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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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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.

ΑΚΩ

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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Everyone is a spaRTan

Retweet. Retweet. Retweet. Social media has infected everyone’s lives one way or another. There is no way of escaping it. SJSU has a huge number of Twitter users enrolled academically but what makes it such a huge deal? Access to pointless rants? Cute puppy videos? Pictures of Kermit the Frog that always repave the internet? This picture captures the famous letter RT which in Twitter terms is “retweet” meaning repost. As a spartan, I am guilty of social media overuse and am trying to discipline myself from using it in preparation for finals. I need to be more of a Spartan rather than a spaRTan so I can Spartan on to success. #cheesy #rt

Joe or Philz?

Nothing like a good cup of Joe to wake you up in the morning. Am I right? Or how about a good cup of Philz? Ever since my first year of college, Philz probably has a majority of the money I have spent throughout all 3 of my collegiate years. Philz holds the heart of many, stealing the hearts of Starbucks lovers across the nation one Mint Mojito at a time. For SJSU students, Philz is a staple necessity and consistently has a line out the door during any day of the academic year besides Finals. This shot centers the cup of Philz in front of an unoccupied chair. There truly is nothing like hand-brewed hot or iced cups of coffee in the morning or night time to keep students grounded.

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Cat Nap

This cat has been coming around my house often for the past couple of years. Safe to say that my family has practically but not officially adopted the feline. This shot was created revolving around the reflection of its face while it naps. I thought it would be really cool to flip it over because sometimes with reflections, it is hard to tell which is right side up! It is super noticeable in this picture but I love  the reflection because of how much of the cat’s face is captured.

Campus Puppy

This puppy (that isn’t even a puppy because it’s just a super-old small dog) has been seen almost every single day strolling the SJSU campus. This puppy, whose name I never got the chance to get, may be seen following its owner (whose name I also was not able to get) using it’s cute little steps. I had the chance to take this in the San Antonio plaza as the puppy strolled a little ways from its owner. It paused and I took the chance to get in front of it and snap a couple of shots. This shot is special because I seemed to catch it smile a little bit. My use of the rule of thirds is very evident by placing the pup at the intersection near the bottom right section. The picture originally did not use any true black but my photography teacher saw the photo as a little “muddy” so the true blacks came back by flattening the tone curve and this was the result of that. The face comes out clearer and the whiteness really brings out the pup’s face as it smiles for the camera.

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This image was taken inside the City Hall building on the 5th floor where residents receive their S.U.N. permits. I believe this picture created a very lonely mood because of the empty chairs but also lively at the same time because of the flower and the blue background. This photo uses the rule of thirds well and many leading lines leading to multiple points of focus.