One thing I often do when I buy a new camera, particularly DSLRs or Mirrorless, is ditch its bundled neck strap. Never really fond of those thin, branded straps that often feels tight and cuts through the neck. I don’t use them and they are much often kept in the box as I prefer to use my 3rd party camera straps. In buying a camera strap, most of the time my main concern is comfort and durability. Then there was Miggo Strap and Wrap. I got a chance to test out this Kickstarter-funded project by the some of the people behind the designs of the highly-popular Kata bags and camera accessories. I’m a fan of Kata products as I’ve used them before so I was interested in what they have worked on as they got independent from the company.
Nikon is back! Yes! In the Philippines that is. And they are more competitive than ever. Nikon Philippines, now under the distribution arm of ThinkDharma Inc, recently launched two Nikon’s latest FX full-frame cameras, the Nikon D750 and the Nikon D810. The black and yellow faithful would surely revel on the availability of the units which are competitively priced compared to the grey market sellers out there. So why not get from Nikon Philippines and enjoy 2-years warranty and support. Now let’s take at the key features of each cameras.
The guys at InFlight Traveller always seems to stretch and challenge my capabilities in capturing out of the ordinary stories. In my recent assignment, I had to document paddling adventures from kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. That means getting wet, risking my camera to the sea and hell we had to cross a couple of sea channels in one instance. Then there’s the thing about shooting fireflies in a full moon which proved quite tricky but hey it’s much better than shoot ghost stories which I did before with them. Couldn’t have done it without our awesome guide Buzzy Budlong of IslandBuzz Philippines. Feature is written by Oggie Ramos. It was one of the most fun assignments I did. The issue should hit the newsstands by now at your friendly neighbourhood bookstores. In the meantime, check out the spreads here.
I have been following Jacob Maentz‘s work at his website/blog at www.jacobimages.com for a few years now. It always amazes me how it could take a foreigner to truly appreciate the significance of our indigenous people’s culture and he does this with keen observing eyes and moving images captured in sincere perspective and beautiful light. Jacob is not the usual tourist who would go to a place only for a few days and take pictures. His Peace Corps background in the country has helped him learn to blend in and become part of a community. Jacob would usually stay for weeks with a community of indigenous people, live with them and more often befriend them. What results are stunning captures of these people’s lives from a vision of an insider. In his first solo exhibit Forgotten Ten , Jacob shares his work spanning a year and a half of documenting the indigenous people of the country (from the Mangyan, Agta, Tagbanua, Kalinga and more) which makes up about 10-20% of the country’s population, hence the title of the exhibit.
Yes I miss Siquijor. It’s one of the first few islands I visited in the Visayas region and until now I yearn to go back and be enchanted again. For the meantime, check out some of my photos on the November 2013 issue of Cebu Pacific’s Smile Magazine inflight. Just looking at those photos makes me want to go back and see what has changed throughout the years.
Let’s get to the point, Nokia Lumia 1020 is the best camera phone in the market right now. It’s 41MP mechanical shutter camera delivers what it promises – top notch image quality in a mobile phone. If that is what one is looking for a phone, I would highly recommend the Nokia Lumia 1020 of course, but if you consider the balance of the phone system, form factor and price, that’s where the decision making comes in. Here’s my lowdown on Nokia’s best phone to date.