Mt. Pulag | Part I

I finally got our Pulag photos processed and words aren’t enough to express how I felt the moment I saw those oh so warm and golden snaps.

Without further ado, I give you my favorite photos out of the bunch!

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Just looking at these make my heart flutter in happiness. I was mostly looking forward to how the photos turned out and I must say, these definitely didn’t disappoint.

The mountain ranges drowning in clouds are as usual, breathtaking. God was so good to have blessed us with a perfect weather, thus the clear skies and the warm light that photographers would kill for!

Kidding aside, it was one heck of an experience! I wouldn’t mind doing it again!

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FOURtraits / 2

FOURtraits is a personal series I made up to feature my favorite portraits I’ve shot on film over the past years.

For this particular set, I got more more up close and personal with my friends and loved ones. I personally think that people are prone to vulnerability when they get their head shots taken, but I like how these photos also show depth and a more personal and clearer perception of the subjects captured.

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I took 2 shots of my sister on this same spot. I like how I looked like I was taking a mirror selfie on her sunnies and how I was able to get a pretty shallow DOF despite the harsh light and using what I believe is a small aperture. I love taking photos of my sister coz the camera loves her and because she’s got a great smile. Also, it doesn’t look like it, but she was standing on the edge of a cliff here.

 

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  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: Fuji Superia 200
  • Location: Monasterio de Tarlac
  • Subject/Model: my sister, Kat

 

 

Joey and I have kept in touch since we graduated and we go out to meet every once in a while. I remember getting a matcha frappe that day and braiding her hair before she went to work. I love how she looked so vulnerable yet so fierce even though she was so shy to get her photo taken that day. I mean, look at those eyes! They pierce right through me!

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  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: (expired- I think) Fujicolor C200
  • Location: Starbucks across MMC
  • Subject/Model: my college friend, Joey

 

 

This was taken on my brother’s one of many despedidas (going away party) before he left for Cebu. We had a simple lunch in a Chinese restaurant and he was showing off a loom band bracelet I made for him. I also took 2 other candid shots of him which I might feature along with other stolen portraits I took. He was so young then and looked so frail and slender, but he does look so much better now that he’s well-adjusted. Maybe I should start taking more portrait photos of him today!

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  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: (expired) Centuria DNP 400
  • Location: King Bee restaurant, Marcos Highway
  • Subject/Model: my brother, Jus

 

 

Last, but not the least, here’s an all-time favorite photo of my ex-boyfriend. I love how this photo evokes serenity, with the light blue water and his pensive look. I also love how good he is in posing for the camera. He really is a pro at this!

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  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: Fujicolor C200
  • Location: Laiya, Batangas
  • Subject/Model: my ex-boyfriend, Bri

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フィルムは死んでいません (Firumu wa shinde imasen) Part I

I couldn’t be more blessed to have been able to go to Japan and bring with me 2 of my favorite film cameras to document snippets of our trip. After all, Japan is home to the top camera brands in the world today, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that both electronics fanatics and film enthusiasts flock to Japan to hoard gadgets and of course films and analog cameras that are still made available to this day. To quote the Beatles, going to Japan also means bringing my cameras “back to where they once belonged“.

Unfortunately, I was short on films (and on budget), so I had to really work on choosing which images to capture and which ones to just savor in the moment. I brought 3 rolls of film and sadly couldn’t find time to go around Akihabara to look for the cheap films I saw online because I didn’t want to break away from the pack, but it was all good!

I only brought 2 cameras, my Canon Ftb and Olympus Pen EES 2 to which I’m really thankful for, otherwise, I would have been able to enjoy the trip only through the lenses (or should I say viewfinders) of my cameras. Plus, I would be lugging such tanks in my bag that would have added to the weight I almost couldn’t carry on my feet. So 2 was enough carry around, but I would definitely bring my Polaroid Land Camera on my next trip to Japan for sure.

For the first part of this Firumu wa shinde imasen (which translates to Film is not dead) series, I’m featuring some of my most liked photos on my instagram account, the Shibuya nightlife.

This was our final stop on our first day in Japan. We were so excited to finally experience what it was like to be in Shibuya Crossing, to immerse in the colorful Tokyo nightlife and to feast on their well-crafted and incredible cuisine.

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can’t exactly remember when and where I took this
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a 7-storey electronics store
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elevator selfie
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Japanese love their B&W ensemble
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in the heart of Tokyo

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FOURtraits / 1

Recently, I stumbled upon a forgotten portfolio I made early last year. There was a page where I put together 4 of my all time favorite portraits and boy, how I loved how they all looked together as a whole.

