Month: May 2007

The Annual

Today marks the first year anniversary of!

It has been exactly a year since started to propagate across the modern media called the internet. A year of occupancy in this piece of real property in the world wide web.

If you browse through all the contents of this site, you might find entries dating back since February 2006, which I just actually re-posted here from my other previous blogs in livejournal and blogger.But the domain just officially went online on 17 May 2006.

During the last one year, the site experienced several downtimes, thanks to my webhost. Nevertheless, we come to you loud and clear almost all the time.

My primary objective for creating this site was basically to connect to friends and relatives, to create a hangout (tambayan) where we can share ideas, news, sentiments and opinions. Now, did I achieve that objective? Well, probably yes.

For a year, I received visits from former officemates, classmates, friends and even strangers who usually are looking for Mr. Valix or an answer to their NBA Live 2007 queries. Established bloggers with established blogs, the likes of Jozzua, Jaypee, and Selaplana, are regular visitors as well. We have also featured four entries from 3 guest bloggers so far.

So, to, happy birthday! I wish you more years of online existence, more entries, more visitors, more subscribers, more inbound links, and more comments to come!

Thank you very much for your time reading this! 🙂 photography 103

We spent a long walk the other Friday along the Corniche area while lagging around my Canon EOS 30D.


Boat at the Corniche

After around 2 hours of walking, we found ourselves at the Salam Plaza, looking into more photography gears. I tried the Canon Speedlite 430ex into my camera and they were inseparable thereafter. The damage: QR 998 (US$ 268).

The results of my new found flash photography to be posted in future posts.

Deuts on Candid Photography

When I got into photography, I had few types of photography in mind. One is the regular snapshot of events like dinner, etc. Another is sports photography, although this one I haven’t practiced really yet and test what can I do with my current set of photography gears. And another, taking photos of candid moments, just as when your subject is not looking up to the camera.

I like the way a candid photo can convey an emotion to the audience. Whether it be the feeling of excitement, happiness, “love”, pride, sorry, etc. Let’s exclude, however, in this discussion those shots that were taken to look “as if” candid. :LOL:

In the Digital Photography School, there are 11 Tips for Better Candid Photography. In these 11 tips, I think I can best relate to Tip No. 11, to wit:

Take Posed Shots into Candid Territory

This is because everyone in the shot is focused on the one element (the other photographer) – but it’s not you. If the main photographer has posed the happy couple of the day or their bridal partly look for a different angle to them to take a shot of the same subject. Often if you take a few steps to the side and shoot from almost a profile position you can get great shots.

Just like in this photo I took some time ago:

Candid Photography
(Click on the picture to enlarge)

Actually, in this particular scene, I believe I took a better looking shot than the one the group actually posed for. It’s not a pity after all if no one’s posing for you! :LOL: photography 102

I was just exploring flickr, and I stumbled upon this stunning pictures taken of the Villagio Mall here in Doha.

Villagio Mall

Villagio Boat

Remember, I also once featured here in the Villagio Mall:

Venice at the Heart of the Desert?

Venice at the Heart of the Desert

I’m wondering, how can this guy still can take more interesting pictures of the same place than I can? I guess, I still have a lot to learn in photography huh. The problem is, there’s not much interesting place here in Doha to practice my skills. Or maybe I just lacked the talent, to turn an uninteresting subject into an interesting one?

I need to find out, I have to go out this Friday to find out!

Hey Marky, wanna join me for a stroll this Friday? 🙂