Monday, June 13, 2016

Collected Culture | 1: Stones, Roads, and Skies.

A few things that I've watched, read, ate, or listened to, that I think you should too! This series (or whatever it will become), is something I created to restart my blogging game, cause if you haven't noticed, I haven't posted in over a year. And trust me, I have a good excuse for why, but I'm afraid those excuses might convince me to stop blogging again (I'm that convincing, haha!)

Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones (1981)

Once upon a night, I started stalking The Rolling Stones on Wikipedia and Youtube, a little over a year ago. This was one of the first songs I heard from them, and I used to listen to it non-stop, so when it came on shuffle just a few days ago, history repeated itself, and I can't seem to stop listening to it now. 

Two for the Road directed by Stanley Donen (1967)

I've been watching more Hepburn films this summer, and trust me I never get tired of her. This has got to be one of my favorite films out there, mostly for it's cinematography (biased because they filmed most of it in Europe, and I'm a sucker for that continent) and it's story line!

Not only my favorite, but a favorite of my dad as well (says a lot cause he doesn't watch that much movies), this movie is timeless, and will take you to the beautiful places you'd want to visit.

Synopsis: A couple in the south of France non-sequentially spin down the highways of infidelity in their troubled ten-year marriage. IMDB

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (2010)

Read this book in one sitting, and I definitely cringed, laughed and went downhill in those hours. It's such a great book, and although I couldn't really relate to the character, Lennie, with her loss, I could only imagine what she was going through.

Characters are on point, dialogues as well, and the plot twist at the end made me close my book and go full on 'WTF just happened?'

Hey, don't you ever get annoyed that present tense 'read' and past tense 'read' is spelled the same. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Should I get an SLR?

While other people's reek of questions relating to their personal lives, my frequently asked questions are all related to my camera as well as my photos. It's not my place to give instructions on how to take good photos, mainly cause a) there are loads of more qualified people you can ask, and b) I am in no means a professional. Nevertheless, I'd love to share my 'photography' story (or instagram story, whichever you prefer). Trust me, before VSCO, my favorite filter was 'Valencia' (and I still use it from time to time).
Taken at New York City, USA with an iPhone 5 camera

I am a true believer that good photos do not come from expensive cameras, but come from a good photographer, quality and resolution aside. A great photo can come from a point and shoot -- heck even an old Nokia phone (again quality and resolution disregarded).

Taken at Anilao, Batangas, Philippines with Canon Powershot D30

I started out with a Canon Ixus, which was their line of point-and-shoot cameras, then a few years later, I got my first SLR, which was a Canon 500D. I had to admit, I labeled myself as a photographer, mainly cause I had an SLR. But what annoyed me so much was that my dad took better photos than me, while using the same camera. It's a petty reason that pushed me to take better photos, I know. A few years passed, and I finally got a hang of things (trust me it took a lot of time), I've gotten to upgrade my equipment.

Taken at Anvaya Cove, Bataan, Philippines with GoPro Hero 4

Hold on, I thought good photos wasn't because of the camera?

When you grow as a photographer, you find things that are missing with your current camera. You look for more sharpness, depth, and quality, where high-end cameras provide. Though right now, a lot of point-and-shoot cameras offer similar things as a DSLR, they're still quite different.
Taken at Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany using a Canon 5D Mark II.

So, should I get an SLR?

If you really want to pursue photography, even as a hobby, I suggest you do get one, or at least practice with one beforehand. 

Personally, I find SLRs such a hassle while travelling, but I still bring it just in case my phone can't take the photo I want (low light, zooming in, quality, etc.).

To date, I mainly use two cameras, my iPhone 6 and a Canon 5D Mark II. 

This post wasn't proofread, so if there are any grammatical errors, spellings or weird sounding sentences, I apologize and please do tell me!