A Few Photos to keep the site fresh

Things have been a bit crazy for me the past few months.  Limited in my ability to travel out and about both physically and financially.   Thought I would share a few photos from the Philippines, some are new and some are older and may have been posted before.

All are taken with my Olympus OMD-EM5-II and 12-40 F2.8 Pro lens.  Enjoy.

Hope to get back out for some serious photography before the rainy season starts in June.

Jeepney and trike passing in opposite directions, Tarlac City Tarlac. Shot with Olympus 9mm semi-fisheye.



At the beach. Filipinos love to pose for photos.

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Tarlac Street Walking – 12 March 2019

Another hot day.  Caught a trike down to the McDonald’s where I got a fish sandwich, small fry and large iced tea.  After I decide to walk home, good for exercise but not so good on a very hot day.  Got most of the way, but was feeling the burn.  Stopped at a Sari-sari store and got a 500ml  bottle of cold water for 10 pesos.  (about 20 cents US$). Continued my walk more slowly.  As I was getting close to Fiesta Community San Rafael where I live, one of the community trikes pulled up an honked.  Offered me a ride the rest of the way and I was only too glad to accept.  It pays to treat the community trike drivers well, they will always watch out for you.  The driver took to my home and refused payment because it was such a short drive.  (He was on his way back to the community anyway). Continue reading

Super High Resolution images with your iPhone

CortexCam app click to go to website

HydraCam app click to go to website







This article is about two camera apps that I have purchased and actually use on my Apple iPhone 6s+.  I am not being reimbursed or paid by either company for this review.  It is my personal view about each, shared with my readers for their own consideration.  I use both apps on my iPhone. 

Okay, Seem to have a recurring problem.  The images are not opening up to full size when clicked.  Have had this problem with WordPress before.  Sometimes. it works, some times it doesn’t.   You can do a right click and load the image in a different tab or window but while larger it is still at a reduced size.  They probably want me to upgrade my account type.    

Most if not all cell phones today come complete with a camera built-in.  These cameras range from very basic poor quality to very advanced high quality.  While none of them can compete quality or detail wise with a good dedicated camera, they are more than adequate for family and vacation photos in most cases.  However, sometimes people will want an image that is “improved” over the default cell phone image.  Some cell phone cameras can save the image as a RAW, TIFF or DNG file.

With a normal cell phone camera, the photos are processed internally according the cameras programming to produce a JPEG file which is what most people see.  The advantage of JPEG is small file sizes that do not take up a lot of memory.  The short-coming is that. once the cell phones software processes the image, any data not used for the processed image is discarded to keep file sizes small.

However some camera apps may be able to do more than produce a “default” JPEG file from high end cell phone cameras.   I have two apps that I used to create High Resolution cell phone files, as well as for other purposes, and am sharing my personal thoughts opinions about them in case they are helpful to others.

CORTEX CAM does one thing which is to create high resolution files with great detail and tonal characteristics.   CortexCam is available for both Apple iOS and Google or other Android phones.   Continue reading

Walkabout for Exercise and photoshoot 4.

Well I’ll keep the commentary short today.  Day 4 of my photo walkabout and weight loss exercise  program. I started with a theme of wheels, but that didn’t last long though you will find several “wheel” photos.   Guessing about 5 kilometers today but it was hot, humid and a bit dusty due to traffic.  I’m no longer uploading full size images because of the data limit on my WordPress account for now.  Maybe one day I can afford to upgrade.

Now if you’re feeling real wealthy and want to help me out or just buy me a cup of coffee, my PayPal is paypal.me/brotherdavid 

All photos are Tarlac City, Tarlac Province, Philippines.  My current temporary residence.  My official home is still Denver, Colorado for legal and financial purposes.  The camera used is the Panasonic FZ1000, a super-zoom with a 1″ sensor.  Great camera when diverse focal lengths are needed.


On the road again, riding the trike again.

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Walking for Exercise and Street Photography 2

Well I went out today again for some walking exercise.  This time I planned it a little better and took along my Olympus OMD-EM5-II camera.  Since my arrival in the Philippines 3 years ago, I have. lost 45 lbs (20 kilos).  But recently due to not enough activity I gained back 5 lbs. (2.3 kilos). Thing is I need to be losing more for my health.   Well that is a good excuse to get out for some street photography again.

While many trikes have sidecars for passengers, some are used as delivery vehicles. Hence the delivery trike.

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Walking for exercise but grabbed a few photos.

Well, seems I gained back a few of the pounds I had lost so decide to get in a good long walk today to burn off some calories.  It was hot and humid but I still managed to walk several kilometers.  Didn’t have my good cameras with me so shot a few with my iPhone.  I used the ProCamera app, set to shoot RAW instead. of JPEG.  It means more time post processing but more detail in the highlights and shadows.  Images processed in Lightroom.   Enjoy.

Traffic on MacArthur Highway

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Street Walking: iPhone 6s+ Tarlac City, Philippines.

Went to the SM Mall in Tarlac City today. Afterwards realizing I hadn’t been out much recently I decided to do some street walking with my iPhone 6s+.  No its now one of the latest.  Been banged up a few times and had to have 2 screens replaced.  The touch screen gets a little flakey now and then, but it still takes some decent photos on occasion.  Normally I would street-walk with either my Olympus OMD-EM5-II or Panasonic  FZ1000 cameras, but this was a spur of the moment impulse walk just to get some exercise.  I always say the only good camera is the one you have with you, and I always have my iPhone with me. Using a variety of apps it does a pretty good job most of the time. So enough typing, here are some photos.

Bamboo Furniture store. Tarlac City, Philippines.  Photo taken using the ProHDR-X app for IOS. The street side was brightly lit, but the interior was very dark.  The app allowed an HDR (High Dynamic Range) approach to capture more detail in the dark areas without blowing out there foreground.

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