Soldier overlooking display of American flags, Boston Memorial Day 2010 by Adam Solomon Via Flickr: Each flag is for a Massachusetts servicemember who died while on active duty.
In 2011 there are 20,000 flags on display. One flag for every Massachusetts service member who has fallen in service to the United States since World War One.
CHRONICLES FROM GREAT HEIGHTS (an exclusive interview with Louie Danganan)
Traveling has always been more than just a form of lifestyle and leisure. For some, it is a much-deserved escape from the concrete jungle they live in, or demanding life in the corporate world. For 26-year old Industrial Engineer graduate of Bulacan State University, Louie Danganan, traveling is his ticket to a braver version of himself. I’ve been friends with Louie since the golden years of Tumblr here in the Philippines. But in this exclusive interview, i discovered that he’s got a lot more dimensions in him that people need to know. His knack for
landscape, street, & night sky photography, local backpacking, waterfall hikes. His love for photo blogging, reading novels, poetry, indie rock/ indie pop & pop rock music to name a few.
We’ve known each other a few years back, when we were active on tumblr. When and how did you discover tumblr?
*Digging into my memory* It was around 2007 or 2008 when I heard Tumblr from a friend and looked it up in curiosity. I have had a few blogs before I stick to the project blog I have today which I started in 2013.
I see you’re into traveling now. When did your knack for it started?
My interest in traveling got piqued when I was sent for official business trips in 2011 to Visayas and Mindanao. Then further stoked by a 6-day hitchhike trip to Marinduque the following year, my first ferry ride. It was an epiphany to make the most out of my capable years. It is not for life that I am able and hale I thought then that then is the time to do something like it. Travels got frequent and more frequent and here I am still into it.
What is it with traveling you love the most?
Traveling is many exciting things. That’s what I love about it. I am exposed to the world, and I’m consistently challenged to outdo myself. What I would not typically do in the comforts of home, I find doing when I travel like reaching out to people, listening to their stories and socializing. Another thing is discovery. It gives me sense of accomplishment when I learn about a places despite physical and mental effort it requires. Travel allows me too to creatively express my self through photography while I let loose of myself in beautiful, foreign places.
How many places in and out of the country have you been to? Which among these places is the most unforgettable and why?
I don’t count. I’m after the experience as trite that may sound. For a fact, I haven’t been outside the country yet for reason that I personally endeavor to explore much of my native land first before I set out exploring other lands/ seas. I’m smitten by our islands, mountains and seas that I’ve dedicated my present blog for personally documenting how fascinating the Philippine archipelago is. And I take pride in doing it.***One remarkable experience I had to say was when I ventured out to do my first (unintended) solo travel to the southernmost tip island of Palawan called Balabac for five days in the summer of 2014. There I met a very good friend, listened to plenty of intriguing and in some occasions, unbelievable stories by my hosts ranging from his good young days of carefree, silly travels, to sea pirates and poachers in that area of Palawan, to crocodiles in local politics and literal crocs in Bugsuk Island, to extra terrestrials during the Marcos era.
Moments from that travel that are etched in my mind: Sailing the glass-like surface of the varying blue and green shades of the Sulu Sea; discovering a pink beach down south - Comiran Island; boat-racing with a pod of dolphins; riding a bogo, a local boat, across a stunning beach just to buy soda from a sari-sari store on the other side of the island; a simple supper of sweet, succulent crabs, fish and tomatoes while being greeted by a low hanging full moon, its yellow glimmer on the surface of the black sea; sleeping in a hut that stood by the white beach so fine, raw and vast it could equal two football fields; chased the sunset by doing nearly an hour of walk to the west side of the island through the inland woods and chased in return by the night on our way back to camp, only the patch of white sand and moonlight serving as guide; greeted by an unseen rustling in the loo in the middle of a pitch black night that turned out to be huge hermit crabs tramping on the floor.
I could go on and on and on and it seems glamorous in retrospect. But in fact, it was very simple and spontaneous, at times, unsafe even. Those days when I was stripped off of any personal material preoccupation, my appreciation was higher, and it made the experience truly unforgettable.
What is your key takeaway in every travel you have? Every learning experience, the frames that I take home, and the confidence I gain when on the road. I must admit I always get anxious whenever I set out to travel but I believe that taking that fearful leap is how I become courageous.
