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Build your life

Build you LifeJust finished editing this image when I remembered Chris Ashton Kutcher’s speech in the recent Teen Choice Awards. His three words of advice was really unexpected and it does make lots of sense.

Thus we have to enjoy our lives even if we have the littlest things in life. We build our life and enjoy it with others.

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Keep it up,Soon it will payoff

Psalm 33:22

For the past years already, I have been struggling in all the things I have started: blogs, stock investment, real estate investment, work, and my photography.

For almost a year now I have progress to what my photography is supposed to be. But I guess life is a struggle. No matter what troubles or pain we go to we have to keep it up and soon it will payoff.

“Let your mercy be on us oh God as we put our trust in You” – Psalm 33:22

Psalm 33:22

 

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Sample from Artisan State

Artisan State

Discovered this new site about making your very own photo book and below is the sample I made using some of my images.

Check them out at http://www.artisanstate.com/

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Grass or Flower?

Macro shots of a grass

Again this photo is shot from the backyard. Using a Sigma Telephoto Zoom lens with Macro capabilities I was able to go as near to this grass. Yes this is a grass but with a zoom and macro enable lens I was able to make it look like a flower.

Also I used Paint.net for post processing and other effects.

Macro shots of a grass

With effects using Paint.net free editing software.

Macro shot of a grass using SIgma Telephoto Zoom Lens APO DG

 

Macro shot of a grass using SIgma Telephoto Zoom Lens APO DG

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Long Exposure Experiments

Finally tried shooting with long exposure. Check out my two first attempts.

Neighbor

The street streaks


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Cinnamon on a rainy Tuesday

Treat yourself with a yummy cinnamon roll

Treat yourself some time. A cinnamon roll on a rainy Tuesday is not that bad.

Treat yourself with a yummy cinnamon roll

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Sweet Mochi

Two is better than one

For the past days I have been eating these mochis. Our local grocery has this pack of mochis with 3 flavors.  Mochi is originally from Japan but the one I am buying is actually imported from Taiwan.

Enjoy these delicious mochi!

Sweet in the inside

 

Two is better than one

 

Solo Red Mochi

green bean mochi

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SMILE Booster

Start your day with a smile even if it is a blue day

Did you wake up on the wrong side of your bed?

Don’t let that ruin your day, why not check this photo and put up a smile today!

Start your day with a smile even if it is a blue day

No matter what always smile because life is to precious to waste by frowning.

 

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Kawaii Neko: Cute Cat

Last Saturday I got a chance to photograph our neighbor or a stray cat playing in the roofs and in the fence. Using my Sigma telephoto zoom lens and putting my ISO as high(it was already about sunset) I took these photos. I hope you like them.



Wild cat

Wild cat 4: Trust your instincts

Wild cat: Life is a risk you have to take

Wild cat: Live Beyond Fences

I am not quite sure if there are online photography schools that would help enhance one’s animal photography. But learning from Youtube videos does help.

Please support my blog by purchasing cards, print, framed or mounted version of the above photos at Redbubble.com. Just click the images and a Redbubble site will open for you where you can choose what format you want to purchase.

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Take a great shot, use Rule of Thirds, Golden Spiral, and Golden Square

Geng Medrazo by Brendan Goco with patterns

Yes that seems to be a lot of rules to follow but it does not necessarily mean that you employ all rules in order to get a great shot. You can also use these to crop the image and get the best output.

Let me explain them in my own words(yes I am really not that techie so please bear with me)

Rule of Thirds

The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.

Rule of thirds is a rule of thumb which allows you to put the a part of the picture which is the subject of interest in line with a specific parts that catches the attention of the viewer. Most people think that the center of the photo is the right place to put the subject for it to be the center but in reality our minds are designed in a way where we look at an image at certain points thus placing the subject in line that point maximizes that quality you want to focus on.
Below is a pattern of the Rule of thirds:
Rule of thirds template
In my readings and videos that I have watch that teaches how to use the rule of thirds two things are always empasize.
  • Make sure that the subject occupies about 1/3 of the frame
  • The subject does not need to be really in the four inner dots considered as focal points but rather the subject should be align in or near those points thus an elongated subject does not necessarily be on the focus points but it could be along the lines like landscapes where the horizon aligns with either the upper or lower line.

 

Such Rule of thirds is actually derived from what is called Golden Ratio.

Golden Ratio is a number that is believed to be a number that is widely in nature. Others term it divine ratio because almost all things in a way follow the pattern this ratio makes. Two patterns I use with my photo edits are Golden Spiral and Golden Rectangle.

The same concept of the Rule of thirds apply where the subject of the photo should fall or be within certain points of the pattern to really bring the viewer’s attention. I was checking my Facebook when I chance to my young brother’s timeline and one of the photos he has is a photo of Geng Medrazo(a model in the Philippines). The photo is taken by Brendan Goco click here to check the whole photo.

 Medrazo by Brendan Goco

The above photo by Brendan Goco is well compose using the the three rules that I have discussed.

 

 

Geng Medrazo by Brendan Goco with Golden Rectangle

Using the Golden Rectangle which is much more like the Rule of thirds pattern, notice that the subject, Geng Medrazo, is not at the center but on the far right. Also she occupies about a third of the entire frame and she is not entire on the focal points but rather along the focal points. One important part of her, the eyes, lies along the upper line and it gives that great effect that directs the viewer to focus on her eyes.

Geng edrazo by Brendan Goco with Golden Spiral

Again using the Golden Spiral, you would see that Geng here totally is within the spirals main focus point and again the eyes lies along the line.

Now combining both Golden Rectangle and Golden Spiral makes this photo by Brendan Goco of Geng Medrazo really well compose.

Geng Medrazo by Brendan Goco with patterns

Disclosure: The above image of Geng Medrazo is the property of Brendan Goco.

I hope this short explanation of the three rules will help you achieve good portraits and other type of photo that you intend to experiment with. For more learning about these three rules go online or in Youtube.com or any other free online sites.


 

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