AK’s 1st Birthday Party

Taken last April 02, 2011, at Star City in Manila. Had time to kill so I did my take on AK’s first birthday celebration.

Of course, these photos aren’t part of the official set. Click here if you wanna see them and Team Mad Minds‘ other sets. And add us up too on Facebook.

Cheerio!

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Equipment used: Nikon D90 + Nikkor 50mm f1.8D AF + Nikon 18-55G f3.5-5.6 AF-S + Nikon SB-900 Speedlight

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A Cruise Experience

So there we were, at the back of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, ready to board a yacht for a dinner cruise. From the start, I knew that lighting conditions on board a boat at night wasn’t really ideal. Heck, it was as crappy as riding the MRT during rush hour. And yet, even with that knowledge in mind, I was mentally prepared to document the night and not allow crappy lighting situations from getting what I want.

Since Tin had her Nikon D3100 kit with her, I gave her the speedlight to use because she needed it more than I did. To compensate, I decided to go guerrilla with my technique. Changed the settings to take black and white photos, boosted the ISO up and opened my aperture wide open. Sure, it may not take photos worthy of adoration but I focused more on capturing the moment rather than following the light meter inside my camera.

All in all, the dinner on board a yacht, provided by Prestige Cruises, was a-okay. Not too shabby, not too bad at all. My only two complaints were the food and the short amount of time we had. I guess we really can’t have it all for the bargain price we paid.

To Jojo, Abby, Joy and Biboy, a tribute to that night via my photos and Tin’s. Here’s to the next dinner with you guys, cheers!

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Photos by: J. Munar and C. Rafol

Equipment used: Nikon D90 + Nikkor 50mm f1.8G AF-S + Nikon D3100 + Nikon 18-55 f3.5-5.6G AF-S + Nikon SB-900 Speedlight

Yashica Electro 35 G

Ever since I was a kid, I’d always go through my parents’ closet to play with an old camera, an actual rangefinder, that used to belong to my late grandfather. When I asked them if it worked, they told me they already tried but no one can bring it back to life.

I reckon they haven’t been to Mang Dong’s (who’s an awesome camera repairman, by the way) store in Hidalgo back then. Once I finish saving up for an upcoming acquisition, this baby will once again taste some film.

Without further delay, my grandfather’s Yashica Electro 35 G.

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Equipment used: Nikon D90 + Nikkor 50mm f1.8G AF-S + Nikon SB-900 Speedlight

Taking A Look At My Old Photos

I had my first camera, a Nikon D40x, around February 2008 and I haven’t stopped taking photos since. Fast forward to three years and seven months later, I’ve upgraded a few things in my camera bag (including the bag itself) and more importantly, my point of view of what a photograph should be and how it should be taken. Then I remembered a quote I’ve read a few years ago that struck me right just about now.

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

And with that thought in my head, I suddenly realized I may have not met Mr. Cartier-Bresson’s, considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, requirement of 10,000 photos. That only means I still have a lot to learn about the craft.

As such, I’ve taken the initiative to find and post the worst photo I’ve taken during my first year with a camera.Julio Munar Photography

Looking at this photo of old friends, taken sometime in 2008, I realized how bad my skills were, both at taking the photo and post-processing it. First off, I could have posed the guys more appropriately if I wanted them to parody a boy band, which was their idea. Second, I could have chosen the right settings to get a decent exposure that won’t clip the highlights of the sky. Third, I could have instructed them to move a little so the boat in the background won’t destroy my photo’s composition. Lastly, I could have post-processed this photo without them looking like human bananas in color.

Boy, that photo was bad.

And that brings us to now. I think it would be better if I consciously fix everything inside the frame before hitting the shutter. That means the composition hits the spot, the exposure is nailed right and the focus is accurate. It also means that I should know how to enhance it in post-processing without the final output becoming a visual hangover. All of that to avoid making mistakes like the photo above.

In contrast to my attempt to parody a boy band, I also found a photo I liked from my early days of photography.

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It seems there’s hope after all.

Horizon Unleashed

When an invitation to document Horizon Unleashed came my way a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be the perfect way to use my talents in the service of others. As such, last Sunday was a testament to that thought. What followed was a couple of hours covering kids who don’t have as much to eat or those who work for their families at such an early age. Consider this set as my way of capturing those happy memories you had last Sunday.

Thank you Tin, Mommy Jofel and the jolly people of Horizon Ministries in Manila for this wonderful chance to use my passion for the greater good. To God be the Glory!

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Equipment used: Nikon D90 + Nikkor 50mm f1.8G AF-S + Nikon SB-900 Speedlight + Nikon D3100 + Nikon 18-55 f3.5-5.6G AF-S

 

JR + Beth

First and foremost, a disclaimer. This set consists of photos taken by the awesomest team ever, Marvin, Yours Truly and MarleyTeam Mad Minds. As such, this set isn’t the official output from the team. I first asked for their permission to copy the entire unedited set so I could work my own brand of magic on them.

Moving on, JR and Beth were such a fun couple to work with. So fun that we hardly had to ask so much from them when we were taking their pre-nuptial photos a couple of months ago. By extension, their wedding exuded the same fun aura they both possessed effortlessly.

To JR and Beth, may you two have a wonderful and blessed life together. From me to you both, my own take of your wedding.

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A Black and White Portrait

It’s almost been a week with my new Nikon 50mm f1.8G AF-S and I already had some keepers in such a short time. Before the photo itself, I’d just like to point out the new Fifty’s a joy to use wide open. The older version, which I used to have, is horrendously soft at f1.8. Not that I’d complain about it all the time because it made my shots dreamier than usual when I was in the mood to shoot at f1.8. The new Fifty is way sharper wide open and I can guarantee it’s a good choice for your first prime lens.

I’m cooking up a review sometime soon. Do watch out for that. In the meantime, a portrait in black and white.

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BTW, we're turning a year soon too.

Equipment used: Nikon D90 + Nikkor 50mm f1.8G AF-S + Nikon SB-900 Speedlight