Starting tomorrow, I will be taking a break off the internet (or at least in updating this site) and will be back next year (it's not that long, anyway) with more stories, reviews, and anything else I may think of. For the moment, here's a photo I've been saving just for this occasion.
...and yes, that's a real background you're looking at there; Jazz and I brought up a myriad of Christmas lights at the back to provide the lovely bokeh-balls you see there. :)
A Blessed Christmas, and a happily prosperous New Year to All! :)
On my usual sunday stroll along my favorite mall in Ortigas (guess where), I happen to stumble upon a toy convention in one of the Megatrade Halls there (yes, in that mall. ^_^). Lots of people were abuzz there, a plethora of toys and collectibles were sold at fairly low prices, cosplayers, roughly platoons of them, were all over the area, and of course, photo enthusiasts with their cameras came in packs to take shots of everything and everyone there. As always, I brought along my camera, mounted with my favorite walk-around lens, the Sigma 85mm. f/1.4 prime (yes, more often than not, I prefer this prime over my 70-200 f/2.8, simply because I prioritize large apertures and better image quality over the benefits of a zoom, even if ti's an f/2.8 version) and happily mingled with the crowd. :)
Jazz, my wonderful assistant-slash-model-slash-and-more, once invited me to one of her school's activities, a Stoplight-Themed Pageant/Party at the Icon, a Club that is located at The Intercontinental Hotel in Makati. Since the Icon is pretty much what one would expect in a prestigious club - lots of laser lights, fog machines, sub-woofers the size of your average armoire, disco balls, and pretty much assorted visual effects all confined in a very dimly-lit expanse of a room - photography there would be quite a task, even if one would bring out a DSLR mounted with a very fast prime. No matter how one would look at it, a camera's AF system would still need a significant amount of light for it to function properly, otherwise it will just hunt in the dark (no pun intended). This is where the benefits of a flashgun becomes very apparent, not just as a stronger source of light versus the kind of light that pop-up flashes would give, but also as a critical AF assistant.