Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Giving mother earth a helping hand

Earth Day Bakawan Planting
Originally uploaded by Jepster
In celebration of Earth Day yesterday, some people from work went out to the shoreline nearby to plant mangrove propagules and seedlings.

OK I admit I did not plant a single mangrove that afternoon since I was the self proclaimed official photographer of the activity and I did not want to get mud and seawater on my camera and gear.

I actually had more fun than I thought I would. There is something about walking at the beach (even if it was a muddy beach and my shoes kept getting sucked into the mud) at low-tide and simply observing the various sea critters and plant-life. There were small pools where you can see small fish and crabs scurrying about. Hermit crabs dragging along their barnacle encrusted homes across the mud. Clusters of bi-valves clinging to rocks. Shy fiddler crabs ready to dart inside the safety of their burrows at the slightest sign of threat. I managed to trap a fiddler crab out in the open by closing its burrow. The poor thing just sat there as my evil colleague kept on poking the pitiful crab on the eyes. He said he was fascinated by the way the eyes retracted whenever he poked at them - you know who you are. Shame on you. Torturing that crab and on earth day no less.

Soon all the mangrove propagules and seedlings were planted and we ate our packed snacks. We went back to the office hoping most of them will survive. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon really.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Natural Pearls

Natural Pearls
Originally uploaded by Jepster
I bought this pearl necklace for my mother during my trip to palawan last February. i was actually looking for a seed pearl necklace but I did not see anything I liked and this particular piece caught my eye.

It was also a perfect opportunity to play around with my macro lens filter.

Taken with my Canon EOS 350D with a Canon EF 22-55mm USM lens with a +4 Canon close up macro filter. See the full EXIF data on my Flickr page.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Dragon Ergler

Originally uploaded by Jepster

My nephew drew this sketch a few years ago presumably as a character to one of his "computer games". You see my nephew has dreams of becoming a computer game designer, building characters, levels and maps. I was planning to render his creations in 3D using Blender3D but never actually found the time to do it (I find the task a bit daunting and all my creations so far are limited to 3D models of furniture and appliances).

A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend of mine and he told me that he just studied 3D Studio Max. I showed him the sketch and encouraged him to do a 3D model of the dragon character (I can't quite make out if the dragon is supposed to be called Ergler or Engler) as an excercise.

I now present you with the final result. I really like the way it turned out. What do you think? If I have time I might do a Blender3D version and see if my version is as good as this one (he is a graphic artist by profession and is only learning now about 3D tools - I just had to say that in case my version turns out to be looking more like a green blob than a dragon).

Many thanks to "Tiger" for the 3D renders.