Wednesday, May 28, 2008

June 2008 Club Meeting

624 A. H. Lacson St.
Sampaloc, Manila
(see map below)

June 1, 2008 1:30PM


Judging of "Portrait of a Filipino" photo contest
Commercial/Advertising Photography Demo by Chie Zamora
Submission of entries for the "Bangui Windmills" photo contest


Please update your membership dues.
Camera and tripod for those who wants to shoot along the lecture.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

FS Wins in the Pagsalabuk Festival 2008 Photo Contest

by Arnie Aranjuez
Awarding Ceremony Photos by Ivan Santos
Banner Image by Edwin Loyola

The on-the-spot (OTS) photo contest was held during the Pagsalabuk Festival last May 22, 2008 in Dipolog City.

There were 300+ entries from participating photographers who came from Manila and Dipolog City. Judging was held last May 24, 2008 and the panel of judges was composed of Mr. Lester Ong, Dr. Vecinte, Didi Romano, Mr. Werner Lim and Atty. Selda.

The awarding ceremony was held at the Dipolog City Boulevard, which is the center stage of all activities during the festival. Mayor Evelyn Uy, the mayor of Dipolog, led the awarding ceremony.

There were four FS members who joined the contest and all of them made it to the top 30 and two figured prominently in the top 10. Chito Cleofas' worm's eye view shot of the street dancing participants in a close huddle won the top prize. Edwin Loyola's picture of a group of participants whose costumes create an interesting pattern placed 6th and another photo of a lone participant whose eyes were framed by his headdress and props placed 10th.

Rounding up the finalists are the entries of Nick Olayao and Rellie Lopez.


Below are the complete list of top ten winners:

1st Place Chito Cleofas
2nd Place George Tapan
3rd Place Dewey Sergio
4th Place Jim Giron
5th Place George Tapan

6th Place Edwin Loyola
7th Place Hermie of Dipolog
8th Place George Tapan
9th Place Dewey Sergio

10th Place Edwin Loyola

1st Place Chito Cleofas

6th Place Edwin Loyola

10th Place Edwin Loyola

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Riding The Bicol Express

By Enrico Gutierrez
Shooting with a Nikon D70

Last March we ventured on to the Bicol province. I must admit that this was my first time and needless to say I was excited. This was one of those trips where I was sure it was going to be tiring but fun.

The trip started out with a long bus drive…10 to 12 hours I think. I usually have a hard time sleeping on long drives, fortunately for me, Michelle ate a big box of donuts so she was hyper and talkative during the long drive : )

Excuse the picture. I was tired from the ride and it was raining hard. I used a 50mm fixed lens. Wrong decision.

We arrived in Bicol and it was pouring hard. The bus dropped us off at a make shift bus terminal because the drop off area was flooded. I think we were all kinda sad thinking that there was probably a storm brewing since Bicol was well known for that.

We transferred to a vannette courtesy of Ate Lea’s gracious friend. Our agenda this morning was to have breakfast, check in at our hotel and to swim with the whales.

It was a long two hour drive to see the whales and it was pouring hard when suddenly the rain stopped. Like magic, the clouds lifted and out came the sun. We arrived at the whale station and took a micro mini seminar, as this was required before you can swim with the whales. The guide made us sign a “release” form freeing them from any responsibilities in case the “butanding” decides that he’s no longer a vegetarian and goes for meat. The gist of the seminar, “oh sign nyo na, alis na tayo para ma abutan natin yung butanding.” With goggles and flippers in hand we headed towards the open sea.

Imagine this…when we got to the butanding site, the guide told us to ready ourselves. With flippers and goggles in readiness the guide pulled us closer as a butanding was nearby. I put my head underwater and I was shocked as a 20foot whale shark swam beneath me. He was literally two meters between my legs. It was AWESOME! My pulse was racing fast as he slowly glided beneath. Within seconds he was gone in a cloak of murky shadows. Wow, that has got to be the highlight of this trip.

We took turns whale spotting. After a while the water became choppy and cold so we called it a day. It was around 4pm when we docked inland. Tired, happy and hungry we grabbed some delicious Bicol Express. The hotel was approximately two hours away so we decided to relax a bit and wait for nightfall to shoot some fireflies.

