments on clothes. Continue Reading

Day 1 – The Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop. Olympus OMD E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 25mm F/1.7 @ F/1.7, 1/80, ISO 1600

Happy New Year to everyone. This year, I’m going back to posting to my daily photo project to see what I can come up with. This is my way of forcing myself to make a picture and not just take a picture. The plan is to use one lens, maybe for the whole week or more. this will not only help me creatively but also give me enough sample photos for each of my lenses that I can use for a review. Continue Reading

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Simple Audio Equipment

Simple Audio Equipment

Zoom H2Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder.The H2 is the only portable recorder with 4 mic capsules on-board for 360° recording. With 4 mic capsules in a W-X/Y configuration, the audio is decoded instantly, bringing these four signals together for unparalleled stereo imaging.

But the H2 doesn’t stop there. For maximum flexibility, you can record from the front of the H2 in a 90° pickup pattern or the rear of the H2 in a 120° pickup pattern at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution as a WAV file, or as an MP3 file at bitrates up to 320 kbps. Additionally, you can record in a 360° pickup pattern at up to 48kHz/24-bit resolution which will allow you to convert your recordings to 5.1 Surround. Simple to use and reliable and is cheaper than the Zoom H4 which has more features that I don’t need. Continue Reading

My Fuji Mirrorless System Camera

Fujifilm X-E1 with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f:2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Zoom Lens

Fujifilm X-E1 with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f:2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Zoom Lens

Yes it is true!!! I bought myself a Fuji System. I now have a Fuji X-E1 which I bought used on May 29, 2015 and 4 lenses a week after that. I really wanted to try the Fujifilm X System, but I’m hesitant because I’m already into Micro Four Thirds. Having two mirrorless system seems not too practical, until I came across a used Fujifilm X-E1 body for a really cheap price (only $200). I said to myself, hmmm, I can use this with my Canon FD Lenses. And there it goes, I bought it together with the Fotasy AFFD Canon FD Lens to Fujifilm FX Mount Camera Adapter .

Shot with Fujifilm X-E1 Compact System Digital Camera with the Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro Lens

For a week I’m using it with my Canon FD 50mm F/1.8 and Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro(Photo above). I was amazed when I saw the jpg images. After that first week, I found myself with the Rokinon 12mm F2.0, the third week I came across a near mint Fujinon XF 18-55mm f:2.8-4.0 for only $265, by the 15th of June 2015, I bought the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f:3.5-4.8. At this time I’m happy with this setup, I’m covered from ultrawide to telephoto and with the release of the new Fujifilm X-T10, I might get that as my primary body and have the X-E1 as a backup.

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Monopod, Tripod, Ball Head


Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod  When I bought the Gorillapod from Amazon, I only bought the mini tripod without the Joby BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level since I already have one that I planned to used with it. I have been using arca swiss type plates for my cameras and I’m so used to it that I don’t want any other ball head. If you don’t have a ball head yet, Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod + BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level for approximately $50, but if you have a ball head that you can use, the Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod is a great buy for only $30+ . Read my review here.




Manfrotto 680B Monopod. Four section Monopod featuring sure rubber grip, wrist carrying strap, quick action lever leg lock system with 45° run, large 60 mm camera/head platform with plastic cover and dual 1/4” – 3/8” camera fixing screw. This replaces the Bogen Manfrotto 680. Build quality is excellent. I sometimes used  this a when I’m shooting sports, helps me carry that heavy gear.


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Camera Straps and Wrist Straps

My Camera Straps


Classic (RS-4) Camera Strap. This is my favorite strap if I needed to carry one camera body. It really works for me and I can carry my dslr with whatever lens is attached, it just makes it really easy and comfortable.

The BlackRapid Classic (RS-4) Camera Strap is a lightweight and low profile strap with the length adjuster on the front of the shoulder pad for quick adjustments on the go. The shoulder pad of the strap has a small zipper pocket suitable for a couple of memory cards or similar small items. The bottom of the shoulder pad has light airy foam covered by mesh for comfort and breathability.
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Bags, Belt, Lens Pouches & Lens Changers

Below are the bags, pouches, belt and straps that use I carry all of my camera gear to and from locations. Updated July 14, 2015

loweproflipside400awLowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack This is where I store my sports gear for transport to locations. Inside I have a Canon EOS 7D with EF 70-200mm F/2.8 attached, a Canon EOS 5D with a Tokina 16-28mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens, a Canon EF 400mm F/5.6L, a EF 50mm F/1.4. I also have a Canon 580EX, Rogue Flash Bender and a lot of other small stuff like, cf memory cards, camera batteries. . It features a adjustable dividers allow custom organization inside the roomy main compartment, a mesh-covered, padded waistbelt, back pad and contoured straps for added comfort and wicking away moisture; a hideaway tripod holder to secure a tripod or monopod to backpack; built-in memory card pockets on inside panel; front storage panels and mesh pockets for storing additional gear; Hypalon SlipLock attachment loops for SlipLock compatible products; a built-in All Weather Cover; and silent zipper pulls.

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Still Life at the Coffee Shop

It was my first time to walk into this beautiful coffee shop, I’ve always passed by this place but never really got a chance to stop by. This time I went in together with a group of friends and I was surprised to see the inside, it is serene, quiet, beautiful, family friendly. Unfortunately they were about to close. On a Sunday they’re only open from 10AM to 2PM.

Olympus OMD E-M5 and Panasonic Lumix 14mm F/2.5 G Lens

Olympus OMD E-M5 and Panasonic Lumix 14mm F/2.5 G Lens

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Spending a Day with the Birds and the EPL7

I spent my Sunday morning in the park with the Pen E-PL7 and the Panasonic 100-300mm. The Pany 100-300mm is quite huge for the E-PL7 but, but manageable. Frankly speaking I really like the AF in the E-PL7 compare to the E-M5. I have noticed that this pen has improved AF both in Single AF and continues AF. Also love the color and contrast of the Panasonic 100-300mm

Olympus Pen E-PL7 and Panasonic 100-300mm

Olympus Pen E-PL7 and Panasonic 100-300mm