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Happy Father’s Day

A little boy needs daddy
For many, many things;
Like holding him high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!

Like being the deep music
That tells him all is right
When he awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in his heart
And shows him how he might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving him the love
That is his sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
He’ll always find him there.

(Author: Unknown)

To all fathers, Happy Father’s Day. May you all have a good time with your loved ones today. Let us all remember to always count our blessings, whatever they are. You have them!

The above picture of a pedicab driver holding his son was taken on the street of Binondo, Manila, at night, during my trip there recently.

iPhone Pacifier

pacifier |ˈpasəˌfīər|
noun
a rubber or plastic nipple for a baby to suck on.

But hey, this is 2012. How many times have you seen or experienced yourself, that what it takes to pacify a baby or a little kid is a mobile phone? :)

By the way, you probably can’t see it clearly, but I like the quote printed on his t-shirt, which is a quote from Charlie Chaplin:MORE +

My Best iPhone Photography

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Here are my favourite and best iPhone photography / best instagram images .. so far.

Camera phone still cannot beat its big brothers, like the DSLR or even some of the compacts. Maybe it never will, but who knows, technology will only get better. But for now, the convenience of having a good little camera in my pocket all the time is wonderful since I cannot always be carrying the DSLR or the M9 or even the smaller Micro Four-Thirds camera, like the Olympus E-P3 or Panasonic GF-1.

Oh, by the way, thank you to those who have been asking about my mum. Thank God that she is now home, recovering well.

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My Love

Shot with Olympus E-PL3.
I unfortunately forgot what lens I used, but I know for sure it’s one of the old manual lenses I bought from eBay. I believe it’s the Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.7. MORE +

Shooting Everyday Photos – Drawing

All shots with Micro Four Thirds camera, Panasonic GF1 and Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 lens. Manual focusing with this lens on GF1 is challenging. Stretching your arms out so you can see the image on the LCD when focusing will cause you to be unstable. Hence, I really hope that GF3 will have a built-in high resolution viewfinder. GF2 has already been in the market for several months, but I didn’t want to upgrade because it still doesn’t have the built-in viewfinder. Yes, it has an optional external viewfinder you can buy, but I don’t quite like the idea as I want to keep the entire setup small.MORE +

Stroboscopic Flash Photography

I seldom use flash. Very very seldom even though I have had an external flash, Canon 580 EX, for few years already. I love natural light and any other available / ambient light when shooting. Almost all of my photos at Masakecil were taken without flash. But every now and then, I use flash for some creative photography, like the ones here. They were shot using stroboscopic flash technique.MORE +

Children Photography – Shooting Everyday Photos

Photographing childhood means much more than just taking portrait shots of your children. It means photographing memories. Sometimes, some of these memories cannot be repeated anymore, or sometimes they become very important because they happen for the very first time. MORE +

Waiting

My daughter was bored when our flight out of Singapore on Tuesday was delayed for the second time. We left home in Singapore at 3pm and only arrived home in Jakarta almost 7 hours later. I was so bored too that I took out my camera and started shooting her while she was eating all her cookies.  :)

The Butterfly

I have had this entry in my draft folder for many weeks. Not sure why I didn’t post it immediately then. But now, overseas and with no access to my photo archives at home, I decided to post this one to keep this blog updated.MORE +

Share Your Blessings

My fellow blogger friend, Daphne, at Mother Inc is organizing an event for children battling against cancer. Yes, you read it right, children battling against cancer. The event is called Happee Day, on Sunday, October 31st, at Hort Park. So, if you are in Singapore or planning to visit Singapore and you have couple hours to spare, please come to share your blessings with those children with cancer. Please visit Daphne’s blog entry to read more details about this event and what you can do to support.

Be grateful and share your blessings. Thank you.

Giggles

Children is one of my favorite subjects. I have mentioned here earlier that I started photoblogging since my daughter was born in 2005. While it’s nice to have children posing for you and looking at the camera, you can also photograph them while they are not. Shoot them while they are playing, laughing, giggling, sleeping, etc. Look for those expressions that you will cherish for many years to come.MORE +

10 Children Photography Tips

I am sure you may have other tips that work better for you and I am sure that there are more than just 10. But, I am sharing here what I usually do and hopefully this will help those who want to take better pictures of their children. Few of the tips below are applicable only for an SLR camera, but most of them are applicable for a point and shoot too. You can also view more collections of children and family photography on my Masakecil Photography website.

So here they are in no particular order.

1. Be patient
Children are usually active and not always willing to listen to instruction, so they are the boss during the photo shoot. Talk to them, build the connection with them during that short period, so they are comfortable with your presence. Watch them and be prepared with your camera for the good moments. Photos will usually come out more natural and will show the children as children in their own world. MORE +