Shooting fireflies was an adventure in itself. Our guide who was also our guide on the butanding, took us to a river where supposedly was infested with fireflies. We took a boat ride as dusk was nearing. It was a nice peaceful ride. The glow from the setting sun really added drama to the river. Interesting silhouettes surrounded our peripheral view. Unfortunately the boat was shaky to be able to shoot properly. Our guide directed our attention to some trees-which were cast in silhouette and was glowing. The fireflies filled the leaves. It was like watching lights on a Christmas tree. Another, highlight of the trip. We called it a day and headed back for some needed rest.

The road trip to our next destination was filled with stops and some exploration. We headed towards Bicol’s Landmark…the famous Mayon Volcano.

I have seen the Mayon in postcards and in TVonly. I was pleasantly surprised at it’s majestic, and mysterious allure. The locals say that the volcano erupts every ten years and each time taking with it many lives. With that in mind, countless urban legends have spun around its mystique. See for yourself...

I was shooting between Nick and Rance when this picture was taken.

We spent the majority of our time shooting the Mayon at different angles and locations throughout the day. Its fascinating to see it’s peak clear and with some clouds surrounding it. With each shot we tried to include a bit of the foreground, middle ground and some background. When night time came Ate Lea informed us that we were invited to her friend’s place for a little get together and some home cooked meal, plus a procession shoot of the station of the cross. Yummy more Bicol Express.

Next day came and we decided to veer of our agenda and to head towards Camarines Sur for some action phography.

Cam Sur was fun. We were going to attemp some wake boarding but unfortunately they were booked for the day. Around lunch time we have heard from the locals of a “virgin lake.” This was probably for me the most scariest of the trip. Not knowing if these people were legit or trustworthy we decided to go for it. Maybe the thrill of the adventure and the unknown got the better of us.

We found ourselves in a run down shitty boat on an equally shitty lake. In the movies you see clear and calm waters on a lake. Ours was dark and dirty. The boat chugged to an island. I noticed our guides had some interesting jailhouse ink on their bodies. And would constantly look at us, smile and talk bicol among themselves. I was uneasy at this point. We are, after all, in NPA territory.

We trekked in a single file through mud and tall grass. The sun was high above us. The path was getting worse and slippery. We were committed at this point and was too late to back out. With our camera gear, bottled water and slippers we pushed forward. At one point we were separated from the group. Our guide was lost and we were disoriented as well by the tall grass blinding our view. At a distance I could hear strong water sounds, I guess our guide was trustworthy. He whistled a bird call in the air and his friends signaled back. In a few minutes we were standing in front of the Virgin Falls…

Overall the Bicol trip was an adventure. Every minute was filled with surprises. It was very tiring and rewarding from a photographers viewpoint. From the butanding, firelies, Mayon Volcano, wake boarding, virgin falls and bicol express. This was an experience and thank you for the friends who made it happen. Ate Lea, Michelle, Rosllyn, Kuya Nick, Rance and Rosy.

Till our next adventure.

Monday, May 19, 2008

THE GIFTS SERIES 2: "Welcome to my world." by Parc Cruz

PARC CRUZ is most recognized for his work in portraits and conceptual photography. A self-confessed maverick who serves as an inspiration to others with his avant-garde ideas, Cruz defies boundaries and conformities to bring out what he wants in his photographs, capturing and creating awe-inspiring, dramatic and emotive images. Many of his works appear personal and ingrained, identifiable by his own distinctive style. In creating his photographs, Cruz intends to challenge a person to think and let his own mind wander.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Recap: May 2008 Club Meeting

by Riza Co

Last May 11, 2008, Sunday, we held our regular monthly meeting at PBSP in Intramuros. There were quite a lot of members who were able to attend and a few who didn’t because coincidently it was also Mother’s Day, I assumed.

Activities included the monthly contest themed “Skin.” Members who attended the club outing at Mommy’s Farm had a nude photography session. The outputs of their works were produced into a mini contest with cash prizes that were collected from all the participants. We invited some guests to judge our entries for all the contests that day. But the highlight of the day was the on-the-spot contest organized by Nick, themed “Tears.” Members and guests alike had fun creating dramatic, silly, and artistic images using only one prop: a piece of cloth.

