July 10-15 Journal : Shutter Drag and Conspiracies

I decided to start journaling again because I think I am losing the ability to write. So every day I’ll add bits and bits here in my draft. Hope I can do this consistently.

July 10, 2018. Tuesday.

The meeting with foreigners at work that caused me a bit of anxiety and panic since last week was finally finished earlier. It went great! As usual, when I’m nervous, I covered it up with being talkative and cheerful. It works for me. It works also with past job interviews. I guess its not a downside after all.


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Earlier, someone from the past reached out to me in social media. Being associated with that person was one of the lowest point of my life. But I’m glad it did not do much chaos in my life because I still had sense of righteousness back then. But I didn’t regret what happened. I just won’t want to waste my time and emotional energy again now I am in much better place. So I eventually ignored him. That’s the only right thing to do.

I think that’s all for today. I’m going to write about my friend’s short film about “Ang Byahe ni Marlon”. I am so ecstatic for my friend because the film won the best film in the recent “Istorya ng Pag-asa film festival”. Anyway I’ll reserve other info in other blog. Nightie!

 

June 11, 2018. Wednesday.

This is indeed a busy day at work. Gah!

There is a funny thing that was discussed at work. I told you yesterday that I met some of the foreigner colleagues from the another team I work with for the first time. Earlier we had a meeting again and this time, I met other Filipino members of their team. The foreigners were surprised to know that that was the first time I met the members who are just working at the same building, just few floors away from me. I’ve been talking with them thru skype almost everyday. We work very near with each other and yet, the first people I met personally from their team were the one’s who came  from abroad ahahah. Isn’t that ironic?

Anyway after work, we had a photoshoot practice again with my manager. We are trying how to do the shutter drag effect. . It was really tiring but we did learn something on how to set up the lights to achieve it. By the way, since this is still a practice , we didn’t invite a model yet. I am the model for this practice shoot. I was not prepared. Haha .

Anyway I haven’t had a copy of the photos since we need to go home and we were hungry. I will get it tomorrow and post it here. So excited!

 

July 12, 2018. Thursday.

Busy day today. I was supposed to attend a stocks investment seminar but I was caught up with tasks at work. Anyway my friend finally released some pics from last nights photoshoot. But for the meantime, these are behind the scene photos.

 

July 13, 2018, Friday

Gosh. Before I slept last night, I watched a documentary…and I ended up sleeping at 2am. It is entitled “Give up Tomorrow” . This is about a sensationalized case way back 1997 wherein Paco , a half Filipino, half-Spanish was misjudged and misconvicted as the documentary claimed. I got hooked and shocked. It showed how fucked up the judicial system here in the Philippines.When I woke up the next morning, it was the first thing I thought. Paco, by the way, is still serving in Spanish prison. He’s working as a chef at daytime but still sleeps in prison at night.

To tell you the truth, I am convinced that Paco is innocent. The docu is obviously in favor of Paco. But it includes real-life interviews of the judge, the police, the accuse and the witnesses so it was really hard not not be carried away and be suspicious that there was indeed conspiracy! Not only but a lot of people in social media are now expressing their feelings about this documentary.

But I’ll make it a point that I’ll hear other side because that would be unfair. But let’s leave that for now. My friend finally released my shutter drag photos! Yehey!

Photos by Mary Ann Guinto

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Photo below: Gerard Dangca

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Full album:

https://web.facebook.com/meannguinto/posts/10214268606660697

July 14, 2018. Saturday.

What transpired for today.

  1. I attended Social Media Mastermind Seminar. I arrived one-hour late actually. What I learned? Hmm.. Well my main takeaway was this generation is now more on “stories”. And this generation prefers videos among others. People are more convinced if the presenter is moving and has good stories to tell
  1. I ate at Marugame Udon finally at Glorietta. This Japanese restaurant always have long waiting line. It discourages me every time. But today, I realized I am not that hungry and I have energy to wait. Well, it turns out that even if there indeed long line, they serve really fast. And yes its delicious. What more? It’s not that expensive compared to another Japanese favorite food ramen. I’ll be writing a separate blog about it.

3. The debate about Paco’s innocence are flaring up everywhere in social media. More and more people are watching the documentary Give-Up Tomorrow. This documentary is like watching a horror movie, only it happens or is still happening in real life

July 15, 2018. Sunday

Hiighlight of my day would be I was able to attend  church at the “The Feast” with my sister. I was actually feeling lazy because of the rain. And I am so engrossed with reading the commentaries about the Chiong Murder Case. That one really hyped me. I could not deny it. There are more theories spreading. Now it involves drug syndicate and corruption.  But anyway I’m happy that I still went to “The Feast” in spite of me being lazy. It really encouraged me that I am not alone this time. The talk for today was about dealing with depression which is very timely right? And I’m happy that the Feast understands that depression is a disease rather than just mere sadness.

Just like what JC Libiran said, when you have cold or cough for 2 to 3 days, it is still not serious. But it went on for weeks or months there must be something wrong! You need to consult a doctor. The same with depression. To feel sad and hopeless is normal, but if it went on for weeks or months , you don’t ignore it. You have to seek help too. I also like that they advised not to say “Kulang ka sa faith. Have faith in God”  While this is a sincere advise, it won’t help a clinically depressed person that much. Depression is a medical condition and it needs medical consultation.

If you are not familiar with “The Faeast”, it is a catholic gathering every Sunday. A session comprises of  a Mass then worship then a practical talk. I’ll probably write more about it in the future.

