Shoe store

Shoe store

Old school delivery system. See that noose? That is used to transport shoes from the top floor to the ground floor. The guy below would holler for a specific shoe style, colour, and size; the person above would then lower—if not toss—the requested shoe down.


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Youth of today

Youth of today

A youngster with a mobile phone. Decades ago, this was something that would’ve been completely unheard of.



Once again I used a Voigtlander manual lens for this shot. These dogs were too frisky so I had to wait for them to calm down to take this shot. One thing good about a manual focus lens in this situation is that the cage bars would’ve fooled an autofocus lens.


Because I was eating at Yabu, Mall of Asia all by my lonesome self . . .

Misc 1 (2) Misc 8 (1)

Above images were taken with an Olympus OM-D EM-5 with a Voigtlander 17.5 and further post-processed (using VCSO) to emulate Fuji Superia 100 film.

Voigtlander lens

I am experiencing (and to some degree, reliving) the joys of manual lenses.

A few months ago, I bought, as a birthday gift to myself, a 17.5mm f0.95 Voigtlander lens. I bought it in a recent trip to Singapore at a shop called Chiif Cameras. I have been eyeing this lens for a long time, ever since a good friend of mine, in one of his visits back to Manila, brought a 25mm Voigtlander.

The lens is simply beautiful.  It’s  is perfect with the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and it’s electronic viewfinder (EVF). I configured one of the buttons on the OM-D as a magnify button, enabling me, with the push of a button, to automatically zoom in on the subject. Viewing the subject through the EVF, I can easily magnify to 14x to make sure the subject is in focus.

Check out the unedited images after the break . . .

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Baclayon Church: Before and After

Baclayon Church, taken in 2009

I took the picture above in 2009. Baclayon Church, also known as the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion, is one of the best-preserved Jesuit-built churches in the Philippines. Completed in 1727, it is known to be the first Philippine church built from coral stones.

Here’s the picture after the intensity 7.2 earthquake hit Bohol.

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