Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Macro on Reverse Ring

I remember when I was still waiting for employment to Malaysia, I paid a visit to a nearby butterfly sanctuary in SSS Village, Marikina City. It was when MCF's administration that built the House of Butterflies. For visitors, you have to pay 10 pesos, I think, for you to visit the place. It is a small decent garden with a lot of floral plants.

Yellow

Way up

Pollen
And so, I tried this reverse ring that can take macro shots even without a macro lens! You just have to deal with manual focusing. I prefer using a prime lens, in my case, a Nikkor 50mm 1.8f , because it still has aperture blades that you can select so you still can control the light passing through the reversed lens and bokeh.

Tongue
Sip
Point out
These images were taken and saved on JPEG. I could have have been more flexible in adjusting during post-process if I knew how to work on with RAW images. Nonetheless, I am satisfied with the results.

Net
Soccer
String
Some of these shots were printed on 8R and I was astonished how vibrant the colors are! They the softness is too much since I have opened the aperture a bit wider than the usual since I have to adjust manually, if only I have the macro lens, it could have been a lot better!

Ruffles


Coming out
Peeking out
So if you do not have the budget yet for a macro lens, this is worth trying! This will test your patience, creativity and composition skills.

Magenta

Coiled
Fungus
I am just dumping whatever image I think would be decent enough to be posted here. LOL


Merry Christmas
So which are your favorites?

Hair
Looking at you

Friday, February 17, 2012

Lady Gaga The Born This Way Ball Concert Dates

I tweeted before that Lady Gaga is going to have her concert in Singapore this May. Since I already planned for a Phuket vacation by the end of April until first week of May, definitely, I will miss the Hong Kong concert. So that gives me time to contemplate if I shall go, once again, to Singapore to see Lady Gaga live!

[caption id="attachment_5273" align="aligncenter" width="545" caption="The Born This Way Ball"]Lady Gaga[/caption]

According to her site, this is The Born This Way Ball concert itinerary:

  • April 27 - Seoul, South Korea - Olympic Stadium - On sale tbc

  • May 2- Hong Kong - AsiaWorld Arena - On sale Feb 27

  • May 10 – Tokyo, Japan - Saitama Super Arena - On sale Mar 11

  • May 28 - Singapore Indoor Stadium - On sale Feb 27

  • Jun 7 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena – On sale Feb 17

  • Jun 13 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre - On sale Feb 17

  • Jun 20 – Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena - On sale Feb 17

  • Jun 21 – Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena - On sale Feb 17

  • Jun 27 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena - On sale Feb 17

  • Jun 28 – Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena – On sale Feb 17

  • Jul 7 – Perth, Australia - Burswood Dome - On sale Feb 17


According to Edward Ying, Singtel’s Chief of Multimedia,
We brought Lady GaGa to Singapore when we launched SingTel’s award-winning AMPed music service in 2009. Just as Lady GaGa has risen to the top of the music world over the last two years, AMPed has also grown to be the number one music service in Singapore, with more than 300,000 customers. We’ve decided to bring her back because her compelling and contemporary music style resonates very well with Singaporeans. More importantly, she will add panache to the launch of a whole new set of awesome features that will ensure AMPed redefines the digital music industry in the years ahead.

You can also Like! its concert tour page on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Songs, A Facebook Experiment

Have you been playing songs on Spotify? If your account has been connected with your Facebook and if you are from the United States, your data could have been included in this Facebook Valentine Experiment.

With Valentine day set tomorrow, Facebook enlists the songs people listen to when entering into a relationship and after ending it:

Entering a relationship:

  1. Jason Derulo - Don’t Wanna Go Home

  2. Beyoncé - Love On Top

  3. Lil Wayne - How to Love

  4. Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are

  5. Flo Rida - Good Feeling

  6. Jason Derulo - It Girl

  7. Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine - Stereo Hearts

  8. Britney Spears - Criminal

  9. Wiz Khalifa - No Sleep

  10. John Mayer - Free Fallin’


Ending a relationship:

