Day 6 – Gear Friday – OM-D E-M5 with Lumix 25mm F/1.7
January 6, 2017
Today is Gear Friday. On gear Friday, I will feature the gear I used for the whole week. For this week I used my Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the Panasonic Lumix 25mm F/1.7. Continue Reading
Day 5 -Lipovitan for Thirsty Thursday
January 5, 2017
Todays theme is Thirsty Thursday. So after the morning run, I immediately grab a bottle of Lipovitan and took a few shots.
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.
Day 4 – My Tough G-Shock and Daily Theme
January 4, 2017
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.
- Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen [Body Only] Silver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- PANASONIC LUMIX G Lens, 25mm, F1.7 ASPH., Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds, H-H025K (USA BLACK)
Day 3 – Rainy Day
January 3, 2017
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.
Day 2 – Lucky Chinese Knot Tassle
January 2, 2017
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
January 1, 2017
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
November 17, 2016
Simple Audio Equipment
July 26, 2015
Simple Audio Equipment
Zoom 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
July 25, 2015
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 .
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.
Monopod, Tripod, Ball Head
July 21, 2015
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.
Camera Straps and Wrist Straps
July 20, 2015
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.
Bags, Belt, Lens Pouches & Lens Changers
July 13, 2015
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
Lowepro 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.
Still Life at the Coffee Shop
March 7, 2015
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.
Spending a Day with the Birds and the EPL7
March 6, 2015
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 E-PL7 16MP Compact System Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Silver)
- Panasonic H-FS100300 Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Lens
Going back to shooting
March 5, 2015
I have not done a lot of post since late last year because of my busy schedule. I miss it so much, in fact I always carry my PEN E-PL7 with me so I can shoot here and there, but I don’t have a lot of time in my hands like I use to. A lot of the photos I shot are still in the memory cards, sometimes I managed to download them to my lightroom library, but that is it. I don’t have time to post process them. But hopefully everything will eased up a bit and I can go back to posting photos everyday.
- Olympus E-PL7 16MP Compact System Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Silver)
- Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH. Pancake Lens | H-H020 (Japanese Import)
Closeup with A Bee
December 13, 2014
I wanted to try out my Tamron SP 180mm F/3.5 Macro lens for Canon EOS on my Olympus OM-D E-M5, thanks to the Canon EOS Lens to Micro 4/3 MFT System Camera Mount Adapter with Built-In Aperture Ring from Amazon, I was able to adapt the Tamron macro to my MFT body. Continue Reading
A Photo from my Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera
December 11, 2014
Here’s one shot from my new toy the Sony A6000 with the Sony 18-105mm E PZ F/4 G OSS Lens. Shot in aperture priority F/4, 1/200, ISO 250 at 105mm.
Going back to my Old DSLR.
November 20, 2014
I shot this with my Canon EOS 7D MK I and my Tamron SP 180mm F/3.5 Macro. I have not shot with my Tamron 180mm macro for a quite sometime now. Surprisingly it feels good to shoot again with my DSLRs. I have been too attached with my mirrorless system I almost forgot that I still have my DSLR gear.
For this photo, my Canon EOS 7D was set to manual for better control of my exposure. It was a little windy so I have to make sure I can stop action/movement that’s why I set my shutter speed to 1/640. To get the details of the bee I set my aperture to F/6.3 and ISO set in Auto. In post I added a little bit of white vignette for a dramatic effect.
Canon EOS 6D Sample Photos
November 5, 2014
I wanted to see how well the canon EOS 6d perform when used in sports photography so I brought it with me to shoot a high school girls soccer game and a girls basketball game last night.
BESTEK Universal Camera Liner / Insert Mini Review
November 3, 2014
I’ve had this camera insert for more than a year now. I used this primarily with an Aeropostale messenger bag to carry one Canon DSLR body (5d or 7d) with a Prime lens attached like the EF 35mm F/2 or the EF 50mm F/1.4 and two additional prime lenses. This used to be my everyday carry bag, back when I regularly shoot with my DSLR, but when I got my Micro Four Thirds Gear, I only use my DSLR for sports work. Other than that, they mostly stay in the bag at home. But there are times that I still miss shooting with my DSLR specially during off season and this what I still use to carry my DSLR kit. Mine has the label/tag that says CADEN, but on the Amazon description is says Bestek. I tried searching Amazon for CADEN and I got results that were more expensive than the Bestek Camera Insert.