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Cosina CT1G

When I “started” again (“born again”?) my photography in the mid-1990’s, I came out into a bewildering world of automation.  I was stuck in the early 1980’s just about the time just when Canon released the T Series and the Minolta Dynax/Maxxum was just a rumor away.  My camera then—and when I woke up from my hibernation—was my Pentax MX.  It was in need of CLA and was definitely in need of a replacement.  There was no Pentax dealer at that time and so without any prior research took a leap of faith and bought a Nikon FM10.  I figured I would grow into that system eventually upgrading into the more advanced models.

But I crashed—something was amiss—the FM10 is not the FM2 or even the older FM.  I know what they are like because they were my alternative candidate to the Pentax MX back in '80's and just like the MX, those FMs where heavy and metal.  The FM10 was…well, plasticky.

I retreated.

At the next opportune moment, I sold the FM10 and found an old Pentax P30t as the replace…

Planned Obsolescence

Teaching was a passion that began in college—I was confident in front of a class that I regularly volunteered for reports and as a substitute teacher.  Subsequent community work revealed the joy of teaching kids.  I volunteered to teach Sunday school after college which in turn would lead to twist and turns in my life where I would find myself in seminary.

And I stayed in seminary to teach as well; I preferred a classroom to a pulpit.  The interesting thing about the milieu of my ministry was the choice to serve the urban poor.  Now the teaching strategy when dealing with the marginalized is non-traditional: i.e., you do not spoon feed them the data but take them on a journey to discover that knowledge.  As important as acquiring the right theology and understanding of the Bible is to ministry, equally important is the process of thinking through those things—critical thinking.  That is hard work—the rise of cults can be attributed to many surrendering just that because of the fear of…

Requiem for the *ist DS

Today we (my son and I) sold the Pentax *ist DS.  It was our first DSLR and somehow, we thought that it would keep it forever, but like all other automated electronic cameras, it had to go sometime.  While we have a collection of mechanical film cameras, anything electronic seems so disposable: think of personal computers and cellular phones.  Somehow we thought the DS would stay around as a sort of a digital classic (an oxymoron?).  Other photographers who managed to own or use one, more or less share that sense, some eventually even regretting they sold their *ist DS.

But then all good times comes to an end; I gave the *ist DS to my son in 2008 when I acquired the K10D and he has used it masterfully.  It suited him well, because starting out as a manual focus film shooter (Pentax A3D & MZ-M), whatever inadequacy the DS had was compensated by his shooting style (the DS had a cheap split-screen viewfinder installed).

Then the realization that my son focuses faster than the camera …

The Valley in the Shadow of Life

Alternative title: Final Destination...but that maybe from watchingtoo many horror movies, including a couple with the same title, duringthe run up to Halloween (2010)...

Some scenes in Metro Manila South Cemetery, a public cemetery andspecifically in the poorer sections where flooding has caused erosioncausing some of the niches to tilt. Shot with "somber" and "black &white" in mind, it cannot be helped that the place is actually full ofcolor. I had to give up how I visualized the photos in black & white and allow the color to shine through.

PENTAX K-x + SMCP FA 24-90/3.5-4.5 AL (IF)