My Dad’s side is purely Filipino (My grandparent’s surnames on his side are Nacpil and Agbay). Interesting tidbit about the Nacpil surname is that there are some families like ours wherein it is spelled Nacpil while there are other families where it is spelled as Nakpil (such as some of the famous Philippine historical figures). I was told that if you trace the family tree of both surnames it is pretty much the same. The only reason the spelling varied was because of the Spanish occupation in the Philippines which mandated the conversion of the the letter “k” to the letter “c” in certain provinces.
My Mom’s side on the other hand is a mix of Spanish, Syrian and Filipino. (My grandparent’s surnames on her side are Deen and Larrazabal) The Deen surname is actually originally Takiudeen (apologies if I butchered the spelling but that’s how it sounds like! Haha) and it was then shortened to Deen.
oh my God. I'm really amaze with your work. In every single picture I can see part of your soul, that shows that you're a really artist. It drive me insane your work with the Earth's rotation, it's amazing. Good job man! keep going on, good luck!
I don’t think I’ve ever heard my work described that way before! That is beautiful. Thank you very much for the lovely message Vicky; I really appreciate it!
Hi Paolo, you seems expert with filters and always ready to share things about photography so I'd like to ask you the best filters to buy for travel photos? something that will burst the colors and will sharpen the image. Thanks in advance!
Hello there, thank you for the question! If you had to have just one single filter then probably a circular polarizer would be best. (It would be a toss up for me between that or a graduated ND8 filter. You would need a filter holder and the adapter for the filter holder to use the ND8 though so the circular polarizer has the advantage in terms of simplicity.)
When the conditions are right it really does add that extra pop to your images by darkening the blues of the sky and seemingly saturating the greens of foliage a bit. Oh and there is no such thing as a physical photography filter that will sharpen your images by the way; when you are adding glass/plastic in front of your lens you actually degrade the quality in terms of sharpness a little bit. The photos below will show you the effect of the circular polarizer; the one on top without polarization and the second one at maximum polarization.
Please please share the uses of your filters you have in taking pics. :)
I will make it easier and post sample shots of what the filters do. I uploaded the images in black and white to emphasize the focus on the tones and elements in the image.
Shot without any filters
3 Stop Graduated Neutral Density Filter (This means that the filter is 3 light stops darker at the top and then gradually lightens to become clear at the bottom)
3 Stop Graduated Neutral Density Filter + 2 Stop Graduated Neutral Density Filter (This means that stacking the two together I effectively get a 5 stop difference between the top portion of the image and the clear portion at the bottom)
9 or 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter (There are many different brands available but the basic premise is that they allow you to take long exposures during very bright conditions such as mid afternoon or noon.)
This one is a 30 second exposure which causes the clouds to blur due to their movement.
While this one is a 120 second exposure which makes the clouds appear pretty much as just streaks in the sky.