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Here are three of those portraits, except for the last one, which I replaced with an equally good one. I substituted the last photo in this entry because originally, I included a head shot, (also of my ex-boyfriend) and thinking about it, this other favorite portrait of him looks better together with the rest of the photos here.

I’ll feature the said head shot together with my other head shots in the succeeding entries for this PORTRAIT SERIES. Yaaaas! I’m making this into a series where I’ll be featuring my favorite portraits every week! I just couldn’t figure out a quirky name or hashtag (I’ll also be featuring them on my film instagram account!) for this though.

Anyhow, for the first entry, I give you, my all time favorite portraits of all time!

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Out of all the ones I took, this has to be the top 1. I guess it’s the combination of the lovely and shallow DOF (which makes her pop out of the photo) + the composition (with the almost symmetrical lamp posts behind and the lady reading behind her) + my cousin’s shy smile + and the soft and faded tones of the expired film that makes it stand out in my eyes.

  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: expired Kodak Color plus 200
  • Location: UST Quadri Park
  • Subject/Model: my cousin, Ysay

 

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Whenever I go out of the house, I almost always bring my camera(s) with me. Not only that it’s the first rule in LOMOGRAPHY, but also because you’ll never know when something photo worthy comes up. Take for example this one. We went to visit my other grandma in the hospital, when we saw this OOTD perfect spot in the parking lot. I didn’t get what I was going for exactly, but it did turn out pretty nice anyway. And it made it to my ultimate portraits list, so…

  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: fresh Kodak Color plus 200
  • Location: PGH parking lot
  • Subject/Model: my sister, Kat

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This one is a portrait of my brother when we came out for an early morning walk along the beach. Whenever we’re on vacation, I make it a point to wake up very early to catch the sun rise because it’s where all the magic happens! Haha! And I’m forever a golden hour gal!

**Fun fact: I submitted this together with a bunch of other photos to a film community on Instagram called FILM HABITS and they chose to feature this one.

  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: expired Fujifilm YKL 100
  • Location: Pannzian Resort, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  • Subject/Model: my brother, Jus

 

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This last one I couldn’t help but moon over, not because of my ex (ok partly because he’s such a good model, pro eh!), but because of the warm lights and the bokeh! I don’t know what’s with me and yellow lights. They just feel more warm, thus very inviting.

I remember this one taken after we had dinner at the Chocolate Kiss Cafe. It was just a few metres away from the Bahay ng Alumni and I took a couple of photos of him, trying to see if despite the low film ISO (200), the biggest aperture and a slower shutter speed can compensate for the low lighting in the area and apparently they did! I was trying so hard to stay still because of the low shutter speed and I’m glad they still turned out sharp! Plus the bokeh are to die for!

  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: expired Kodacolor 200
  • Location: UP Diliman
  • Subject/Model: my ex, Bri

 

So that’s it for my first entry for my very first FOURtraits. Yes, I know I’m trying too hard to make it sound witty, but I guess I’ll go with it and feature 4 portraits every week until I exhaust all portraits that I have. Can’t wait to feature the rest of them here! Yaaay!

 

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#FEETFIEPAMARS on FILM!

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It’s not intentional, but I realized I have accumulated so many feetfies that I decided to make my own hashtag, #feetfiepamars on Instagram.

Some were solo feetfies while others were with friends and family and even with my ex!

I am just so fond of taking photos of my feet and others’ that it has become a mandatory photo for my trips or anywhere feetfie perfect! Funny thing is, I never really realized I’m doing it until I browsed through my photos and thought, hey, I should compile all these stuff!

I even created an album completely for my film photos of my feet on my Lomography page! Crazy, right?

Here’s to more selfies and groupfies of my wandering feet and my loved ones!

 

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Golden

Do you find the golden hour magical?

I do.

I love how the warm tones create drama, meaning, emotion and serenity all at the same time. You don’t even have to put in as much effort. You can hang your camera out the window of your car and still get a perfect photo. If you’re lucky, you’ll get something even better.

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Half Frame Love

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Finally had 6 rolls of film developed, 2 of which were loaded onto my newest and current favorite camera, an Olympus PEN EE-S.

I was afraid the camera’s shutter blades were broken as I could see through the lens a pin-sized hole in the middle where the blades meet, but when I checked to see from the inside if there was really a gap in the middle, after I finished my 2nd roll, I was so relieved to see that there was none.

So here are some of my favorites on my 2nd roll of film I used during our 2 consecutive day trips to Laguna and Pampanga on Christmas week.

More on my experience using a PEN EE-S on my personal blog soon!

 

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