Expectations are high as Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III took the oath of office as the 15th President of the Philippines at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park this noon. Promising a new era of good governance and a corruption free government, he has set a high bar for his term. Winning the elections literally on the coattails of his famous parents, patriot and martyr Ninoy Aquino and former President Cory Aquino, Noynoy vows to continue the legacy and vision set by his father and mother.
On his way to the inauguration this morning, he commanded his entourage and security detail to stop at each stop light -- an unpresidented gesture, since most Philippine national and local officials (to the lowest rank) consider their motorcade above any rules of street traffic and would badger motorist to give way no matter how congested and narrow the streets are. A small step, but a huge gesture to people like me who believes in fair play in all segments of society.
Congratulations Mr. President! May you succeed where all others have miserably failed.
A lot of photographers have been inquiring about the equipment I use... here is a short list for the curious:
Cameras for Commercial work: Fuji XPro-1 and Fuji XE-1 (with Fuji XF zooms and primes), Canon 7D, 2 Canon 1Ds MarkIIs (w/ EF L Series zooms and primes), Canon 1n RS, Mamiya RZ67 ProII (lenses & system), Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID & Sinar P2 (used with rented digital backs).
Studio Equipment: I use several Alien Bees Monolights (3 640watts & 4 320watts), an Alien Bees Ringflash with accessories, Alien Bees Rectangular and Octagonal Soft Boxes in different sizes, umbrellas and parabolic umbrellas up to 86", an assortment of grids, barndoors and snoots. 4 150watts monolights with softboxes and accessories and an assortment of 25 -60watts clip on slaves with customized softboxes and accessories. 2 vagabond II portable power packs. 4 pocket wizard II transmitters and a pocket wizard multimax. An assortment of lightstands and booms. Several Manfrotto tripods, a Manfrotto Monopod and a Manfrotto light table. Lowel Tota/Omni kits for video lighting.
Equipment for Fine Art work: Fuji X Pro-1 and Fuji XE-1 (with Fuji XF and Canon FL lenses), Go Pro Hero 3 Black, Leica D-Lux 3, Apple iPhone 6 Plus (with assorted photo apps.), Mamiya Universal and Super 23 Press systems, Polaroid 600SE system, Mamiya C system, 2 Canon F-1n (FD Lenses & system), Canon FT (FL Lenses), 5 x 7 Graphic View II with antique lenses, Bell & Howell Dial 35 (Canon 35mm half-frame), Argus C3 and C44 system, Graflex 22 model 400, Mamiya six, Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531/2, plus assorted antique, toy and pinhole cameras from my collection. Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Papers.
Video/Movie Cameras: Canon 7D (Canon EF L Series lenses), Go Pro Hero 3 Black, Canon XL1S mini-DV system, Apple IPhone 6 Plus (with assorted video Apps.), Bolex H8, Canon Super 8 1014XL-S, Bolex EBM 16mm, Bolex H16 Reflex.