Friday, July 18, 2014

Revisited: Less talk, more photos.

Recently, I dug into my hard drive and reprocessed some of my old photos.

Here they are..





















Just some old photos I want to give a new look.

Since I recently decided to do less photography and focus more on  other  more important things, this is the least that I can do to keep me interested in taking photos.

Less talk, more photos.

Cheers.

Alex

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Laos: A travel back in time

Laos is a country as yet untouched by the modern demands.

Its beauty lies in the Lao people, history, culture, nature and the simplicity of a laid back lifestyle.



Arc de Triomphe - Vientiane, Laos. Grand Legacy of Former French Colonization.


Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to had the chance to visit Laos for a few days.


Wasn't able to take photos as I like since I am travelling with a group (colleagues).

It's an all expense paid trip though, so I am not complaining.

Below are some of the photos I was able to snap while we are on the go.



Note:I only brought one camera with me during this trip, the Fuji X100. 





Freshly cooked fish from the Mekong River


A good spot beside the Mekong river to enjoy some sumptuous dinner.








Ho Phra Keo



Laos is mostly a Buddhist country.




Pha Tat Luang. A temple at the heart of Vientiane. 


Hanging out beside the great Mekong river.


The capital city Vientiane is a sight of an emerging city at its very early stage.

Reminded me of what my home country looked like 15 to 20 years ago.

The capital itself is settled at the side of the Mekong river, which also serves as their border with Thailand.


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Photos below are from Nam Ngum lake, around 90kms from Vientiane.

The lake is an incredibly scenic vast artificial lake with many small islands that was formed when the Ngum River was dammed for hydroelectricity.



Nam Ngum Lake


Nam Ngum Lake


Our lunch was served on a lake cruise. Cool isn't it?


Our next stop was at the town of Vang Vieng, located about four hour bus ride from the capital. 

The town lies at the bank of the Nam Song river, a scenic scene surrounded with Karst hills.


This scene made me feel nostalgic.



Hanging bridge leading to the hills.



Nam Song river                                                                                                                                                              



Beautiful hills at the background



View at the top of a small hill.



Nam Song river



Nam song river

Vang Vieng is stunningly beautiful, I wish I could have stayed longer to explore it more. 

I'm sure there is more to the place than what I saw. 

I am hoping to be back someday to see more of its nature and beauty.

That  trip was just a glimpse of a beautiful country. 

A glimpse of a travel back in time, when all things are simple and so laid back. 

A good break from the hectic stressful city-life. 

Cheers.

Alex




Monday, June 30, 2014

#12 Baby Gian


He`s cute and sweet and so much fun.

This little prince is turning one!




Last week, I was asked to photograph baby Gian for his first birthday celebration.






I always enjoy photographing kids, as much as they are challenging to photograph they are also lots of fun to work with. 









You'll sure be missing a lot of shots and accurate focus and you can also forget about setting up poses and lighting, but it's fun and a breath of fresh air to what I'm used to.


Happy birthday little one.


Cheers!


Alex

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thai food overload

Last week, I had a  shoot that includes what everybody love; food.

Days before the shoot, I had mix feelings of excitement and uncertainty.

Being paid for a work you like is thrilling, but it is the very first time I will be photographing foods for commercial use.  Food photography is something I always wanted to do but something that doesn't really sound interesting to me. When I see food, me thinks EAT not SHOOT.

It's not my field of expertise, and the thoughts of messing it up scared me.

I'm afraid I might end up with  the same photos that Instagram users took right before devouring their sushi.

Good thing is, I also was able to devour eat what I photographed. Who doesn't love food?. Win-win for me.

Here's some glimpse of it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


Crispy pork in delicious Thai sauce with rice and egg toppings


Mouth watering aren't they?


I know you want to taste it!


Crispy Thai crackers


Finger foods

Enticing!




Doesn't really look healthy. But oh well, try to resist these.



Hypertension, Thai style.


I bet your'e hungry now. Thai foods are really mouthwatering. (Sometimes tongue burning and gut wrenching...)

Thai food is one of the most diverse in the world.

Come visit Thailand to see, smell and taste real Thai foods.

Forget the ones you get in your own country advertising as Thai restaurants. (It's not even close)

It should really be in your bucket list. And not just the foods, there is a lot to do and see in Thailand too.



De Talat Phlu


I would like to thank De Talat Phlu restaurant for trusting me on this one.

And their food are delicious and surprisingly lighter on the pocket.













De Talat Phlu restaurant is located at the 4th floor of Siam Square One bldg.(Across Siam Paragon), Bangkok.

Delicious Thai food at its best. Don't forget to visit the place.


Cheers!


Alex

Friday, June 6, 2014

Of scents and some sense...

After the trip from Philippines, I haven't got much chance to take some new photographs.

Lots of new stuff going on at work and what not.

(In fact, I think I'm just lazy to think of some new projects for now.)

Fortunately,  I got some small things to do at the side keeping my photographic energy alive.

My wife and her friend got into a small hobby of making home-made perfumes for friends and relatives.

I was assigned to take photos of the products.

My task was to make a small DIY (Do-it-youself) studio at home and be a little creative in presenting the products.

Not bad as a challenge.


Home-made perfumes for gift purposes only. 

Home-made perfumes for gift purposes only.


Perfume for gift purposes only


These home-made oil-based perfumes really smells good, last a long time and cheaper to make.

Although I love to do outdoors sessions, this small project at least woke me up from my laziness.

Or did it?


I had a realization, a vision.

Spent some of my weekends shooting outdoors.

Spent nights reading about photography and lighting.

I love what I'm doing. (Except for sitting in front of the PC editing photos)

But I am not a photographer.

I consider photography as just one of my skills.

Something that I still want to improve more.

A  hobby (and some small income) I am enjoying.

No more, no less.

I also have other dreams and goals I want to pursue.

Who knows? Everything is possible in this universe of endless possibility. (Say what?)

My love for photography hasn't faded, it's just that I have other things I decided to prioritize.

I will still accept and do some photography projects from time to time.

I hope that make sense.



Cheers.


Alex