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Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City

Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City For me, it’s the best road in the city. The whole stretch of the Magsaysay boulevard kind of drives you back into a nostalgic dream of some sort (nah! just exaggerating hehe). Seriously, the road isView full post »

Featured Photo: A Portrait in Santa Fe

Featured Photo: A Portrait in Santa Fe One of my favorite shots recently. I love to shoot portraits that are unprepared and unscripted – the ones that has no reflectors, no diffusers, no fancy lights – just me, the subject(s)View full post »

Filipinos watching a Manny Pacquiao match

Filipinos watching a Manny Pacquiao match is considered a big national event in the Philippines. I never had a serious attempt in documenting this event, but this time (Pacquiao vs Marquez Part IV) around I made sure I was able to. It isView full post »

Beyond Rule of Thirds

Beyond Rule of Thirds Rule of thirds probably is one of the most used and important techniques in composition. Ironically it tends to become a cliché if used left and right without minding the other elements in a shot. Remember (a reminderView full post »

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves, Malaysia – featuring 272-steps to climb up to the cave, 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. A gigantic statue of Lord Murugan hovers in front of the cave. One of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, it isView full post »

Provincial Capitol of Leyte

Provincial Capitol of Leyte – one of the prominent landmarks in Tacloban City. It houses the seat of the governor of the province. When the subject is just around your “backyard”, you tend to forego the opportunity ofView full post »

Featured Photo: The Old Woman in Marabut

Featured Photo: The Old Woman in Marabut Met her along the highway road of Marabut, Samar while I was shooting some landscapes. Took only 2 frames of her, this one was definitely the one to keep. She was kind of weary and tired as I saw itView full post »

High Speed Sync

High speed sync is basically triggering your flashes at more than the FP (focal plane) sync limit. The usual FP sync limit like my Nikon is at 1/250 shutter speed.  One of the benefits of engaging high speed sync is one can achieve shallowView full post »

Profile Lighting

Profile lighting was one of the lighting techniques demonstrated during the Leysamfoto Creative Portraits workshop. Profile lighting is one of my personal favorite lighting setup – very simple lighting actually but can be tricky.View full post »

Leysamfoto Creative Portraits

Leysamfoto Creative Portraits workshop held last November 17, 2012 at the Oriental Leyte Hotel was definitely a memorable one for me. Actually, an extra memorable one, if there is such a thing hehe… I was so privileged and honored toView full post »

San Antonio de Padua Church in Sulangan, Samar 2

San Antonio de Padua Church in Sulangan, Samar is a pilgrim site. It has thousands of devotees to its patron saint – “San Antonio de Padua”, who has probably performed a lot of miraculous intercessions that made thisView full post »

Featured Photo: Sabong – Cockfight

Featured Photo: Sabong – Cockfight “Sabong” is a local dialect Filipino term for cockfighting, a local tradition where people from all over town and neighboring municipalities gather in the arena (gallera) to watch andView full post »

Yong Tau Foo in Ampang, Malaysia

Yong Tau Foo in Ampang, Malaysia. Authentic Malaysian food? Yeah you got it… It is a tofu (beancurd) stuffed with meat, vegetables and spices. They stuff it together with okra, eggplant, bitter gourd and even on big chili pepper.View full post »

San Antonio de Padua Church in Sulangan, Samar

I got the opportunity to go back recently to hear mass at the San Antonio de Padua Church in Sulangan, Samar. I brought along my 2 Micro 4/3s camera – it is indeed unobtrusive compared to a DSLR – I actually got more keepersView full post »

Featured Photo: Memoirs of Biri

Featured Photo: Memoirs of Biri Spotted this while we were hiking the long stretch of the Biri Island’s coastal area. The terrain was slippery, I had to be extra careful not to skid or slide with my DSLR gears, we ended up safe andView full post »

Featured Photo: Petronas Towers at Night

Featured Photo: Petronas Towers at Night An icon of the Malaysian’s distinct culture and economic strength, an 88 storey twin towers hovering the skies of Kuala Lumpur surely makes a strong statement.  I have taken some shots duringView full post »

A new look for www.xdayv.com

Hi. I woke up this morning and first thing I did was visit my “new” site – it was in some way fresh to view it, almost like a dawn of a new beginning hahaha, nah… just exaggerating. (FYI: I thought it was longView full post »

Featured Photo: This way

Featured Photo: This way This way Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/320, ISO 100, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFS 24mm 1.4 Feel free to interact with my blog articles, either by adding a comment below this article, or drop me an email. Thanks forView full post »

Featured Photo: Kumon Medal

Featured Photo: Kumon Medal Kumon Medal Photographer’s note: F/2.8, 1/320, ISO 800, Panasonic GX1, Panasonic 20mm 1.7 Feel free to interact with my blog articles, either by adding a comment below this article, or drop me an email. ThanksView full post »

Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Travel Photography?

Do we need an ultra wide angle lens for travel photography? When travelling especially if it is not a photographic trip, saving every ounce of weight is a must. That is why we always bring the least number of photographic equipment asView full post »

Tabo in Black and White

Featuring some photos taken at the “Tabo” (Market Day) in black and white… I don’t have to say this again, but I really dig on the idea of shooting the world in black and white, but just don’t know how to goView full post »

Featured Photo: Sohoton Caves

Featured Photo: Sohoton Caves Featured Photo: Sohoton Caves Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/60, ISO 900, Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8 Feel free to interact with my blog articles, either by adding a comment below this article, or dropView full post »

Featured Photo: Buzz Lightyear

Featured Photo: Buzz Lightyear Buzz Lightyear Photographer’s note: F/1.4, 1/50, ISO 6400, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFS 24mm 1.4 Feel free to interact with my blog articles, either by adding a comment below this article, or drop me an email.View full post »

Tabo – Market Day 2

I’m sharing more shots of the “Tabo” (Market Day) at Tanauan, Leyte. It’s a haven for photographers, well, not really, but at least for me – I’m really drawn into this type of photography. The colors,View full post »