This is a very special issue for me since it is actually my first cover work for Seair Inflight Magazine. The cover photo was shot in the beautiful rugged island of Batan in Batanes. This one was a really challenging assignment since it involves hours at the sea along ripping waves and some bad weather at times. I even got seasick and threw out my very heavy lunch on the first day. We originally had some other shoots for the cover but I also kinda like this one since it goes well with the title of the main story “Desperate Angler” written by Chip Childers . More details about it later, but for the meantime read on for the editorial note.
Digital Cameras, especially DSLRs is one piece of expensive equipment we tend to carry around more often. It would be a nightmare if I loose my camera when some street thieves would slash through my strap and run off with my camera on a motorbike or loose my camera from fall from weak strap connectors. I know the chances are slim but I actually know people who experienced this horror stories so I’m a bit paranoid with my gears. I also don’t like using my default camera strap since I don’t like the brand name screaming (not that I didn’t love the brand) on it and I just didn’t find them comfortable in the long run especially if you have a heavy camera. It’s a good thing there are third party camera straps available from manufacturers like Crumpler, Kata and Tamrac, OP/Tech but my favorite among them is PacSafe’s CarrySafe 100 strap.
Backpacking nine countries for 50,000 pesos is the bold marketing claim of the most recent book by Robert Alejandro entitled “The Sketching Backpacker “. Published by ROX (Recreational Outdoor Exchange) Philippines, the book aims to entice local backpackers to do a circuit around South East Asia and some parts of China on a measly budget. Being a long time fan of Robert Alejandro’s graphical works, I was excited about this book, but does it deliver as it was purported to do?
Update: Firefox 3.5 has Color Management enabled by default. However it has bugs and will only support color profiles as specified by ICC v2, later versions will add support for ICC v4. Users viewing images using ICC v2 color profiles on monitors with wide gamut levels may find them to look more saturated (darker) than expected.
Getting the right colors in a photograph is very essential to any photographers. We spend time calibrating our monitors just to get the closest color rendering possible right. But things don’t just end there. We’re glad our monitors and computers are calibrated but what about the people on the other end of the spectrum who are viewing our photographs from their computers and monitors. Although you may be working on an extremely clear display with great colour balance, someone else might be viewing it on a cheap web-enabled phone. Once that image goes down an O2 Broadband line and up someone else’s pipes, it’s uncertain how it’ll turn out elsewhere. For this reason it’s important to calibrate with others in mind. Just like print, we are keen on how the colors and photos would come out but computers is another matter. Here’s where browser color management goes to the rescue.
It’s been almost a year since I launched this personal website. I first named the site as lightscape.net but after a while thought that it’s another branding and identity issue I have to work again on so why not bank on my own name instead, even how little known it may be? I changed the url but retained the design and content of the site. Now, I think it’s about time I refined this site to serve a much bigger and professional purpose. Not only adding a portfolio but a blog as well. I was intending to relaunch the site last Easter but had to attend to business matters first. But as they say, it’s better late than never. So I welcome you to the relaunch of ferdzdecena.com