My Friend is Now a Film Director!(#SupportArtistFriends Series)

And an award-winning one on top of that. Her short film entitled “Ang Biyahe ni Marlon” recently bagged the Best Film Award in recently concluded “Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival“. This film festival was a joint project of Ayala and The Office of the Vice President and The Ayala Foundation.

Ang Biyahe ni Marlon tells a story of Marlon, an Uber driver who has Tourette Syndrome which is a neurological disorder that gives involuntary and repetitive movements to those who suffer it. Passengers giving him suspecting and judgmental stares is one of the challenges he faced as an Uber Driver. But this won’t stop him to work honorably for his family. This is the trailer of the short film.

WHERE CAN YOU WATCH IT? If you’re dropping by to the following cinemas to watch a movie this week, “Ang Byahe ni Marlon” would be among the trailers!

I have watched the film myself and all I could say is, this short film/documentary will touch your heart. It’s a little bit of a tearjerker actually. Five minutes of watching it will be worth your time. This is great for those who will bring their children because it teaches resilience and love.

Meanwhile, I haven’t introduced my friend yet who’s the director of the film. Her name is Florence Rosini!

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I met her in college. We both joined as staffers of our official university newspaper. Since then I already admired her writings to the point of insecurity. Hahaha! She’s really good.

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To tell you the truth we just meet sporadically after I graduated in college. Like we frequently plan to meet in different film festival events but most of them, never pushed through. We just get in touch thru social media. Florence, being a writer in GmaNewsTV before, led to something like this; my Facebook comment being broadcasted in television. Haha! This screenshot actually came from my officemate. I was shocked someone I know would even noticed this small airtime of fame lol.

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The time we met again was actually by an accident. We both signed-up for Lovelife retreat and surprised to see each other there. But then again, we really didn’t get to really bond until the Camerahaus Photofestival event last May 26, 2018. She was planning to score a Lumix Camera for her filming venture. She is now pursuing film studies in UP Diliman.

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This time we actually really meet at last!

I was really excited for her and willing to support. I remembered I also once dreamed to be engaged in film industry , like a director or a producer or a writer. But it so happens I have too many dreams aside from that. But right now, I’m just happy to support and know a friend actually knows her dream and living that dream. Go Florence!

I am so honored to be featured in the first ever v-blog using her new camera. In the future, she will produce more films with this camera and I am so giddy thinking about that.

Aside from being a film director, Florence is also into blogging and v-logging. She chronicles her film adventures, writing on-set , film festival attendance and sometimes, foodie adventures. She also has a travel agency. Please follow her at:

Blog: https://florencerosini.com/

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/kimedes009

To Florence,

Congratulations to you besh! I know you have told me before the struggles of being a writer in this country ( and now you have more stories to tell about being director this time) but I’m proud that you just keep on with your dreams. Your winning film is just a start of a milestone after milestone and I’m so excited on what you can do more in the future! I am just here to support you always to the best that I can. And let’s do collaborations in the future 😉

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PS: To all my friends who have watched “Ang Byahe ni Marlon” in the selected cinemas, please let us know your thoughts in social media and use the hashtag #AngBiyaheNiMarlon. We will definitely appreciate your support. Once again, I’m posting the details of the screenings. BE INSPIRED and watch films at the cinemas below.

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Another PS: This is the first blog entry of #SupportArtistFriends blog series. I aim to promote not only my artist friends but also to endorsed to everyone to support their artist friends by actually buying their product , listening their ideas and celebrate their victories instead of asking their services for free. ( Below photo and words not mine)

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Journal: Hello Second Half of the Year!

July 1, 2018

Linggo.

Filipino mode muna tayo. or Tanglish. I want to be my journal as raw as possible. Na-miss ko na maging diarist. Iyong araw-araw na nagsusulat talaga sa diary. Na-miss ko maging spontaneous sa pagsusulat. Iyong hindi ako nag-eedit masyado sa mga sasabihin ko. Ganun. Kaya ito, mag da diary ulit ako. I plan to publish my diary/journal once every week.

So Sunday ngayon. Simula ng buwan ng July. It’s official. Tapos na ang kalahati ng taon. Kumusta na kaya? Dinadalaw na naman ako ng anxieties ko. Bakit ba kasi ang bilis ng oras? Nakakapikon na e. haha!

Anyway nakatoka ako mag-serve as photographer sa The Feast ngayon, the happiest place on earth. Catholic Mass gathering ito. Karamihan ng mga tao pinagkakamalan itong Born-Again Christian Church dahil sa paraan ng pag-worhip. Iyong maingay, masigla, parang may concert lagi. Nakatoka ako sa 3:45 PM session. As usual, kukunan ko si Father, Si Bro. Alvin pero ang pinaka-favorite kong kunan ay mga taong buong puso nagwo-worship na tulad nito.

Saka iyong mga lovers na magkasamang nakikinig sa salita ng Diyos. Hawak kamay na nag pe-praise and worship. #RelationshipGoals ko ‘yan e.

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Higit sa lahat, gusto ko iyong mga tumatawa. Sniper ako lalo na kapag nagjo-joke na si Bro. Alvin Barcelona. Kailangan alerto ako sa mga stolen shots ng mga tumatawa.

Ang topic namin sa The Feast ngayon ay News Feed: How to Really Connect. E di ba, ang mga tao ngayon slave na ng social media. Connected na halos lahat sa virtual world pero sa personal, super disconnected na. Baligtad di ba? Sapul sa akin ito e.

Ang gist ng talk e. Social Media is NOT EVIL. It is how we use it. It’s okay to use Social Media as long as we don’t sacrifice the things that is already there. Like relationships. Kung tutuusin daw, ganiyan din nangyari nung nauso ang T.V. People demonized it but at the end, its still up to us. Papa-alipin ka ba?

