Tinglayan, Kalinga: No go zone for Americans!

I normally have great things to say about traveling in the Philippines as a tourist but today, I have to write about Tinglayan, Kalinga. It is a no go zone if you are American. It might change in the future but it is like the hills of Kentucky was in the 1960’s with moonshine. Read more

Cost of food in the Philippines

The fact of what is happen is harsh and many expats want to deny the reality. The truth is the cost of food in the Philippines is on the rise. It is not just in the restaurant that this is happening, either. Read more

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Film Convert is amazing!

I love using Premiere Pro and Lumetri Color correction is quite good. However, sometimes, I need even more controls and that is what I have a program called Film Convert for. It is a life saver for me but it does not save on my resources. More on that later. Read more

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Premiere Pro is great for photographers!

When I am doing editing for video, I am using Premiere Pro from Adobe. If you are a photographer, you will do video in today’s climate. It is just a fact. Every photographer would do themselves a favor to learn some video editing programs.
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2Go Travel ferry to Boracay!

Are you going to Boracay but don’t want a bullet donated to you at the airport? Another option will be to take the 2go Travel ferry to Boracay. It is very easy to do with one small hiccup. It doesn’t leave from Manila! Read more

2Go Travel ferry from Puetro Princesa to Manila

I have taken the long trip from Puertro Princesa in Palawan to Manila a few times. As I said, it is a very long trip. However, I think using the ferry from Puerto Princesa is a smart move for the traveler. Read more

Breakfast for “rainy days” in the Philippines

While living in the Philippines, there are times that I can”t go anywhere in the mornings for breakfasts. That is one of the issues that people in a tropical nation during “rainy” face. So, what people do for food in the mornings? Read more

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Trey Ratliff is out of touch!

Trey Ratliff is a photographer with a pretty popular blog. He also has made it quite clear that he is a businessman. He sees photography is enterprise which I do not have much of an issue with. However, there is one detail that is really a problem. Read more

Why I do not use a GoPro

Alot of people in the Philippines love GoPro. I am not using it and will not use one. There are some serious scientific problems with them as well as they are just too limiting for anything that I would need to do.

I really do get why some people like them, they are fun to play with and if you don’t know much about camera technology; they can be handy. However, using one as a primary camera is not going to work for anyone with a little knowledge.


5 reasons I do not use the GoPro!

  1. The sensor is too small
  2. There is no freedom in focal length
  3. There is no controls
  4. There is no bokeh
  5. They are too expensive for what they do.

Let’s break this down, shall we?

You have a square that is 1/2 across and you take a flashlight to that square. The only light inside that square is going to that 1/2 inch, right? That is how sensor works. If you have a 1.5″ square, you will get triple the light. This is why I will always say a DSLR is better than a GoPro.

Another big issue is the lens. There is no inter-changable lens. You have one option and that is the one lens you have on it. There is no zoom option, either. If shooting that length works, great. If it doesn’t, you are screwed.

As a photographer, I want some controls. At least, let me get the aperture. That is important. I do not want some program inside the camera telling me what the f/stop should be. I am a pretty smart guy. I can do that myself.

The big one is I love Bohek, that blurred background. I can’t stand these videos where everything is in focus. It is great for landscape, not for interviews. GoPro is very much a joke in the area of Bohek!

Lastly, when you consider you can get a decent DSLR for about the same price as a one of them; it is hard to reason out even buying one. Nikon D7000 are selling for around $450 these days and the GoPro Hero 4 is $399. It just doesn’t make sense.


What are my weapons of choice?

When I do my videos, I normally throw up the Nikon D7000 with a 35mm set to f/2.8 (Did I say Bokeh?) on the tripod. It works for me. I like the controls, the bokeh, the ability to change a len if I need to and triple the sensor space.

In the end, having a GoPro for me would always be an extra for high adventure stuff; not a serious camera to shoot with. Maybe, it is just me.

For more articles about cameras, optic technology and my love for Nikon, check out my blog at Nikon Dojo. 


Getting from Angeles City to Aquino Airport

If you go to Angeles City and do not fly out of Clark International Airport; you probably will have to travel to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (NAIA) Travel from Angeles there is quite easy but it does take some time. There is no reason you would need to use a Uber car or a taxi either. Read more