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An Apple A day

The tempter
Yes I have been, in a way, on apple diet for some time now. I bring to work about two medium size apples so that when I get hungry at work before lunch I can fill my stomach with a high fiber fruit.

But an apple just don’t do only that, it became my subject as well.
Apple

I usually buy my fruits at the nearest Payless store located at MicronesiaMall
I was about to make a second bite when this apple ask me to photograph it
 Could this be the apple that poison Snow White?
This apple just came form the refrigerator thus I dont need to add atomizer
This one is the apple that I bite, see my name is on it!
Why are apples red? Got any clue?

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Brunch at The Westin Resort, Guam’s Seasonal Taste

Yummy treats
Its a Sunday and this time we savor and enjoy the ambiance and the music at The Westin’s Seasonal Taste.

Check out Seasonal Taste at The Westin’s webpage and it has this to say: 

Seasonal Tastes

The Westin Resort, Guam proudly invites guests to dine at Seasonal Tastes, the first truly interactive restaurant on the island. Created on a unique open kitchen concept, Seasonal Tastes allows you to experience our chefs’ personal service as they skillfully prepare your sumptuous meal right in front of your eyes. Surrounded by the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked breads and rotisserie specialties, your meal becomes more than just about dining, it becomes an experience engaging all your 5 senses. Enhance your traditional buffet dining with freshly prepared delights from our exotic tandoori oven, teppanyaki, sushi and sashimi stations as well as a rotisserie and built-in bakery. With a diverse array of flavorful cuisines, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

For the past few weeks I have been photographing food and I am liking it, could this mean food photography is my true line of photography? 

Well I have just started this hobby which nobody told me was addicting.  So without further ado here are my photo shoots at Seasonal Taste at The Westin Resort, Guam.

The Ambiance


The Food

The Entertainment

The View Outside
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Playing with my camera’s creative filter

Some of my latest photo shoots modified using my Canon T3i(600D) Creative filter effects. I know I have done the same with previous photos; will just add them here when I find them.

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Sunday Fun at Alize Restaurant at Guam Reef Hotel

My brother-in-law have his old college friend as a guest and we decided to try out Alize Restaurant for brunch and to our delight a magician and a Singer entertain us with the new setup of Alize  Restaurant. 

Enjoy the pictures I took below.
The Food!!!!
I was only able to get pictures of the sushi assortment because my mouth is already watering to eat the delicious dishes. Besides Sushi, Alize Restaurant also offers Chamarro & Filipino fusion food, Salad bar, Bread and other bakery products, an omelet station, and the new tempura station which only cooks what you choose to have a fresh and crispy tempura delivered to your table. Also don’t forget the dessert comprising of various cakes, local sweets, the Pinoy halo-halo, fruits, ice cream, and small stuff you can dip in chocolate. Drinks range from soda, ice tea, fruit juices, coffee and tea. 
my plate with all the sushi I can get

one of the dessetrts at Alize Restaurant

Yummy sushi!!!

does any one know what you call this?

Sushi anyone?

I got some of this and it taste good!!

The mainstay entertainment provided by DST Music production with the owner singer Shirley performs and sings old time favorites and new hits while you enjoy the food and ambiance of Alize Restaurant.
Live performance from Shirley of DST Music Production
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The Performer
Also Mr. Fumio entertained the young and young at hearts with his balloon twisting and card magic. 
Mr. Fumio doing a dog

Mr. Fumio ask my niece to blow a ballon that turn into the ballon dog's tail

Mr. Fumio poses with the staff of Alize Restaurant

Card magic performance by Mr. Fumio

Mr. Fumio show at Alize Restaurant at Guam Reef Hotel

Mr. Fumio magic show at Guam Reef Hotel

The entertaining Mr. Fumio
Also enjoy the ambiance of Guam Reef Hotel inside Alize Restaurant & The Tumon Bay.
Kid's plate at Alize Restaurant

Miniature traditional Chamorro house

Miniature traditional Chamorro house

A view of the bay at Guam Reef Hotel

Beach view at Guam Reef Hotel

The beautiful Tumon Bay View at Guam Reef Hotel

Check out Alize Restaurant at Guam Reef Hotel by clicking here.
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Black & White Experiment

Tonight I tried taking black & white photos.

Some use Photoshop or Paint.net to convert a color photo into black & white but for me tonight it is a straight up Monochrome at B&W. After some few shots and adjusting my camera to Manual mode and increase ISO, wide Aperture and a slower shutter speed I got some pretty decent images.
Could have use my tripod but my shutter speed is not that slow so I still get a clean shot with minimal noise.  

Without further delays I present you my Black & White experiment:

a black & white photo of my phone and desk

seeing my room in black & white
illuminating my dark room


I like this experiment; it made me kinda master of light and darkness specially in my room.

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Children Portrait: My First Try

Was learning children portraiture thru Canon Australia’s videos below. One key lesson I learn when shooting children is to establish a connection with the subject. Kids are really hard to shoot and I have my first try last Sunday in Tiger Fisher’s Christening Party.

But before that I just wanted to share the video I was watching to learn children’s portraiture.
Check out my pictures below, comments are always welcome.

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Self-portrait in Monochrome

Tried again to take self-portrait using my tripod and setting my camera to Monochrome.

Shot some in Tungsten, B&W, and Sepia.

Check it out.


Got this idea of putting my signature where it can be easily seen in one of the photographers in Digitalrev.com and it turn out just right.

 With flash on, I was able to get this Black & white shot. To add more light I left my room fluorescent light on(yes these images are shot in my room). My camera is set at Portrait and under Fluorescent
Set my camera on 10 sec timer and 3 shots and was able to get these two clear ones. 


So far I like the outcome of my first monochrome self-portrait. Will experiment more on this style.
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Self-portrait: Attempts

If painters can easily do themselves a self-portrait, how much more photographers in the digital age. Well it proves that self-portrait is indeed not that easy to shoot.

Below are my attempts. Any advice in making a better one? 
At Fujita beach
hanging out in Fujita beach


At the apartment using a tripod(And I ‘m sporting my  bloggershirt.com shirt given by my fiancee).

Any ideas or advice in getting better self-portrait photo? Please leave them in the comment box.

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A vandalized art in a waiting shed and Mural in Bayview and other hotels in Lower Tumon

The bust stop shed art in Dededo
I have been seeing this waiting shed/Bus Stop that has this nice art but when I get the chance to take a picture of it, it was vandalized. It has this spray paint but still the art stands out, I hope kids wont vandalized it further.


Bayview Hotel in Lower Tumon Guam has this tile mural and I finally have the change to photograph it.

Story of Two Lover’s Point


Some pictures along the way.


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Post processing technique: Color Splash

Been checking out some techniques done by photographers to make a subject in their photos stand out and this is called Color Splash.

It is basically either making the subject in focus in color while the background is in black & white or the other way around.

Below is my very first attempt. I know I need more practice.



I used a free software Paint.Net. What I did is made a black & white version of the original photo using LightRoom and adding it as a layer to the colored photo. Using my eraser tool in the layer with the black & white photo, I erased the area which I want to be in color which is the subject. Need patience to do such but would appreciate if someone can give us a better way of doing Color Splash.