Monday, November 23, 2009

Spinning wheels at San Mateo

I've always been a bike fan, but after college my lifestyle just changed dramatically and I never got to ride with 2 wheels ever since. Prichard and Pia are real bike lovers and over dinner one time, they asked me if I would join them in one of their bike trails (I was like, sure!) and Prich had extra bikes he could lend me. So, this was really a cool idea and I knew we would have fun. I've been running lately and riding on a trail would be like a cross-train work-out for me, so how could I ever say NO!??

We took the trail in San Mateo and the bike I used was like super cool, I just could not believe how insanely light it was! Prich really loves his expensive bikes! :D

I love these machines! But one thing that bothered me was the ultra-narrow and stiff seat the bikes had. Prich and Pia mentioned that the one I was using was extra soft already and I really was not used to it since my ancient bike had wide and really soft padding on it! During my test run, I could already feel the muscle pain and I was just prepared to use a wheel chair after...

Riding is not just fun but challenging as well. I love the variety of terrain, from gravel to loose soil, mud and hard rock it definitely was a challenge, oh and there were dangerous obstacles along the way too.

Ahhh, this was the hi-light of the ride - delicious breakfast after a tiring stage!

This was basically a fun and bonding experience, the prenup is yet to come. Thank you Prich and Pia for the time, adventure and friendship, I'm so excited to see you both finally tie the knot!

Praise God for His wonderful creations, these are some of the moments that we get to appreciate His wonders!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Leica M8

It was such a wonderful experience to use a Leica M8 to capture wedding moments. A friend actually asked me if you could really spot the difference in the shots of an M8 compared to the latest DSLRs? My answer was straightforward-YES! Not only is it a breeze to handle, since rangefinders are compact and light weight but I used small fixed lenses as well. The images are crisp and sharp, excellent color right out of the card and it has this solid feel and response of good ol' German technology! I like to thank John Co again for allowing me to test drive the M8, looking forward to the M9. Coming up, the on-site AVP I made using all M8 shots.

My Best Friend's Wedding - Mark.Hazel.09.19.09

I have known Mark since I was 8 years old, we've been best buds ever since and he is like the closest relative I'd ever had (We were always mistaken to be cousins, most of my relatives are scattered all over Argentina...). I was really pleased and blessed by their wedding, I have witnessed how happy and crazy Mark and Hazel were! They had a rocker theme and for the first time I actually appreciated rock music for bridal applications... I enjoyed their wedding too, being a secondary sponsor I found it an honor to place the veil on Mark's shoulder and it was also a privilege for me to lead in opening the reception with a prayer. How I wish I knew how to move with rock music on the dance floor, oh well...Haha. I had my team document the wedding but I felt eager to shoot my best bud's big day and I was blessed again by my dear friend, John Co for allowing me to use his new Leica M8! I had two lenses with me, a 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2. I love it! The M8 was just fantastic for weddings! I wonder if I'll offer a package that would require me to use M8s, hmmm...Lets wait and see. :D

All shots taken with a Leica M8, I'll post the on-site AVP I made using all M8 shots soon.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Praise and Thanksgiving

I just want to honor God for all the blessings He has poured upon me. I praise Him and glorify Him with the work of His hands! May all the images I take reflect His glory and majesty.

Come and see what God has done,
how awesome his works in man's behalf! -Psalm 66:5

Gino.Ivy 09.12.09

Gino and Ivy are my friends from my discipleship group in CCF, I learned that they have been together for so many years. I was so encouraged by their relationship and friendship. Last June, I spent time with them during our engagement session and got to know them even more when we were in Boracay. Their wedding was such a blessing for me, and I am always honored to play a role in weddings especially if it is to preserve the meaningful memories of their lives...