4th of july 2012

When we arrived here in the United States, we saw our first fireworks show in Philadelphia. We were in the city almost the whole day because there was the Mummer’s parade and just stayed there until the fireworks. I believe that was the first and the last that we saw fireworks in the city.

Next fireworks show were in towns like Cherry Hill, Camden and just this past one was in Washington township in New Jersey. This show was shorter that the previous one, maybe because of cut backs and the economy.

Getting to the show was a pain because we have to park and walk about a mile or so to where our friends were. Then, only to find out that treeline was blocking the actual fireworks from our location. Hence, the fireworks pictures seen will have the treeline in the foreground.

prom pictures

 

 

I was trying out to use templates that I have and what a better way to use them on one of the prom pictures. After processing the picture I opened up the template using Photoshop CS5 and added this picture as a layer.

divine mercy shrine

This is one of the pictures I took when we went to Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA last April of this year. The bus ride was about 5 hours going and a lot longer going back home because our driver was so confident in taking the back roads and got lost in the process. Well I gave him credit because he was able to avoid the New York bridges, thus, avoiding the NYC traffic.

This sculpture caught my eyes, I saw a lot of people having their pictures taken in front of a tree and when I checked it out there was Christ’s carved image. Since there were a lot of people I told myself to stop by before we head back to our bus.

A lot of Catholics visit the place every year for their religious pilgrimage to this place. During the homily of the Bishop, he mentioned that doing the pilgrimage was all good, however, we should be more concerned of the things we do in between the pilgrimage. We should walk the talk all the time.

In the past several years the Catholics are being crucified because of the scandals in the ranks of the Roman Catholic religion. Some may true and others may not be, but just the same there were priests indicted because of wrong doings and covering up such actions. Yes, it was very scandalous and humiliating for the Catholic religion, however, such acts were done by a handful and certainly does not represent the entirety of the Roman Catholic Church. We are all humans and we are weak, the less faith we have the more weaker we get. This is true whether you are the pope, bishops, cardinals, priests or even just a simple church goer. This is the reason that we pray and ask for grace to help us walk through the valley of shadow of death. If we are weak such happens, if we are strong then we avoid such weaknesses of the flesh.

Mind you such scandals are not only exclusive for the Catholics, others have their own scandals but the Catholics are much of a bigger target.

orchid

orchid

I have missed posting for a long time and it’s my procrastination to blame. I have been shooting and I am finding myself not posting everything I shot but just a select few. Also, not to mention the fact that I have been watching a lot of anime. I recently caught up on Naruto Shippuden and now trying to catch up on Bleach. Well those shows are entertaining and very addictive compared to what my wife and daughter’s Korean soaps.

I believe I shot this orchid a few months ago. My wife bought an orchid and thought I setup some lights and practice. I was also looking for photos to frame and display in our upcoming show at Barnes and Noble at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. However, i already have 2 or 3 pictures to put up and each photographer is limited to up to three, probably in the next one.

About my lighting setup for those who are interested, i used a LumoPro 160 at 1/4 power inside a Paul C Buff’s 60″ parabolic umbrella with diffusion on and i exposed for the flower. I used Sony Alpha 850 with Sony 100 mm F/2.8 macro lens (F/4 at 1/250 sec). I highly suggest to use a tripod if you are using a macro lens up close because any sudden movement will throw out the focus.