Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rains, blooming flowers... butterflies!

With rains saturating a wide area of Luzon in the last couple of weeks, plants are in full bloom along the banks of the Bued River. 

When flowers appear, so do butterflies. The hand held Sony RX10 Mark IV, with its close focusing distance, long reach, competent AF and 24 fps burst rate, is well suited for capturing these colorful creatures while they hop from flower to flower.


Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, June 16, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 600 mm equiv., f/4, ISO 200, 1/500 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533. 
Larger 1500 x 1000 version


Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, June 16, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 600 mm equiv., f/4, ISO 200, 1/500 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533.

Larger 1500 x 1000 version

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A double treat of colors over Bued River

With thunderstorms starting to be more common over Bued River in the late afternoons, rainbows have appeared with more frequency too. Yesterday's colorful eye candy in the eastern sky was a rare double rainbow.

My color-blind eyes may not be able to recognize and fully appreciate each individual color, but my engineering mind is certainly awe-struck with the graceful and perfect geometric shape of this natural phenomenon.

Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, May 24, 2018, Canon 5D MIII + EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, 16 mm, f/7.1, ISO 100, 1/60 sec,
manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 450 pixels, with perspective correction.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Portrait of a Butterfly

After a couple of weeks of not touching my photo gear, I took a walk this Sunday morning to exercise my old legs, and to make sure that the electro-mechanicals of my camera are still in working order. This small butterfly (wing size is about an inch at the longest portion) provided a convenient target practice.

At f/5, full zoom and near minimum focus distance, the DOF is just good enough to render details sharp where it matters, while melting nicely the out of focus foliage in the background.

Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, March 18, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 600 mm equiv., f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/80 sec,
manual exposure in available light, manual focus, Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, major crop resized to 1500 x 1000. 
   

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Surfin' Baler

Some surfing footage filmed at Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora, Philippines on February 16 and 17, 2018.

Captured with a hand held RX10 Mark IV, manual exposure in available light, various focal lengths, apertures and shutter speeds, filmed in 120p and 240p then processed to 1920 x 1080/23.976p (cinematic 2.4:1 aspect ratio).

 (It seems Youtube's compression algorithm struggled with the many details in motion, and has discarded a significant amount of data.)

Monday, February 5, 2018

White-throated Kingfisher at Bued River

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis, migrant) 

Habitat – Clearings, along large streams and rivers, and in open country. 

Shooting info – filmed in natural habitat on February 6, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 600 mm (equiv.), f/7.1, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, manual exposure in available light, Steadyshot off, 4K/29.97p capture processed to 1920 x 800/23.976p (cinematic 2.4:1 aspect ratio).


Thursday, February 1, 2018

The super blue moon of January 2018

Thick clouds obstructed the eastern skies early last night, and I initially thought I would miss the rare lunar spectacle that happens only once every 150 years. Just before the start of the eclipse, the heavens cleared, and I was able to get a few photos of the lunar show using my birding gear.


1. Start of the eclipse:

LUNAR ECLIPSE OF JAN. 31, 2018 (07:59:37 pm, Manila Time).  Observed from Rosario, La Union, Philippines Canon 7D II + 400 2.8 L IS + stacked Canon 2x II/1.4x III TCs, Manfrotto 475B/516 support 1120 mm, f/11, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, manual exposure, cropped and resized to 50%.


2. The last slice of sunlight leaves the lunar disk:

LUNAR ECLIPSE OF JAN. 31, 2018 (08:49:05 pm, Manila Time). Observed from Rosario, La Union, Philippines Canon 7D II + 400 2.8 L IS + Canon 1.4x III TC, Manfrotto 475B/516 support, 560 mm, f/4, ISO 1600, 1/25 sec, manual exposure, cropped and resized to 800 x 533.  


3. Total eclipse begins, no direct sunlight falls on the lunar surface:

LUNAR ECLIPSE OF JAN. 31, 2018 (08:56:05 pm, Manila Time). Observed from Rosario, La Union, Philippines, Canon 7D II + 400 2.8 L IS + Canon 1.4x III TC, Manfrotto 475B/516 support, 560 mm, f/4, ISO 6400, 1/25 sec, manual exposure, cropped and resized to 800 x 533. L

4. And some FHD footage of the astro show:


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mountain White-eye

Mountain White-eye (Zosterops montanus, resident)

Habitat - All forest types above 1000 m.

Shooting info – filmed in natural habitat at Elev. 1526 m ASL, Baguio City, Northern Philippines on January 20, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 600 mm (equiv.), various Av, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, manual exposure in available light, Steadyshot off, 4K/29.97p capture processed to 1920 x 800/23.976p (cinematic 2.4:1 aspect ratio).

Close up of a tiny butterfly

A short close up footage of a tiny butterfly (wing diameter is less than 1 inch at its widest) filmed at the banks of Bued River, Northern Philippines. 

 Shooting info – filmed in natural habitat on January 17, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 600 mm (equiv.), f/8, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, manual exposure in available light, Steadyshot off, 4K/29.97p capture processed to 1920 x 800/23.976p (cinematic 2.4:1 aspect ratio). 

Music – “Starry” by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com (royalty-free). 


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