Trophies & certificates were also awarded to last month’s winners for the monthly theme.

Congratulations to all the winners! Keep it up! ;)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Photo Challenge 2008 No. 1

Written by Arnie Aranjuez
Banner Image by Nick Olayao

A photo challenge is an on-the-spot photo contest, where the theme is only revealed prior to the start of the contest. It is under time pressure. Judging and announcement of winners are done right after. It was started two years ago and is done during the monthly meeting.

Framed Shots held its first photo challenge for this year last May 11, 2008.

Before the meeting, Nick Olayao, this year's photo contest committee chairman, tried to give clues as to what the contest theme is. However, no one was able to guess it correctly and so he revealed the contest theme and it was...Tears.

We were divided into 4 teams namely, white, red, blue and orange. Each team was given a piece of cloth whose color corresponds to the team name (i.e. white cloth for the white group, etc.).

The challenge was to interpret "tears" and at the same time, use the piece of cloth as an element in the photograph. This must be done within one hour time period. After an hour, individual entries and a group entry were to be submitted. No manipulation was allowed and all effects must be done in-camera.

Nick also gave each team eye drops, to simulate tears, for those who can not shed tears on their own, which was really difficult considering the fun-loving nature of the members of Framed Shots.

See below the output of each team.

And the winners are:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Framed Shots Goes to Sinulog Festival 2008

By Raneil Antonio Ibay, Published in the Manila Bulletin, "Picture Perfect", May 06, 2008 issue

Last Jan. 17 to 21, 2008, Framed Shots Camera Club went to Cebu to shoot the Sinulog Festival, the country’s biggest festival. It was a fun weekend of street dancing and paying homage to the Santo Niño.

The group was composed of Chito Cleofas, Noel Amata, Arnie Aranjuez, Rellie Lopez, Nick Olayao, Rose Razon, Edwin Loyola, Caloy Zamora, Willy Siy, Nowell Trinidad, Katherine Adriano, Gina Alcera, Michelle Baretto, Med Ferrer, Roselyn Roldan, Rosy Villasanta-Ibay and yours truly.

With a fiery sun blazing away in the morning and rains drenching everyone in the afternoon and the night, we nevertheless braved the elements and produced an exciting collection of images of the Sinulog Festival. Of course, nothing beats the experience of being there amid all the celebration.

Fresh from winning the FPPF’s 2007 Camera Club of The Year for the 5th straight year, Framed Shots Camera Club then held an exhibit of the Sinulog Festival 2008 at The FPPF Chamber, Fort Bonifacio, Intramuros, Manila throughout the month of March. What we presented in the exhibit was just a small glimpse of the revelry, merriment and the celebration of the Sinulog Festival. Pit Señor!

All images were printed on Lucky Paper with matte boards provided by Chie Zamora Frames and Photography.

Caloy Zamora

Edwin Loyola

Joey Yamane

Nick Olayao

Ning-ning Adriano

Nowell Trinidad

Raneil Ibay

Rellie Lopez

Roselyn Roldan

Rosy Villasanta-Ibay

Willy Siy

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

May 2008 Club Meeting

2nd Floor PBSP Bldg.,
Magallanes cor. Real St.,
Intramuros Manila

May 11, 2008, 1:00PM

PWC Theme - Skin
Summer Outing OTS - Nude
OTS Photo Challenge - *Theme is to be announced on contest day*

Please bring your camera and lighting gears

Monday, May 5, 2008

The Framed Shots Camera Club Blog Site

Welcome to the Framed Shots Camera Club Blog Site!

The main purpose of this site is to have a central, easy access to photography related resources for the members. Another purpose is to promote Framed Shots Camera Club to other photography enthusiasts.

This site will contain the activities and official announcements of the group. It will also contain product reviews, articles, tutorials and tips that are related to photography. It will also feature, from time to time, individual members of the camera club and their achievements.

Please let us know what you think, kindly post your comments in the section provided.

Thank you!