The Pool of Hope

I know it’s not easy, not easy at all. It’s not easy to start something, specially when you are more like a visitor than the creator.

When I started this blog I guess it’s about 4 months back, I was overly excited and didn’t think much how to start and what to write. Let’s just say I was trying to make a way to represent my photographs, trying to implement some original ideas. (Guess, it’s not that original 🙂 ) I always used to browse photo blogger’s post and it’s was an awesome experience with so much of inspiration. Not only Word Press bloggers but also outside bloggers.

For a long time I am uploading my photographs to various websites like Flickr, 500px I was happy but not satisfied. So I though of doing something different, instead of creating a Facebook fan page e.g. “XXX Photography”, I decided to start blogging.

I am happy I am still doing it, and hopefully I will be able to take this blog to a different level. This reminds of a line from a very popular movie.

I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

Courtesy: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Pool

I took this photo couple of months back using my Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens wide open (No filter). The subject is not that interesting, however the color of the photo I found to be eye catching. While it was dusk, the sun was ready to set and the beautiful orange light was reflecting on the pool from the backside of the high rise building.

I know this blog is far from perfect. But I believe in “Success is a journey and not a destination” and let’s make this journey beautiful.

Thanks for dropping by.

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A different perspective

In my older posts I have mentioned about buying a new lens. Though I prefer prime lens than the zoom one and If you ask me why ? my quick answer will be its fast & sharp. However recently I felt my 40 mm prime is way too long to fit the story in my frame.

In last couple of months I was looking into different wide angle lens – my first preference was always Nikon but most of the time preference and affordability does not match and on those cases affordability wins (Well I guess most of the time). I choose Tokina 11- 16 F2.8 DX II. Bought it from Hildalgo, Quaipo, Manila.

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The photos came out very sharp in the middle of the frame but has a good amount of distortion at the corner of the frame which is acceptable for a wide angle lens like this.

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The best thing I liked about this lens is that you can capture a lot of things in your frame (say the background, the atmosphere etc.) which gives you a different perspective all together.

I would call below photo as “Busy Market”. The aim was to capture the frame on how the wet market looks like when lots of people are walking, buying and selling. So even though I was hand holding my camera I tried to take a long exposure (about 2 sec.) just to get the panning effect in order to show the busy atmosphere of the Quiapo.

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Now the next one is funny. It was very hot and humid at that time of the year, if I can remember it correctly it was around mid May and I was just smoking beside a vegetable shop and noticed that two dogs are eating “Ladies Finger” (a.k.a. “Okra”). Well that’s a first time for me and felt like I should capture this candid moment :).

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It was late afternoon and while going back home, I found this guy is sitting in front of a showroom of men’s inner wear. He was calculating something and I found this photograph very intuitive. I noticed the catch line written beside him was “Satisfying the human need for comfort”, may be he is one of those people who is working day and night to make our life more comfortable.

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Now this photo I took and didn’t even ask for permission. Well while taking the street photos some photographers feel that zoom lens is the right lens to carry, it has it’s own pros and con but I don’t want to go into those details now (You can always Google it). I took the below photo while walking through the side walks and liked with the combination of dark red background with the two guys sitting wearing white shirts. The color came out pretty nice, what do you think ?

The seller & his friend

Tokina 11-16 2.8 lens it pretty sharp and renders good color but for my entry level DSLR body I felt it’s very heavy. I always like lightweight camera for street photography which is easy to hold and carry. But the truth is it’s really felt awesome in my hand, very sturdy, fast focus and grand focal length to work with.

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Nikon 10-24mm F3.5 – 4.5 is also very nice lens, but considering the price point and the sharpness I think Tokina is better. If you are planning to buy a wide angle lens, Tokina 12-28 F4 also worth a try.

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I guess I am not a great reviewer of the lens, so please don’t consider this as a review of Tokina 11-16 F2.8. There are plenty of websites where you can get the review in detail. This is just my opinion on Tokina 11-16 as a street photography lens. It’s great lens for landscape photography also because of its focal length. In future I will post landscape photos taken using this lens.

Hope you liked the photos. Waiting to hear from you 🙂