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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Worker: 54 seconds

Spend 54 seconds with a worker one early morning. Shot handheld with the Canon 5D Mark II.

Flight through a Child's eyes

I had the great inspiration to write this photo story with a poem on JPG magazine. It is entitled, "Flight through a child's eyes." Please log on to and vote for the article to be published. :D

Here's the poem along with it:

Tippy toe
I can see
Beyond the seat
In front of me

Little fingers
Touching the
window pane

Out the window
A flying fish!

I look back inside
In front of me

There's a reflection
That I see
Hey that's me!

The trip is so long
Then finally
we arrive

Our plane
Lands then stops
and another takes off
Before our very eyes

We've arrived safely!
People are up and about
I jump up and down
I am home again.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Photography and Culinary Art

Photography and Culinary Art

The flame is on

Slice and dice

Colorful ingredients dance in heat

a meal prepared to perfection

A feast for body and vision

(C)2011 Richard M. Reyes

It is also posted on

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Camera shortage

What did you just say? .... Camera shortage, no way! Well due to the unfortunate disaster in Japan, camera manufacturers such as Canon and Nikon have been affected. Camera bodies, lenses, and even certain repair parts are experiencing a delay in production.

Popular camera and video rental company, LensRentals, is also going through the pain of delays and shortages caused by this global supply chain. Lenrentals founder, Roger Cicala, wrote in a post entitled "Summer Shortages" how camera product consumers could and would be affected. As a result of the repair delays, Lensrentals have even picked up some laser collimators. You can read more about laser collimators in a post by Floyd Blue here.

James Kwantes, a writer for the Vancouver Sun, interviewed London Drug's President and CEO, Wynne Powell, in an article titled, "Supply Crunch coming for cameras, electronics from Japan."

Kwantes wrote, "Nikon, which is warning of camera shortages this summer, is another case in point, Powell said. The company had a lens factory near the epicentre of the quake. The firm was able to repair the crack in the floor and get the plant operating again, but had to shut down after running out of a small part that was supplied by a local family business.

'Equipment that’s made today is really world-based equipment, and a variety of small, cottage manufacturers make important components for it,' he said."

For some the solution will be to wait it out. For others it may be to scour the Internet for equipment still stocked in some vendors' shelves. I was recently looking for a Canon 5D Mark II, that up until before the earthquake was being sold on the Canon Direct Store. I thought it was a great buy for a refurbished unit at $2099. The price the Canon 5D Mark II seemed to be as high or even higher than when it was first released in the Fall of 2008. Before the earthquake it was common to see the camera body sell for $2499. Now it is $2699.


Kwantes, James. "Supply crunch coming for cameras, electronics from Japan." Retrieved from the Internet on May 12, 2011.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley - Best Shots from Pacquiao vs. Mosley - Photos -

Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley - Best Shots from Pacquiao vs. Mosley - Photos -
Mosley is knocked down in the third round.

Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley - Best Shots from Pacquiao vs. Mosley - Photos -
Pacquiao delivers a right to Mosley early in Saturday's fight.

Manny Pacquiao - Best Shots from Pacquiao vs. Mosley - Photos -
Fans cheer as Pacquiao is introduced before the start of Saturday's fight by ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr.

Manny Pacquiao - Best Shots from Pacquiao vs. Mosley - Photos -
The eight-division champion was all smiles after entering the ring to "Eye of the Tiger" accompanied by longtime Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison.

Shane Mosley - Best Shots from Pacquiao vs. Mosley - Photos -
Mosley entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena accompanied by LL Cool J, who performed "Mama Said Knock You Out" for the challenger's ringwalk.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Vanessa 20110507

Vanessa is the 2011 Binibining Pilipinas at the Philippine American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM). These are a couple of photos from today's shoot.

SoFoBoMo2011 - Solo Photo Book Month

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The Solo Photo Book Month

From July 1 - August 31, 2011 photographers world wide are invited to create their own photo book. It's a simple rule, just pick a start date that will hold 31 straight days of photographing your topic/subject. So this year, for example, the latest date to select would be July 31, 2011 to give you an end date of August 31, 2011. The earliest day to start is July 1, 2011.

It's simple.
* 31 days
* 35 photographs
* 1 pdf

All work (photography, copy, type, design) must be done within the 31 day period.

Please review the SoFoBoMo rules page for the most updated rules.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Customizable Sneakers: Rebook Realflex

I can't say for sure that Rebook is the first to offer customizable shoes. However, their site is really intuitive and for customizable sneakers starting at $115; probably not a bad deal at all. You can:
1. Add your initials
2. Change the color of the laces, stitching, sole, base, side logo, back, overlay, outsole, sock liner, and tongue lining

Even if you decide not to purchase the shoe, the site itself is a very good example of a software service designed around a specific product.

Below is the sample shoe I created using Rebook's website:

This design costs $120. It is a combination of blue, black, and blue blink. The blue blink is the light blue used in the sockliner and customized logo in the back of the shoe.

Bob & Dawn Davis Photography Workshop - May 17-18 2011




Dear Fellow Photographers and Photo enthusiasts! I wanted to share a highly rated and recommended 2 day photography workshop by acclaimed celebrity photographer Bob Davis joined by his wife Dawn Davis to be held at an airport location just outside of Chicago!

For more info. check out their website

Check out the past workshop photos to get a flavor of the experience!

Ready to sign up? Between May 4 - May 6, 2011 (Wednesday-Friday) there will be a 25% discount the already reasonable 2 day workshop. Kindly visit the registration page.

Dialogue in New York City with Congresswoman Aliah Dimaporo


Join Congresswoman Aliah Dimaporo in a discussion on the Arts as a tool for development in the Philippines.

FEATURING Angan Angan by Sheron Dayoc.

Angan-Angan (Dreams) centers on a nine-year-old girl named Satra who has been mute for as long as she could remember. Her determination to secure a good education reverberates clearly amid the strictness of her Yakan culture. The Yakan are one of the 13 Moro groups in the Philippines. They mainly reside in Basilan, Mindanao.

Director Sheron R. Dayoc is a Mindanaon Independent Filmmaker, editor, videographer and writer. The focus of Sheron's documentaries is on the untold stories of people from grassroots level. Experiencing the lives of marginal people, former MNLFs, and different tribes in Mindanao from depressed areas gave him a much wider perspective in life and in the creative process. Thus, allowing a culturally sensitive treatment of their stories.

SIDE EVENT: Art Exhibition by first-time exhibitors Michael Abad and Aziza Amira.

John Sayles’ A Moment in the Sun Book Launch - NYC - 2011.05.04

John Sayles’ A Moment in the Sun Book Launch
This is John Sayles only stop in NYC on a multi-city book tour
Wednesday, May 4th, 6:30 p.m.
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street – Recital Hall

Nike Sportswear: Ja Tecson on Manny Pacquiao

Thanks to fellow FilAm photographers Ernie Pena and Ronn Tan for sharing the news about fellow photographer Ja Tecson shooting Manny Pacquiao photographs for Nike.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Nina Sandejas - Black & White

Black & White

The first photo in the black & white gallery of Nina Rosario Sandejas (a music photographer from Manila, Philippines) is the winner in the The Focus Project (week of 4/25/2011-5/1/2011).

Check out her sites:

Canon 5d Mark II dedicated website

The following blog is dedicated to the Canon 5d Mark II. Click here: - Photography website is a photography website that discusses photography (equipment reviews and a general howto). You may find it of interest.

Check out their website here:

Quick link to see used Canon digital camera bodies at Adorama

Please use this link to see used Canon digital camera bodies sold at Adorama

American Minute

A Decision to Love Online Gallery