  1. Mumford and Sons - The Cave

  2. Drake ft. The Weekend - Crew Love

  3. Kanye West - All of the Lights

  4. Adele - Rolling in the Deep

  5. Drake ft. Rihanna - Take Care

  6. Bruno Mars - It Will Rain

  7. Rihanna and Calvin Harris - We Found Love

  8. Foster the People - Call It What You Want

  9. Selena Gomez and the Scene - Love You Like a Love Song

  10. David Guetta featuring Usher - Without You

Linsanity Morals from Jeremy Lin

[caption id="attachment_5230" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Jeremy Lin"]Linsanity[/caption]

Jeremy Shu-How Lin, a few of those Asian Americans from Harvard is now playing in the NBA. Apart from his race and his phenomenal achievements for the New York Knicks against LA Lakers which gave the team a 4 straight win, what makes him special?

People struggle to achieve their dreams and goals. Jeremy conquered these and now, he's at his peak, yet. Applying what he has learned in life can be beneficial to you, too.

1. Never stop believing in yourself.
As mentioned, he is those of few, who entered NBA despite of his race and where he graduated from.

2. Grab the opportunity while it is still hot.
Popular players from Knicks could not play because they were injured. Also, Baron Davis was gone and some of the guards were, too so they had to start from Lin. Great opportunities do not come often, so when you see it, grab it like a boss!

3. Go back to your roots, be family-oriented.
Everyone else may turn their backs on you, but not your family.

4. Do not be a copycat, be original, be yourself.
You do not want to be tagged as a shadow of someone else's. Famous people are known because of their unique character. Most people who imitate do not reach the premier.

5. Work harder.
When everything has been served, support, opportunity, luck and the motivation, do not lose the momentum. Keep on going and go forth. Also, stay humble.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Les Mills Tracklist - 1st Quarter 2012

Here are the tracklists of your favorite Les Mills programs. This is for the 1st quarter release, 2012.

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BODYJAM 60

Warmup/Isolations : Save The World (Zedd Remix) (Swedish House Mafia)
Moombahton : Horsey (Diplo)
Mambos : Wepa (Mix I) (Tomorrow’s World)
We found one close to me : We Found Love (Colourbox)
We found one close to me : One (Your Name) (Vocal Mix) (Swedish House Mafia feat. Pharrell)
We found one close to me : Close To Me (R3hab Remix) (Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go)
Recovery : Out Of My Head (Lupe Fiasco feat. Trey Songz)
Shufflin’ to Epicland : Save The World (Knife Party Remix) (Swedish House Mafia)
Shufflin’ to Epicland : Speak Up (Savant)
Shufflin’ to Epicland : Bullet (Original Mix) (Michael Woods)
Shufflin’ to Epicland : Indestructible (The Flask)
Groovedown : Love On Top (Beyoncé)
Bonus 13 – Moombahton : Feel So Close (Dillon Francis Remix) (Calvin Harris)
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[caption id="attachment_5218" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Body Jam 60"]Les Mills Body Jam 60[/caption]

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BODYCOMBAT 51

Give Me Everything (Sunny Dee Remix) – Jason Born
Loud (Technoposse Remix Edit) – Big Diddy
Bark At The Moon – Fortified Pro
Here Tonight – Reality Charm And Solitude
Another Way To Die - Disturbed
Kung Foo Fighting – Kickers Kingdom
Where Them Girls At (Mix I) – Olson Bjerre
Born To Kill – Airbourne
Land Of Dance (Sy And Unknown Remix) – Retro And Flawless
Champion – Chipmunk feat. Chris Brown
Awake And Alive (Rock Radio Mix) – Skillet
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[caption id="attachment_5213" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Body Combat 51"]Les Mills Body Combat 51[/caption]

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BODYBALANCE 56

Tai Chi Warmup : Stop And Stare (Fundmental Envy)
Sun Salutations : Euphoria (Firefly) (Parker & Surface Jave)
Standing Strength : Best Thing I Never Had (Beyoncé)
Balance : Someone Like You (Audiogroove)
Hip Openers : Run For It (Delerium feat. Leigh Nash)
Core – Abdominals : Love Will Always Win (Opshop)
Core – Back : This = Love (The Script)
Twists : Somewhere Only We Know (The Sense)
Forward Bends – Hamstrings : Running Up That Hill (Inevitable)
Forward Bends – Hamstrings : Angel (Blue Cloud)
Relaxation/Meditation : Acceptance (Paul Avgerinos)
Standing Strength : Search For The Hero (M People)
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[caption id="attachment_5217" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Body Balance 56"]Les Mills Body Balance 56[/caption]

