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Not a Cartoon
The stuffed toys belong to Cassie, co-worker and then-homie. Can you guess how I achieved the background? And no, this is not edited. Shouldn't be too difficult.

On the title: I'm playing with this AI which ranks my photos and look what it has to say about this one: keegan.regaind.io/p/P4oAPu5bRa…
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Looking Sharp
More of my dog, Newton, while I await shooting opportunities!
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The Night Holds Secrets Aplenty
A cloudy full moon night for (not) watching the Perseids at Big Handy's Grounds in Tanay, Rizal.
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Sky Signal to Stars
Repeat after me, "Post processed! Post processed! Post processed!". Adjusted the exposure and white balance but this is still just a single shot. And yes that's me sending the sky signal to stars.

Taken during the stargazing event I organized for my co-workers.Truth be told, I was unable to get my fill of star shooting that night. Since I was the (mis)Chief of the Whole Damn Event---and I brought the telescope, hahahaha---I had to play the part of Gracious Host to the Stars for the Heathens whoaharharharhar >:D. Ergo, I was unable to spend as much time as I'd have wanted with my camera. Did not help that we shared the grounds with another group who, of course, got piqued by the scope so I had to accommodate them as well. But hey, nice meeting new friends so no love lost there ;D.

And I really feel like I need to explain myself why I post-processed this. Several things made this shot difficult:

  • To frame this properly, I shot on my tripod on its maximum height. And, surprise surprise, 30s exposure at 16mm on an APS-C, at that height, the stars trailed! I have previously shot the stars with the exact same configuration save that the tripod is at its minimum height and it turned out fine.
  • That said, to compensate, I exposed for only 20s.
  • And I had no assistance here! So I set my camera to fire after 10s which means I had to run---in the dark, on damp loamy soil, wearing only sandals, no less---to do the pose. Given this image and the fact that the focal length is 16mm on an APS-C, the distance which I ran is left as an exercise to the reader. By the way, the stargazing area of Big Handy's Grounds isn't a flat plain. So I actually ran up a slope. Solutions to be handed in on our next meeting.


So, yeah, I really feel like I deserve to be able to post-process this. Even if just for the last bullet alone.
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Roll Over, Cloud Cover
Grayscale version of With Streaks of Gold, to emphasize just how lucky we were to see anything at all that night!
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  • Listening to: someone playing DOTA
  • Watching: My Photographs Upload to Facebook
  • Playing: with alcohol
  • Eating: Vigan Chichacorn
  • Drinking: alcohol. unwittingly.
First of all, I would like to make it clear that I did not burn PhP80k for a lens, no matter how beautiful. Hear my story out.

Secondly, I would like to declare that I have been lead to believe that a certain jug in our Hacker House contains orange juice when it was, in fact, orange juice with alcohol. I don't really drink so that might affect the lucidity of this post. But my first declaration stands completely. No amount of drunkenness will make me throw PhP80k for something that does not earn me back some money (yet).

So, well, to stop beating around the bush, I got the SAL35G F1.4, a refurbished(? is that the right term?) Minolta prime, last March and it has been the lens I've been alluding to ever since. What would make buy a prime lens, you might ask, when I've (mistakenly!) declared previously that I find a prime lens useful for studio photography but not much outdoors. The first reason, is the price.

Again, I did not burn PhP80k for this, hell no. The thing is, I got it at a discount of more than 50%. That keeps the SAL1650 in its position as my most expensive photography-related purchase to date.

The reason for the sale, I believe is Sony's decision to, uhmm, unofficially abandon the A mount system, in favor of E mounts. While I am impressed by their new camera offerings---me and my photography-minded coworkers talk of the A7R II in tones of mixed excitement and reverence---I can't help but feel pissed (betrayed even!) at their decision. I've already bought an adapter in preparation for the seemingly inevitable switch and I've even tried it on an A6000 a few times now but I really still feel disappointed for the A mount line. Ah well, it got me this lens at an excellent discount, so maybe I should look at that silver lining.

The second factor that goaded me into getting this lens is my aforementioned photography-minded coworkers. Kinda crazy for primes and the apertures they can achieve. Mix that in with my recent involvements with the Philippine Astronomical Society. Boom. Purchase looks inevitable, no?

So how do I really feel about this lens, now that I've had around a couple of months to play with it? The short answer is, I'm really glad I got this at an excellent discount.

I am not pro but I could clearly see the flaws Kurt Munger pointed out in his review of this lens. Granted, I've no experience with other primes to compare but it seems to me that you'd pay the bulk of its original price for the F1.4 aperture and not much else.

Among my issues are
  • Focus/Image sharpness. Well, I kinda expected this given that I keep shooting at F1.4 but I noticed that the autofocus does not work as well as with my other lenses. I believe it is not an exaggeration to say that I've shot in manual focus with this lens more than any of my other lenses and I've just had two months with it. Maybe it's the fact that this is my only lens that stops hard at infinity but I've yet to figure out how that (missing?) feature actually affects my shooting.
  • It can't zoom. Hahaha okay this is the alcohol talking.

But I am happy with the lens' performance overall (helped, undoubtedly, by the fact that I got it at an excellent discount). Getting it for the wide aperture really enabled me to get shots I would otherwise be unable to get, even with the SAL1650. And now I can see the purported benefits of prime lenses: you focus on your framing more and you just take the shot at the spur of the moment due to the absence of options for other focal lengths. And taking the shot, first and foremost, is photography at its core.

My old point-and-shoot had a narrow range of optical zoom, the rest being grainy and noisy digital zoom. As such, I almost used it exclusively at its default widest focal length. Having a decent zoom was one of my main attractions when I got the A35. I wasn't so conscious then of how I shot photos with my point-and-shoot but I find it funny that now, after a little more than four years, I'm back to using my legs to compose my shots.

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chadestioco
Chad
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
Philippines
After getting a piece of paper that says I know...uhhh..."BS Computer Science", I moved on in life and lived with the fact that my bio-timezone does not agree with my geo-timezone. Nowadays, if you're looking for me, I can be found in a condominium in Makati's red-light district coding in the midst of cuteness. Go figure.

Current Residence: Inside my head
Favourite genre of music: Jason Mraz, Coldplay, Instrumentals
Favourite style of art: The precursor to photography, of course: Impressionism!
Operating System: Windows 8, Windows 10, and various flavors of Linux Ubuntu
MP3 player of choice: My Sony Xperia Z3
Shell of choice: bash
Wallpaper of choice: those from www.digitalblasphemy.com
Favourite cartoon character: Ichigo Kurosaki
Personal Quote: The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle!
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A late thanks for faving Medieval Cloister by GrimDreamArt  !
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One of the pieces I've seen while lazy browsing. Really stood out. Forgot to check the rest of your gallery but now you've been watched. Keep up the great art!
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Many thans for :+fav:ing. Glad you liked the drawing. :)
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Thanks for faving ^__^
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Hey. Na-add na kita. Add mo din ako. :D
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Hey:wave: thanks a lot for the watch:w00t::dance::D
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thanks for the :+fav: :woohoo:
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Thanks for the recent Fave on "Caught by a Breeze" [link] . :-)
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Thank you so much for the fave! :hug:
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