Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Fake tilt-shift image of a Christmas Village, Philippines

Wishing Everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year ahead!

Dr. Ben Vergara's Christmas City, Los Baños, Laguna. Tilt-shift effect in Photoshop CS3.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Brother

Portrait of an Asian male, Philippines
Brothers don't necessarily have to say anything to each other-they can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other.” - Leonardo DiCaprio

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hard Work

Photo of a shovel in a construction site, Philippines"The daily grind of hard work gets a person polished." Unknown

San Juan, Metro Manila, 2004. Taken with a Nikon D70, pseudo-HDR in Photoshop CS3.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Silence

photo of a flower, with texture overlay, Philippines“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” - Ansel Adams

2008. Taken with a friend's Nikon D70. Textures and vignette in Photoshop CS3.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Needles

Details of pine cone and needles, Tagaytay, Philippines“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” - Helen Keller

Tagaytay City, 2009. Taken with a Nikon S10 Digital Camera.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happiness

Butterfly on a bed of flowers, Tagaytay, Philippines“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Tagaytay City, 2009. Taken with a NikonS10 Digital Camera. Color boost in Photoshop CS3.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Red Feet

White dove with color isolation, Caleruega, Philippines
“How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove, and it doesn't have that dangerous beak” -
Jack Handy

Taken at Caleruega, Nasugbu, Batangas using a Nikon S10 Digital Camera.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Life in Mono

Lantana Flowers in Black and White, Caleruega, Philippines

The stranger sang a theme,
From someone elses dream
The leaves began to fall
And no one spoke at all
But I cant seem to recall
When you came along

Ingenue,
Ingenue,
I just dont know what to do

The tree-lined avenue
Begins to fade from view
Drowning past regrets
In tea and cigarettes
But I cant seem to forget
When you came along

Ingenue,
Ingenue,
I just don't know what to do

From the gardens of Caleruega, 29 August 2009.

More info on this plant can be found here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lantana
Thanks to my dear flickr friend ~david~ for the info :D


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega

Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega, PhilippinesOriginal photo in BW.

Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega, PhilippinesOriginal photo with textures applied.

The Transfiguration Chapel

Rising tall and majestic in the highest point of Caleruega is the Transfiguration Chapel. From here one can behold the expanse of Caleruega and witness the glorious opus of radiant nature – a symphony of sky, trees, and the distant hills of Batulao. Like St. Peter during Jesus’ transfiguration, anyone who experiences such splendor of nature’s poetry will declare: Lord, it is good for us to be here… (Mt.17:4).

The chapel itself is replete with symbolism. Its façade is a reproduction of the original chapel in Caleruega, Spain. Its hut-shaped roof is in remembrance of the temporary sheds that the apostles wanted to build for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah during the transfiguration (Mt 17:1-8). The seal of the Dominican Province of the Philippines is depicted in stained glass in the upper portion of the chapel’s façade. The seven grapevines entwined in the steel doors of the chapel not only portray Jesus as the vine and we as branches (John 15:5), but also symbolize the seven sacraments. The main altar is a carved tree trunk representing the “stem of Jesse,” mentioned in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit (Is 11:1). The tabernacle is a gentle reminder of the burning bush through which God revealed Himself to Moses in Mt. Sinai (Ex 3:2). The birds carved on the communion table are representations of God’s providence in Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap…and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. The stained glass depicts the Transfiguration of Jesus witnessed by Peter, John, and Luke. With Jesus are Moses and Elijah, two significant instruments of God in the Old Testament (Mat 17:3).
http://www.dominicans.ph/caleruega/reflect/reflect.htm

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Curiosity

Detail of flower buds, Caleruega, Philippines"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of
a vigorous mind."
- Samuel Johnson


From the gardens of Caleruega, Nasugbu, Batangas. Taken with a Nikon S10 Digital Camera.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tassel

Detail of banana blossoms, Tagaytay, Philippines

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana” - Groucho Marx

Bananas my friends, B-A-N-A-N-A-S :D

Taken with a Nikon S10 Digital Camera. Processed in Photoshop CS3.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Bananas details, Tagaytay, Philippines

“On a traffic light green means go and yellow means yield, but on a banana it's just the opposite. Green means hold on, yellow means go ahead, and red means where the hell did you get that banana at...” - Mitch Hedberg

Tagaytay City, Philippines. Taken with a Nikon S10 Digital Camera. Portraiture Plugin processing in Photoshop CS3.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

“You can't grow a beard if you shave” - Bob Blue

Shirtless man showing neck and shoulders


When I was young, I envy people with beards. I didn't expect that I will grow this much facial hair since my father and brother doesn't have that much either. I still envy those people with full beard that they can trim and shape anyway they like :D

I'm not fond of shaving, I only do it once a week or if my wife cannot stand it anymore. Sometimes shaving is too painful for me and tiny pimples pop up from under my chin after I shave. I can't see myself clean shaven everyday. Maybe I just wanted that "rugged" look than anybody else :D

Saturday is "shave your beard off, Gilbert" Day :-(

Have great weekend everyone!

Taken with a Nikon S10 Digital Camera. Processed in Photoshop Cs3.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Love Beyond Measure

A wedding souvernir, measuring tape, Philippines

“In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.” - Hans Nouwens

Taken with a Nikon S10 Digital Camera. BW and Color Separation in Photoshop CS3.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Toothpick for a Sword

Master Yoda acrion figure, Philippines
“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Master Yoda


Master Yoda lost his light saber so I replaced it with a toothpick...

Taken with a Nikon S10 Digital Camera. Enhancements in Photoshop CS3.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Get up, mighty soldier

Amputated toy soldier

My son's amputated toy soldier. We just told him that he accidentally stepped on a mine, that's why he lost one leg.

Taken with a Nikon S10 Digital Camera. Enhanced in Photoshop CS3.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Subic 2009


The Scenic SCTEX



Dungaree Beach, Subic Bay, Philippines

All images taken with a Polaroid i733 Digital Camera. Curves adjustment in Photoshop CS3.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kisses





These are called "Kisses." Tiny beads that grow in size when you soak them in water. They are used as soil substitute for indoor or water plants or just fillers for glass bottles or vases. 

Taken under noontime sun using Polaroid i733 Digital Camera. Crop and Brightness/Contrast in Photoshop CS3.

Technorati code: WN4XTH8UPW2E

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Arangya


"Arangya" or Chandlier hanging at the main ballroom of Sonya's Garden.

Taken at a friend's wedding using Polaroid i733 Digital Camera. Curves adjustment layer in Photoshop CS3.

Friday, July 23, 2010

One Pine Day


Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Taken with a Polaroid i733 Digital Camera. Shadows.Highlights adjustment in Photoshop Cs3.