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Camera obscura


By Raffy Paredes


  • Morning View (Eli Alfred Adrias)

  • Untitled (Jay-Rness Ceria)

  • Untitled (Marc Neil E. Lipio)

  • The Majestic Mayon (Noel Gideon D. Co)

  • Untitled (Julius Vital)

  • Untitled (Gian Bonos)

  • Lobo (Krenil Miclat)

  • Isa, Dalawa, Tatlo, Apat (Diego Bernal Jr.)

  • Untitled (EL Gonzales)

  • Untitled (Jayson Velasquez)

    What do you need to turn your entire room into a camera obscura? In a quick one-minute tutorial (, the creative Koldunov Brothers show you how to do just that with nothing more than a toilet paper roll and some clippies. All you have to do is pull the curtains, stick a toilet paper roll in them, and seal it up nice and tight. Boom! You’ve turned your room into a camera obscura. Another way to do this is by covering your windows with cardboard and then cutting a hole somewhere in the center. That approach may result in a larger projection. Note that the projection will be upside down (

    Ilford, the film company that recently released an eight-minute video on how to process black-and-white film, is back again with another helpful crash course on how to make a black-and-white print in a darkroom. If you’ve never worked in a darkroom before, this intro is a great way to see what it’s all about. Aside from the necessary chemicals, printing photos requires an enlarger and a totally dark room. Without an enlarger, making contact prints is still possible. The video titled “Making Your First Black & White Print” is available on YouTube (PetaPixel).

    For something completely different but interesting and fun. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, launching this summer, will travel closer to the sun than any spacecraft yet – and you can send your name along for the ride. To commemorate humanity’s first visit to our own star, NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard the Parker Solar Probe. Submissions will be accepted until April 27, 2018. The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the sun’s atmosphere about 4 million miles (6.4 million km) from its surface. The primary science goals for the mission, said NASA, are to trace how energy and heat move through the solar corona and to explore what accelerates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles. To perform its investigations, the spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the sun’s heat by a 4.5-inch-thick (11.4 cm) carbon-composite shield, which will need to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft that reach nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,371 degrees C). This heat shield will keep the four instrument suites designed to study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and image the solar wind, at room temperature. Google Parker Solar Probe to access the site, register your name, and download your certificate (

    And now to our featured readers.

    EL Gonzales shares an untitled photo of a group of kids beside a hollow block wall of a house. EL describes himself as an amateur mobile photography hobbyist who loves “to capture things and events in Baliuag, Bulacan.”

    From Marc Neil Lipio, a cultural and heritage worker in Angono, Rizal is a photo of happy kids in a running race. “Photographer hobbyist po ako for almost seven years na,” shares Marc. “Photography is a medium for me to release my stress and express my self. I am inspired with the photos na nakikita sa mga newspapers and magazines. Fan  ako ng mga photojournalist, candid shooters, and street photographers.”

    Diego Bernal Jr., a member of Camera Club of Angono ( CCA ) submitted the black-and-white photo titled “Isa, Dalawa, Tatlo, Apat.” He shares: “I started photography last October 2017 and I love landscape, portrait, and a bit of street photography.” He took the photo at the Angono Lakeside Park.

    Jayson Velasquez, a freelance photographer and also a member of Camera Club of Angono sent in the untitled portrait of a woman with glasses. “I am a portrait photographer,” he shares. “But I never left street photography for it is where I started shooting and as well as my training ground.”

    The untitled photo of a lone banca in the sea at the approach of sunset comes from Julius Vital of Binangonan, Rizal. “This shot was taken in Masasa Beach, Batangas,” he shares. “The moment was so perfect that I didn’t want to edit the photo anymore. I used mobile phone in capturing this photo.”

    Travel and freelance photographer Noel Gideon Co contributed the photo, “The Majestic Mayon.” “I want to explore more places and meet more people through my lens to tell the story,” writes Noel.

    “Lobo,” a photo of a young boy playing with big balloons is from Krenil Miclat.

    Eli Alfred Adrias sent in “Morning View,” a bird’s-eye view of the urban landscape after sunrise.

    Gian Bonos writes that he intentionally rotated his untitled reflection photo of the Roxas Blvd. landscape “to make it look like a sword.” He took the photo with a mobile phone camera.

    And from Jay-Rness Ceria is the untitled long exposure fireworks photo.


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