Creative Commons photos

 

Recently, I’ve been using photos by other people for my blogs. These are photos filed under Flickr’s Creative Commons (or CC) and have been allowed by its owners to be used by other people for free depending on some conditions.

Creative Commons uses the following symbols:

  1. Attribution means:
    You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.
  2. Noncommercial means:
    You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.
  3. No Derivative Works means:
    You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
  4. Share Alike means:
    You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

The creation of Creative Commons is very useful. At least this time, someone like me won’t feel guilty about grabbing someone else’s photo and use it for whatever purpose just as long as it is within the aforementioned conditions. I can’t remember exactly how many photos I’ve used but it occurred to me anyway (while reading a blog comment from Dencio, a very good photographer as well), why not use photos coming from my multiply.com friends/contacts instead. This way the exchange will be (or could be) win-win: I use their photo. I give them credit (and exposure) in my post. I just don’t know though if multiply has a way of tagging photos under CC.

By the way, just in case you wonder, I still make it a habit to contact the owners of the pictures first before I use it in my post to avoid any surprises. Besides, it’s just the right thing to do out of respect to the photographer and his intellectual rights. So far, I haven’t got any rejection. Nice, huh.

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Hopefully, I’ll have more Filipino contacts who’d file their photos under Creative Commons. If I remember it right, I’ve only used one CC photo coming from a Filipino – Michael Gomez. It was a shot of Ateneo Rockwell’s chapel.

I now wonder if I can find something in Flickr that will show an ecstatic person, walking with a cellphone to his hear while trying hard to hold an outburst to shout in celebration. If yes, I can use that. It will perfectly match my mood yesterday afternoon after I learned that I pass the Ateneo entrance exam. Hahaha. MBA world, I come.

 

 

Mood: 1/10 Honks!

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

Mother of Re-invention

I was trying to catch up on my multiply.com friends (I already had 90 unread updates) and once again I became curious on what’s new in the lomo world. Unfortunately nothing has been updated as I back track the site of an online buddy. It must have something to do with film developing time (?).

Since I’ve known digital photography and had eventually become an enthusiast or more aptly a fan, the discovery (thru time-killing-googling) of the lomo world never fails to fascinate me. I always wonder who in their right mind would buy an old film camera, spend money, of course, on films and then take the pain to queue at the developing centers and go back to get it at least an hour later. Some of the reasons I can think of are: they have friends in that store, they own the store, they haven’t heard of digital cameras yet. Cost is not in my list. Some of the old film cameras are more expensive than their digital counterparts.

Once again the questions linger. “Why lomo? Why not buy a digital camera instead? What’s the catch?”

Soon after I realized that embracing the old stuffs is not new (pun intended). There are things such as retro, new wave (ironically this genre is already old music), vintage, classic…and yes, lomo. If necessity is the mother of invention, then scarcity is the mother of re-invention – either of which will bring profits to the inventor and “re-inventor.” Moolah.

Some people are just born to sense that something is becoming scarce (and still needed) and have the ability to make the most out of it. And I’m not talking about hoarders. I’m talking about those people who value their things well and still believe in its potential. For lomo, it’s the potential to bring the feeling of nostalgia. It’s the potential to break away from the rules of photography.

That’s what I find good about lomo. It technically doesn’t have any rules. It’s photography’s “rebel without a cause.” And these cameras are deceiving. That is, they look like your typical yaya’s day-off cam but it can capture good photos if you know how to deal with it.

x15 kodakIt’s funny but I actually tried looking for our old rusty film camera at home (while on vacation on Dec ’07) thinking that I can still use it. My excitement died down when I discovered that it uses a film that made the photo center sales lady smile when I inquired about it. She must be thinking I’m from out of this world. Ti abi. I think I’ll have to get my dose of lomo from those who are into it already just like I leave my craving for digital quality shots to my DSLR-addicted friends.

Of Writers and Photographers

“…I remember coming home a few days after EDSA 1 and playing it on the piano without interruption, and completing this five minute song in an unbelievable two minutes. How was that possible, if the song takes five minutes to sing…”Jim Paredes

Athletes call it the “Playing the Zone”. It is a level where most play their best games. And this tends to continue as soon as they get into it and ends until they tire themselves out.

Similarly this applies to everything we do, day in day out. There are times when we spontaneously do something without even having to think about it. These are the times when everything seems to flow consistently in favor of a goal in mind. Even doing a simple household chore has its own zone.

And this zone is just as evident to writers and photographers, pro and non-pro.

The reason why I’m writing this blog because recently I felt as if I miss finding good and properly composed photos in my multiply.com network. Just a few months back there was a barrage of wonderful pictures coming from my on-line buddies but lately it seems none have posted such or as I suspect none captured any good ones. And shall I say composed something worth posting and flaunting? Hopefully, their Canon SLRs aren’t sitting in one corner, collecting molds and dusts. Hey guys keep shooting.