Pagkatapos kong mag-serve sa The Feast sa PICC, dumaan ako sa Harbor Square. Nagugutom ako. Kailangan ko bumili ng pagkain para itake-out dahil pipila ako para manood sa Virgin Labfest sa Cultural Center of the Philippines. Ito lang ata ang stage performance na afford ko e. Hindi ko kayang manood ng mga broadway. Namamahalan ako e. Ito P400.00 lang, 3 nag-gandahang play na. Since napadaan na ako, hindi ko na maiwasang kumuha ng litrato. Sunset na kasi at ang ganda ng langit. Matitiis ko ba e hawak ko na ang kamera?

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Itong Harbor Square, favorite tambayan ito ng mga photographer na nagpa-praktis ng long exposure. Pumunta ka rito ng Linggo, hindi mawawala mga ganitong eksena, photographer na may dalang tri-pod.

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Bumili ako ng paborito kong Yello Cab MyMix. Iisa lang lagi combination ko. Charlie Chan + Hotchixx + kahit anong pizza. Constant iyong unang dalawa. Inubos ko iyan habang nasa pila ako ng CCP Box Office. Kasehodang nakaupo ako sa sahig! Chance tickets lang ito. So may chance na wala. Uuwi akong luhaan. Nangyari na sa akin iyon sa mga nagdaang Virgin Labfest.

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Pero sinuwerte ako 😉

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Ito na ang masasabi ko sa aking mga pinanood. Presenting, my capsule reviews!

A. Labor Room: Kwento ng mga babaing nag le-labor, nakunan at overuse nurse and doctor. Nakakatawa ang atake nito pero sinasalamin nito ang kalunos-lunos na kalagayan ng mga hospital ngayon. Napasaya ako at the same time, natakot na ako manganak sa Pilipinas. Bigyan ko ito ng ★★★★

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B. Tulad ng Dati: Nakalaya na si Kuya at nagre-union na sila ng kapatid. Hindi ko siya feel noong una. Parang ang awkward ng usapan nila at paligoy-ligoy. Iyon pala may dahilan kung bakit ang awkward nila. Although hindi ako nagulat sa twist, nakakaloka pa rin ang ending. Isa na lang masasabi ko, fearless!
Bigyan ko to ng ★★★.

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C. Ensayo. Kailangan magpraktis ng dalawang senior citizens para sa kanilang performance. Kaso may kissing scene ang script. Ito ang pinaka-light sa tatlong plays. And batikan ang mga aktor. Si Bembol Roco lang naman ang isa sa kanila. Napaka-cute at nakakatawa ng play na ito. Ito yung play na magtuturo sayo na kahit matanda ka na, pwede ka pa kiligin ulit at lumandi! Bigyan ko to ng ★★★★

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Ang highlight ko sa mga napanood ko ay nakakita na naman ako ng dalawang aktor na naghahalikan. Kasama iyon sa storya talaga. No hold barred ang mga shows dito. One time nga, about sa panahon ng Hapon ang play, talagang hubo’t hubad ang isang aktor. Buong play! Talagang magaganda ang mga istorya ng mga play dahil piling-pili ang mga script at napapanahon. Alam niyo ba, dalawang beses na ako nagpasa ng script para sa festival na ito. Kaso hindi napili e. Hindi ko na alam kung kailan na ulit ako makakapagpasa. Isa ito sa frustration ng buhay ko. Ang saya lang kasi, kapag napili ang script mo, magkakaroon siya ng direktor at mga aktor na magbibigay buhay sa kuwento mo. Astig di ba? Iiyak ako kapag nangyari ito. May mga napipili rin kasing script dito na nagta -trabaho halimbawa sa IT industry. At mahilig lang din talaga magsulat. Hay, kailan kaya ako papalarin?

Pero hindi lahat ng storya dito, sobrang malalalim at FEARLESS. Meron din pa-cute lang. Iyong patatawanin ka ng sobra. Katulad nung play ni Bembol Roco gaya nga ng naikwento ko sa review. Yes! Bembol Roco lang naman, one of the finest actors sa bansa. Pangalawang beses ko na siyang napanood dito ng live. At grabe, magaling talaga siya. Napatawa niya ako ng bongga.

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Nahiya ako magpapicture hehe.

Medyo malungkot lang ako kasi kadalasan kasama ko bff ko na si Mitchi saka si Santi sa panonood ng mga ganito. Kaso nasa ibang bansa si Mitchi. Si Santi naman e hindi puwedeng bumiyahe dahil maselan ang kaniyang kalagayan ngayon. Gayunpaman, sanay naman ako mag-isa hahaha! Mejo nag mukmok lang ako ng 5 minutes.

Ayun, pagkatapos umuwi na ako ng bahay. Grabe 11:00 PM na ako nakauwi. Nag-empake na ako ng gamit kasi ba-byahe pa ako sa dormitory. Lunes na naman kasi bukas. Grabe pagod ko. Dala ko kasi laptop ko saka camera buong araw. Pagkauwi, bagsak na ako sa kama.

Bye world!


Ayun, balak ko sana from July 1-7 ang post na ito kaso ang haba na pala. HIndi ko na alam gosh! Ang sarap magsulat ng ganito, chill lang. Walang paki sa sentence construction. Till next journal entry blog!!!

PS: Hanggang July 15 ang Virgin Labfest sa CCP! Nood na! FOr schedules and guides, check niyo itong link na ito mga beshies.