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BODYPUMP 81

You Make Me Feel… – Cobra Starship feat Sabi
Higher Ground – Jagged Eagle
Loud – Stan Walker
Ravers Fantasy (Manox remix) – Manian
Domino – Miss Daise
I Own You – Shinedown
San Francisco (Remix 11) – Fine Tune
Blood Is Pumping – Blade X
Mr Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan
Best Thing I Never Had – Beyoncé

Alternative tracks:
Dynamite (Remix IX) – Studio 88 feat Juno Mars
Breaking Inside – Shinedown feat. Lzzy Hale of Halestorm
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[caption id="attachment_5214" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Body Pump 81"]Les Mills Body Pump 81[/caption]

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RPM 54

Pack Ride : Moves Like Jagger (Mix II) (January Rays feat. Riley)
Pace : San Francisco (Remix III) (Fine Tune)
Hills : Run To You (Hands Up Club Mix) (Jan Wayne feat. Fab)
Mixed Terrain : Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Coldplay)
Intervals : Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites (Dirtyphonics Remix) (Skrillex)
Speed Work : Just Be (Antillas Club Mix) (Tiesto feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw)
Mountain Climb : Hold Me Tonight (Empyre One Remix) (Manian)
Ride Home : Gotta Be Wrong Sometimes (O.A.R.)
Stretch : It Girl (Jason Derulo)
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[caption id="attachment_5219" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="RPM 54"]Les Mills RPM 54[/caption]

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SH’BAM 7

Track 1 : Good Feeling (Flo Rida)
Track 2 : Wepa (Mix II) (Tomorrow’s World)
Track 3 : Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) (Envy feat. Reachout)
Track 4 : Till The World Ends (Britney Spears)
Track 5 : Shake Senora Remix (Pitbull feat. T-Pain, Sean Paul & Ludacris)
Track 6 : Where Them Girls At (Mix III) (Computer Love feat. Climb Max)
Track 7 : Venus (Soda Club Remix) (Soda Club)
Track 8 : Sauve (Kiss Me) (Beat Bandits feat. Purified Junkies)
Track 9 : Footloose (The Agenda)
Track 10 : Don’t Wanna Go Home (Young Drake)
Track 11 : Teenage Dream (Bodytronixx)
Track 12 : All You Need Is Love (Active Conflict)
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[caption id="attachment_5223" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Sh'bam 7"]Les Mills Sh'bam 7[/caption]

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BODYSTEP 87

Warmup : You Make Me Feel… (Yesterday Stomp feat. Diverse)
Step Warmup : Good Girl (Sushi Tribe)
Step Orientation : Moves Like Jagger (Mix I) (January Rays feat. Riley)
Step Athletic : Dance In The Dark (Southern Light)
Mixed Strength : Own This Club (DJ Mark)
Power Peak : Rockstar (The Claw)
Step Recovery : Make My Day (Beefy & Halo)
Party Step : Where Them Girls At (Mix II) (Olson Bjerre feat. Climb Max & Famous J.)
Speed Step : (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher (Mondo Libre)
Peak : Don’t Leave Me This Way (Velvet Affect)
Recovery/Conditioning : Cinema (Dee D. feat. DJ Gazz)
Cooldown/Stretch : Stereo Hearts (Radiation Leep feat. Amy L.)
Athletic Circuit Track : Two Tribes (Walking Wounded)
Athletic Circuit Track : Flash (Buck Wild)
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[caption id="attachment_5220" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Body Step 87"]Les Mills Body Step 87[/caption]

