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Birding Photography

Common Birds in Urban Manila

Just when I was really getting deep into birding and bird photography, COVID-19 pandemic happened. Suddenly we’re the ones locked up like a cage in our own houses looking out to the wild birds outside. Luckily, if you have a garden or a backyard that’s a luxury enough to enjoy the activity, but for others the window would suffice. Any which way, if you find yourself staring at the open sky or nearby trees, make sure to notice the common Birds in Urban Manila. Birding is an easy activity, one just need a set of eyes, ears to listen and time to observe.

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Drones Photography Technology

DJI Mavic 2 PRO and Zoom Launched in the Philippines

I’ve been flying a drone for almost a year now. And as a photographer, I’m just astounded by the possibilities of different perspectives these devices offer. DJI has opened up a whole world of photography and videography to consumer levels allowing content creators to expand their vision. I may only be using the DJI Spark at the moment but I am excited with the new technologies DJI incorporates in their new models. Here comes the new Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. Bringing back the ultra portability and quality of the first Mavic Pro and packing in new features for varied segments of the market. Let’s take a look.

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Photography Published Works

Phoenix 2018 Calendar Festival Images

It’s almost half of the year but just have to update my portfolio on this site. Had been fortunate to have a bunch of my festival images on this year’s Phoenix 2018 Calendar. Wasn’t able to get a copy though so will have to make do with these PDF files. Featured images on the calendar are El Nido’s Barotuan festival held every January, Palo-palo festival in Batanes held every August, Agal-agal festival in Tawi-tawi every September, Higantes festival of Angono celebrated every November and the Giant Festival of Pampanga lights up every December. Check out the images below.

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Mobile Photography

Hands-on | Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Shoots the PyroMusical Olympics

It’s the age of dual-lens cameras on smartphones and there’s a good reason behind it. Much like our eyes, dual-lens delivers better autofocus, bokeh, sharper details and clarity. Photography-focused smartphones have already arrived from several manufacturers and Asus won’t be left behind. Their Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is their 12MP dual-lens cameraphone with more than enough shooting power coming from its high capacity 5,000mAh battery. I had the chance to use the ZenFone 3 Zoom last week to shoot the final day of the PyroMusical Olympics. I thought it was an opportunity to test out the capabilities of the Dual-lens especially on low-light. See below out of the camera photo and video samples.

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Photography Tips

Infographic: Tracking and Shooting the Milky Way in the Philippines

Astrophotography is one of the exciting fields of photography. It takes patience but seeing the night sky pop out of our pictures is reward enough. The milky way is one of the favorite subjects. This dense cloud of stars is actually easy to capture as long as you know where to look. Its visibility varies according to your location and the time of the year.

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Mobile Photography Technology

Field Test | ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 Camera and Video Sample Gallery

As a travel photographer, I’m more inclined to smartphones with exceptional camera and lasting battery life. The new iteration of Asus max series of phones, the Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) seems to be going to that direction. I had the first generation Zenfone Max and to compare, the new ZC553KL looks thinner and sleeker. The improved design incorporates a new 16MP F/2.0 rear camera, Android 6 Nougat with ZenUI 3 and 4,100 mAh battery. Let’s find out on how it fares on real world use as I take the ZC553KL with me on my recent travels. This first of a two-part review of the Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) tackles on the camera performance. The images used here are straight out-of-the-camera and the only processing done was the watermarking and resizing.