Monthly Archives: March 2010

From the vault: Low cost housing

Gripped by a sudden feeling of nostalgia, I decided to take a break from the Quezon seascapes for a bit and share something from way, way, back.

I took this for a college photography class, and developed it using old-fashioned darkroom techniques. It’s from a print I scanned, and you’ll have to excuse it for being a bit yellowed – it’s because of age. I have yet to discover how (if it is possible at all) to have my black and white negatives scanned and reprinted.

Watermark was added digitally, of course.

Real, Quezon: Seascapes

(Part 2)

Sharing another from my maiden foray into the world of landscape photography. A big shoutout goes to masters Dinno Sandoval, Jon Aguirre, JC Enriquez, Bong Malong, and Monte Corpuz for answered queries, tips and various loaned equipment.

Real, Quezon: Seascapes (part of a series)

Ayaw ko ilabas ng sabay-sabay yung lahat ng litratong nakunan ko sa Quezon para naman hindi ako maubusan ng material para dito. After all, I wanted to make this a photo blog of sorts, so here’s my first share of my newbie takes of Real’s wonderful seascapes along with the sunrise.


New on the shelf

I’ve long been a fan of good books – a voracious devourer of them. In fact, the last one I read – Shutter Island – yes, the one that’s going to be shown as a movie with Leonardo de Caprio soon, and yes, I got the one with the movie cover because it was cheap and there was no other copy – I finished in a day. I think it took me more or less five hours to finish the whole thing.

All in all, it was okay, no money wasted. I actually like the premise – if you hate spoilers though, don’t Wiki it, because knowing the ending will spoil the whole experience of reading it. Suffice to say that if you’re looking for a psychological thriller, and don’t want to just watch the movie when it comes out, then Shutter Island might just be the thing for you.


Today I went out on a limb and got two books from Powerbooks – Ian McEwan’s ‘First Love, Last Rites’ and Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’. Both have got me pretty excited, since I’m a big fan of McEwan’s writing style, and Gravity’s Rainbow is one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Novels of All Time.

The short story collection I will probably finish quite easily. The novel, on the other hand, looks and feels massive – not to mention weighs like it too. It’s literally a damn heavy book.

That being said, I hope I find the time to read them.

Again, a big thank you to the ever-gracious Guy Upstairs for these new additions to my book collection.