I took a grip. The EOS 5D Mark II BG-E6 battery grip. From my very first DSLR the 300D to my previous 5D Mark I, I just cannot have but buy a battery grip, it stabilizes the handling of the camera with heavy lenses. I admit that the 5D’s gripless body is already heavy but again it counterweights the 70-200 2.8’s lenses most specially the IS version.
The BG E6 is a little bit different from the 5D Mark I’s battery grip BG E4. Canon added the AF-ON button which is pretty handy for locking focus vertically. It came with the 2AA battery cartridge that comes out very helpful at times when you ran out of power. This battery grip has two separated terminals that reports LP E6 info’s to the camera. More over if you check out the battery info on the LCD it reports those two battery informations, very cool IMHO. Its built like a tank, it is still made out of part magnesium alloy and hard plastic. It doesnt feel squeeky or plasticky. A must have accessory. Its quite expensive I know, but I can’t live without it. Thats the beauty of the 5D form factor grip or without a grip you have an option. 😉
That was fast! 2008 is almost over it was a great year for me, it opened a lot of new opportunities the workshops and etc. I must say that it is the most notable year for my photography career to date. Every year is different but 2008 was better in terms of income. I had acquired a number of additional gears and equipment this year and I don’t see it stopping next year this job is very demanding i need to competitive and to be one in-line at the top. Im still very happy with this job “best job in the world” when your passion is your work, you wont notice that you are working, it is both work & hobby at the same time. I still want to diversify and master other genres, thats the exciting thing about it, you never stop learning and honing your skills.
While 2008 was healthy I can see that 2009 could be a little bit difficult for all of us because of this global economic crisis. Im ready, we are ready, Filipinos are ready for it, we are always in a econimic crisis anyway so nothing will be different. But I agree companies will cut back and will make every possible cost cutting to reduce expenses. Commercial photography will be one to be greatly hit im sure, in fact I had a client who backed-out for a shoot because of these reasons.
Personal life has been great also, our family is lovingly strong as ever. Im proud to say that im a very focused dad and husband I see to it that i give quality time to my family. This year my son started going to pre-school, its really exciting proud dad as always!
I would like to thank everyone; clients, friends and family who believed in me. Happy new year!
Photo above was taken at the World Pyro Olympics 2006
Last tuesday, i judged a photo contest in Ortigas for the WESM – PEMC (Philippines Electricity Market Corporation) photo contest. Entries were taken by PEMC employees. I was invited by a good award winning fellow PiPho Org member Orlee Ninon.
the conference table full of 8×12 prints
I judged the contest together with Mrs. Huang, Wawi Navarozza and another fellow PiPho Org and past president Raffy Yllana. The other team of Judges were from PEMC President Mr Holapainen & VP Mr. Pangilinan.
I was impressed by some photographs since they maximized all what they have, note mentioning some decent point and shoot shots.
Oly Ruiz together with Chax Patulot and Rache Resurrection (Metrophotography) took the EOS 5D Mark II pre-prod unit for a test drive in their latest e-session (pre-nuptial pictorial).
I admire their style, they are one of the uprising heavies in Philippine weddings and Im proud to say that they are my colleagues from PiPho.
See their blog entry