Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekly Street Photos #17

This week's theme: SOLITUDE

Solitude is a state of mind, the separation can both be physical as well as mental. As a species, we naturally separate ourselves from others even in the most public places to preserve our sense of privacy and to protect our psychic space...

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"The Fastfood Blues"
"Locked In"

"Killing Time"

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekly Street Photos #16

This week's theme: ROVING SALESMEN

I have always been amused at the wide variety of products I find being sold on the streets of Metro-Manila. Aside from the usual vendors that offer refreshments and snacks to motorists, there are enterprising salesmen that peddle guitars, used clothing, toys and a variety of goods (bonsai trees, house-ware, car-care products, etc.) you will only find in stores elsewhere. This post is dedicated to these enterprising souls :-) 

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"Streetside Guitar Salesman"

"Door To Door Service"

"Car and Home Accessories For Sale"

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Monday, September 15, 2014

8th Generation - IPhone 6 & 6 Plus

The new IPhone 6 and 6 plus
It has become a tradition of this blog to review IPhones as they come out. If you look to the right-hand column of this page, you can still see the ancient IPhone icon I still use to display my commercial portfolio. I have been an IPhone user since version one and have upgraded almost from one generation to the next with the exception of the last two versions (5 and 5s/5c). My wife continued to upgrade, so I have been suffering comparison with my old 4s for three 3 long years.

My reason for sticking with my 4s was two fold: I have a 64GB version and Apple never expanded the internal memory of the IPhone 5/5s beyond that; and the specs. of the camera on both versions remained essentially the same as the 4s-- 8 megapixel f 2.4 (f 2.2 on the 5s, big deal). Aside from the cellphone, text and email functions, I use my IPhones to take snap shots (occasionally for fine art photography) and as my main music player/IPod. I have been needing a larger capacity smartphone, but Apple has been keeping its maximum memory at the same levels. With just my music and Apps, I have already been topping out at 60+ gigabytes for the last two years. Why would I invest more money on a device that is essentially similar to the one I am already using?

I got a Samsung smartphone as a backup since a lot of people have been raving about them, but quickly got disenchanted because the interface is light years away from the IPhone's. It's hard to describe-- its like driving a Hyundai to Apple's BMW. They are both good functional cars, but they are just not in the same class. A lot of people are critical about the IPhone lagging behind Samsung technology, but I guess to me and to a lot of diehard IPhone users, it all boils down to feel and user experience. I want my smartphone to be an extension of me, not a fiddly gadget I need a manual to figure out. The IPhone's thoroughly intuitive interface, by itself, has kept me loyal to the brand.

When Apple finally announced the newest version of its smartphone last week, the IPhone 6 and its larger twin, the IPhone 6 Plus, the first thing I checked were their maximum memory capacity and their camera specs. I was so relieved to find out that both versions come in 128GB models, although 164GB would be more than welcome. The camera remains at 8GB with essentially the same specs. as the 5s, but with a new sensor equipped with "Focus Pixels" that Apple claims to provide more information on the image resulting in better autofocus, face detection and exposure control. The newer features that got me excited are the camera's capacity to shoot video at 60 fps in 1080p and 240 fps at 720p as well as shoot time-lapse with continuous autofocus and cinematic video stabilization (optical image stabilization too in the 6 plus version). Despite what I still consider to be slight camera upgrades, these are features I gladly welcome since I can now finally take serious video footage with my favorite smartphone.    
The camera now features super slow motion and time-lapse.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekly Street Photos #15

This week's theme: COPS

I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the police this week-- in honor  of the recent headlines about police officers criminally hijacking a civilian van in broad daylight in the middle of EDSA (Manila's central thoroughfare) for several million pesos; and in gratitude for losing my driver's license after an officer of the law booked me yesterday for an imaginary traffic violation:((  

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"The Odd Couple"
"Special Escort"

"Disiplina Daw"

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Weekly Street Photos #14

This week's theme: URBAN POVERTY

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"City Beds"
"Spare Change"
"Rhogelio's Uphill Battle"

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