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The Last Time I Tried

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THEY DID NOT ALLOW ME TO TAKE THIS PHOTO

The security personnel said that I needed a permit to shoot inside new terminal of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA 3).  Despite my best attempt to look like a naive tourist, it did not escape their attention that I had a "pro" looking gear (never mind if it is the entry level Pentax K-x).   To be fair, I did document NAIA Terminal 1 on assignment with an all access pass/permit at another occasion.

For this particular occasion, I was armed with a little point and shoot: the Pentax Optio RS1000.  Upon entering the terminal, I made a bee line for that spot snickering like Muttley as I took the shot...

PENTAX OPTIO RS1000

The Edge of Lunacy

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HOW NOT TO SHOOT THE MOON
While relaxing in a patio of a coffee shop, I noticed a group of young photographers at the far end shooting something with their cameras mounted on tripods.  It seems that they were not getting it as they would moan, curse or sigh whenever they chimp to see the results.   I looked to see what they were shooting and it turns out to be the moon.  As I listened as they shoot, I noticed the long exposure times: they were probably metering off the darkness!  They were surely getting an overexposed white blob instead of the moon.

I pondered if I should walk over and show them how it’s done, but no, I decided to enjoy the show and allow them to hopefully figure it out on their own.  Then one comedic and serendipitous accident happened.  One of them must have pressed the pop-up flash button and whatever mode his camera was on must have defaulted the shutter to the flash sync speed.

He shoots—the flash goes off—he chimps…surprise!  He must probably came up with a fai…

Milestone 1978

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Canon AE-1 + Canon FD 50/1.8 S.C. + Kodak Tri-X 400
Philippine Christian University Foundation Day October 1978.  That is the cheering squad of the College of Liberal Arts; this photo was used in a news release that appeared in Manila Bulletin sometime in the weeks that followed (I lost my copy of that issue).  While I have had my photos published in school publications since high school and through college, this one was the first that crossover into general circulation.