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Pistahan

The sharing of culture and cuisine -as in the meaning of the word ‘Pistahan.’ 

The Pistahan festival is a festival held in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens that brings showcases both culture and cuisine from the Philippines. This festival was created in order to bring Filipino youth closer to their roots. Not too many Filipino youth are familiar with the stories of the displacement of manongs and manangs who were in their 60s and 70s and occupied the International Hotel near Kearney street. It makes sense to have the festival held in San Francisco as it is where Filipinos seem to land no matter where they come from. This picture is of the loops the strings create coming from the little wooden necklaces. The focus on the loops represents how no matter what, Filipino culture is rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area and will always have a presence no matter how much people decide to not pay attention to its people.

 

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Beauty – With a Price

I love this shot. San Francisco is SO beautiful. All the lines, all the curves…but the traffic? Oh hell nawh. I think this picture captures San Francisco in a nutshell. It is beautiful, but the traffic sucks booty. The skyline above the bridge looks beautiful but then the real horrors are down beneath the bridge. The city is enveloped in a soft and bright setting while the traffic down below is dark and gloomy. This is kind of like heaven and hell. Who would want to be trapped down there?

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Little ____, Big City

This picture reminds me of those movies I watched alongside my younger sisters where the small-town boy or girl move into the huge city and are bursting with feelings of wanting to become a name that’s as big as the city. I feel I captured that perfectly in this photo. The big buildings, all the power lines and fancy cars, and the little people who get to just walk along the crosswalks and sidewalks wondering if they’ll ever make it to the top floor leveled apartments. San Francisco provides so many lines it’s almost impossible to not be lead to a different subject in the photo.

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Always

10/10 I would take pictures in SF all the time if I could. It would definitely help if I lived there. There is a certain magic that lurks in The City air but is in no way used to keep people out. The magic that is emitted by The City is like that of Disneyland but maybe like one category down. What I love about taking pictures in SF is that I can take out the true whites and true blacks and not be mad about any type of non clarity. When thinking of magic, I think of a soft and bright type of setting which is what I went with in this picture. The subject provides the perfect contrast to the bright buildings as it ventures into the magical city.

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Going on a Trip

We’re going on a trip, in my favorite rocketship, zooming through the sky – Little Einsteins!! 

I can’t help but sing this song in my head as a yellow vehicle passes by. This picture was taken one busy SJSU morning and the vehicle happened to pass by. One of my photo assignments required me to take a picture of a moving object using a technique known as panning. Panning is when the camera is following a subject as it moves and capturing it at a shutter fast enough to make it seem like the background is moving rather than the subject. This was the result of that technique on the rocketship passing by.

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Cup of Sunshine

This was a picture I worked on for quite a bit of time. More time than usual to be more precise. The cups at Philz were different for a limited time and it seems like the world was going bonkers over these new cups. I decided to put them against a lighter background to bring out the colors some more. Again I used more rule of thirds by lining up the board and the cup along the first vertical line. Also the cup is framed by the bars or rails or whatever they’re called. I used a brush to brighten up only the board and the cup as to make it seem like they glow a special kind of way because Philz is a special kind of brew.

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Loyalty

This is my fraternity brother Josh and his Gen 9 Honda Civic. The Gen 9’s have a nice sleek shape and look good especially as an SI version. My brother Josh belongs to the Loyalty fam and like one of the ideas of the fam, we worked on the car together. Well at least for one day to install new coils. Now the car sits pretty and low with barely any wall space for the tire so it rubs a lot.

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This brotherhood has given me so much ever since I decided to join. Strength, Loyalty, Pride, Wisdom, and Courage all wrapped up into one family. This picture was taken at our annual Brosgiving at Harrys Hofbrau. Nothing better than a bunch of brothers bonding over attractive manly food. My use of the rule of thirds is evident. I also added a bit of grain to the picture to give it a sort of old school feel. When it comes to pictures of text, people are drawn to it no matter what because it is something to read.

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Home Base Kitty

As I said in a previous post, this cat has basically been adopted by our family. In this picture, it’s body fits perfectly in the little diamond square as if it were the umpire at home base. I really admire this shot because the framing works great with my shoes acting as leading lines somewhat to frame the cat inside and all the other leading lines leading to multiple points. The cat is just framed perfectly into the middle. The rule of thirds bring focus to my shoes but then my shoes just lead to the bigger and more noticeable subject in the middle.

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Wear and Tear in Nike Air

There is no denying that Nike has become one of the biggest names in the world. With some of the world’s most known athletes under contract – LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan – there is no doubt this name is already down in the history books. This picture really focuses in on the Nike Air logo. The Air technology is on the side of shoe under the heel. Almost everyone knows this however just from reading the brand name on the back of a shoe. The dirt gives the logo on the shoe some character. Yes. This shoe was definitely worn. Why? I mean who doesn’t want to wear their pair of Nikes on everyday?

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Yellow Bull

I had not had a single drop of energy drink exiting high school. I believed that drinking energy drinks was bad for my liver and my entire wellbeing. During my very first round of finals, I found myself lacking energy and wanted something to turn it up a notch. At the time, the Warriors came off their best run in the playoffs since 2007 after upsetting the 3rd ranked Denver Nuggets as the number 6 seed and then losing to San Antonio in the next round. I saw a Harrison Barnes commercial and he was sponsoring Red Bulls and thought to myself, “If Harrison Barnes can endorse Red Bull, I can drink Red Bull.” And the beginning of Red Bulls was born in my life. This picture tried to capture the beauty of the first kind of Red Bull I had ever had in my life. I like the contrasting dividing line across the picture diagonally. The light reflecting off the top of the can is perfect. Making Red Bull perfect. Perfect.

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Lit

7-11 is one of the most lit places and always has been ever since my first year of college. They have provided the best taquitos, my Hawaiian chips, my Red Bull, and basically everything I’ve ever needed to live off of during the hours of 10pm and 2am. This picture captures the late night beauty of 7-11. Only people who turn this place into their place of “last minute overpriced snacks but I really need them” would understand. I love the lines and the clarity of the store. It reminds me of those college movies where the minors are about to try and purchase alcohol with a fake ID for the first time.