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Landscape / Typhoon Haiyan: 4 months later
« on: Today at 12:31:49 AM »
On March 7-8 I went around the islands of Leyte and Samar to survey the progress being made in the rehabilitation of Haiyan-hit areas of Eastern Visayas in the Philippines. Although disheartening from a a local's point of view I see that life is slowly going back to normal.


Villa Calicoan by 500px.com/dolina, on Flickr

The image above was taken at Guiuan, Eastern Samar where the typhoon (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) first made landfull on November 8. I have been here before because of the thriving surfing community that I take personal interest in photographing as often as I can.

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Software & Accessories / Sub-$200 128GB CompactFlash Memory Cards
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:24:30 AM »
Has anyone used the following 128GB CompactFlash Memory Cards from RiData/RiTek? My sole experience with this brand is with their blank CDs and DVDs.

I learned about these really "low" cost memory cards from another forum when I asked about 128GB CF cards selling for under $200.





On the forum I was linked to this site http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/ridata/?&sort=alphaaz&sort_direction=0&xsearch_e10=Compact+Flash+Card&xsearch_e12=128GB

Not buying from them as it means import duties charges if I ship em to where I am currently at and I have found the local distributor.

Robgalbraith.com benchmarked the RiData 600x cards performing within a permissible range. I would assume the 1000x, 800x and 400x will be as consistent, hopefully.

http://www.robgalbraith.com/camera_wb_multi_page7de5.html?cid=6007-12451
http://www.robgalbraith.com/camera_wb_multi_page7de5.html?cid=6007-12452

Note:

- Not associated with RiData, RiTek or their resellers
- Just want to get end-user feedback for this sub-$200 128GB CompactFlash memory card from actual owners.
- Yes, I know the maxim of not "putting all your eggs in one basket". Same was said back in 2003 when 128MB (Megabyte) memory cards were $100 and 1GB cards were $1,000.
- Not spamming forums. I just want end-user feedback. There are no reviews on RiData's 400x, 800x or 1000x lines of CompactFlash memory cards.

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Canon General / Merry Christmas to Everyone!
« on: December 24, 2013, 05:02:19 PM »
To everyone who celebrates Christmas a Merry Christmas to you! To everyone else a Happy Holiday/Season's Greetings!


Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) by alabang, on Flickr

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Japan / No "Asia" Regional Board?
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:58:42 PM »
I am surprised there is no "Asia" regional board considering over 60% of Earth's human population live in Asia.

I'm not even asking for a South East Asian or Philippine board. ;)

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:44:24 AM »
The Canon mount model will be released first in Japan on December 19, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere. The launch dates of the Nikon and Sony compatible mount models will be announced at a later date. The SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens will be available in the USA on January 17, 2014.

Kindly share images using this lens here.

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Portrait / Youth
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:33:32 AM »

Youth by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/100 ƒ/2.8 ISO 4000 100mm

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Animal Kingdom / Ashy Thrush (Geokichla cinerea)
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:52:49 PM »

Ashy Thrush (Geokichla cinerea) by alabang, on Flickr

The Ashy Thrush (Geokichla cinerea) is a species of bird in the Turdidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests  and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by  habitat loss.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashy_Thrush

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark

Settings: 1/100 ƒ/4 ISO 640 500mm

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Story behind the photo:

I arrived late in the morning at La Mesa Ecopark to take more photos of the Indigo Banded Kingfisher (IBKF) this time with my father. At the site of the IBKF we saw fellow bird photogs Steve, Professor Reuel and his cousin Speedy who told us that the IBKF has already fed and flew off elsewhere. We chatted a bit talking shop and my father left to look for other birds up the trail. 10 mins later Speedy saw an Ashy Trush (the bird photographed above) so nearing to us that I thought he misidentified it.

What I found unusual was that the Ashy Trush was so out in the open and near a well traveled dirt trail. Taking advantage of the extra light by the bird's decision to forage for earthworms out in the open we pictured the young one there. We were all pleasantly surprised that it decided to jump onto the stick with its prey. My good friend Steve got it with food in mouth, sadly I wasn't. But I did get the shot above. :)

Time was Ashy Trush were a very difficult bird to find much less photograph but thankfully with time and people being respectful to the bird they have become more accommodating to people's desire to see them in the eco park.

