Yearly Archives: 2013

On Opinions and Social Media

Being a blogger, you become public property. Your thoughts and actions create an impact to people, and it becomes your responsibility to watch your words and to be wary of your actions.

Maintaining two blogs really helped me become a responsible social media user. I represent a brand and I must do all means to protect the image we have carefully established.

There are days when I really want to voice out my opinion about current affairs like politics and religion. I’ll be crafting my status on Facebook or Twitter, then when I’m about to click send, thoughts of the consequences and of people who I can offend come rushing in, and I just end up deleting my unpublished status and keeping everything to myself.

I hope people in my newsfeed learn to become responsible social media users. Some of them are not aware that they’re being insensitive, indifferent, offensive, and assholes with the things they post. Some even learn this the hard way like the victims of cyber-bullying.

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Social Media Use

We’ve witnessed a lot of this happening on Facebook. People who get offended by someone will share about it on their network, the rest will join the bandwagon,and the end result is a poor victim of cyber-bullying, who can’t do anything to undo all the damage that social media has caused.

It’s even crazier that people are easy to judge others wih their biased opinions without even doing some research or hearing out the other person’s side of the story.

There’s really no way we can educate people how to use social media responsibly. They just have to learn it by themselves the easy or the hard way. Remember: Think before you click!

Low Angle — Day 06 of 30-Day Photography Challenge

Low Angle - Green

I can’t believe it’s already Day 06 of my 30-day photography challenge. Today’s task was fairly easy — taking low-angle shots. Just completely the opposite of the previous day’s theme, it was not hard to find the shot that I wanted. Just a simple visit to our backyard did the trick. I easily found my subject, since we have some old hollow blocks that had been left there for quite some time now, so it grew some moss and created this unique texture.

Low Angle Shot - Green Moss

Swear to God, I didn’t move a single thing. The hollow blocks and plant pots were like that when I got there.

Low Angle Shot - Backyard Greens

What really made this subject interesting is the texture created by the varying sizes of greens that grew on the blocks. It also has a subtle contrast in colors making my focal point to really  pop out!

High Angle Shot of Backyard Greens

This is what my subject looks like when shot with a high-angle perspective. I have no idea how the hollow blocks took that form and arrangement. And this is what I like about this 30-day photography challenge — I’m slowly learning to have an eye for art and beauty. There are a lot of beautiful things around us. We just don’t appreciate it until we decide to look at things in an artistic point of view.

Bamboo Fence - Low Angle Shot

Our backyard’s bamboo fence was the first subject that caught my eye. I just had a hard time getting a good shot, and that’s why I decided to find a better subject.

High Angle — Day 05 of 30-Day Photography Challenge

Guitar - High Angle

For the 5 days I’ve been doing this challenge, this theme is, by far, the hardest. We own a bungalow home, so there’s no way I could achieve a ‘High-Angle’ photo similar to the ones submitted by other users at the website where I got this  30-Day Photography Challenge from. But I had to upload something, so I scoured our home for anything I could use as a subject. Then I saw my guitar, which I’ve planning to take a decent photo of since I bought it a couple of months ago.

I had the perfect shot in my mind, so I went ahead and tried pulling off my idea. Well, it worked! I love the outcome, though my knees and back were shaking from standing and bending down on top of a chair so I could get this high-angle shot.

My Guitar

I bought this guitar a few months ago. Sadly, I’m not as musically-inclined as I hope to so I really suck at playing the guitar. And I haven’t practiced for a very long time because I have this new game addiction that I just can’t brush off. This guitar is actually a bit expensive (Well, it is for my standard), but I don’t regret it. I say it’s a good investment. It’s just like what Imelda Marcos always says, “Invest in beauty.” For me, music is beautiful, so I’m sure I made a sound judgment when I bought this.

KFC Crispy Butter Chicken

Also, we received a free bucket of KFC’s Crispy Butter Chicken. This is their latest offering, so they wanted the help from food bloggers to spread the word about it. Honestly, I would still go for their ‘Original Recipe’ and ‘Hot & Crispy,’ since I found this new ‘Crispy Butter Chicken’ a bit weird to the tongue. It doesn’t taste as buttery as I expected it to be. Well, that’s just my two cents. Maybe other people would like it, but sorry, it’s a no for me.

Texture — Day 04 of 30-Day Photography Challenge

Green Weeds

Theme for Day 04 of my 30-Day Photography Challenge is ‘Texture.’ I cheated in a way because what I understood of this challenge is to shoot a photo EVERY DAY with the day’s theme in mind. Well, I took this photo yesterday. I didn’t even pick up my camera today for I was not in the mood to take pictures. I wasn’t satisfied with my shots either, since they were a bit blurry on the parts that should have been the focal point of the photo. It was midday; the sun was too bright and I can’t see if my pictures were any good. It was my plan to go out again today and get a better image of my subject, but my lazy ass took the best of me and I decided to settle with these.

Green Texture

Well, my photos may not have turned out as I planned them to be, but I think it’s evident that I followed the principles in photographing texture. For sure next time, my photos would be stunning!

I won’t be looking at tomorrow’s theme. I don’t wan’t to spoil it like I did today’s challenge. LOL.

Black and White — Day 03 of 30-Day Photography Challenge

Cap Collection - Black and White Photography

Aha! Day 03 of my 30-Day Photography Challenge. And as you see on the photo above, today’s theme is “Black & White.”

I had a little trouble getting a good black and white photo since it’s not really easy at all. You have to take consideration the color depth and contrast of everything on the frame to come up with a good monochrome image. I initially planned to have a portrait for today’s challenge, but the photos I produced weren’t that appealing.

Nanay - Black and White Portrait

This portrait of my mom was the best one from the bunch I took. I captured this photo just this morning, right after my Mom got up from her bed. I think it tells a story — A mother wakes up every morning, and not even once grabbing a comb to brush her hair, shoots straight into the kitchen to prepare her family a hearty breakfast.

I can’t help but feel sentimental whenever I look at this photo. The wrinkles, the circles under her eyes, and her skin that is starting to lose its luster all reflect that time has taken the best out of my mom. She’s not getting any younger, so I must cherish every moment I get to spend with her.

San Francisco Flower - Black and White Photography

I really had no plans of including this in my ‘black and white’ photos because I wanted to save it for another day. But once I tried to make it into a monochrome shot in Adobe Lightroom, it looked totally different and more interesting from the original that I just had to upload it as well.