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Another PS! If you want to attend “The Feast”, reach out to me. Promise masaya talaga doon. 😉

No-sweat Sea of Clouds of Treasure Mountain

The moment I saw Treasure Mountain in Facebook, I know I have to go there someday. It promises an easy pass to “sea of clouds”. You don’t have to climb a mountain so to speak. Not that I am not fond of climbing mountains. Sometimes you just want to relax, take things easy. You want to take selfies in the mountainside without looking haggard and sweaty. (This is great for pre-nup shoot actually. I saw this in their page.) Manila habitants would also rejoice since it can only takes 3 hours to get here. More importantly, this is for the people who are incapable of climbing mountains for health reasons. In my case, I brought my mother here. I can never bring her to rigorous hiking. But thank goodness , there is treasure mountain.

Allow me to manage your expectation first. There is NO GUARANTEE you’ll see sea of clouds. It depends on the mood of the nature. But on the morning of June 24, 2018, we got super lucky.

 

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Treasure Mountain is located at Sitio May Sawa Brgy. Cuyambay, 1980 Tanay, Rizal. I will categorize the ways to go here in three modes.

 

A. Chillax Mode. There is less commuting efforts and there is definitely no hike involved. Straight to the mountain beshies.

  1. Go to Tanay Public Market with this 3 options.

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  • From Starmall in front of Megamall, ride a jeep or FX (UV express) going to Tanay Market
  • From MRT Cubao, ride an FX or Jeepney going to Tanay Market.
  • From LRT Santolan, ride FX going to Tanay Market.

 

2. From Tanay Public Market, ride a tricycle straight to Treasure Mountain. This will cost P500.00. I think that could accommodate  four persons already, as long as you fit in one tricycle. I got our trike near Puregold, somewhere around Public Market.

 

B. Adventurer Mode. I called it this way because it takes a lot of commuting and it gives you an opportunity to have 20-minutes trek to sea of clouds.

  • Ride a van or jeepney going to Cogeo Gate 2 or Padilla
  • Ride a jeepney bound to Sampaloc, Tanay
  • Get-off at Sitio Maysawa, waiting shed or the jump-off to the Maysawa Circuit
  • Trek for 45 minutes or take a tricycle to Treasure Mountain

C. Detour Mode. We did this one unexpectedly.

We came from Antipolo because we visited Luljetta Hanging Garden first. The original plan is from there, we will travel to Treasure Mountain and stay overnight. I even reserved a room. But there was quite a heavy rainfall. Aside from that, all jeepneys going to Tanay were all full. Tricycle from Antipolo woudn’t even agree to bring us even in Tanay Market because it was too far. I was highly discouraged and actually decided to go home already. We stopped by in a restaurant in Morong to have dinner. We had a chitchat with the crew there and they suggested we stay in a low-cost apartelle nearby to rest then just travel at 2 am. We decided to take this advice.

This is Hanson’s Apartelle in Teresa, Antipolo and it have crazy low rates. Great for the people who went on Antipolo tour. Or people who want to have shorter travel time for their tour in Tanay, Rizal.

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We took the 6 hours Aircon room. This is for two people only. We just added P100.00 for extra person. So all-in-all we spent P550.00 pesos. Not bad right?

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This is the room. There’s no much facility here. No wifi, no extra outlet, the t.v was old.  I But who would I to  complain? It is expensive and a truly decent room to stay for a short time. The CR is okay too. It is clean.

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At 2:30 am, we took a jeepney going to Tanay. We dropped-off Puregold near Tanay Public Market and immediately got a trike going straight to Treasure Mountain. Even though it was still dark, we already saw a LOT of sea of clouds along the way. I was so happy.

REGISTRATION

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I am quite disappointed with this one. We arrived at around 4:30 am. But we were greeted with an empty registration area. (Well except dogs were there.) I read that the day tour starts at 4 am so I expect that it would open at this time. Time is of the essence for me. Sea of clouds may disappear And I need to set-up in a good spot for photos. Also we were also there for the sunrise.    I  think the staff arrived at 5 am.

Entrance fee is only P 150.00 each person for DAY TOUR.

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But there’s no time for bad vibes. Sea of Clouds is waiting for us and we have to hurry!

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I intentionally brought this skirt for awra purposes haha!

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Nang umakyat si Inang Kapatagan sa Kabundukan…

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The Sea of clouds rose up from where stood. There was a moment of zero visibility here. If this is water, we were drowned for sure. But this is clouds and we are happy to drown. Now, it’s great for coffee drinking session.

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FOODS and DRINKS

After taking so much photos, it’s time to get hungry and satisfy our coffee cravings because of cold temperature.  Treasure mountain has a small restaurant which is open from 6 am to 9pm.

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These are the rates of the food here. It’s quite pricey for silog meals but reasonable since we’re on top of a mountain. Coffee by the way is P20.00 per cup.

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Another resto option that I haven’t tried is  The Lounge at Treasure Mountain.

These are some of the dramatic photos I took

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Thanks to my sister for assisting me for these shots  taken during sunrise.

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RATES SUMMARY base on Treasure Mountain fb page as of October 5, 2017: 

Entrance Fee

  • Day(4am to 3pm): P150.00
  • Over- night(4pm to 1pm): P200.00

Overnight

  •     Tent Pitching: P300.00
  •     Tent Rental: P500.00 / tent for a capacity of 2 persons, P800.00 / tent for a capacity of 4 persons
  •      Sleeping mat rental: P200.00
  •      Room Lodging: P500.00 minimum of 2 persons and maximum of 5 guests. Sleeping mat inclusive.

