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Monday, August 18, 2008

My First Official Photoshoot


With my new Canon 40D in tow, I joined a group of photography enthusiasts (primarily from the Filipino on-line community Timog Forum) in an outdoor photoshoot. The venue: the forest and man-made falls in Tokuma, Yamanashi Prefecture – by the mountain range that proudly holds Mt. Fuji as a brother.


It was a tranquil place filled with lush greens and clear waters, a showcase of how Japan takes great care of its natural treasures. Undeniably, it was the perfect place to train ones hands in the challenge of capturing on lens the captivating beauty that the Great Provider has showered the earth.


But aside from nature shots, we also had the opportunity to take portraits of the members of the community who gamely undressed (opps!)/dressed up for the photographers, who pursued them as hungry parazzi would hound celebrities.


The newbie that I was, I tried as much as I could to learn from the Canonites (note: there was fierce competition with the Nikon-jins!). At the end of the day, I thought I already had great shots, good enough for my camera’s baptism of fire.

But transferring the photos to my laptop turned out to be a ”nye!” moment.

Disappointingly, the pictures didn’t look as good as they were on the camera screen. The images were smoky and the colors diluted.

Verdict? Some of my point-and-shoot outputs seemed better, he he he.


I really have yet to learn more on this stuff called real photography.


(Happy Note: I also met bloggers Scion and Totomai during the photoshoot-cum-excursion-cum-eyeball.)

31 comments:

Lawstude said...

Panyero maganda naman ah. Lalo na yung 3rd pic. Ako nga hanggang ngayun di pa kabisado yung apperture at shutter speed at ISO na yun. Basta enjoy lang panyero.

Abou said...

mukhang mas maganda ang portrait shots mo he he pasasaan ba at ma ma master mo rin yang camera na yan

Abaniko said...

I like the last pic. Try doing post processing with Photoshop. It will help enhance your photos a lot. Keep shooting!

R-yo said...

Nyero: Matinding aralan pa ito pero wala ng urungan! he he

R-yo said...

abou: mas type ko nga kumuha ng portraits. para me sideline ako pag retire ko hhehe

R-yo said...

abaniko: next stop: photoshop. the photograper's best buddy. he he

BlogusVox said...

Ako, I like the 4th and the 5th pictures.

Pards, try taking several shots of one subject, adjusting the aperture and shutter speed for each shot. Then compare them which is okay to your taste. That's how the professionals do it kuno. Kaya they always print great pics.

caryn said...

coolness! so this is what you did last weekend huh? really nice pics. loved the 2nd and 4th pic ;-)

leizlmarie said...

nice pics! if ever smoky ung pictures, parang may software naman para ienhance un eh.. kalimutan ko na name ng software! hehe.. pero nice shots! next stop mo experiment the pics: kaibiganin mo si photoshop! hehe..

congrats! job well done! at congrats na din sa new cam mo..

The Gasoline Dude said...

Haha! Inggit ako! Hahanap nga din ako ng grupo dito sa Singapore. Sa Pinas kasi meron na akong Photo Club na sinasalihan sa mga photo ops na ganyan.

Kalaban pala kita. Hehehe. Nikon ako eh. D40 gamit ko.

Meron ka bang ibang gamit ng lente other than dun sa kasama sa package?

Ely said...

nice pictures! like the last photo. Congrats!

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ang photo shot nga naman,maraming magaganda kang matitignan..wish ko maging kahoy habang may nakapossing din..:)

aajao said...

hey hey hey... congrats, attorney! is this going to be your new hobby? :)

get some tips from totomai. buti pa kayo nag meet na. either of you hindi ko pa naa-eyeball. :P

R-yo said...

blogusvox: ganun pala style ha. hmm. masampolan nga. he he

R-yo said...

caryn: would have loved watching the singing contest, pero masaya rin sa photoshoot. eto na ngayon ang aking regular weekend adventure. :-)

R-yo said...

liezl: software nman ngayon ang hinahunting ko. wala na yatang katapusang hanapan ito. heheh

R-yo said...

gasdude: body lang binili ko. poor e. di na canon ang lens ko. :-)

R-yo said...

Ely: Nice ba talaga. Coming from you, aba e tuwa na ko! Salamat po. Paturo, next time. :-)

R-yo said...

aajao: e alamat pala itong si totomai sa photography. kaya lang, Nikon gamit nya, kaya di niya kabisado camera ko. Nway, i'll make sure me EB tayo sa December. :-)

the donG said...

ayos! congratulations sa unang photo shoot. astig ng camera na nabili mo ah.

sarap kasama ang mga kakosa sa photography at travel.

coldman said...

wow! may bagong cam!

pwede ba ako mag pa pic?

totomai said...

nice photo summary of the event last weekend. buti ka pa may time gumawa haha. ako next year pa. hehe. nice meeting you kahit lagi kang tulog haha.

lol, alamat ka diyan. palit ka na kasi nikon. haha.

@aajao, uy, wag blog ang atupagin mo. kakasal mo lang e haha

enrico said...

Naku, matutuwa si Chyng pag nalaman nyang Canon ang cam mo. she previously worked for Canon at proud sya sa products nila. Gusto ko yung pic nung bata. Bukod sa mahilig ako sa bata, na-capture mo yung emotion nya. Enjoy din kse sa mga candid shots. shoot lang nang shoot. as long as you have the passion, you'll be able to accomplish a lot of things :9

The Islander said...

galing ng mga teams ha. nikon-jins at canonites. pano pag kodak at sony?

makapag ipon na nga rin para sa dslr...

R-yo said...

Dong: Gusto ko kasi sa mga astig na kagaya mo kaya kumuha na ko ng matino-tinong cam. Pasama sa mga lakad next nyo pag andyan na ko ha. :-)

R-yo said...

coldman: sure! pero libre consultancy ha. alam ko mahal singil mo sa lessons. :-)

R-yo said...

Totomai: Nice Meeting you too. Censya na antukin talaga ako. Ikaw naman, bagay sa yo yang avatar mo. Mahiyain!

Wag mo na asarin si Aajao. Blogging lang pahinga nyan, hehehe.

R-yo said...

Islaman: Wala yatang Sony at Kodak dun. Me isang naligaw na Pentax. :-)

Ben said...

Atorni, ikaw pala me-ari nitong blog. Ang husay ng introductions mo. At mukhang di baguhan sa pagkuha ng litrato. Alam mo, may talent ka sa photography, hindi mo pa lang na-discover.

Btw, may 2 pentax, 1 sony and 1 sigma user last meet-up. Kahit ano anong brand, ayos lang yan. Iisang layunin natin, ang mag-ipon ng mga ala-ala para may babalikan sa pagtanda.

Nice meeting you.

Manong

R-yo said...

Nong: Maraming salamat. Ansaya ng EB na yun. Sana nga maulit. At kaagad! heheh

Dakilang Islander said...

wow ganda ng camera ha kahit maka nikon ako..heheh kung kabisado mo na manual settings nyan i'm sure perfect na mga photos mo...share mo mga photography tips mo ha kc til now boploks pa rin ako sa slr ko eh..heh