Happy 80th anniversary, Kwanon!

Yesterday was the 80th anniversary of Canon’s first camera, the Kwanon. I looked for a shot of me with my Canon FTb, the camera I used for the majority of pictures here. Sadly there is none. Guess I should take more mirror selfies hahaha. Here’s a picture of my friend instead, holding a Canon Superzoom:

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This is from my first roll of film in the Canon FTb, a Kodak Image Pro 100. It’s quite grainy for a 100 asa film, but I blame the development/scanning. Haha. This is my favorite shot in the roll. ๐Ÿ™‚

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National Heroes’ Day – Million People March throwback

Today is National Heroes’ Day, a perfect time to post these pictures taken exactly a year ago, during the Million People March. It was the height of the pork barrel scamโ€”a scandal where government funds appropriated for localized development projects are just going to ghost organizations and therefore, to the pockets of a greedy few. Outraged, tens of thousands of Filipinos gathered to Luneta (Rizal Park) to express indignity and to call for the abolition of the pork barrel. Today, key players of the scandal, Napoles and the first three senators on this list have been detained, but this pork barrel issue is far from over.

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I met up with my friends, because those that protest together, stay together. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was a perfect time to reunite because all of us wanted to join the march anyway.

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Kicking corruption goodbye:

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Three tries and I still couldn’t nail the kicking shot haha.

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Monument for our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

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Salutes to these guards! Takes real dedication to remain that steady in this heat.

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Beautiful architecture while looking for a place to eat.

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The cast minus me, after watching the light show at Luneta. It was a fulfilling day; but we’re still not done with you, Napoles and co!

Food on film: pastries!

After nearly a year of shooting film, I discovered that I have quite a collection of pastry shots. Not as much as I would have liked, though. One can never get enough pastries!

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Kodak Ektar 100. “Warm apple tart with brandy sauce”, according to the label. Taken during my niece’s baptism at Shangri-la.

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Kodak Ektar 100. Still at my niece’s baptism.

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Kodak Pro Image 100. This is blurred but I love the memory this evokes. Given by my French friend, Noemie, who was an intern for my father’s organization. She set up a mini gathering and served croissants and nutella, among others. Yum!

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Kodak Ektar 100. I forgot what this is called. Haha. Taken in Boracay. Forgot the restaurant name as well :))

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Fuji Pro 400h. My mother’s birthday cake!

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Kodak Ultramax 400. Taken at Coolbeans Maginhawa, Quezon City.

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Superia Xtra 400. J.Co donuts!

All photos taken with my trusty Canon FTb 35mm SLR camera.

Our Daily Buko

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My mom had written a good description of him, so I’ll just share it here:

“Feb 9, 2014 – His name is Rogelio, 64 years old . He has been delivering fresh young coconut to our neighborhood for 20 years , pushing this cart up and down our roads everyday. We are his “suki” (regular customer). He carries 30 coconuts a day. The price is 25 peso a piece though last Christmas time, it went up to 30 per. He just gets 10 peso a piece for income. We can just imagine the hardship of selling these coconuts. But we really thank him — our lives have been made easier and healthier because of him.”

I salute you, Mang Rogelio!

Hello, new blog!

I should have done this a year ago, when I bought my first film SLR, a Canon FTb. ย Since then I have taken 54 rolls of film (I actually counted!), which averages to around 1 roll a week. That’s less than 2000 shots, shots that I could have easily spent in one weekend using digital. I’m glad that using film has inspired me to go slow. Every shutter click has a cost, after all! Now the goal is to upload pictures everyday so that the blog will catch up with my film photography. ๐Ÿ™‚ To start it off, shots from my first roll in my 35mm fully manual SLR, loaded with Kodak Image Pro 100:

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Philippine Frogmouth at La Mesa Nature Reserve. Canon fd 100-300mm lens

Birthday at La Mesa Eco Park

Birthday celebration with close friends. Canon fd 1.8

These were taken during my birthday; birdwatching at La Mesa Nature Reserve then a mini celebration at La Mesa Eco Park with dear friends. I hate the colors though, I did not expect the pictures to look like that! I’m guessing there’s something wrong with the developing chemicals of the lab (probably expired). If not, it’s probably the scanning. I haven’t checked the negatives though, but I’ll surely get these rescanned. So, people: Don’t have your films scanned and developed at True Colors Hidalgo! You’ll end up with colors like these, too contrasty and unnatural. First lesson learned: Develop and scan your films with a reputable lab!