Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Bananas & Dalandan

The definition of still life in the realm of photography means an object or group of objects that are arranged as a pictorial composition. And the rule of thumb is simplicity. What I like most about still life photography is that I can practice it at any time.

Two Shells

I have about a dozen shells which I had collected from the beaches of Subic, Zambales. For this shot, I picked-out two and placed them on these pebbles which are sold at any garden supply stores. These are often poured on top of the soil of various potted plants to make them look more attractive. I grabbed a couple of handfuls of these pebbles and spread them on top of a picnic table. I then put these two shells on top as my still life subject. This photograph and the one on top used only natural and available light.

The Photo Book

This book on photography I had recommended to fellow members of an online camera club. I thought the best way to do so was take a picture of it to post along with my recommendation. For this particular capture, I placed the book on top of a wooden decorative platter and photographed it by just using a single desk lamp.

posted by Señor Enrique at 8:06 AM


Blogger Senorito<- Ako said...

mabuti pa ang inanimate object.. walang reklamo ! :) Lighting evaluation is what makes photography fun.

A trip to the zoo might be fun as well. Kelan ka nakarinig ng elepanteng nagreklamo ? :) There is this zoo that we went to before 'Avalon Zoo' somewhere in marikina ata. Do a google search for instructions on how to get there. One of the nicer zoo's that we have. Dress light and wear comfortable clothes lang.

Regarding my earlier comment, Its not shutter priority, Read up on the AF- modes, AF-S will not fire if focus is not acquired, AF-C will fire regardless of focus lock attained or not.

December 05, 2006 8:58 AM  

Blogger abet said...


nice shots...all of them...nagparamdam lang ..im back!!!musta po?

December 05, 2006 9:03 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I jjust tried shutter priority mode, S.A., went out in the yard and took several shots in rapid succession -- it works! Next time I do model shoots, will set it at this mode. Might even use this instead of auto tomorow when I hook up with the guys to do a bit of street photography!

Will check out Avalon Zoo, kung di do makita, Manila Zoo na lang!

Thanks, ha!

December 05, 2006 9:27 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Basey! Were you out of town? Did you take some pics?

December 05, 2006 9:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice still life. Tamang tama lng ang lighting. I especially like the first one yung. The choice of colors is great lumitaw pati yung fruits sa compo. It looks like a painting.

Very neat work!

December 05, 2006 9:31 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Ferdz! I've been practicing shots using natural light. Once I learn more about lighting, will progress to its use.

When will you post pics of your Manila walking tour with Tito?

December 05, 2006 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Eric,

Pinoyatbp is now accepting pictures to feature in the new "Post your picture" section. If you want to submit any of yours, just click on the Guidelines button and you'll find the email address of the administrator.


I like these pictures by the way, especially the shells.

December 05, 2006 10:43 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Okay, Irene. I will read their guidelines and upload pics that I will shoot tomorrow with Sidney and Jepaperts of Dubai Chronicles (he's in town for the holidays).

Thanks for the heads up :)

December 05, 2006 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great pictures bro; certainly they are as professional as what could possibly be and that's the first impression anyone should have. I bet in still life, lighting is the most primordial in consideration, to bring out the remarkable colors and then harness the proper shadowing to it.

December 05, 2006 2:55 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Major Tom! By the way, since learning more about lighting in still photography, everytime I watch a movie or one of those glossy TV series on cable, I now appreciate even more the way they light and make use of shadows (as you had mentioned) with each scene that they shoot, especially scenes with interior settings.

December 05, 2006 4:38 PM  

Blogger Corsarius said...

these are great pics. i envy you, senor! :P my whole life i've been an awkward photographer -- pasmado lagi kamay, hehe.

December 05, 2006 4:54 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

You don't need photography, Corsarius, for your prose can paint incredible pictures. And I mean that sincerely!


December 05, 2006 5:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric, how come the Dalandan(s) looked similar to Ponkan(s) ... Just wondering.

I love the seashell shot, very nice, the composition.


December 05, 2006 8:52 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

They do, Kyels, but these are much bigger than the Taiwanese ponkan I had previously featured. They're also mostly all green in color.


December 05, 2006 9:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The seashell shot is great. Doesn't look like it's in a captive environment but out there in the wilderness :)

December 05, 2006 10:31 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, BW! The garden pebbles somehow made it look authentic. But I think the real reason you like this photo is because you're craving for the warm tropical beaches; considering the -25 degree weather you're having in Canada now ... hehehe!

December 06, 2006 5:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

uy mayroon kami nyang photobook dito, binili ni bayaw sa carrefour, dinaanan lang ng mga mata ko ang mga pahina hindi ko pa binabasa :)

December 06, 2006 4:42 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Ay talagang maganda ang libro nayan, Nalen! Halos gabi-gabi ay bina-browse ko mga pahina nyan para makakuha ng inspirasyon!

December 06, 2006 6:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. Just wanted to say hi. :) Anyway, nice pics. I have that book. It's great :)

December 06, 2006 8:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senor - i'm glad i've extricated myself from that Alberta Chinook weather :) now I am back home, to a much reasonable and bearable weather LOL.. I'm headed to a much warmer and sunny place over the Xmas holidays to get a little tan, shoot some photos, relax and never think about jackets, toques and mittens -translated.. get a life.. he he :)

December 07, 2006 2:49 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Now you're talking, BW! Nothing like the warm tropical weather even for a brief respite from the rat race :)

Enjoy that vacation; I'm sure you deserve it!

December 07, 2006 7:11 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Sayote Queen! I really enjoy this book. In fact, whenever possible, at night I'd browse through it and meditate on a page or two :)

December 07, 2006 7:13 AM  

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