I am a photographer, consultant, and writer currently living in Makati, Philippines. My interests range from photography to arts. I am also interested in fashion, outdoors, and travel.
My interest in photography began when I was still in my teens but back then I can’t afford to buy my own camera and having photography as a hobby was very expensive in the 90’s. Coming from a poor family, we only had one camera and it was only my father who took photos of the family during special occasion. I would think that my passion for photography got rekindled when I got myself an iPhone 4S to take some photos of places I go to around Metro Manila that I would post on my blog, Retrato Manila (www.retratomanila.com) and my Facebook page with the sole purpose of updating my friends that had migrated to other countries. I got good reviews with the photos and they would tell that I should take it to the next level and so I got myself my first DSLR, a Canon EOS 600D with the EF-S 18-135mm kit lens.
I pretty much shoot everything that catch my attention and usually it has to do with how the light falls upon it. I would categorize my photography as travel photography, as from one of Canon’s Ambassador of Light, Per-Andre Hoffmann description of what travel photography is, as it encompasses landscape, portrait, and street photography.
My current favorite gear is the one I recently purchased, Canon 5D Mark III mated with either the Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens or the Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM. Other stuff you would find in my bag are my back-up cameras, the Canon EOS 70D and 600D with the 18-135mm kit lens and Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II and my Canon Speedlites, the 430EX II and the 600EX-RT.
I have been using Canon since the time I bought my first DSLR camera and haven’t used any other brands. It has been four years since I bought my EOS 600D with the 18-135mm kit lens and so far, it has yet to fail me. I don’t plan selling it either as that camera had people started noticing and appreciating my shots as a freelance photographer.
I would always remember the first time I visited Caramoan and went island-hopping, this was when the Survivor USA was being shot in one of the islands and we were not allowed to set foot on it. The second day of our trip, luckily for us there was no shooting going on and were able to stay on the island and shoot some photos of the set.