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My 15 Favorite Nokia N8 Images Gallery

A kid in Binondo
A kid in Binondo

As most mature photographers would say, “The Best Camera is the one you have”. This is more true now when Mobile Phone’s imaging capabilities are getting powerful and closer to replacing a common point and shoot cameras. I’ve had my Nokia N8 for more than half a year now and am very much impressed with its 12mp larger than usual camera sensors. As much as Nokia is currently having multiple personality disorders with their Operating System of choice, we can’t deny Nokia produces phones with mean hardware especially on the multimedia department. So here I’m sharing 15 of my favorite photographs taken with the Nokia N8.

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Exposures People Photography Travel

Environmental Portraits: Burgos Gamet Gatherer

Gamet Gatherer
Gamet Gatherer (Olympus E-PL1, Lumix 20mm, F1.7, 1/1250sec, ISO 100)

She goes by the name of Che. I saw her along with her friends from afar on my way behind the impressive rock formation of Kapupurawan in Burgos and had to look closely. They were gathering a Gamet (or Nori for Japanese), a red edible seaweed which is part of Ilocano’s diet as they make these into soups, scrambled egg ingredients and other delicacies. It’s also a big industry here as they export them in Japan. Che and her friends thread the sharp coral rocks and the waves in Burgos every morning till noon to gather these Gamet as it is their source of food and income.

Shot with an Olympus PEN E-PL1 and Lumix 20mm pancake, I made sure I have a Circular Polarizer attached to lessen the light coming in so I could shoot wide open at F1.7 here since it’s close to noon already.

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Environmental Portraits: What’s so Funny?

Nina and Izah Laugh
Nina and Izah Laugh (Olympus E-PL1, Lumix 20mm, f1.8, ISO 800, 1/400sec)

Here’s to continue with my Environmental Portraits Project using the Lumix 20mm f1.7 Pancake with the Olympus E-PL1. Can I just say I’m loving this pancake lens more and more? Now on this photo, I just love the character of this photo, especially on Nina and Izah’s smirky expression. it makes you just want to go behind them and see what’s behind that evil-looking iPod. Which I did after taking this photo and I won’t tell. As you can see from the setting, the ISO is 800, I would have preffered it to be lower but I just got out from the lowlight interiors of a church and I had no time to change lest I miss this shot.

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Exposures Photography

Environmental Portraits Project

Wide eyed Alexa
Wide eyed Alexa (E-PL1, 20mm, 1/30sec, f1.7, ISO 800)

Normally, Portrait Photography shows the dominance of the subject’s face on the frame. It aims to show the subject’s character facial features and expression. Ideally, portraits are shot with a lens at least 85mm (on a 35mm equivalent) long on wide apertures at least f2.8 to flatten out the perspective and separate the subject from the background with at least beautiful enough bokeh (or background blur).

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Exposures Photography Sports and Outdoors

Exposure: UAAP 73 Beach Volleyball

Pau Soriano of Adamson ready to serve
Pau Soriano of Adamson ready to serve (Olympus E-3 DSRL, Zuiko 70-300mm f4-5.6)

My Olympus E-3 DSLR has taken the back seat for a while since I had my Olympus PEN E-PL1. I thought I bring out for some much needed exercise. For speed, I would still prefer a DSLR for its faster frame rate. I must admit, it’s nice to hold this solid camera block again even for a while. While I still prefer the PEN for it’s weight and compactness, the E-3 is still a powerhouse for some serious work.

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Ushering 2010 with Blue Moons

The Full Moon on a New Year 2010 (Taken 12:22am Phil Time)
The Full Moon on a New Year 2010

Yes it comes only every 2 decades. And we get to see it this time again on the New Years Eve of 2009. No don’t expect the moon to be fully blue in color but it’s just a term for a double full moon in one month which happens rarely hence the term “Once in a blue moon” while technically here in the Philippines it starts at 3:15am January 1st so it wouldn’t be a blue moon on 2009 but on 2010. In fact 2010 would be a rare lunar year with having multiple blue moons here in the Philippines, which is January 1, and 30 and March 1 and 30.