Category Archives: Art

Trying Out EM1X- part II

The purpose of trying out the EM1X is to see what it is capable of because I’m considering an upgrade. As I mentioned on the previous post, this is a campaign of Olympus. You get to borrow a camera for a week or two, then you get 3000 kroner off on the EM1X or you can also do a swap then just pay the remaining amount depending on the value of your camera. This is actually a good deal. What I really like is that I learned a lot from the consultants not only about the settings but also what to do or not to do with some of the buttons and techniques we can do on the camera plus they explained it in a simple way. It was a very informative course.

The first time to hold an EM1X

I had the camera for two weeks. Since I live in the countryside, my shots are mostly of nature and landscapes.

Used standard 200mm zoom lens here. Fixed the lighting on Lightroom.
Zorro looking fierce

So what do I like about the EM1X?

Well! It is surprisingly easy to use! It only looked intimidating at first sight because of the size and the unfamiliar buttons (because I’m a Sony user). Then, I love that I could take this camera out on rainy days because it is weather sealed. At the same time it is very robust and solid so it can take a beating or two.

Since it is a mirrorless type of camera, I could take a shot of my baby sleeping without waking her up and also I find this very useful when shooting birds. Thanks also to the extra quick shutter speed!

Flirting with each other. Too bad, I was too far from them.

I also find the EM1X good in shooting in low light conditions. I was also surprised that my portraits turned well with only natural light on a gloomy day.

Due to the baby’s privacy, I’m only showing half of the portrait shot.

Did I purchase this camera?

Unfortunately I can’t afford this one. Only the camera house itself cost 33000 NOK ( 3,599.97 USD)!!! Even if I use the discount coupon, it is still too expensive for me.

However, I did enjoy having this camera with me. It’s not hard to be creative with this one. So, I encourage everyone to try the EM1X. 🙂

Trying Out EM1X -part I

Disclaimer: I’m not a professional photographer nor paid to write for Olympus.

Olympus is one of the big camera brands in the market today that has been in the market since 1936 ( that is the year Olympus’ first camera was introduced according to Wikipedia).

Last month, I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to test their mirrorless camera. I saw the Olympus ad on Facebook about their mirrorless cameras ( which are the EM1X and the E-M1 Mk2 ) that they are borrowing out to people who are interested in trying out Olympus cameras. So, I immediately filled up the form and since it’s Olympus, I didn’t have a huge expectation because for sure there are hundreds or thousands of people who would like to put Olympus cameras to the test. To my surprise one of their consultants emailed me and asked some information about me and what I usually take pictures of. He informed me that I could borrow a camera of my choice but the waiting time is long because there are lots of people who showed interest in the ad. I was also informed that this is also a project that he is working on (will do a seperate post about this).

I chose the EM1X and I asked for a telephoto lens. Unfortunately, I got late and I got the telezoom and a standard lens instead. I’m not complaining though.

Here are a couple of shots that I took using EM1X. Fixed the lighting on LR.

Introducing Føllet Bolle. Føllet is Norwegian for foal.
A cooperative muse.

That would be all for now. Till next post. 🙂

Cosplay (Updated)

This is my take on this week’s The Daily Post photo challenge, Life Imitates Art. Cosplay in my opinion is one of the living proofs of the theme this week. This shot of  my friend cosplaying Kikyo (From Inuyasha) was taken in 2014 in Manila during my four week vacation. I myself is a big fan of Japanese animation since I was small. I also cosplayed some anime characters.

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Shot by me.

 

Here are the shots from the same cosplay shoot. I dressed up as Kagome.

 

The Gingerbread Town of Bergen

One of the coolest things that I’ve ever seen this year is Bergen’s Gingerbread Town. I’ve never thought that this gingerbread town is the biggest in the whole world! I can say that I’m impressed by the different kinds of structures that they built out of gingerbread. These were built by kids, bankers and people from almost all walks of life (in Bergen). So yes, hats off to these people.

We went here on the second weekend it opened. The entrance fee is around 85 NOK. There is a small shop where you can buy gingerbread and sodas too.

Anyway, if there is one thing that I love from this miniature town aside from that it is cool is its coziness and how it peaceful and calm it looks. If only the world could be like that, peaceful. Then everybody is happy.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Converge.”

This is my contribution to this week’s photo challenge. This shot of this beautiful hallway was taken at St. Agustin Church in the Philippines this summer. The arcs in my opinion gave weight to the character of the church’s architecture.

St. Agustin church Philippines

Drawing as a Hobby

Sketching is one of my hobbies aside from internet surfing, chatting with friends and taking pictures. This is also one way of coping with stress. My love for drawing has begun when I was around 7 or 8 years old. I remember my drawings were stickmen, stickhouses and 2 dimensional animals. They weren’t so nice but I was satisfied with my masterpieces. Then one of my relatives commented that I wasn’t good at drawing and that I didn’t have the talent in drawing. I didn’t get angry. I got upset though (who wouldn’t be?). Thus I’ve lost interest in drawing.

I turned my attention to chess, darts and table tennis. I was good at those but for no reasons I just lost interest at them too. I was in the first years of highschool when anime became popular and I became a fan. I remember spending half of my school allowance for anime collectables (like cards and posters). I also hanged out with fellow anime fans at school who were really good at drawing. So that’s the time my love for drawing came back. My friends became my inspiration and they’ve motivated me. Also my sister has been a huge inspiration. She has a natural talent in drawing but she never brings me down whenever I feel like I’m not good at what I’m doing.

So yes I love to draw anime characters. As I’ve said earlier I’m an anime fan. One of my all time favorites is Yuyu Hakusho. So if someone is going to ask me to draw something right now, it would resemble Kurama (my first anime crush).

My drawings are mostly anime inspired but I also do portraits (of real person of course). I’ve learned the basics of sketching during my junior highschool year but then that was the only art class I had so I don’t remember so much of it anymore and I lack practice so my shading is less impressive or should I say bad.

Moving on, some people ask me for tips on how to draw or how to start drawing. They also asked about the rules. Well, I don’t follow rules. I don’t have any rules when it comes to drawing. I draw according to what I see and I don’t mind commiting mistakes because art is subjective. However I have a couple of tips that I hope will help. The first one is to find a motive that you like. What do you want to draw? Think about something that you really want not just because it is nice or easy to draw (remember: nothing is easy the first time, but if we’re motivated nothing is impossible!). Second, don’t be afraid to commit mistakes. It is normal to commit mistakes. Even professional artists commit mistakes! Third, don’t let others bring you down. And last, don’t give up!

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I usually draw human figures (either anime or real) and I love it but later on I felt the need to challenge myself. That is to draw a dog. I succeeded and I’m happy with the result. However, the shading is a bit bad I see (technically speaking) so I need to practice more and more. I ain’t giving up. 😉