Basic Photography Day 2: The Shooting Continues

I haven’t been pumped up and so ready to go since almost a month ago. Today, after a short stretch coming from bed and a short prayer for a good weather, I was like a child eagerly waiting to be picked up at the bus stop for a whole day of an exciting field trip.

A quick peek outside from the bedroom’s window, the reddish dawn sky gave me an immediate confirmation that today we’ll have much sun to exploit with for our photography activity. My wish was answered as quickly as a shutter can sharply capture a zooming F1 car. Now isn’t that photography-speak already?

Topics for today’s session are about exposure, shutter speed, exposure triangle and exposure meters just to name a few. And fortunately, despite the jargons and the technicality behind each topic, my tiny Canon IXUS 70 didn’t fail me. Every moment during the class, I began to discover further the capabilities of this small wonder. I began to suspect that it is an EOS in a small package. And as a matter of fact, I enjoyed using it during most of our activities, both indoor and outdoor.

So let’s get over with the chatter and more of the shutters. Here’s how my day went with the tiny “IXZY” – my IXUS’ pet name. The shooting did continue.

Note: some of the images below were post-processed – cropped and/or enhanced to remove noise brought about by settings in the manual mode. Other than these, everything else is approximately 95% of its original form – i.e., no heavy manipulation was done.

Mr. Benjie Rivera showing a student the point-and-shoot useful features.

Mr. Benjie Rivera showing a student the point-and-shoot's useful features.

Slow sunny crossing.

Slow sunny crossing. Abet with his "Beatles" walk.

Boulders by perspective.

Boulders by perspective.

Three elements. An experiment with lines.

Three elements. An experiment with lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a future in floral arrangement?

Is there a future in floral arrangement?

Wet and green. Dew drops captured during the morning photo shoot.

Wet and green. Dew drops captured during the morning photo shoot.

Green long leaves. Another experiment with foliage and lines as well.

Green long leaves. Another experiment with foliage and lines as well.

Framed macro. Experiment with macro and vertical lines.

Framed macro. Experiment with macro and vertical lines.

No wet umbrellas for today.

No wet umbrellas for today.

It started with one...

It started with one...

 

...and ended with three. All the coffee it takes to keep up.

...and ended with three. All the coffee it takes to keep up.

Mr. Riveras daughter/partner, Joyce, showing a student how to focus a shot using her DSLR.

Mr. Rivera's daughter/partner, Joyce, showing a student how to focus a shot using a DSLR.

Photographers do get hungry. A welcome food courtesy of my wife.

Photographers do get hungry. A welcome food courtesy of my wife.

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Killer Shot Several People

Well at least the time killer – that’s me – and at least with my camera. For today my enthusiasm with photography somehow led me to finally sign up for a basic photography class as part of our company’s livelihood/upskilling program.

It’s been awhile since I actually got so interested again with our Canon IXUS 70 – a point and shoot. And by friends’ and some of my colleagues’ standard, having one is already considered obsolete – one reason why I secretly kept my distance from it. Shhh. Another reason was because despite having much of the basic photography literature just within reach thru books (I’ve got a couple at home) and the ever trusty internet, I got tired of reading and sometimes the tips I got just doesn’t seem to make any sense. In short I got bored.

But having no other choice other than the gas welding session which I have already signed up for, I decided to give photography another chance. I tried again today if my fate with it will once again develop – pun not intended, I’m just taking digital photography basics. No more films.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first day of the class with professional photographer Mr. Benjamin Rivera started late. But as he promised, he made up for it and from the time the session began I got so excited that I can’t remember dozing off despite some dragging moments in his lecture. I was either taking notes, or was tinkering with my IXUS trying to figure out what aperture, exposure value or focal length is all about. Of course, I shot several people with this tiny amateur’s weapon of choice – guilt free.

“A picture paints a thousand words”, is probably one of the famous clichés. So with this, I’m ending the text and will fill the blog void with my shots.

Mentoring

Mentoring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should I get rid of my IXUS for this?

Should I get rid of my IXUS for this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result of my first photo shoot. (cropped)

Result of my first photo shoot. (cropped)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighting technique demo.

Lighting technique demo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing the sephia in the cafeteria.

Testing the sephia in the cafeteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My wife and I playing with the long shutter at home.

My wife and I playing with the long shutter at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the way, if my renewed enthusiasm with photography continues, I might once again be seen frequently on-line in my multiply.com account. And before I forget, I have several colleagues (contacts) whom I look up to. Check their multiply.com portfolio:

Dencio – http://dmbarbaira.multiply.com

Ronald – http://ronald1027.multiply.com

Abet – http://abet913.multiply.com