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BODYATTACK 76

Warmup : San Francisco (Fine Tune)
Mixed Impact : Más (NXT)
Aerobic : Notorious (Global Nation)
Plyometric : Twilight Zone (Colourbox)
Upper Body Conditioning : You Got The Love (The Grace)
Running : Ridin Solo (Damn-R Remix) (Jason Born)
Agility : Badman Riddim (The Spring Act)
Interval : Angels (Reversal Switch)
Power : Don’t Wanna Go Home (Sunny Dee Remix) (Jason Born)
Lower Body Conditioning : Night Of Your Life (Olson Bjerre feat. Sam K.)
Core Conditioning : Tonight Tonight (Hot Chelle Rae )
Cooldown : All That You Are (The Goo Goo Dolls)
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[caption id="attachment_5215" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Body Attack 76"]Les Mills Body Attack 76[/caption]

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BODYVIVE 22

Warmup : You Make Me Feel… (Cobra Starship feat. Sabi)
Cardio 1 : Just Be Good To Me (Simply Hyper)
Cardio 2 : Ladies Night (Workout Mix) (d’Macy)
Cardio 3 : Gimme Some Lovin’ (The Mick Lloyd Connection)
Peak Cardio : Get It On (Bodytronixx)
Active Recovery : Life’s What You Make It (Talk Talk)
Dynamic Strength : Why Don’t You Love Me (Jump Smokers Club Remix) (Beyoncé)
Integrated Strength : I Want A New Drug (Huey Lewis And The News)
Hips : Make My Heart (Dario Caminita & Andrea Corelli Radio Edit) (Toni Braxton)
Core 1 : Waterfront (Simple Minds)
Core 2 : Beautiful People (Chris Brown & Benny Benassi)
Stretch : The Only Exception (Paramore)
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[caption id="attachment_5222" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Body Vive 22"]Les Mills Body Vive 22[/caption]

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Big Dreams Do Come True - Man on Wire Movie Review

Title: Man on Wire
Year: 2008
Director: James Marsh
Actor: Philippe Petit (himself)
Duration: 90 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG 13

[caption id="attachment_5206" align="aligncenter" width="535"]Man on Wire Poster Man on Wire[/caption]

Plot

Past after 7 in the morning at Manhattan, New York City when Philippe Petit danced on wire between the twin towers of the former World Trade Center. For many years since he was 16, he dreamed of walking on these buildings when he first saw the news on a local newspaper in France, that the buildings were still being built while waiting for his dental appointment. He says that he can withstand the pain of a toothache for a week but not the joy of walking on clouds for many years.

The film shows how Phillipe conquered walking on wire on the Notre Dam Cathedral in Paris, France and Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Several of his friends also shares how they planned that day of August 7, 1974, the day when Phillipe crossed the two towers for 45 minutes for 8 times. He was charged Trespassing and Behavioral Misconduct and then dropped after agreeing with the city mayor to perform several shows in the city.

Moral

Petite is a rebellious Frenchman who taught himself how to juggle and walk on wire by himself. At first, he had the talent and artistry. It is his passion, perseverance and love for what he is doing best moved me until the film finishes. Not to mention the criticality and how high his dreams were, Petit is a living proof that impossible things can be achieved.

Treatment and Structure

How the interviews were conducted is very outstanding. The people clearly showed how they were also moved by Petit's dream to walk on clouds. The humor of the interviewees gives a light feeling as you hyperventilate at the height where Petit walked with a thin wire at Paris, Sydney and New York.

A solo piano piece pierces my heart when it plays after an hour and a half long of build up of plans to walk on top of the towers when Petit finally stepped on the wire, when the interviewees cried as they shares joy and fulfilment and when you can relate the feeling of achieving your own dreams with your hardwork and perseverance.

Technicalities

Only pictures are shown when Phillipe walked on wire between the towers. This maybe because that the person who is supposed to take the video got too exhausted pulling the 1000-lbs wire when it slipped while they were setting it up before the sun rises. The pictures taken by Jean-Louis Blondeau were astounding!

The lighting director used Rembrandt technique. Also, Marsh has selected good soundtrack as Petit progress with his dreams. The re-enactment, costumes and black and white effect added impeccable contemplation that brings you back to 1970s.

Galleries

Pictures are copyrighted by Blondeau, Discovery Films and BBC Storyville. You may check Blondeau's website for Phillipe's pictures.