Well, this is also true with bloggers and reviewers. I missed the days when I’d read write ups so nice that I’d wonder if the man behind those articles (blogs) are pro in incognito or just plain individuals like me who haven’t got the bucks to purchase such expensive cameras and so therefore decided (maybe against their will) to write blogs instead. Besides this is what sets the two hobbies or pastimes apart. Photography enthusiasts (I hate it when most claim to be “Photographers”, just as bloggers claim to be as writers. Sometimes I’m guilty too), need at least a $1000 SLRs while all bloggers need is just an idea. Not a tough selection for me, of course.

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed some of my previous (more than a year ago) blogs and some made me smile and pat myself at the back; some made me turn red in embarrassment. My only consolation is my blog traffic is not that high (or could the poor compositions be one of the reasons why). Besides I don’t have a proofreader. There goes the ultimate alibi. Ti abi.

But I still remember the times when I wrote those wonderful blogs (again, just my opinion) were the times when I think I was immersed in the zone. I also observed that these are times when a favorite or good music either plays in the background or just inside my head. I think the rhythm does something with the composition especially if it goes with the emotions behind the idea that is currently set. My keyboard becomes the piano. Only difference is it produces a blog rather than music.

Even the people I admire and envy for having been gifted enough to possess such wonderful talents in both literature and photography, such as Jim Paredes and James Deakin doesn’t come free from blunders – that is, doing something out of the zone. I’ve read and seen some of their works and I can’t help but think, “Hey, this isn’t them”, or, “Did they really do this?” But then, these are busy guys and most likely the pressure of the deadlines just affects the outcome.

And with the Christmas season getting nearer each day, work activities piling up, vacations to consider, parties to attend to are all joining our already chaotic schedule, I still hope that people will still find time to focus on their tasks and duties – that is, to their online world. Let the wonderful blogs come and let those good photographic eyes capture the beauty of everyday life.

My First Blog, Actually

(I was browsing my multiply.com site and saw this one hidden. Then I remember, this is my first shot at doing a blog. Since I’ve also posted this in our company’s internal site, I deleted its name here. (hint: Only the paranoid survive)Some of the practices in this blog though may not be true anymore. Rest assured, I still respect the Pedestrian lanes.)

I like walking around our company’s campus a lot. Why? Because it is here where most, if not all drivers would abide by the speed limits placed on designated lanes. It is also where drivers and commuters wear seat belts too; motorists would patiently wait for the pedestrians to safely cross the street before they proceed driving. In today’s world, this is almost too ideal.

Day in, day out this commendable practice goes on inside this pedestrian-friendly campus. Lately though, I’ve observed that the entrance gates seems to look like pit lane entrances and the exit gates like pit lane exits. The former is where speeding employees would brake to follow minimum speed & the latter, is where outgoing employees would rev their engines & hit the gas and dash to their destinations just like F1 racers do. I always wonder if these gates are warp zones where every driver is zapped into a different world from where they’re currently are.

Frankly, I was guilty of this act too. I’ve been driving back and forth for almost one and a half-year already. I admit I drove like hell outside the campus during the first year. It was a very good thing (company name) had this on-line Defensive Driving course & it got me enlightened somehow. Still, I would still drive aggressively but would be cautious, up to the extent of counting thousand 1, thousand 2, thousand 3…to estimate my distance from the car in front of mine. At least.

Then this time came for my wife to learn how to drive. Eventually, I came to be her “boot-camp” coach whenever she would drive to and from work. I was wondering every time though that despite my conscious effort to lecture her on the proper and safe way to drive, we would end the driving sessions in frustration and disappointment.

What went wrong then? Well, I’m a firm believer that “a good teacher, makes a good student”…in this case, teacher – me, student – wife…bad teacher, bad student. It was this driving encounter that made me realize that I could be a big factor indeed. How can I expect her to follow what I’m teaching if she doesn’t see me doing it. And so the saying goes “Practice what you preach”.

It’s almost two weeks already since I’ve been driving defensively & coolly. Now, there’s lesser mad honking, lesser unnecessary overtaking, more consideration, and more courtesy. And for those who don’t know, it feels good all the time.

And guess what, just this weekend my wife was on the wheel from our home to our favorite hang-out, almost 20kilometers away & she did perfectly well, almost perfect until it was time to park…but then again, nobody’s perfect. She’s currently grounded. Just kidding.

So please if you value safe driving inside _____ (company deleted), I encourage you as well to do it on your way to and from home. Someone’s waiting for the pedestrians to come home. And so does yours – your family.