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ROTFL sort of

Pentax K10D + SMCP FA 24-90/3.5-4.5 AL (IF)
While preparing to take a shot of a parlor game in a children Christmas party (my last assignment for 2010), I saw from the corner of my eye this hyperactive kid teetering on his chair (2nd from left). I snapped just in time when he rolled over and I was laughing behind the camera. That set the mood for the rest of the season.

Christmas Day 2010

PENTAX K10D + SMCP DA 18-55/3.5-5.6 AL WR
Holiday greetings to all my friends of whatever persuasion--including those who, for whatever reason, does not and cannot celebrate Christmas.

To my friends who belong to another religious persuasion or paradigm, hope the holidays provide you with a break from the busyness of life and labor and that you find time with your family and yourself in rest.

To those who have suffered pain, betrayal from a loved one or just plain cynicism from the crass commercialism that is associated with this season that has buried the true meaning of the birth of Jesus, I  hope the quietness of the break give you peace and meaning.

To those who are into the parties and the presents, I hope you get what you want...

And to those who share the real meaning of life in Jesus, may this day give you hope.

Christmas in CHILD Haus

PENTAX K10D + SMCP FA 24-90/3.5-4.5 AL (IF) CHILD Haus is a small hospice that provides free temporary housing for indigent patients from the outlying provinces who have no place to stay in Metro Manila while undergoing treatment for various diseases which include cancer.  The current location (December 2010) is hosted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in the Quezon Institute complex in Quezon City.  PCSO has already moved out of that complex but is not necessarily taking CHILD Haus with it.  Thus CHILD Haus now faces eviction with its deadline up back in November 2010.  We celebrated with the electricity and water cut-off.

PENTAX K-x + SMCP DA 18-55/3.5-5.6 AL WR
My son, Khalil, and I (among other friends) are ever so grateful to be given the privilege to be designated official photographers for that event.  The stories (my favorite is here) and the lives that were shared is what gives meaning to this season.
PENTAX K10D + SMCP DA 18-55/3.5-4.5 AL WR
The photos below a…

The Best Smile Ever

PENTAX K10D + SMCP DA 18-55/3.5-5.6 AL WR
Erica is a resident of CHILD Haus and suffers from a chronic debilitating disease. We visited them to celebrate Christmas (story here) and to perhaps to give them cheer in their dreary residence (CHILD Haus, as of this writing, faces eviction from their current location.  Electricity and water has been cut-off that the aid organizations assisting in the Christmas party had to bring their own generator).  During the party, Erica routinely grew tired and fell asleep in her wheelchair then rebounded and then tire again. Sometime during that morning we caught each others eye and she flashed the best smile I have ever taken a photograph of.

Pentax ES II

Back in the mid-1970s, just when I was beginning to discover "real" photography with a Spotmatic, I saw a National Geographic ad for the Pentax ES II and I thought it was the most sexiest black camera there ever was.  I vaguely remembered that there was a black variant of the Nikon F much earlier, but then with a shape like an M1 Abrams tank, it did not appeal to me.  The Spotmatic fits my hand beautifully; now if only I could those hands on the ES II.

Superseded by the K series and blinded by the splash of the Canon A series later that decade, I have decided that whatever camera I would have next would be black.  As the stories go, I ended up with a Canon AE-1 and it was black.

I would later regret that because black was prone to brassing whenever it was scratched; the chrome/silver cameras seems impervious to that fault since a scratch would be the same color.  These days when the default color for digital SLRs is black, to have a silver camera is a novelty.  Of course, t…

Holding On

 "And the LORD answered me:
   'Write the vision;
       make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it.
    For still the vision awaits its time;
       it hasten to the end-it will not lie.
    If it seem slow, wait for it; if will surely come, it will not delay."
Habbakuk 2:2-3 RSV
I just had to type/say these verses.  It feels like the only thing I am holding on to right now.