Sunday, October 30, 2011

undas: trick or treat

this is the time of the year when having a bad hair day isn't that bad after all. you don't have to worry if you look ugly for people are trying to look ugly this time of the year.

this tradition can be trace back to the medieval times (just like the souling). before poor people go door to door to offer prayers in exchange for food. but now its candies and the prayer part has gone. if we say trick or treat this tradition is made in united states, but other countries celebrate similar customs too, like europe, mixico, canada, asia and africa.

in the philippines we have undas, its close to the day of the dead in mexico (considering spanish influence). if trick or treat has jack-o-lanters, witch costumes and broomsticks, undas has flower and food offirings to the dead.

flowers and candles are place on the tombstones and sometimes food too. most of those who place the food has chinese ancestry, most of them leave it on the tombstone. but traditional filipino believe is that food and drinks are place on the altar at home. during a novena (prayer) candles are lighted up on the doorstep to invite the dead relative's souls. to come inside.

the food is place on the altar and nobody is allowed to touch the food. you can't take your dinner if the novena has started, the souls might join you. if the souls will join you in a meal and you ate their leaf-overs you will lose all of your teeth. after the novena will end the food is leaf at the alter untouch. you will have to wait till all the candles that you lighted up in the house will melt before you can touch the food and placed it in a bag that later will be burred in a pit.

undas is more like a fiesta, and is one of the most celebrated holiday next to christmas and holy week. if trick or treat is just for one night undas is officially celebrated in two days but it really last for a week.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

photography thoughts 1

camera phone: nokia 6630
camera phone: nokia 6630
Most newbies want to take good photographs, but who wouldn’t want to? The first thing that they would think is to grab the latest camera out in the market (they can afford). They miss a lot like reading the fundamentals on how to take a good photograph (compositions). They have no idea what they are doing and what is in their head is having a kick-ass camera that has the biggest pixels in the world. What is the importance of composition? Basically everything! It’s how you compose your image. It’s how you arrange different object and make a subject stand out making it work with all other elements in your photograph. Photography is not about having the latest thing in the world of photography but how to make an image into an art that has a kick-ass statement. If you have books about photography then start reading. Dig a little in the place where they call World Wide Web (google it down), it’s like hitting a goldmine. Reading is very important so that you will know what in the world you are doing. It’s like saying before you take a dive for it make sure that there are no rock below. And if you can afford to go to a photography class then get your butt in there. You need to work with what you’ve got, meaning start with what you have. So if you have a point and shoot then go out and start shooting something that interest you. But before you do it you need to understand your camera. Know its limitations and its functions. So it’s very important to read the manuals of your camera. Well you don’t want to ruin it, right? When I started digital photography I use a cell phone to take my photographs. And then I was hook with it. I just can’t stop thinking about it. I did buy a point and shoot after a year. Do I have a kick ass DSLR? Nope! I don’t. But I have used a Sony Alpha 330 that my brother buys for himself. He let me use if for he wants to be photograph and not the other way around. All I am saying is that it’s not really a big deal if you don’t have the gadget right now but how you will improvise to have that wonderful photograph. If you don’t have a camera, even a point and shoot you can still use a camera phone or borrow camera from a friend or family. Having less doesn’t mean that you stop yourself learning the art of photography.