Archive | July, 2011

DIY’s not Dead

23 Jul

Hi again!

I was going through some sites trying to check for some tricks for film photography when I came across two interesting pages, so let me share them to you.

Reality is, I was used to taking my film rolls to a local photo lab to have them processed. But I always wanted to learn how to do it myself, thus I plan to buy myself a cylinder and some chemicals. And who would have thought that coffee and Vitamin C?  Let Phototuts+ teach us how.

And since I just recently bought a Golden Half, I wanted to buy it a Ring Flash. But unfortunately, I have a tight budget now. Maybe I’ll just try this DIY Ring Flash.

So if you want to explore and experiment, why not try these too?

Here’s the finished product for the Ring Flash (photo via Digital Photography School)

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The Redscale Beauty

20 Jul

Hi LomoLovers!

Have you heard of redscale photography? This is a technique where the film is exposed from the wrong side giving a reddish effect to your pictures when processed. This color shift is due to the red-sensitive layer of the film being exposed after winding the film upside-down into an empty canister.

If you’re interested with this trick, all you need would be two rolls of films, clear tape, a pair of scissors and a darkroom. It’s as easy as one, two, three.

 

First you need to take a roll of film and pull all the film out if it. Careful not to yank it too hard and make sure that you leave it attached to the spool. Snip it with your scissors, leaving a portion behind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You then get your second roll of film and cut the leader. Tape the two rolls together but with opposite sides of the film facing up.

Roll the film to the other (film) spool. You can do this using your scissors and please don’t forget to have this done in a darkroom.


When you feel a bit more resistance or that it’s getting difficult to wind the film to the other end, you can stop now. Cut the film leaving a portion exposed and then make a new leader like this one.

And it’s done! You now have your redscale film ready. So grab your cameras… ready, set, SHOOT!

 

Here are some sample shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Income” Tax

13 Jul

Tax is a financial charge levied by the government to income, product or activity. Way way back, practices such as tithing, or an offering of first fruits, can be regarded as a precursor of the income tax. It was believed that the oldest trace of taxation was with the Han Dynasty (ancient China) back in 10CE.

In the Philippines, there has been a forecast that the Bureau of Internal Revenue is expecting an increase in the number of taxpayers by the end of the Aquino administration’s term. And note, it would be up to 20 million taxpayers. At present, there are 11.9 million taxpayers and 20 million tax evaders. (No wonder paying taxes definitely is a pain in the ass since we might be paying for other’s obligation or maybe, it was called INCOME TAX since it becomes “others’ income”) But the big question is, where would all the tax payment go?

Supposedly, taxes are used for:

1. infrastructure projects

2. public security like police and fire departments, defense forces and arms

3. health services which may include preventive immunization shots, disaster relief, free or subsidized health service etc.

4. general services like keeping the water treatment, trash removal, road maintenance

Honestly, with the current situation, I really cannot see not much of a change since the 90’s. Such a shame!

So to our public officials, please, justify the taxes your charging us and we’ll be looking forward to your actions. Thank you.

Coffee for the price of gold

12 Jul

For most people, the day starts with a cup of coffee. May it be black, with cream, latte, etc.

The caffeine boost is what everyone’s after to get them on their game. And I’m pretty sure that you can relate when I say that you’re not as productive as when you have drank your coffee.

Coffee has been found to be the no.1 source of antioxidants. These antioxidants prevent and repair damage inflicted by free radicals. Studies also show that coffee consumption reduces the risks of Alzheimer’s disease,  Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabetes mellitus type 2,  and gout. Pretty beneficial huh?

But also be aware that too much coffee increases acid reflux, aggravates pre-existing conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease, migraine, arrhythmia, and of course, can cause sleep disturbances. So drink moderately, 3-4 cups a day would do.

Okay, it’s getting boring with all the scientific side of the story. It just occurred to me, did you know that the Philippines is a source of one of the most expensive coffees in the world? Kopi luwak, or civet coffee is what I’m talking of. Locally known as motit coffee in the Cordillera region and kape alamid in Tagalog areas, these “crap” coffee beans are sold between US$100 and $600 per pound.

Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee and Luwak is a local name of the Asian palm civet in Sumatra. The Asian palm civet eats the raw red coffee cherries, digests the soft outer part of it and excretes the inner beans.

The internal digestion adds a unique flavor, makes the it less acidic and removes the bitterness of the beans. They are then gathered, thoroughly washed, sun dried and given only a light roast so as to keep the many intertwined flavors.

If you are up for a strange brew at such an expensive cost, try this! Then tell me if it’s worth it. Haha!

For a local distributor, I found this link that you can refer to.

A year of celebrating LIFE

11 Jul

Dear Uzi Enriquez,

     It has been 365 days now that you’ve been suffering from me. And I thank you for sticking around. Haha! Kidding aside, this is the shortest year ever. I’ve never noticed it come by so quickly. Even so, it has been the most meaningful. Week after week, we have our adventures. We barely get the time to stay at home. And if we do, it’s either you’re at our place or I’m at yours. So I’m guessing that you might alredy be SICK of me, which I hope you’re not. I know I don’t do this often but, I would want to thank you for:

1. carrying my bag, that your shoulders would fall off

2. coming to the hospital with me, though you’ve been tired from the day’s work and have not had sleep for almost 24 hours

3. going out with my friends and being so nice to them

4. loving my family as much as I do

5. repeatedly tolerating and understanding my mood swings and childish acts

6. going to beautiful places with me and making good memories to keep

7. being my shopping buddy, fashion critic and photographer

8. letting me be a part of your family and having me know your friends

9. sharing the same plans with me, with US both in the picture

10. making me wanna wake up each morning and end it with a smile

 

Cheers for an extraordinary year, and for more years like this! I love you.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

9 Jul

The much awaited end is near, so MARK your CALENDARS muggles. Everyone will experience the battle between “You-know-Who” and Potter, July 15 in the US and July 14 in the PH.

If you’re up for a good deal with a good cause, a screening will be hosted by the Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine this July 14, 7:30 pm at Gateway Mall, Cubao, Cinema 5 as part of their fund-raising activity.

Tickets are available for 500php each which already includes food and beverage. And the good part, exciting prizes await! For more information and reservations, contact Oliver @09158945464.

Take a sneak peek of it here.

See you all in the cinemas!

Golden Half

9 Jul

I have been thinking lately, of buying myself a Golden Half.

It has been a while that I’ve had a new toy and this one had really caught my eye even before. I first saw it in Oh Shoot! when I bought my Holga back in 2009.

Aside from the Lomo LC-A+, and the Horizon Perfekt Pano Camera, which are out of my league right now, I think this is the next best thing.

I’ve been going through some reviews for this precious and would just want to share with you why it’s worth having.

The Golden Half is a 35mm half-format plastic camera which takes 18x24mm pictures (that’s two in the space of a “normal” 24x36mm negative). Imagine your film roll DOUBLED! Cool huh?! By the way, it’s minimum focusing distance is 1.5 meters (60 inches) so don’t go too close to your subject else your shot would be out of focus. It’s Focal Length: f=22mm and Aperture: f.8~f11.

Here are some sample shots.

“Don’t think, just shoot!”

That’s it for now. Ciao!