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Love has no limitations. It cannot be measured. It has no boundaries. Although many have tried, love is indefinable. – Steve Maraboli
I believe that love is a powerful energy, a force of nature that transcends beyond distance, gender, culture and nationality. We cannot demand nor command love. One can initiate love through friendship and courtship, but the course of love is undisputable. How love expresses itself between two human beings is beyond our control. Differences in religion, skin color, language and social status can put a strain in a relationship, making anyone doubt its longevity. Not to mention the deeply embedded negative attitude of society towards some of these differences. But remember that love is bigger than what we are. You cannot put it in a box – delimit its full potential – without risking total destruction of its very essence.
Accepting love from another race or culture doesn’t mean presenting the same image as the other person. It does not mean changing your own values and outlook; it only demands understanding and appreciation of the beauty that can only be seen in diversity. Those who already find that rare connection with another person know that love chooses no particular time or place. You can fall in love with someone with opposing set of beliefs, a person you initially thought is impossible to love, someone you may not be attracted to at first.
But love is persistent. Love exists even when you are afraid, even when you fear that it may not last; so much so that when you already have it, you strive to keep it. In a world of uncertainties, of harsh judgments, of things that are doomed to fail, we continue loving. You may have a lot to lose, but love is always worth the effort.
Love is Without Limits
I, for one, have to admit that one of the best reasons for buying a Leica Camera is the idea of pairing it with a Leica lens. And, after tinkering with the idea of selling all my other photography gears to buy a Leica M9, I know for a fact that I won’t able to buy a Leica lens (for now). And I would also have to settle for just one third-party lens (for now). Then the long debated question exists, “If I would have a Leica M9, what one lens would I use?”
It’s actually a toss up between a Carl Zeiss and a Voigtlander – a 50mm F2 Carl Zeiss against a 35mm F1.2 Voigtlander. After comparing the two lenses, I ended up buying the Voigtlander for two reasons. It is 35mm, and it is F1.2
You’ve seen my previous photowalk test with my M9; those shots were mostly taken with F11 to F16, and the long exposure which plays with different ISO settings against different aperture on bulb mode at around 12-15 secs. So now, I think that I should test my lens on its maximum aperture of F1.2.
Using F1.2 with a Manual Focus for the first time was quite hard, but once you know where to turn the focusing ring to achieve the perfect focus, then you are all-set to go. Then it becomes fun.
Shot in a clear day light with a distance of around 1.5-2 meters from the subject
Shot in the afternoon with a focusing distance set to infinity
Shot in the afternoon with a distance of around 4-5 meters from the subject
Shot in the afternoon with a distance of around 5 meters from a moving subject
Shot in the afternoon with a distance of around 0.8 meters from the subject
The Voigtlander 35mm F1.2 is one super fast lens. It’s just pretty amazing how sharp the subject comes out. F1.2 is heaven like, even after 100% zoom. And how it plays with a shallow depth of field? Well, it is BOKEHLICIOUS.
M9 does well on long exposures. ISO used was mainly ISO 80, but I tried some photos with ISO 400 and the noises were still acceptable.
The only thing I hate about this was the amount of time the M9 takes to “reduce the noise” during the processing of the photo. Since these were “long” exposures, around 16 secs for most of my night shots, the photo processing also took a “long” time.
Based on that night’s experience, the “photo processing” slash “reducing the noise” took the same amount of time as the exposure time. If I would expose my image for 16 secs, the M9 also takes the same amount of time to process that image. In my standard, and me being a patient man, that is TOO LONG. I don’t know if it’s about the type of SD card I’m using or because some of the images were in DNG files. But still, compared to most modern SLRs, that was like a snail’s pace.
But once again, after that; lo and behold, the images were sharp even at 100% crop. The noises were very minimal and the colors were alive and vivid. Yes, patience is a virtue.
As more and more couples are loving the idea of establishing prenuptial photo shoots, concepts and themes are no longer bound to the traditional formal studio sessions, wherein the results are sometimes unnatural and awkward, and fails to depict the couple’s personalities. Since a lot of photographers have already pushed the boundaries in creating modern, artistic, and ingenuous concepts, it is a challenge to come up with a strong theme that the couple would like and enjoy doing. I have long flirted with the idea of creating a sensual, passionate, but not too risque (not porn material lol) prenup shoot, so when Kian and Elle asked me if I can shoot their prenuptial photos, I gladly welcomed it as an opportunity to make my ideas come to life. Just my luck, they were pleased with my working concept.
Although boudoir, in photography, is often used to emphasize women’s sensuality, I chose this style to exhibit the couples passionate love towards each other. One of the main challenges of this photo shoot is how to make everything look natural, and I’m happy with how the couple played their parts. I also admire how comfortable they are with each other, and their photographs clearly showcased that. In some of the shots, I gave them the liberty of making fun, simple, natural poses to create a romantic appeal to the already sexy atmosphere. I wanted to create something that will give people a glimpse of the couple’s personalities, as well as their intimate feelings. I wanted to capture a love that is tangible. And I thank them for letting me become a part of this important highlight in their lives.
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It has been two years since I did a decent photoshoot with Tonie. The schedule, the theme and the fact that this girl is so damn busy are the factors to blame. But then finally, last Thursday, I did get to shoot her.
There is really no definitive theme actually as we ended up doing a fun shoot. The pearl is just an accessory we highlighted. I did three types of shoot on my set. One high key, on a black background and another with a red backlight. And I can say all are superb.
We met Tonie at around 7pm just outside her accommodation and proceeded to a fashion store to buy the dress needed for the shoot. It feels awkward helping a girl looking for a dress when the lingerie section is just beside us and me surrounded by Arab ladies. After that, we went to Sir Ed’s crib to proceed with the shoot.
The pizza arrived before the shoot proper plus the pancit and lumpiang shanghai prepared by Mam Lorie makes us eat first before snapping our cameras. Unfortunately or fortunately, Tonie didn’t join us since she doesn’t want any bulging tummy during the shoot. But as for us photographers, we having a big tummy doesn’t matter.
The full shoot lasted til midnight. And with an awesome canon photographers with me plus an equally stunning model, I can say that the shoot is a wonderful one.
Here is the BTS (behind the scene) video of our photoshoot.
P.S. ; After the shoot, we (jace, tikboy, julian, me) decided to unwind and relax at Starbucks. Thanks to Juliano for the treat. We left past 2am with smiles because of our shots and a prospective model we just met.