Monday, February 05, 2007


Besides the presence of professional models and various show business personalities that Fuji had arranged — to add glitz and glamour to this year’s PhotoWorld festivities — there was also magic. Unfortunately, many photography enthusiasts were so dazzled by the glitz and glamour to have taken the time to experience the magic, but I did.

A week before the start of this event, Ariel Tresvalles, Fuji/YKL’s vice president of marketing, invited all amateur photographers to email him five copies that best convey the particular field in photography that he wishes to pursue — travel, photojournalism, weddings and events, portraiture, or advertising. He would then match the amateur’s intended career path with that of a prominent professional photographer for a one-on-one session or critique.

I had photojournalism and human interest in mind so I emailed Ariel five pictures along that vein. He emailed back to advise me to have those pictures printed in 8x10, as well as to be at Fuji’s booth in Glorietta at a particular time and date.

Ariel matched me with Bobot Meru. Those in the local photography circuit long enough would have certainly heard of him or know him. He has been a photojournalist and commercial photographer since the seventies, and has achieved great success in every aspect of photography that he ventured into. Suffice it to say, Bobot Meru is a master photographer.

I had almost two hours of private lessons with Bobot. On top of it, Ariel would sit down and join us every now and then, so in effect, I had two experts sharing their many years of invaluable line-of-fire experiences for my benefit — free of charge; courtesy of Fuji.

In the end, they gave me this bottom line advice that I must work on: from Bobot, to truly master my camera; and from Ariel, to clarify my intention with the camera. I came out of that session feeling so blessed for having had the opportunity to learn from these two gentlemen. It was, indeed, a magical moment.

Thank you, Ariel! Thank you, Bobot! And thank you, Fuji!


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posted by Señor Enrique at 12:06 PM


Anonymous kyels said...

I like the bokeh (depth-of-field) effect on the picture.


February 05, 2007 1:48 PM  

Anonymous lino said...

wow, you're blessed to have 2 masters on a personal interview. i also saw that ad, but i know i have work so i cannot come, too bad for me... i did took a peak on the first day, kaso upto 1 am lang ako kse nga may work at 2pm... sayang. love the black and white portrait... :)

February 05, 2007 4:53 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thanks, Kyels. Check you out! You're getting proficient with photography jargon now, too, huh? Good for you!

February 05, 2007 7:02 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You really missed something special, Lino. I was really surprised that the booth wasn't packed with people t o take advantage of this rare opportunity.

But I'm sure you enjoyed the event!

February 05, 2007 7:04 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Is this your new bride? ;-)
Sayang I couldn't attend! Another item to list on my next year to do list ! :-)

February 05, 2007 10:12 PM  

Blogger Noypetes said...

Did you ask the masters if you could work as an apprentice for maybe? One of the best ways to learn the tech aspects of the craft is by working with the pros. Just so much stuff you can absorb and apply in your own techniques. Love the classic B/W photo. Have fun!

February 05, 2007 11:30 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

A fun event this PhotoWorld is, Sidney, and today is its final day. So many tigs to learn and buy ... arrgh :(

February 06, 2007 6:35 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Noypetes! No, but will probably do so when I've done my wokshops, which I have a couple of more to go. But there's quite a lot of hands-on moments at these classes.


February 06, 2007 6:38 AM  

Anonymous bw said...

That's one heck of an experience, indeed :) I'm sure you are thrilled to have had this very educational and practical opportunity :)

February 06, 2007 7:29 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

It was incredible, BW, but I was really surprised that not too many took advantage of this free one-on-one clinic as offered by Fuji. Sinayang nila!

February 06, 2007 8:41 AM  

Anonymous niceheart said...

You have a lovely subject in that photo. :)

Btw, Eric, I haven't received that email yet. I'm thinking that it might have been filtered by my yahoo spamguard. Unless, you changed your mind and haven't emailed it, which is okay. Just thought I'd let you know.

February 06, 2007 12:21 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

She was one of Fuji's models to be photographed while trying out the latest Fuji cameras and/or with your own camera. She also happened to be my favorite subject (out of the many other models provided by other exhibitors) because of her large eyes which reminded me of Betty Boop's.

No, Irene, I didn't change my mind about sending you that photography tip guide -- your email server kept rejecting both my gmail and yahoo email addresses. I even tried sending you a regular email without any attachment; it was rejected as well :(

I will try later on with a Hotmail account. Should that fail as well, I might ask that you to open a gmail acount :)

February 06, 2007 1:06 PM  

Anonymous niceheart said...

Eric, I also have a hotmail account. You could try sending it here:

February 06, 2007 1:20 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Oh good, Irene ... will do it now!

February 06, 2007 7:28 PM  

Anonymous niceheart said...

Got the email! Thanks a bunch. :) Haven't gone through it yet. Will do on my free time. Thanks again.

February 06, 2007 9:29 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Great! Any questions, just let me know :)

February 06, 2007 11:11 PM  

Blogger Belle TH said...

great shot at the lovely model! you are becoming a well-versed photographer. keep it up!

February 07, 2007 9:03 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thank you, Belle!

Those who may wish to receive the photography tip e-booklet similar to the one I had sent to Iene, please email me your email address.

February 07, 2007 9:35 AM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

Eric, me too! Please send me the tip kit. Do you still have my email address?

February 07, 2007 10:01 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes I have it, Rhoda. Will send it right now :)

February 07, 2007 10:15 AM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

Got it, Eric! Thanks!

February 07, 2007 10:20 AM  

Anonymous sexy mom said...

you're lucky! you must have been very inspired taking shots of that young charming lass.

i wish i had your prowess, so that i could post at least clear and crisp photos. look at my latest post "Alien Tongue", it was all so amateur, i could not even get proper lighting.

i told my son about the photo workshops, we're checking our schedules, so that we could go, but before that, we have to buy 2 decent cameras.

February 07, 2007 10:34 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I'm sure you and your son will enjoy attending it, Dine! It is fun.

ou might want to consider this new camera by Nikon, which for a cost of a typical point& shoot, you get a dSLR with interchangeable lens! It's about 30T. Really nice.

February 07, 2007 10:58 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

By the way, Dine, that picture was pretty amazing. So alien-like! Hehehe.

February 07, 2007 10:59 AM  

Anonymous manilenya said...

congrats naman .... galing kaingget :)daming taong nakapaligid na nakakatulong sa hilig mo :)

February 07, 2007 12:47 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Alam mo, Nalen, kaya lalong nakakawili and photography ay dahilan sa ugali ng mga taong mahihilig dito -- karamihan mahilig tumulong at i-share mga alam nila; wlang yabangan. Matanda man o bata sila, lahat ganadong tulungan ka.

February 07, 2007 12:53 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Hi Eric,

Can you also send it to me?
You are never too old to learn ! :-)

February 07, 2007 3:45 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Sure, Sidney. Will send it now :)

February 07, 2007 4:31 PM  

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