The Simple Reasons Why I Love Photography?

Let me walk you through the reasons why I love photography. Let me count the grounds at why I’m hooked into it.

Wikipedia defines photography as follows:

Photography is the process of recording pictures by means of capturing light on a light-sensitive medium, such as a film or sensor. Light patterns reflected or emitted from objects expose a sensitive chemical or electronic medium during a timed exposure, usually through a photographic lens in a device known as a camera that also stores the resulting information chemically or electronically.

Oops, that’s quite too technical, huh.

Anyway, in an effort to dissuade me, Erwin asked me why I’m so fond of photography, what will I do with my photos after I took them?

For me, I find it an inner satisfaction to document everything around me in clear and crisp pictures.

Housemates in QBC

I find it the simplest way at which I can express my creativity, and uphold its status as an art.

While looking at the pictures in magazines, books, billboards, etc., I want to replicate them in my own simple way.

In everything that’s happening around me, I wanted to capture that decisive moment:

Decisive Moment

Or freeze the action, as if stopping time itself:

Freeze the Action

Or maybe even convey the emotion in that particular moment. To document the face of:

Frustration:
Frustration

The Conviction:
The conviction

The Triumph:
The Triumph

The Happiness:
The Happiness

And the Sadness:
Sadness

The Scammers In Your e-Mail

You might have also already received emails from unknown persons just like this one I received not too long ago:

DEAR FRIEND,

AS THE LAWYER OF THE EXECUTED EX-PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSIEN, I WOULD WANT THIS PIECE OF INFO REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL BECAUSE OF THE POWERS THAT BE.

ACTUALLY I WOULD WANT TO INVEST SOME OF THIS MY LATE CLIENT’S LARGE FUND THAT IS STATCHED AWAY OUTSIDE IRAQ HAVING LOST HIS TWO SONS WHO ARE AUTOMATIC HEIR APPARENT TO THE FUND.

ENDEVIOUR TO GET BACK TO ME FOR DETAILS IF YOU ARE A GOOD INVESTOR OR HAVE A COMPANY WE CAN INVEST ON THAT CAN CONTAIN THE FUND WITHOUT THE FUND RAISING EYEBROW BECAUSE AS AM WRITING YOU THIS PIECE,AM IN OUTSIDE IRAQ AT COSY PLACE IN AFRICA WHERE AM FREE.

AS I HAVE PERFECTED THIS TO BE 100% RISK FREE, YOU CAN SEND ME REPLY TO;
barr_alnajeeb@yahoo.com FOR SECURITY REASONS.

FAITHFULLY,
NAJEEB AL-NU’AIMI

Of course, for the likely victim who would bite into this bait, they will be requested to send money to the scammers to process whatever needs to be processed, and eventually the money will be gone.

But, behold, at what this genius guy done to “Scam the Scammers” over at PWiT (Philippine Week in Tech). I’ll assure you a hilarious read:

  1. Part I – Scamming the Scammer
  2. Part II – Scamming the Scammer, Part 2: Plan B

Update: PWiT has been down for decades.

Canon Philippines on Sale

I got this one from a Digital Photographer Philippines forum topic. I just thought anyone might be interested.

Canon Sale

Should I had rather put together my arsenal with this sale, I should have saved 27% from my purchases (at PhP 12.50 per 1 QAR), and that is on top of my bringing home the extra EF 50mm f/1.8 II USM.

Hmmmm, pity me!

Do I Need a Macro Lens

I actually wonder, do I still need a macro lens if I already have the reach of a long zoom (300mm)?

My 85mm lens

Above is the picture of my favorite lens, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, taken using my second favorite lens, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.

Just an Ordinary Dream

It was a late night in December 2002 when a very good friend, Wilson Justo, and I, while waiting for a bus ride home, made a resolution that five years from then, by December 1, 2007, we should be driving our own car.

Fast forward to the present, it seems like Wilson has fulfilled that dream way before that deadline:

Wilson1

Wilson2

Wilson3

For me, I didn’t really intend to break that dream. It just so happened that I needed to re-channel my priorities.

To Wilson, congratulations!

The Making of a Professional Photographer

The following video (youtube) is a humorous flick on the rise of a professional photographer. He started with a disposal film camera until he got his DSLR Nikon camera and various lenses, some are even long ones.

The main character worked out with his gear, and I mean worked out like in the gym. The soundtrack, if I’m not mistaken, I think is the soundtrack in the movie Rocky Balboa while he was as well working out preparing for his bout against the current champion.

Anyways, here’s the video:

Photo.net Blocked in Qatar

I can’t take this anymore. I couldn’t help myself anymore from denouncing the fact that photo.net is blocked in the internet here in Qatar. Can you believe it? Qtel, the sole internet provider in the State of Qatar, is blocking a very useful and informative site (at least to a photographer or enthusiast)? This is definitely ridiculous.

WTF!