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About journey and life

Got this small statue of Buddha when I went to Hong Kong last year. This one is depicted as smiling and happy and if you notice it is carrying a sack for a journey. I guess that all tells the lesson: Life is a happy journey.

Smile always even in the midst of adversity.

Happy Buddha 2 Happy Buddha

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Photo Quotes: Faith

Raise all your worries to our Lord

One thing that we as humans have to have is to have faith in God. Trusting humans is already hard how much more God whom you can’t physically see. But as the Lord said “be like a child” and put your trust in Him.

 

Know God by listening

 

Raise all your worries to our Lord

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Sunset and Isaiah 49:15

I have been working now for about a month at my new employer in Makati. It is good that I can work at flex time even though working in the finance department. Lots of learning and of course as I have told a priest friend that for the nearly five months that I am not working I began to question what should I be doing. As if God abandon me and I felt useless from day-to-day just at the province doing the routine or either here in Manila just in my sister’s place waiting for a call from my applications.

My priest friend lead me to John 14. And it simple says that God has prepared a place for us and thus we need not worry. And Isaiah did resonate John’s message in the gospel: He will never forget us.

Thank you Lord, I know and I bet you know that I still have doubts and questions where am I right now but I thank you for You were always there for me.

 Sunset and Isaiah 40:15

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One of my photos is featured at Photoblog Alliance

I got this email days back telling me that my photo submission was rejected due to poor focus but they did check out this photoblog and they spotted one photo which they like. They requested that I submit the photo instead. So check me out today, February 23, 2014, at Photoblogalliance to see which photo was pick. Would appreciate you spreading this milestone for my photography journey.

Also check as well other photos submitted by professional and aspiring photographers worldwide. Photoblog Alliance is an international collaborative photoblog which aims to showcase the photography of photography bloggers worldwide.

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Frescoes at Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz

Got some nice images on the ceiling of Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz in Chinatown Manila.

 

Beaten Christ fresco Descent of the Holy Spirit The Man Beaten Christ Fresco

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How to make timelapse movie

Lately I have been doing timelapse. It is a way of making movie using series of photos capturing each movement in the scene.

So how does one make a timelapse.

To make a timelapse you need the following:

  1. A camera to capture the movements(a DSLR camera would be great in order to have a digital format you can use with a program or software)
  2. A tripod for a stable setup. Also, tripod will lock your position, remember that the purpose of a timelapse is to capture the movement of the scene not that of the camera. Your camera should be just in one and the same location
  3. A moving scene. It could be a scene where only one subject is moving or several objects are moving.
  4. Software that will allow you to combine the series of pictures into a single movie. I used Lightroom 3 and downloaded a preset that allows to make the photos come into a 30fps to 24 fps. FPS stands for FRAMES PER SECOND which means in a second you actually saw that number of photos. So for 24 fps there were 24 photos put together in one second.
  5. Additional software to integrate other film elements like sound or music and credits. I use the free Windows Live Movie Maker.
  6. A cable release to trigger shots without adding movement. Also, though optional an intervelometer will be helpful to let your camera capture a series of photos at a time interval by itself.

Taking the shots:

  1. Make sure you have the spot where the scene will capture most movements
  2. Setup your tripod in a way that camera shakes will be avoided.
  3. Set your camera to manual focus to avoid refocusing during shots.
  4. Adjust your camera accordingly to get a clear shot or whatever artistic style you want to add to your timelapse.
  5. Attached your cable release or your intervelometer.  Make sure it is attached in a way that will not add a shake to your camera every shot.
  6. If you are just using a cable release decide at what intervals will you take a shot. I usually take every 5 seconds. If you are using an intervelometer you can set it and just let it shot photos on itself.
  7. Take your pictures. The number of photos will depend on what movement you want to capture.

Making the timelapse:

  1.  Transfer your photos to your photo editing software
  2. Make necessary changes to your photos. Remember though that whatever changes on one photo it should also made to other photos. Lightroom has the sync function to effect a change in one photo for the rest
  3. Make sure that the photos are lined up in the right order. In Lightroom I combine the photos using Slideshow adding a preset that will convert it into a film in a 24-30 fps.
  4. After making the video, combined other elements like music and credits using another software.
  5. After adding other elements save the movie file in a format compatible with video players or to acceptable formats by online sites like Youtube and Vimeo.

 

Below is another sunset video I made, but this time it has some cloud movements. Also, if you noticed there is a slight glitch right before the sun really sets. I sneeze or something so as a reminder always make sure that you will not be interrupted when taking the series of photos.

Enjoy!

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Busy street

Another timelapse project. Hope you like this.

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The Pier

Pier crane

 

The scenic Manila bay does not only boast of the Manila Bay sunset, at times the pier itself has this stunning look.

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Snapshot of a sunset

Manila bay sunset is one of the scenery sought after when in Manila. Below is a snapshot I did with the help of Paint.net v4 alpha.

 

Manila Sunset

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Manila Sunset Timelapse

Been struggling to  make a better timelapse but when I uploaded it up in YouTube the film seem blurry. With Windows Live Movie Maker I made this short timelapse with music from Utada Hikaru.