Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Beauty Work

I just finished working on these photos... I will be posting them tonight on my website.

We had a lot of fun working on this shoot.

Model: Natalie Anne Walleman
Hair & Make-up: Victoria Rubell
Stylist: Anne Prado-Magadia

--Shot with a Canon 1Ds Mark II, 24-70mm 2.8 L lens.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hitler On the Nikon D3x

I found this hilarious clip from a Nikon user's website... I tracked it on Youtube.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Two Filipino Filmmakers to Watch

The Cannes Film Festival 2009 highlighted the talents of two up and coming Filipino Filmmakers, Brilliante Mendoza and Raya Martin.

Brilliante Mendoza won the Best Director Award (a first for the Philippines) for his indie feature "Kinatay" -- beating an illustrious field of directors, which included Ang Lee, Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, Alain Resnais, Quentin Tarantino, Jane Campion and Lars Von Tier for the coveted prize. Brilliante is a self-taught filmmaker with a background in Advertising and Production Design. He made his first movie "Masahista" in 2005 at the age of 45. "Kinatay" is his 8th feature-length film. Three prior films, "Serbis" "Tirador" and "Foster Child," were also entered in previous Cannes Film Festivals.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Canon 5D Mk2 with Panavision Lens

I just saw this on the net... A Canon 5D Mark II fitted with a Panavision Primo 11 to 1 zoom using Panavision's EOS adapter.

I know that the 5D MkII is a good camera, but this is just a bit too much! Like a monster truck, it works... but the setup actually nullifies the utility and purpose of the machine and what it was originally intended for (a convenient "COMPACT" camera you can easily carry around, that can shoot both high-definition cine and still at the same time)... And like a monster truck, it is also slightly intimidating, but strangely attractive at the same time.

You know what they say, the larger the lens...

--Photo taken from

Stanley Kubrick - Photographer

The most visual Directors, like Kurosawa, Lean and Fellini, have some sort of a visual arts background. Stanley Kubrick is no exception. He started out as a Professional Photographer.

Stanley got his first camera (a Graflex) at age 13 and was the class photographer at Taft High School. He was just 16 when he submitted a "staged photograph" (of a News Vendor the day after President Roosevelt died) to Look Magazine and was first published. This led to a 5 year career in the magazine (1945-1950). At 17 years old, he was the youngest photographer on staff.

On assignment for Look, Stanley photographed the boxer Walter Cartier, who became the subject of his first movie (short-film), a 16 minute 1951 Newsreel called "Day of the Fight" -- marking his transition from still photographer to filmmaker.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dorothea Lange

Every time I see an "out of business" sign, a boarded store or a beggar on the street in these tough times... I am reminded of Dorothea Lange and of her Depression-era pictures for the FSA.

But more closer to my heart, and to my mind these past few days are the striking images she made for the War Relocation Authority (WRA) on the forced evacuation of Japanese Americans to Relocation camps. These pictures were censored and impounded by the government, then were quietly deposited in the National Archives where they were forgotten for more than half the century.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

California Incentives for Runaway Productions

Last February, Governor Schwarzenegger approved California's first-ever tax incentives to lure runaway productions back to the State. Some say it might be too late, since the number of movies shot in California has dropped to less than half of what it was in 2003.

In July, he approved the first 25 film and TV productions to qualify for the 20 to 25 percent tax credit.

Is it good enough? Canada, which began offering incentives a decade ago, now has state of the art production facilities in place to challege Hollywood... 40 other States are also offering similar incentives, some with even higher tax credits and less redtape...

Better late than never, I guess?

Read the Reuters August 13, 2009 Article

Recent Movies Filmed Outside California

--Photo and Articles from the Reuters Archive.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

G. I. Joe - The Rise of Cobra

I was a collector of the original 12" inch GI Joe Action Figures when I was a kid. Naturally, I complained when the entire line was revamped in 1982 to 3 3/4" inch action figures. I loved the soldier theme of the original GI Joes and never really warmed up to the smaller 8 1/2" inch "Super Joe Adventure Team" theme that was slowly taking over in the late 70's, but the newer GI Joe "A Real American Hero" was just ridiculous to me (maybe I was just outgrowing my childhood).

But this latest GI Joe franchise, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (a Blockbuster summer movie release), is something all together different.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Barack Obama

Happy Birthday Barack...

You are one of the few leaders out there, that I still have faith in.

--Picture taken from

Monday, August 3, 2009

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz is in the news again... Art Capital Group (ACG) is filing a suit against her for breach of contract. Annie had given up her rights to her photograph and property in exchange for a loan. Now ACG is asking for her cooperation in selling off her copyrights to help the repayment.

This is tragic! One of the greatest Photographers of time, losing her rights to her life long work in exchange for a loan. A major recession, one of the worst financial crisis in the history of America, bail-out funds worth billions of dollars charged to tax-payers, now this! What will these financial genuises come up with next?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cotton Carrier Camera Harness

I just received my Cotton Carrier harness and I love it! See for yourself...

As a commercial and fineart photographer, I am planning to use it both in-studio and out on the field. It is the perfect camera harness for sports photographers, wild-life photographers, wedding photographers and photojournalists. I recommend it highly!

Visit the website

--Video taken from Cotton Carrier

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Corazon Aquino

Condolences to the family of former President Cory Aquino and to the Filipino people for the death of its beloved leader.

Cory was one of the few true leaders the Philippines ever had. We will truly miss her.

--Photo and video taken from the Associated Press.