Thru the Lens of Auey Santos

.what as I see as my camera captures it.

My Other New Baby – the Nikon D300! January 25, 2008

Filed under: Babies,Family Portraiture,Gear,Portraits — aueysantos @ 6:03 pm

Dee Dee. Delivered January 17, 2008. 2 lbs (with battery)

Yes, I’ve already told you about my new baby Milo. But two days before I went into labor and delivery, the UPS man delivered my new Nikon D300 digital SLR! I had barely finished reading through the manual when my life went topsy-turvy so I haven’t had time to “get-to-know” the D300, whom I’ve named Deidre. Dee Dee for short.

But finally, after a week — I found the time to shoot some practice shots with the camera and acquaint myself with my newest baby. The camera, I mean. And I am amazed by the quality and color. The shots below were just resized for web viewing, but the color and exposure is straight out of the camera. Full auto settings – P priority, Auto White balance at ISO 1600 using natural light. I used my favorite prime lens for these shots – the Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 micro. Pretty, eh?

My baby is 5 days old in these shots.





This is the only exception of an image with post production. I did a simple B&W conversion here.



All I Want for Xmas December 20, 2007

Filed under: Gear,Personal — aueysantos @ 11:26 pm

Curious about what’s on my Christmas wishlist? Here it is! I realized I’m such a geek and there’s nothing I want that ISN’T photo-related. The Nikon D300 and the Fuji S5 rate high on my lustwish but since I’m probably going to do some new equipment acquistions next year, I didn’t include them here.

I’ll go from crazy-expensive to free.

Ok, so this is the Nikon 28mm f/1.4. Okey, so I REALLY don’t need this lens but I’ve been dying to add more primes to my collection. This is one of Nikon’s most expensive lenses ever at $1700. Plus, I would love to use more available light at wedding receptions. This beauty would do the trick nicely.

Now this is the Nikon 85 mm f/1.4 lens. I used to have the 85mm f/1.8 back in Manila and had sold it. Big regrets now. Retailing at $900 or so, this lens is within reach. Probably won’t be in Santa’s pack but might be a tax deduction for 2008.


Here’s a more reasonable request. After hours and hours of on-line surfing, the one thing I found and really liked for myself is the Jill E. brown suede camera bag as seen below! Isn’t it soo cute? It can carry 2 SLR Bodies, 2 Lens and a Speedlight! It looks so yummy. One teensy-weensy problem: it’s back-ordered!


Oh well!

The one thing you can give me for FREE is some blog love! Just drop a note or comment on anything on your mind. Even the teensiest comment will make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

4 days to go!


Fuji Finepix E900 June 30, 2007

Filed under: Gear — aueysantos @ 12:34 am

For the past six months, I have been on the market for a good point-and-shoot camera which I can stash in my purse for everyday situations. Bringing along any of my three digital SLRs just proves to be too cumbersome and bulky for daily use. I needed something handy and quick for those gone-in-a-flash-an-eyebat moments at home, and for funny life scenes on the road. I always believed a good photographer has a camera with her ALWAYS. And ever since my Olympus mini [mju] died a natural death, I was on the prowl for the perfect P&S.

Research, research. My usual source for camera reviews are and of course, other photographers.

But man, choices seemed vast and never-ending. I had always been a solid Nikon & Fuji person but other brands were tempting. One evening for dinner, I had met up with some photographer friend enthusiasts. Everyone was showing off their cameras. Vic Icasas had the Canon Ixus. Now this $400 camera is attractive: tiny about the size of a credit card, with a stainless steel body and sleek design. He showed me this feature which allowed you to take a black and white photo, with only one color of your chosing. Sorta like selective black and white. Coolness.

On the other hand, my other friend Horace Posadas was showing off his Leica D-Lux 3. Now I had always been lusting for a Leica but with the M8 totally out of budget reach, the Leica D-LUX seemed utterly attainable. I had handled one at Palo Alto’s Keeble and Shuchat and had been tempted ever since. Horace said the camera was worked well under low-light, had great optics and was of course, a Leica. But at $600, it still seemed like a lot of money. I felt I was really paying for brand recognition for that one. However, Vic said Panasonic has a clone model out for $200 cheaper.

Choice, choices.

So totally I finally decided to bite the bullet and bought myself a Fuji Finepix E900. What made me decide on this model? I read a great review about it in my favorite UK magazine, Digital Photographer. I love Fuji’s colors. I love the fact that it can use AA batteries. Reviews say this has great images at high ISOs, plus it had the flexibility of shooting in manual modes and RAW. These three things are SLR features I feel I can’t let go off, as a professional photographer. While it’s sensor is slightly smaller than the Canon and the Leica, it’s price tag is more wallet friendly at $192 for a 10 MP point-and-shoot. I’m anxious to see how it will fare against my demands but I figure, if I needed something heavy duty – I’ll just whip out my Fuji S3 DSLR.

I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on the camera! For now…I’m waiting for the UPS guy.


My New Tamrac Bag June 14, 2007

Filed under: Gear — aueysantos @ 12:36 am

Hopefully…the endorsement offers will start pouring in!

I was so happy to receive my new Tamrac Big Wheels Rolling Strongbox 692 from the UPS guy today. I had been needing a new camera bag to fit all my gear since my needs had outgrown my Lowepro Commercial All Weather Bag, which is now being sold on The Lowepro had served me well for the past year but I’m watching out for my back now and decided that something would rollers would be best for my situation. Plus, my Nikon 70-200 mm lens was always an outsider in my Lowepro since it could never fit in properly and I always opted to piggyback it. But now with the new Tamrac Strong Wheels, everything fits in properly. I love having proper storage for everything. Plus it has loads of extra pockets for my other gadgets and gizmos.

It’s always tough finding the perfect camera bag for every photo coverage situation. I have a Crumpler for my small point and shoot and vacation hikes. The Tamrac Velocity 9 is used for the SLR toting but light one lens coverage. There’s a great Hong Kong 4point backpack for my 1 SLR-3 Lenses-Laptop combination. And now, I have the Tamrac Strong Wheels for portraits and weddings, when I need everything in my arsenal.