Tuesday, September 13, 2005

flickr fave: up close and personal

i admire a lot of photographers and photo hobbyists alike in flickr. but for macro and nature shots, the person at the top of my list has got to be rosemary*.

the first time i saw her photos, i was awestruck. ALL her photos are beautifully composed and taken. it's difficult to pick out my most favorite among them. at the moment, it's this one...

photo courtesy of rosemary*

she also has a fantastic ladybug series ...

photo courtesy of rosemary*

...and waterdrops set.

photo courtesy of rosemary*

i don't know how she does it.

photo courtesy of rosemary*

i do know she uses a Canon EOS 300D and several zoom lenses (Canon & Tamron)..but gadgets can only take you so far if you don't have the talent.

and i am telling you, this lady has got LOADS of talent AND an excellent eye for detail to boot.

see for yourself.

Friday, September 09, 2005

for art's sake

the exhibit poster.....recognize the blue photo? :)

two tuesdays ago, our community (Servants of the Lord's Vineyard) held our very first art and photo exhibit. it was organized by the Creative Communications Ministry (CCM), which i am a member of. we've been thinking about it since last year but it was only recently that it finally happened.

initially, it was supposed to be a 20- or 30-minute event right after the regular prayer meeting but the Core liked the idea and decided to dedicate the whole evening to the exhibit itself. :)

all the brothers and sisters of SOLV were invited to join and share their works, either in art or photography (or both, even). the timing was perfect for me because i had recently taken an interest in photography so naturally, i just had to join. ^_^

the exhibit was open to everyone so i invited some of my friends. tinatuna came! :)

the event, entitled "God's Glory in Creation", began with a ribbon cutting ceremony (led by Ate Malou and Beauty), which i actually missed because i had to transfer my car, buy dinner, and change after setting up the place (arh, long story). by the time tina and i arrived, the exhibit was in full swing, complete with hors d'oeuvres (i.e. Fita with tuna or liver spread ^_^) and music to set the mood.

i am amazed at the talent of my brothers and sisters and proud to be in good company :). there were a lot of entries in both photography and art. there was even a corner dedicated to cross stitch works! :D

in the photo side, Sharon shared with us pictures of her trips abroad (Finland, Singapore...), while Randy's work gave us a glimpse of the different places in his province. one of my favorite participants is actually the youngest in the bunch, Hannah. she's a college student who told us that she believes photography is her calling. and when you see her work, you will defintely agree! unfortunately, i wasn't able to get a decent photo of her work because her area always had visitors...

in the art section, our sisters blew us away with their creativity and brilliance in painting and sketching. i loved Beauty's watercolor paintings (that's actually my frustration. i tried watercolor before and i realized i needed more practice ^^) and flor's pastel sketches, particularly the one with the waterfalls (above photo). hers actually look like they came right out of a postcard. (and i recently found out that she DID copy them from postcards. hehe.)

before the exhibit, i told Beauty that i can only showcase a few of my works since i didn't have the money to have the others printed. she told me i can just send the rest of my photos for them to be turned into a slideshow. of course, the whole time i thought it was a compilation of all the participants' works. just imagine my surprise when i saw that the slideshow (displayed in a laptop situated in one corner of the exhibit) was dedicated only to...me! i felt honored (to know that they felt my photos were worth displaying as a slideshow), embarassed (because i was the only one with the Powerpoint presentation @_@), and proud (to see my works flashing in front of us :D) at the same time (if that's even possible!). ayayay! ^_^;; it was definitely a humbling and enriching experience.

needless to say, our first art and photo exhibit was a success. i am hoping that this will not be the last :)