Side-Trip

  •  Bosay Falls : P500.00 for tour guide, maximum of 5 guests

 

Cars are welcome to go directly here but be warned that there are parts of  the road that has still no pavement year. This will be on the driver’s discretion.

They have decent CR too. Quite muddy and dark but understandable since this is on top of a mountain.

Going back to Tanay Public Market is easy too. There’s a tricycle terminal just walking distance away from Treasure Mountain.

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That’s all for now. I have a lot of videos here that I have not processed yet. Overall, this is a beautiful place for relaxation and mountainside photo-ops. It’s inexpensive and require no long travel time from Manila.  The cons are  late opening of Registration area and very slow-response in their fb page. My reservation for a room took about 4 days to be processed. But still, I will definitely come back here because I haven’t roamed the area. I have missed beautiful spots for more photo-ops. And I haven’t done the original plan of Astrophotography practice here.

For inquiries, here’s the link Treasure Mountain Fb Page.

Bye Beshies for now!

I’ll leave you with this GIF.

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And this BTS photo taken by mother that I’m really fond of.

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And a MORAL LESSON!

RAIN is not always a bad thing.  After the rain, there will be rainbows. And also SEA of CLOUDS!  (Wew that was deep -_- ….)

Kidding aside, if we gave up because of the heavy rain,  we would have not seen this breathtaking view. That translate to real life as well. So don’t give up with life struggles. Always looks for detour to get what you want.

The Emotional True Story Behind the Itchyworm’s Latest MV “Di Na Muli”

Long before Itchyworms became mainstream popular, I have already adored this band because of the usual funny attack to emotional songs.  Their song entitled “Happy Birthday” is one of my all-time favorites. The melody is happy and festive but the lyrics narrates a story about a birthday celebration of a man whom no one remembers. Whey they had big break in OPM scene, I was really happy because this band deserves it.

And now, I just saw their latest music video for their song “Di Na Muli”  and I could not contain the overwhelming emotions it gives me. Moreover, it comes with a true to life story that is both romantic and melancholic.

Di Na Muli was written in 2016 by long-time friends Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola. They entered the song into the 5th Philippine Popular (PhilPop) Music Festival, performed by The Itchyworms, where it won the grand prize. Now, in 2018, the song has been given new life in the official soundtrack of the hit film Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story) (Viva Films, starring Dingdong Dantes and Anne Curtis, directed by Irene Villamor). ‘

The music video, however, tells another story that is different from the movie. I will directly quote the narration of music video “co-director Juno Oebanda” on how he came up with the idea of this music video. This is also shared in the comment section in youtube.

“WHO IS THE LADY IN THE VIDEO”

By co-director Juno Oebanda

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Rosky Balahadia Hilado, widow of the late Teodoro “Teddy” Hilado to whom the video is dedicated to. When I first heard DI NA MULI after The Itchyworms bagged grand prize at PhilPop 2016 it moved me to tears like no other. Having known the band for quite some time I called them and expressed the desire to do a music video – I felt the song written by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola was so powerful it needed a proper one. But how? What treatment?

The light bulb came close to Teddy Hilado’s first death anniversary in 2016 and so the story goes …. Teddy in his younger years was the first technical and lighting director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Bayanihan Dance Group , this is where he met the young Rosky at that time one of the principal dancers of the Bayanihan. At the CCP is where their love story started – Teddy designing the lights over dances that Rosky did on stage.

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I presented the story line to the Worms and they liked it and proceeded to talk to the CCP if we could film in and around the theater. We were given a venue grant easily since Teddy is one of CCP’s pioneers. By this time, I had to look for a partner to do this with, not being a film director I called up Direk Paolo Abella an expert in film to help me execute this project. Support in the form equipment came from the LIVE entertainment industry as well. So the music video story goes… Rosky comes back to the CCP stage after more than 20 years and reminisces how and where her love story with Teddy started. This is where Rosky takes over and owns the song, how she walked, how she smiled, how she cried and how she gracefully danced were all real emotions. The young Rosky was played by Kare Adea who was equally wonderful.

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In this photo, I was giving Tita Rosky blocking instructions when she whispered to me smiling but with tears in her eyes, “I haven’t been on this stage for more than 20 years.” I said, “TIta this last sequence is where you will dance with Tito Teddy, dance with the light Tita, dance with Tito Teddy”. What happened next was magical, her poise – her grace was that of a woman dancing with her love again, there was no acting here. The beautiful, emotional lighting execution was by Shakira Villa Symes who for a time was mentored by Teddy Hilado himself, I could not think of any other current Lighting Director more worthy of doing this but Shari. The video ends with Rosky with a solo top light. Go figure.

Di Na Muli – is a gem of a song that comes around not too often. It’s a song that becomes yours, you own it. Any other story would have made a wonderful narrative, this one just has a setting that all of us can relate to, who does not love the beauty that is the CCP anyway.”

Watch the music video itself and be mesmerized by the stunning performance of Itchyworms and Mrs. Rosky Hilardo.  I also copied the lyrics below.

