As a sign of contrition and repentance, Filipino volunteers engage in the yearly tradition of Penitensya. An ancient and bloody tradition, Penitensya pits man’s flesh against self-inflicted wounds, exemplifying Catholic piety and devotion in one of the holiest days of the year: Good Friday. Volunteers would kneel down, while assistants would run a blade down […]Read more "Penitensya"
I decided to head to the Munoz wet market early in the morning (6 am!) to capture a few quick snaps. Even this early, the market was already bustling with activity. Inside, it was chaos. Hundreds of people jammed together in a tight space, all looking for the best deals on meats, vegetables, and other […]Read more "Wet Market Photography"
I decided to do a more thorough test of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, and the results simply wow me. I may just use this as my daily driver for real. Here are some photos I took of Metro Manila — the beautiful, the crowded, the vivid. A bustling metropolitan area with over 12 million […]Read more "Testing out a new lens part II: Metro Manila"
I bit the bullet and bought the second ever lens for my camera! It’s a fairly basic Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, but I’m still amazed at how sharp and how much depth of field it can generate. Here are a few test shots I took on my commute to and back from work. Pretty neat! […]Read more "Testing out a new lens"
There was excitement and anticipation in the air, when, two years ago, I walked the periphery of the Ryogoku Stadium to watch the September 2015 tournament bout. Colorful banners waved in the air, cheerfully showcasing the names of the dozens of wrestlers I would be seeing today. Each one of them would only have one […]Read more "Tokyo Sumo Bout"
My friends and I had the pleasure of visiting the Pettyjohn Household in Pansol, Laguna. Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn are renowned globally for their pioneering work in ceramics and pottery, so it was an honor to not only stay at their house, but also to be surrounded by incredible works of art. It was also […]Read more "Pansol Pottery"
My sister and I visited the city way back in 2013. It was a special trip for me, as it was the very first time that I had actually tried shooting with an actual, honest-to-goodness, proper camera (a Nokia 6610 makes for a poor DSLR, unfortunately). And what better place to explore the world of […]Read more "Hong Kong: Urban Jungle"