Tag : HDR / DRI

365 Project : Day 176

Ok, a lot of you probably thought I gave up on my 365 Project, well, I didn’t.  It’s been really busy at work and the weather is becoming more and more unbearable.  Anyway, I hope I’ll be able to catch up.  This was taken inside the Madinat Jumeirah Souq. Gear: Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16 f2.8 Settings: f2.8 | 1/15 | ISO 2500 Post process: Merged 3 exposures in Photoshop Tonemapped in Photomatix Adjusted curves to get the tones I […]

365 Project : Day 138

Here’s another shot from a different angle of the newest mall in Dubai, Mirdif City Center.  I saw this lady with her 2 kids posing so I took the shot as well, this is one of my test shots that turned out well 🙂 Gear: Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16 f2.8 Settings: 7.1 | 1/500 | ISO 100 Post process: Stacked and merged in Photoshop CS5 Tonemapped in Photomatix Cleaned in Photoshop CS5 Dodging and burning Colorized the sky to […]

365 Project : Day 114

This is one of the newest mall around… Mirdif City Center.  Taken a few hours ago.  I kind of like this mall, because there’s a lot of photography related stores and its less than 10 minutes drive from my place 🙂 Haven’t done an HDR image in a while, and I thought this particular image will work better in HDR. Gear:  Canon 7D + Sigma 10mm f2.8 Settings: f7.1 |1/80 | ISO 100 (+-2EV AEB) Post process: Aligned and merged […]

365 Project : Day 060

This is our office building in Dubai Internet City.  It’s a cool looking building if you ask me 🙂 The weatherman predicted rains the entire week, although it didn’t rain till now but, maybe later.  Sky is gray and cloudy, it does really looks like it’s going to rain.   I took shots of this building many times but I don’t like how it looks, until now, the fisheye lens gave me the look I was looking for 🙂 Gear: Canon […]

365 Project : Day 054

I got a new addition to my family of lenses.  Sigma 10mm f2.8 Fisheye lens 🙂 I missed shooting architectural subjects and I confess, I miss HDR.  I haven’t done HDR for almost 2 months now.  I just wanted to check if I still have the skills to create one.  Alright, back to regular programming, this is one of the malls here in Dubai, named Dubai Festival City.  Almost all the malls here are now on promotions because of Dubai […]

Kalesa : A closer look

A closer look at the Kalesa. I asked the Kutsero’s (Kalesa Driver) permission on this shot.   Taken weeks ago on my vacation from Manila. Hope you like it. How I took this shot: Gears: Canon 7D + Sigma 10-20mm, hand held Settings: f9.0 | 1/100 | 3 shots (AEB) Post process: 3 Images, aligned, converted and tone mapped in Photomatix Cleaned in Photoshop CS4 Anyway, thanks for your time! /Mike


Another angle of the Manila Cathedral Sometimes when we look back on our school days, there are things that we wish that we could have done better or at least paid more attention to.  For me, that’s my history class.  Well, good thing about history is that it doesn’t change (unless further discoveries will be made), so it’s still not too late to learn more about it. I like what they said from the manilacathedral.org : The story of the […]

Manila Cathedral

Wiki: The first cathedral, made of nipa and bamboo, was constructed in 1581. It was damaged by a typhoon in 1582 and razed by fire in 1583. The second cathedral, which was made of stone, was built in 1592. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1600. Construction of the third cathedral began in 1584. The new structure, consisting of three naves and seven chapels, was blessed in 1614. It was toppled by another earthquake which shook Manila in 1645. […]

San Ignacio Church Ruins | The Five Religious Orders

There are a lot of old structures and ruins in Intramuros.  This particular one was one of the first we encountered during our photo walk.  The old San Ignacio Church ruins can be seen behind the statues.  The five statues symbolize the five religious orders to disembark in the Philippines.  They were the Augustinians, the Franciscans, the Jesuits, the Dominicans and the Recollects. Here is the view from the other side…. Here’s how I took this shot: Gears: Canon 7D […]

Intramuros Photo Walk

Wiki says: Intramuros, located along the southern bank of the Pasig River, was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century and is the oldest district of the city of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Its name, in Latin, intramuros, literally “within the walls”, meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros was considered Manila itself. —— I had […]