Saturday, August 31, 2013

UST AB Photography Refresher Topics (Lesson for Sept 2, 2013)

Dr Abe V Rotor

Prelims will include critiquing and analyzing photos, essay and objective  questions from previous lectures.
Lecture Topics 
  1. People 
  2. The natural world 
  3. Animals
  4. Buildings
  5. Sports 
  6. Babies and children
  7. Lighting - contrast, background, lighting effects 
  8. Black and white photographs
  9. Looking for subjects, and variety 
  10. Using lines, parallels,  curves, weaves 
  11. Shutter and aperture, exposure
  12. Composition 
  13. Viewpoint, effects of the horizon
  14. Framing
  15. Balance, colors as emphasis, contrast 
  16. Lenses, effects, creativity 
  17. Filters 
  18. Flash 
  19. Parties, celebrations
  20. Night photography 
  21. Still life
  22. The Tripod
  23. Camera effects
  24. Using movements
  25. Combining images

Friendly Monster

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 KHz DZRB AM Band, 8-9 evening class, Monday to Friday

You hide in the dark and deep,
     Then come out into the open;
You sail the seas along with ships;
     Or stay lurking at the bend.

Seemingly you're tame and kind,
     As you roam free in the wild,
Your music from pipe and lyre,
     Tempting, lovely and mild.

Sometimes you come to our call
     To scare naughty children,
To temper them brave and tall,
     In finding you their friend. ~

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

UST-AB Photography Review: Happy Faces, Pleasant Views

Dr Abe V Rotor
Floridablanca, Pampanga

Summer is vacation everyday,

and any time is spring;
autumn is just romantic
and winter - if any - is brief;
such is life the greatest art
for the young and happy heart.

Manaoag, Pangasinan

Mingle with the gods and angels under the sun
while childhood and innocence are one.

DZRB radio station, PIA Visayas Ave QC

Confidence and smile - they go on air, too;
invisible they are, yet have wings
that carry the spoken word
and melodious sound,
to the mind, heart and soul.

At home, Lagro QC

Capture in colors and hues,
light and shadow, object and views;
imagination, more than thought -
it is dream that you sought.

At home, San Vicente, Ilocos Sur

Real wealth in bounty and praise,
nature's gift of grace.

Mall of Asia, MM

Forever young - yes, you are,
as young as your heart and mind,
with things that make children
children and hold back the time.

A harvest of guyabano, at home Lagro QC

Remnant of bat or bird, fruits are sweeter;
such is man's fate by his lesser sense,
yet accepts it part of life and game
by competition and evolution.

Parks and Wildlife Center QC

Learn outside the school;
away from shop and mall,
to where Nature is the teacher
the greatest teacher of all.
Dr Anselmo S Cabigan, scientist and professor, with rare bamboo, Lipa Batangas

Teach in situ where Nature is,
where learning is at ease;
teach with wisdom of old,
and learners take what is told.

UST campus, Manila

Loitering is idleness in disguise;
it's keeping with one's pace, too;
for the mind hangs up sometimes,
like the computer, must reset anew.

Atop a guava tree, Floridablanca, Pampanga

Grownups deny childhood,
it comes spontaneously,
surreptitiously -
and innocently.
Anna, Mall of Asia MM

Oh, little brother, little sister,
tell me, who is who,
in the world of animae,
and that of grownups, too.

Anna with parakeets, Safari World, Bangkok Thailand

They come when they're hungry
by two or three;
they come when they like to play,
or seek company.

UST campus Manila

Photography the latest fad
subjects from real to toy;
in takes one into freedom
to find simple joy.

Coed, UST campus, Manila

It matters little if called Doña Aurora
or Doña Trining,
or mythical Medusa transformed;
she is the star shining. ~

Which one is more famous - the Banaue Rice Terraces or the Great Wall of China?

Dr Abe V Rotor
Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines and The Great Wall of China

I walked the rice terraces
from Earth to moon and back;
on the moon I saw the Great Wall
gray, with color of crimson spill,
cries of Genghis Khan I heard,
and echoes of moaning chill.

I walked the rice terraces round the Earth
many times the length of the Great Wall,
green on one side, golden on the other;
songs I heard are thanksgiving,
in ritual rhythm rise echoing a past, 
a past still living.~

NOTE: Both the Banaue Rice Terrces and the Great Wall of China are among the top wonders of the world and adjudged UNESCO Heritage sites.

Camera - the Third Eye (UST-AB 3CA1, 2, 3, 4)

Dr Abe V Rotor  

Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 KHz DZRB AM Band, 8-9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Assignment: Interpret this article 

A raft lies among the rocks 
as the waves roll forever, 
the breeze hisses in the tree 
in the lazy air of summer.

Love that camera, it's your third eye,
the window to the world in passing; 
as never in another time ever again, 
on this way or that before you die.

When the world is up or down, you go
down the lane and around the bend, 
in times of plenty or dire in comfort, 
the camera shall bring in the rainbow.  

Magic does technology amaze us all, 
work in a lifetime is but a moment,
and the artist is each and every one,
with a little of Da Vinci et al in full.    

Take the road, the sun, make haste,
for having lost your prime and hale,
the lens too, clouds out like the eye,
the window closes. Oh, what a waste!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I walked among young artists in their unique world

Dr Abe V Rotor
Inter-collegiate painting contest held on  the University of Santo Tomas grounds, December 2012.  Note: These photos are unedited. Taken with ordinary palm size digital camera. No flash, no tripod, no filters used.

Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School on Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
First, Cubism - 
Cezanne, founder of Impressionism, 
to Van Gogh's crossroad to Expressionism; 
Picasso's three movements to Fauvism 
to Dali's Surrealism.
Silence and quiet -
the artist's unspoken dialect;
eerie to us, and very strange, 
we living on short range. 
                                                                 Beauty in ugliness,
could it be otherwise?
Ask the artists,
the dumb and the wise.
In art there's no time out,
and there's no turnabout; 
wait for the artist's signature, 
his imprimatur.
It is meditation, reflection;
the artist works best 
in the worst condition.
Make a hero, a saint, a queen,
that person who could have been;
not obliging to the throng
even if he may be wrong. 
Singular mind, crowded mind,
would not at all make a difference;
art lives on boundless images to bind, 
on dusty volumes of reference. 
Critics, spectators - 
deep inside a longing 
to be also actors,
wishing, seeking.   
The work is done, the day is gone,
it's worth getting up and retiring;
whether complete or not well done,  
there's no perfect painting.
Where is the artist ?
his paints are fresh, 
his brush idly sits - 
he deserves a rest.
One last look - near and far -
which has a better view?
look again but refrain
from too much review.  
Respite - to us, it's recess; 
take it easy, have composure,  
when too much stress
steals away the picture. 
Late to start? 
not always to the smart;
art takes time to incubate,
 on canvas to recreate.    
Finishing touches,
prudence, prudence,
one false move loses
the whole essence.  
Giving up  ones art?
Absurd? Hark! 
artist and his art
shall never part. 
The contest closes with the day,
leaving the world on canvas to say,
our prayer of thanksgiving,
in each artist's painting.