A photographer and a camera are considered a couple. A terrestrial and an inanimate object with kindred spirits. How the camera’s lens work and how it is designed like the human’s eyes is considerably one of the most beautiful invention in the history of mankind. In this quick interview with one of tumblr PH’s well-loved photographers, Patrick Velasco (@putograft) talks about cameras, its value, and why choosing the right one matters.
Let’s talk about you first. Are you still studying? Where and what course are you taking up?
My name is Patrick. Just turned 21 this year. It may sound unreal because they say I really do look young… on photos, but I already graduated from Our Lady of Fatima University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing since March last year. I’m now a registered nurse but still venturing on what I want to do with life. Still undecided and torn between two things I like. Photography and Medicine.
When did your knack for photography started?
My interest on taking photos started when I was in 4th year high school. I just wanted to impress my ex girlfriend who dumped me. Hahaha! I kid. I kid. I don’t know, I just like hearing the sound of the shutter and trying to make everything I photograph look nice.
What was the first camera you had?
My first camera was given to me by my favorite uncle. It’s a Nikon D50. He abused it for about 2 years before giving it to me on Christmas of 2008.
For the record, how many cameras do you own? What are they?
I own 4 cameras at the moment but I’d rather not name some since I don’t want to brag about them and I use some of them very rarely to never.I use 2 Nikon dslr’s: Nikon D700 and a Nikon D5200.
Most abused camera you have?
Fact: I buy and sell cameras. I don’t really care about sentimental value but I do care about the re-sale value. Haha! It’s just a camera. It’s not a person whom you have to keep because it’s important and you spent so much time and money for them. Anyway, back to cameras. I used to own a Nikon D50 before moving to a Nikon D90 which was stolen, then I moved up to a Nikon D300 and a 3 months after I got myself a Nikon D300s before leaping to the full frame DSLR which I currently have. The most abused camera would be the D300s which is now being lashed by my good friend.
What is your favorite subject for your photographs and why?
I take pictures of almost everything. I still don’t know where I want to focus but covering events and doing food, travel and fashion photography is so fun. I’m just indecisive that’s all. They say my work is more on the Photo-journalistic side for my photos tends to convey stories.
From a noob’s vantage point, these cameras we see (digicam, slr, dslr, polaroids etc) are just the same. They take pictures. How will you explain the difference they make once we press that button,and how important is choosing the right camera for those aspiring photographers?
It’s solely about control. Let’s compare it to cars to make it easier. One with manual transmission and one with an automatic transmission. It both works but it depends on how you drive. Slow or fast. Choosing a camera is very important for it is an aide for your skill. A camera is just a camera. It still depends on how you use it. Understanding your camera’s limit is also vital.
Professional photographer you look up to and what is it in his/her photographs that leaves you at awe?
Steven Meisel - One of the most iconic fashion photographers of all time, Steven Meisel easily remains the one photographer with whom all the models aspire to work. Has photographed every cover of Vogue Italia since 1988. High fashion portraits containing stories. He’s a god for me.
photographed by Patrick Velasco
If these words are intentionally written for me then you got yourself a boyfriend. Hahahaha! Wow. Thanks!
Li Li Chinese Restaurant
May 07, 2013
5th Level, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila
1588 Pedro Gil St. cor. M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate
Manila, Philippines (+632) 247-8666
Calling all dimsum lovers! This is a must try! Spoil yourselves with a Dimsum All You Can treat from Hyatt’s Li Li restaurant. At only Php 888.00 you can have as many different dumplings as you want. You can also avail a FREE Guava Iced tea which costs around Php 300.00 each when you learned of this promo from this blog and other participating blogs. Promo runs until June 30 2013 only. It’s insanely good you must reserve now.
Intimate. That’s the feeling you’ll get upon entering the restaurant. Inspired from the life and home of an affluent Chinese woman named Li Li. She was born and raised in Hong Kong before she left for Paris where she studied and met her husband, a French UN ambassador and started a family of their own. The concept of the restaurant started as Li Li felt home sick living in Europe and what fueled to pursue her interest was the urge to introduce her Chinese culture and tradition with her Western friends.
Each part of the restaurant represents a real portion of Li Li’s home. Calm and class. Each portion serves different purposes and feel. They also have private rooms named after her two daughters for different occasions.
May 01, 2013
From what seem to be inspired by an active lifestyle, Kassy Pajarillo, designer of KAS by Design came up with the RAS WRAP after she got into a situation after yoga practice that she needed to attend a client engagement.
“Necessity opens up windows to opportunities,” said Kassy. “From what seemed to be just a headband I tried to stitch and use to help my hair stay put during yoga practice and running session, came out this piece of what seemed to be just holes and a very long yard of cloth”
A piece of clothing which can be used several ways according to body type, ” I was surprised that it can actually transform into so much more than just a cover up”
Kassy finds designs inspired by what is functional, easy to lug and organic. She also aim to support what is solely made from the Philippines and appreciate handmade items which takes days to make.
RAS WRAP was coined from her supportive friend who was an inspiration and motivation to her entrepreneurial venture. The RAS WRAP is dedicated and is truly made for the goal-getter, jet-setter, and the jill-of-all trades.
When asked about her long term goal, she shared ”I want to help women, perhaps, someday, I’d be able to come up with a foundation for women empowerment”
Add and follow KAS by DESIGN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She’ll be giving away a RAS WRAP, soon!
April 25, 2013 - Greenbelt 5, Makati City
Aside from the very luxurious look of this flagship restaurant, it is the most excellent choice if you want to experience a mix of Italian, French and Swiss delicacies. Some meals have a touch of Asian influences where everyone will surely desire. Chateau 1771 is celebrating its 25th year on business and they are giving back the love to people who loves food and they’re doing a good job on it.
They served us a Special Degustation meal which consists French Onion Soup, Caesar Salad, Pasta Chorizo, Lemon Chicken, Potence and Coffee Pie as desert, served in their bite size appearance but still filled our tummies with overflowing goodness at only for Php 500.00. It admittedly pampered our taste buds that we want to get another order but their menu is somewhat expensive but all the cash you’ll burn will be worth it. Try it yourselves! Visit them or make your reservations now.
Margot After Midnight
April 21, 2013
It’s already late and I’m left with nothing to do. The lights are shut and as far as I know, every person in this house are deep asleep. Luckily, all campaign materials are fixed and I’m absolutely set for tomorrow’s house to house campaign. I admit that I still lack sleep but I can’t close my eyelids yet. I feel useless for a moment. Good thing there’s Facebook. I have friend’s who’s still online and Margot is one of them. I asked her how she’s doing and all of the sudden we decided to meet and to have a shoot… past midnight.
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