 

Verse:

Nung araw kay tamis ng ating buhay

Puno ng saya at ng kulay

Di mauulit muli

 

Ang oras kapag hinayaang lumipas

Madarama mo hanggang bukas

Di mababawi muli

 

Chorus:

Ang dami daming bagay na hindi naman kailangan

Kung pwede lang bawasan natin ang mga tampuhan

Hindi mo lang alam hindi mo pa nararanasan

Kahapon sana natin di mo na pinahirapan

Patawad muli

Di na muli

 

Verse:

Ang oras kapag hinayaang lumipas

Madarama mo hanggang bukas

Di mababawi muli

 

(Instrumental)

 

Bridge:

At natapos ang himas ng sandal

Di kukubli aking tinig

Nang lumipas na’t di man lang nasabi

Salamat hanggang sa muli

 

Chorus:

Ang dami daming bagay na hindi naman kailangan

Kung pwede lang bawasan natin ang mga tampuhan

Hindi mo lang alam hindi mo pa nararanasan

Kahapon sana natin di mo na pinahirapan

Patawad muli

Di na muli

 

Binawi buhay mo ng walang sabi

Binubulong ko sa sarili

Mahal kita hanggang sa huli

Mahal ko hanggang sa huli

 

I shared this music video with a close friend and of course, noted him to read the story behind it in youtube. Here is his reaction.

 

My friend is now in ugly crying mode. Mission Accomplished!

Thank you Itchyworms! You are a gem in OPM scene. Please don’t disband ever!

And to Direk Juno for being the mastermind of this touching music video.

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Have you watched the video? What did you feel about it? I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Other links to listen this song and credits.

Youtube link for Di Na Muli official music video: https://youtu.be/rgHHJkzn5TU

For updates about The Itchyworms, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Listen to the music of The Itchyworms on Spotify, Deezer and iTunes.

Check out their music videos: Official Youtube channel
Video Credits

Di Na Muli
Words and Music by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola

Starring
Rosky Balahadia Hilado
Carissa Adea
and The Itchyworms

Executive Producers: Juno Oebanda and The Itchyworms
Directors: Paolo Abella and Juno Oebanda
Director of Photography: Arvin Viola
Lighting Director: Shakira Villa-Symes
Drone Pilot: Paolo Jaminola
Editor: PJ Corpuz
Colorist: Marilen Magsaysay

Special Thanks to:
Audio Video Solutions Corporation
Soundcheck Inc.
Forerunner Technologies Inc.
JB Music
Forscink Inc.
Digital Fusion Productions
Aero 360 International
Creative Control Group

The administration and staff of the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Day 7 of Portrait Challenge And My Favorite Lightroom Presets For Portraits

This is Day 7 and the final day of the challenge. Aside from showcasing these portraits I captured during Camerahaus Photo Festival, I also present to you some of my favorite Lightroom presets I use which I also used in this portrait challenge series. But first, let’s have an overview what presets are.

  1. What are Lightroom Presets?

Lightroom is a mobile editing app just like Snapseed, VSCO and Instagram. Lightroom presets are actually filters but way more advance because you can adjust the settings, hue, tone curve and other things. You can actually make your own Presets. People who are good in it can share or even sell it.

I’ve been addicted with Lightroom editing recently since you can edit a lot of pictures in batches. While I do manually edits, I truly love to use presets that I got online. In this blog post I am going to share my favorites especially in portraits.

2. Where did I get this Lightroom presets?

I got this all from a Facebook community   Lightroom Classroom PH . If you want to have this presets, you have to be a member of this Facebook group. Talented creators are frequently having giveaways there. They are pretty generous.

So that’s it. Off we go. Some of my favorite presets.

1.Creamy Beach

Creator : Klein Conejos a.k.a NoobGFX. The creator has his own fb page: NoobGFX. 

I consider this as my most favorite preset. I actually raped it haha! And if you have been following my blog for a while, you will  notice that I use it for most of my blog posts. I just love how it brings out the colors of the picture. It also gives skin a pinkish glow. Although sometimes, it is way too much pink. But for that, I just tweak saturation a little..

Before Vs After-Edit

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With Preset

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Other samples

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See my other blog posts using this preset: Drown in Flowers in Northern Blossom Atoc, Benguet

 

2. Peach Perfect 

Creator: Steph Villanueva

I just discovered this recently and it became my instant favorite because it looks subtle and natural. It does not change the skin tone too much. It is also extremely good in underexposed photos.

Before Vs After-Edit

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Other samples

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See my other blog posts using this preset: Day 1 of Portrait Challenge

3. Creamy Fade Light 

Creator: Klein Conejos aka.  NoobGFX. 

Yes another NoobGFX preset! Creamy Beach and this one is actually part of his creamy presets. It looks like Creamy Beach but this one has slight fade effect. It also more brighter.

Before Vs After-Edit

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See other blog post that use this preset: Dessert Museum Adventure

4. Orensie 

Creator: JAO

It makes the photo a little bit antique. It’s just harsh on the skin sometimes. It makes the skin looks copper but it looks good if a human subject is far away. This would be my least favorite in this batch if portrait is the issue. But this  looks really good in landscapes.

Before Vs After-Edit

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5.  Lightroom Preset Groove

Creator:  Sheantel Claveria

This is my most recent discovery. I love the mood it gives to the photo and it is skin-friendly too. This is the next preset I’ll abuse.

Before Vs After-Edit

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Other samples:

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That’s all folks. My 7-Day Portrait Challenge is over. I actually haven’t published my Day 6 here in my blog but it’s already in my facebook page: Gurezu Blog.

How about you?! What’s your favorite Lightroom Preset here in this post? Feel free also to suggest any other Lightroom presets that are great in portraiture photography in the comments below. I would love to try them out.

 

 

When You Sleep Early, You Wake Up Way Way Too Early

June 13, 2018

Wednesday

5:43 A.M. Pavements are wet. Roads are starting to get busy. No rain but the gloomy sky suggests it is just warming up for another batch of rainfall.

