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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.

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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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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

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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.

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White RS-7

I have had the privilege of growing up around cars and the process of customization. From a 240sx to a Nissan GTR R35, I have been blessed to see the transformation of rust bucket to chick magnet. For this book I chose to photograph my pledge brother’s 2012 TRD edition Scion TC RS-7. Now rocking twin exhaust pipes and brand new headlights with the wheels sitting nicely – the car is looking meaner than ever. The close-ups really bring out the details of the car that people will gloss over but are important to the car’s aesthetics. From the tires’ walls to the custom diffuser, they all play a piece in the car’s looks as well as functionality.

My pledge brother has been working on this car ever since my first year of college and to see where it’s at now is gratifying. I wanted to capture how fierce and elegant the car looks with a little Bay Area flavour but also this car is a symbol of pride for my pledge brother which is also something I wanted to capture in my pictures.

“Pride to me means doing something the best you can do that you can show it off and want people to know it’s your work or that you did it. When it comes to my car, no money and no labor was spared. It’s like a painter and his paintings, every painter wants their work to hang in museums and they want to be proud and show it off, I just want to show off my car when I drive around or it’s parked. Not because it impresses other people but because it impresses me because it reminds me that I can do incredible things and I have a talent to be proud of.” – #136

Untitled

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.