5 most essential things you need when traveling. (Aside from passport of course)
As I have not ventured out of the country yet, passport did not make it to the list ((: On top of money and phone, my 5 most essentials are:5. sarong (my all around cloth, blanket, towel, cover, etc.)4. sunscreen3. wipes2. headwear - bandanna or cap1. dlsr & gorillapod.
Your dream destination.
Locally, Babuyan Group of Islands . Internationally, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Which do you enjoy better, traveling alone or traveling with friends? :)
Traveling with one to a few friends.
By the way, what camera are you using?
I lug around a Nikon DSLR D5200 with 18-55mm kit lens. While equipment matters for performance and image quality, I believe the taker’s skills, perspective and motives are most significant in photography.
Yesterday, I went out for a practice shoot around the museum district with DSLR and its 18-55mm kit lens. I wanted to grow my familiarity with the fundamentals of photography by practicing with some of the basics.
One of the things I tried to do was take photos of some ants on a tree. My equipment wasn’t appropriate at all for the task, the ants were so tiny. We’re not talking about big ants here. I stared at the tree for a while and didn’t even know they were there.
I zoomed in as far as I could, cranked up the shutter speed because I knew the slightest camera shake would ruin every thing and put on a high aperture thinking a high depth of field would give me a better chance of keeping one of the ants in my small sweet spot of focus when I was this close. I got a few usable images that I was able to make work with some editing. I think they have a little bit of a hazy dreamlike quality to them. These are all pretty severely cropped as well. I hope you enjoy them.
Hello, my name is Wilhelm Gulliksen and I’m a twenty two years old amateur photographer based in the north of Spain.
I’ve been taking photos since I was sixteen, and I love it because photography allows you to see beauty in common things such as a cup of coffee or a traffic signal. At the moment I shoot with a Nikon D5100 with a 18-55mm kit lens and an analog Minolta SRT 101-B with a 50mm 1.4 lens. Some of the first photos in my blog were taken by an Olympus SP-620UZ (a compact camera). I hope you enjoy my photos.
A selection from my archives - (I’m having fun going through the photos :))
When I first started shooting I photographed during the day and processed almost exclusively in black and white. I also was using the kit lens (18-55mm) with my T2i rebel (rather than the 50mm f1.4 prime I use now mainly to shoot portraits at night) One of the things I loved capturing then was the individual man dwarfed by the city buildings.
(The original files are much sharper and clearer - these are flickr medium size format and the resolution gets all messed up in sets on tumblr )
Nikon D5300 camera, 20.0 second exposure at f/5.0, ISO 8000. 18mm focal length with a kit 18-55mm lens.
I didn’t have a tripod so I put my Camelback on the ground and set my camera on it to stay steady for the duration of the exposure. The sky was completely black until I looked at my camera’s screen and saw the aurora; I was pretty excited. This is the first photo that I took that can be considered “astrophotography” and it definitely isn’t the last.
Taken on the border between North Dakota and Canada at the 49th parallel. 29 August 2014.
New goodies for myself! I thought that it was about time that I upgrade from my 18-55mm kit lens after using it for several years as my primary lens for landscapes. I got a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and I am enjoying it very much. I had to get a circular polarizer and a 10 stop Hitech ND Filter to fit the new filter thread size. Excited to go shooting with these!
I'm currently trying to take up photography and capture the beauty that the world and I was wondering what camera you use?
Hey! :) Thank you for the question. I made about 99% of the photos on this blog with either my Canon T5i (EOS 700D) or the older Canon T2i (EOS 550D). But more important than the camera body itself IMHO are the lenses. If you are just starting out, don’t let people fool you. Even kit-lenses can get you great photos. I started with the 18-55mm kit lens and the cheap 50mm 1.8II. With a kit-lens and a good 50mm prime, you can do a lot. Later you will see, which focal lenghts or which lens-speed you really need. So far I got three other lenses: a 28-135mm, a 70-300mm, and a 55-200mm (which I don’t use anymore). They fit my personal needs. All photos (except the phone shots) are made with one of these 5 lenses. Thank you for asking :) Hope you’ll share your photos here and send me a message, if you do!