I don’t mean to discourage anyone from sleeping early with the title. It is just this made me remember why I am not fond of sleeping early. I slept at 11:00 pm last night. I considered it early since for the past weeks I am sleeping at 2 am. For the record, I once successfully slept at 9pm but woke up at 12 am. And I was not able to feel sleepy again until hours that I am supposed to be productive at work. I have been attempting to sleep earlier again since last week. I feel sick the whole long weekend due to piled-up exhaustion so I promised that last night, I will do it FOR REAL. As a result, I woke up at 3:50 am. I attempted to sleep again but my hungry stomach wouldn’t let me. So at 4:45 am, I decided to just get up, eat , go to work and if I ever feel sleepy, I might take a nap in the office.

There is a tapsilogan just beside the dormitory. They said they are open 24 hours. They are indeed open but they could not accept orders yet because they were cleaning up. So they are temporarily closed. I felt they lied to me. Haha!

Moving-on, the next plan is to go to 7-11. But wait a minute,the newly-opened Jollibee is operating for 24 hours!!!

The giant Jollibee on it is still creepy.

I’ve been passing this Jollibee when it was still closed. I think it was creepy because the said branch was still dark and there was still no sign of life. But now it is already open, I still think it looks creepy up. He looks like he’s about to jump and tore someone to pieces.  Nyahah!

This is what I ordered. Breakfast Chickenjoy because I am a fan of Chickenjoy. But I did not enjoy it. The chicken was too dry.

Anyway by the time it was finished, the sun rose already.

If anything good comes out from waking up too early , it is I was able to find time to blog and write. Although this particular post has crappy underexposed photos from my mobile phone, it made me feel good that i was able to unload my thoughts through writing. Without putting much thought into it, the formatting, the editing of the photos. Letting every words flow spontaneously. This past weeks I’ve been complaining about how I could not able to write unlike I do before. I believe I am a writer but I feel like I am letting myself down. Last week I read my offline diary and felt sad that I could not write like that anymore. It felt its because I tried hard to not feel emotions anymore because of what happened from many moons ago. That in expense of learning how NOT to feel, I could not write anymore. I named it as Writing Paralysis.

But congrats to me. I have written this long post with a tinge of emotions and sarcastic hyperbole’. It is a start I guess. Maybe watching Brooklyn Ninety-Nine during my sickly weekend helped me to somehow let English words flow.

Anyway some updates,

1. I’ll be joining a trip to Marinduque this coming weekend. It means more photoshoot! Yey!

2. I booked my trip to Palawan for August. I actually did not booked it myself. My friends helped me because I am lazy to spot promos. And I don’t have credit card.

I think that’s all for now. I have to rush back to my dorm because I need to occupy the bathroom before my roomies. Xiao!

And oh here’s my honest to goodness selfie

Day 5 of My Portrait Challenge Featuring Filipino Handcrafters

Day 5 out of 7 days of Portrait Photography Challenge.

Featuring handcraft artists I met during CameraHaus neighbor event “Bosch Fan Fair” last Saturday where toymakers, wood and metal artists showcased their art. I talked with some artists and they enthusiastically posed with their sample works. I added description and their contact numbers just in case you are interested.
I also want to thank Sir Golden Maranan of Bosch, organizer of the event who introduced to me to other artists and liked my page as well. Thank you Sir!

Title: Filipino Handcrafters
Gear:Fuji-XA3, 35mm f1.4 fujinon
PP: Lightroom presets Sunnysidev2 and Rufosque
Event: Fan Fair sponsored by Bosch, May 26, 2018, BGC, Taguig City

 

  1. Arvin Angeles. A creator of collectible scratchbuild Voltes V toys. He debuted his public display in ToyCon Manila 2017. He continues to join in different toy conventions and workshop in the country. You can see more of his amazing works in his fb page: ArvinAngeles2000

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2. Kenneth Si of Hashikko. He does customized furnitures, decors and sculptural trophies. For orders: Contact 09166088909.

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3. Donald Lee of House of Wooden Letters. Established in 2013, House of Wooden letters has provided a great alternative to commercial gifts, home, and office decors, business and office signs and souvenirs.

For those interested: like their fb page:  House of the Wooden Letters

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Posing with Sir Golden Maranan of Bosch Philippines.

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Here’s just random photos from the Fan Fair.

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Because of this event, I also come to know about  Bosch User Group Philippines.  First of all Bosch is a well known brand for providing tools, cordless or corded power tools  which  artists like them use to create wonderful crafts. These fb group is not only a user group but a hub to share their favorite tools and guidance to those who have questions about them.

I truly appreciate Filipinos that brings the honor of our country though any form of art. I wish to meet more of them personally in the future. How about you? Do you also have this kind of hobby? Please share their social media accounts. I always love to discover new artists.

Day 4 of My Portrait Challenge and Tips on Fashion Photography by Charisma Lico

We are on Day 4 and my model today is a celebrity! Angelina Jolie! She looks super fresh that day  she made it look like the break-up with Brad Pitt was million years ago.

Of course I am kidding. But she truly looks like Angelina Jolie perhaps in her younger years. But sometime’s she looks like Scarlet Johansson too. What a lucky lady.

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By the way I met her in Camerahaus Photo Festival yesterday. The highlight of he event for me is I got to attend the “Fashion OOTD Photography” seminar by Charisma Lico. And as part of the practice session, they invited Angelina Johansson (I named the model this way for the mean time” to be the student’s subject. To tell you the truth, it was not comfortable to shoot with many photographers. It was like a battle to get up close shots with the model. The shoot looks like this.

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I’m not the only girl in the pack but majority are boys. I think in photography world, girls are really outnumbered. By the way I could say I am lucky to be in front as much as I’m persistent too!

