At sa gábing iyon, naintindihan kahit papaano ng aking ina kung anu-ano ang ginagawa ng isang photojournalist at photographer para makuha lamang ang hinahabol nilang litrato.
Sa gábing iyon, napahiwatig, kahit sulyap lamang, ang maliit na bahagi ng aking pinakababantayang sarili.
Lahat ito, hatinggabi, sa tabí
ng Ilog Pasig.
Ganito pala ang pakiramdam ng isang taong nagbúkas puso sa kapwa.
> Kita mo ‘nay, ang ganda!
< ‘Di ko makita kung ano ‘yung maganda dito. Ang dilim. Kita ba sa camera ‘yan?
> ‘Yun ang trabaho namin bilang photographer, na palabasin ang maganda sa karaniwan at araw-araw.
Assuming I were a professional photographer, and was asked to describe the occupation in one line, it would be:
I get paid to shoot people for fun and profit.
Tried my hand at some live stage photography at a distance; not so stellar results. Shooting at slow shutter speeds with a telephoto isn’t really ideal, all while trying to keep a minimum ISO to reduce noise.
Canon EOS 550D, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II, 96mm, 1/50s, f/5.0, ISO800
Simbang gabi at Church of the Gesù.
在亚典耀大学，Church of the Gesù我们听弥撒。
It’s annoying, really. My kit 18-55mm lens just broke, in the middle of an event I was covering. Autofocus isn’t autofocusing anymore, and I missed a number of good shots because of that (mix manual focus with astigmatism, it’s fun). I know I call AF an idiot sometimes, but it’s valuable, specially when timing is important. A skilled photographer can probably manually pull focus relatively quickly, but not the case for someone with poor eyesight. Skill becomes irrelevant in this situation.
A bit of searching around reveals that it is a common issue with Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lenses, often referring to broken or snapped flex cables within the assembly. Repairs might be impractical due to cost, and I could use an upgrade from a kit. The nice thing about being with “limited” equipment is that it forces someone to be creative in a way, but gets disappointing when excellent shots are ruined by bad image quality. I’ve had one too many of those.
Off to look for a nice(r) lens with similar range, on a budget (there goes my money again).
I bought a new Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II kit lens for my camera since I felt that the 18-55mm kit lens included in the package was already limiting me. I took advantage of the mall sale and got the lens for a really great price, and gave it a test drive. Suffice to say, it was impressive. Maybe that’s just because it’s my first set of lenses aside from the original Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens that came with it, but either way, it just gave me an opportunity to take photos with angles I couldn’t do before.
55-250mm lens mounted and fully extended
（I can hear someone complaining: “it’s so long!”)
Here’s my stab at photography, also serving as test shots for the new lens. Pictures with both lenses included for an apples-to-oranges comparison.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II
Eyes into the Night
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II