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Portrait / Cosplay...
« on: September 10, 2013, 06:55:26 AM »

Cosplay Molito by alabang, on Flickr

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Portrait / Lindsey Stirling in Manila
« on: August 20, 2013, 08:26:44 AM »
So I was able to shoot the Lindsey Stirling concert at ATC yesterday...


Lindsey Stirling at Alabang Town Center by alabang, on Flickr


Lindsey Stirling at Alabang Town Center by alabang, on Flickr


Lindsey Stirling at Alabang Town Center by alabang, on Flickr

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Would anyone know of a Mac-based utility that extracts the shutter counts of the 7D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 1D Mark IV & 1D X?

Many thanks!

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EOS Bodies / 1DX Replacement
« on: March 23, 2013, 12:48:07 PM »
To give you a brief background on my self-generated speculation the 1DX was announced on October 18, 2011, the 1D4 on October 20 2009 and the 1D3 on February 21, 2007.

This represents 24 months between the 1DX & 1D4 and 32 months between 1D4 and 1D3.

Given the data above one can reasonably expect a 1DX replacement to be announced by late October 2013 or late June 2014.

For those who may not know pro bodies and pro lenses are often announced months before a major sporting event like say FIFA World Cup that is happening next year in Brazil on Thursday, June 12 or the XXII Olympic Winter Games that is happening next year in Russia on Friday, February 7.

If the 1DX replacement is announced by late October 2013 I expect stocks to trickle in after Christmas 2013. I was able to get one of the first 1D4 bodies in late January 2010. I expect something similar this time around.

So if you have a 1D4, 5D2 and a few 7D bodies is it time to upgrade or would you just wait 9 more months?

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Animal Kingdom / Birds of the Philippines
« on: March 04, 2013, 02:17:01 PM »

Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) by alabang, on Flickr

Anas luzonica is endemic to the Philippines, being recorded from all the major islands and eight smaller islands. Records since 1980 derive from c.30 localities, most on Luzon and Mindanao. Records from Siquijor and the Sulus remain unsubstantiated. A steep population decline was evident by the mid-1970s, with high numbers recorded at only a few sites in the following decade, e.g. Candaba Marsh (Luzon) which probably supported many thousands in the early 1980s. Subsequent local extinctions and near-disappearances have occurred in several significant sites, including Candaba Marsh and Buguey wetlands (where several thousand were recorded in 1983). Important current areas include Polillo Island (240 seen and an estimated 3,000 present in 1996), Subic Bay (600 seen in 1997), Magat dam (2,000 were seen in 2001) and Malasi lakes (1,320 were recorded in 2002), Luzon. Other recent records come from Mangatarem, Pangasinan (east of Zambales Mountains IBA) where 70 individuals were counted on the Barabac River inside the Manleluag Spring National Park, Cantilan mangroves in Surigao del Sur and from a mangrove fishpond in Bicol Region, Southern Luzon (B. Tabaranza in litt. 2007). In 1993, its population was estimated at 10,000-100,000, but by 2002 fewer than 10,000 birds were thought to remain.

Source: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=439

Settings: 1/160 ƒ/8 ISO320 800mm

These uncaptive birds were recorded in Candaba Wetlands, Pampanga, Philippines

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Sports / 7th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition
« on: February 28, 2013, 11:29:52 AM »
The first time I photographed surfing was back in 2007 at the 4th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition. Photos of which can be found at the following links

http://paolo1701.multiply.com/photos/album/48/ABCD_Beach_Calicoan_Island

http://paolo1701.multiply.com/photos/album/49/Surfing_Day_Zero

Fast forward to the 7th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition that was held last week at Guiuan, Eastern Samar from October 6-9, 2011.

For those unfamiliar where Guiuan, Eastern Samar is located click http://g.co/maps/6be3s The nearest major commercial airport is located in Tacloban City on Leyte Island. Travel distance from the airport to the surf site is 175km of which 170km is paved concrete roads. Guiuan has its own airport that would cut down road travel to 20km.

I have yet to visit other surf sites but the highlights of this place are the beautiful rock formation to the north, sandy white beaches and very few people living on the beach. Making this your private surf site.


7th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/1000 ƒ/8 ISO640 700mm

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Canon General / EF mount's obselences
« on: January 15, 2013, 02:39:57 AM »
With Canon finally making a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera makes you wonder when they will abandon SLRs all together. If I am not mistaken it took Canon 5 years to transition from FD mount to EF mount.

So what do you think? Will we be seeing our beloved gear become yesterday's news or a decades old survivor?

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