She looked like Scarlet Johansson in this one.

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Gear: Fuji-XA3, Fujinon 35mm F.1.4 lens
Location: BGC
Model: Angelina Johansson (Joke only. Really don’t know the name)
PP: No preset. Just slight adjustment for exposure, contrast

Since this is a fashion shoot, let’s have a write-up on her style for on that day. Angelina Johansson sported a  sleeveless pink cropped-top paired with glimmery green pants.

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Her sky-high stilettos might cost a fortune I supposed.

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I adore her circular necklace and earrings. I can imagine this whole ensemble is well-suited for a night-out or for hosting an event or party.

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Special thanks to Ms. Charisma Lico for sharing her experiences and knowledge about Fashion Photography. I have checked out her instagram    and I realized that she was the photographer of almost all magazine covers that  I liked recently. I am really inspired. By the way here she is! She’s pretty too!

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SOME NOTES FROM HER LECTURE

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1. What are the factors to help you conceptualize a  Fashion Photography shoot?

She summarized the answer in an acronym DO IT.

D-Desire! You have to answer the following questions first.

a. What do you want?

b. Who is the subject?

c. What is the genre or the desired details of the shoot?

O- Overall Impact! This refers to the mood, treatment, feel or tone of the photo you want to achieve. Do you want it be magical, gothic, vintage?

I-Influences. You can also get concepts from the photographers you admire. It does not necessarily mean you copy them because you’ll never be able to. but you can always get ideas on how they approach a shoot, on what are their workflows, thought processes and so on. And from there, you will be able to create your own.

T-time. You invest time and effort. You keep on shooting, reading and learning. Eventually, concepts and ideas would automatically flow.

2. Fashion Photography comes with a set of team; you as a photographer, art-director,make-up artist, stylist and the model. It is a collaboration of artistic  minds

3. In a fashion shoot, the first thing to be considered is the THEME. Eventually, the poses, location, set-design and treatment will follow. 

4. Some DIY fashion tip idea. Use a projector. Very portable and it’s a set design by itself.  These are the sample from her instagram. I’m pretty sure these are the photos she showed in the lecture as well.

After the shoot with the model, she showed her own output as well.

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She uses Sony A7 RII. Settings says she used an ISO 500 because it was quite cloudy at that time, aperture of F 1.4 and Shutter speed of 1/800.  She shoots is Raw + JPEG mode. I forgot what lens she used. I’m going to ask her in instagram. I hope she replies haha!

 

By the way, I won something in this seminar because I asked a question. It’s a cute notebook!

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Thanks Sony although I am a Fujifilm user. ;P

 

Day 3 of My Portrait Challenge and Pointers of a Good Portrait Photography

Yes! For the Day 3, my models are cute children!  I captured these photos during our company’s Trick or Treat last year. There are loads of pictures but these are my favorites.
Title: Cute Kids in Costumes
Model: Officemate’s kids
Camera:Fuji-XA3  with Fujinon 56mm F1.2 lens
Edit: Some SOOC, some with minor Lightroom adjustments to correct skin tone.

Special thanks to G2photography Photobooth, Photoman and Photo Coverage for lending me the 56mm F1.2 prime lens.  It was easy to isolate the subject from the background using this lens. Truly good for events and portraits. I could not afford this kind of lens so it was a great experience to feel how it feels like to use this.

Cute Hermione

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Moana (I think?)

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An Angel

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I’m not sure …

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Princess Sophia?

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Baby Shark

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Thor

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Little Red Riding Hood. I applied a preset on this one. I want to make it slightly dramatic. Like she’s looking for someone, a fox maybe.

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And my most favorite kid that day, Chuckie! I picked him because he’s much into his character. He was running around , hiding and taunting passerby for reals. I almost had a heart attack when he surprised me. Just look at his eyes. He’s enjoying being photographed.

 

 

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So while I’m this challenge, I had some readings more like a review with regards on what it makes  a good portraiture photography. I’ll make this notes super super short.

Portrait Photography is capturing an image of a person base on the personality he wanted to convey

These are the signs of a good portraiture photography.

  1. Subject’s confidence in front of the camera. To connect to the subject is the first job of a photographer and is very important. When the subject is at ease in front of the camera and the photography process, he could effectively exude the aura and do all the poses required. This all boils down with photographer’s communication skills. A good photographer could make the most camera shy person to feel confident in front of the camera.
  2. Clarity of the eyes. As the old saying says, it’s the window of the soul. If the eyes is not clear in the portraits, the whole  image suffers.
  3. Correct skin tone or in technical terms, the right “White Balance”.  Most portrait photography should show skin color as close to the subject’s actual skin color . It could be an exception if there is an unusual theme  in mind.  If  there’s an occasion that skin color can’t be matched, the technique is to make it black and white.

 

Of course there are other rules but these three are the most usual key points I see in any article. In my experience, number 3 is the hardest one. First, you can’t control the lighting condition in most cases specially if its outdoor or an event. And I also have the weakness to over edit pictures. For some reason, warm skin tones looks pleasing to my eyes. A habit that I am still learning to supress! haha! Anyway I have learned something in lightroom to correct the skin tone. To help you visualize, here’s one of the pic above that I edited.

Unedited. Warm skin color. Kinda yellowish because of the lighting

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Edited. Slightly corrected the skin by Lightroom.

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Did the picture improved from the previous one? What do you think my dear readers?

If you think so, I’ll say how I corrected this thru Lightroom. ( Actually there’s a bunch of it in youtube.)