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a Christmas Reflection

A sunset (or a sunrise) shoot is a high risk gamble that requires throwing time and money into the pot. It almost requires that you block off time hours before and after just to shoot something that goes by a scant 10 minutes. Oh, there is this thing called the “Alpen Glow” which appears a full 30 or so minutes before sunrise or after the sunset. It is when the darkness breaks to hint of the glow of the rising sun or just before it quenches the last light of the setting sun. Often clouds, or the lack of it, makes or breaks the sunset. Too much and you may not see it at all or too little can make it a non-event.

December 16, 2007—a Sunday—had a cloudy afternoon that threatened to cover the sunset. It could also potentially make it the best sunset ever. Knowing that risk I threw my bet leaving at the last minute (from where I come from it takes a full hour to get to a good spot along the bay). Along the way, I mused at my motives. At the heart of it all, I saw thes…

Look Busy (Psalm 46:10)

SEQUEL TO A SEQUEL (Prayer for a Flower & Theology of Friendship)
So can we simply just be friends with Jesus? Can we waste time in his presence watching him blow clouds into different shapes and sizes and imagine a tableau in the sky? As I thank him for flowers and sunsets, can he also delight in me every time I make the high score in my computer game? Or is my point of contact with Jesus confined to his work of salvation and my role in proclaiming it?

It seems like the latter is the only valid expression of what it means to be a believer of Jesus Christ. Despite the fact that heaven and earth scream the glory of its Creator, we have been so preoccupied with his work that we neglect his invitation to his heart of love. The contemporary measure of faith seems to be attendance and participation in church work rather than the true work of the Church which is to know God. Instead of being a transformative agent as salt and light in the world touching all areas of life that come…

I missed the lunar eclipse

PENTAX *ist DS + SMCP FA 28-105/4-5.6 IF
The August 28, 2007 lunar eclipse was clouded over by the weather so I was left haunted by visions of the moon over the horizon. So I consoled myself by taking a photo of a ceiling lamp and an overhang instead.

Prayer for a Flower

Sequel to the Theology of Friendship

NIKON FE2 + TOKINA 35-135/3.5-5.6 + KODAK SUPRA 400
One of those little things I have observed with people is a paradox in communication and human relationships which can be captured in a little axiom wherein the depth of the relationship is inversely proportional to the shallowness of the subject of their conversation. You know who people are and the kind of relationship they may have when you listen to them talk—businessmen talk about risk and profits; politicians about government and policies; techno geeks about bytes and bandwidth. If there is anything else to their relationship depends on where else the conversation may lead. The rule of the thumb is that the shallower the conversation, the deeper the relationship.

Two people living parallel lives separated by partition walls in office cubicles would talk about work, discuss reports, follow up on projects and nothing more. Two friends in different offices buildings would plac…

The Great Eastern Hotel Fire*

*nothing superlative, that's the name of the hotel.

Fire's Out
Pentax *ist DS + SMCP FA 28-105/4-5.6 IF
Early in the evening, after dinner, Liza & I stepped out with the kids to buy cat food when James noticed smoke coming from the Great Eastern Hotel (for Filipino old-timers, its the Aberdeen Court in Quezon Avenue). My wife and I wrote it off as a/c condensation as we went on with our little shopping foray. On the way back, there really is a fire!

I ran off to get the camera (our house was two blocks away) and started shooting. Because of the proximity, I did not bother to bring a bag, just the Pentax *ist DS and the Sigma 55-200. After a short while, I decided that it was too long so I walked back home to swap the FA 28-105/4-5.6 IF lens then got the photo above. That made the Pentax Photo Gallery!

The sign says "No Crossing, Can Kill"
Pentax *ist DS + Sigma 55-200/4-5.6 DC

Love the DS at ISO 3200!

Good Friday Reflection

It's not what you think it is.

Canon AE-1 Program + Canon FD 50/1.4 (Bayonet) + Fuji Superia 100
Ever since I have gotten involved in the Christian ministry, I have never missed a beat in participating in a Holy Week service, usually on Good Friday in church or as a speaker in a camp somewhere. 2007 was the first time I broke that streak and to drive off to the bay to catch a sunset. It was one of my most meaningful Good Friday.

Reminded me of another time...