Not the Typical Saturday Night at the 9th Street Pub

My friends and I usually hang-out at Fill’s house; the champagne room during the summer months, and then at the basement during cold season.  Sometimes, we head out to the town to see what’s happening. The Camden is the usual place that we go to. The Camden has that upscale bar vibe that attacts the yuppies and the younger generations of the area. The place is usually packed on Fridays and Saturdays, especially if there is a holiday or simply, if the weather is great. Of course, we can never forget about “Lasalle’s living room”, the 9th Street Pub. There is usually a band that plays punk rock on a Saturday night. 

When Fill wanted to go out that Saturday night, we first headed out to The Camden — but for some odd reason, the place was almost empty. Thanks to the beautiful bartender, there is an attendance. Before we even settled on where to partk, we decided to skip and go to Ellie’s Tap. The place was packed but everybody has something going on and it felt just like.... meh.
After we d…

Spur of the Moment

I have mentioned before that having a camera built-in to a phone made photography a continuous endeavor for me. Since I could not afford a camera, I contented my self in using it instead of an SLR or a DSLR.

The portability of a smartphone with a decent camera makes it a perfect companion for a spur of the moment inspiration for taking photos. 

Below is an example of those moments when you wish you have your DSLR camera but since you do not have it, you settled for the next best thing, your smartphone.

This portrait of Phil is taken and edited using an iPhone 8 Plus and the built-in editing function of the Photo app.

It truly helps if you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera as part of your photography arsenal. However, having a camera does not necessarily make you a photographer. Talent and technics do count in order to produce that image that speaks a thousand words.

Model: Phil Davis
Camera: iPhone 8 Plus
Editing Software: iPhone Photo app

The Heavy Hitters

...and what a treat! Phil's band, The Heavy Hitters is also playing that night of August 28, 2018, at the Ninth St Pub alternating The Lightweights!

So, here they are ladies and gentlemen! Phil Davis on Drums, Chris Clarner on Guitar, Preston Flaherty on Guitar, Rex Bush on Vocals and Chris Wagner on Bass.

Camera: Canon Rebel T6 Lighting: External Flash Lens: YongNuo 50mm F1.8 ISO: 1600 Exposure: 1/100sec.

The Lightweights

I was invited to watch my friend Jacek's band The Lightweights at the Ninth St Pub in La Salle, IL last Saturday, August 18, 2018, and I was permitted to take pictures of the band while they’re playing. 

I am excited to take their pictures since I have yet to try taking pictures of a band while performing. There is a  bit of a challenge since the place is bit tight and there will be the crowd that's very close to the stage and it will dark.
Here are some of the pictures I took of the band.

Joshua Long on Lead Guitar and Vocals,  Newlywed Jacek Kaniewski on Drums, Erik Frandin on Guitar and vocals, and Matt Braska on Bass.

Camera: Canon Rebel T6 Lighting: External Flash Lens: YongNuo 50mm F1.8 ISO: 1600 Exposure: 1/100sec.

Choosing My First Camera

Picking your first camera is nothing short of a challenge.

There are several things to consider. Namely, the brand, the camera features that you'd need, full frame or crop, expandability, usability, and of course, there is always the matter of cost, what can one afford and willing to spend.

Brand Canon, Nikon, Sony, FujiFilm, Konica Minolta, Kodak, and Polaroid are few of the great mainstream brand names when it comes to photography. Note that I only mentioned the mainstream brands of cameras. I did not include the Maserati, Mercedes, Rolls Royce and Lamborghini of cameras. For one, they're insanely expensive.
Having friends with similar interests (and can afford DSLR cameras), I was able to try both Nikon and Canon brands. These are the brands that mainly stood out for me because of their picture quality, versatility and their price point -- not to mention very mainstream.

Nikon vs. Canon Picking your brand of camera is important because this determines the future of your bank acco…

The start of my photography journey

I have long been fascinated with taking pictures. Something about capturing a moment in time and immortalizing it on a piece of paper and be able to say "I took that picture, I was there to witness it" excites me.

My mother was my first fan. I remember going on a trip to Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, as a treat for finishing 3rd Grade having the 3rd highest honor in class. She asked me to take a picture of her with the flowers of Burnham Park as the background. Instinctively, I was able to compose the frame properly. We were using a Yashica 35mm camera, and at that time, you will not see the picture until after the film has been developed. When we finally saw the prints, my mom said that I had a talent for photography. I didn't take it seriously because -- yes, she's my mother! From then on, she'd let me take pictures whenever we go on trips.

I did not get my own camera until I was in 5th Grade. My first camera was a 35mm film, Kodak Cameo. Since w…

Animal Friends at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

Originally Posted on July 10, 2018