Monday, July 18, 2011

A Mighty Portrait

The nickname of the little girl grimacing is "Mighty" [talk about unusual].  Heunefeld is her last name. The two boys are her brothers.  This photo was taken OVER 20 YEARS AGO at the garage of Mighty's grandmom,  a certain Mrs. Marilou Gordon [she was a well liked Barangay Captain of Magallanes Village, in Makati, for so, so many years -- she's retired now].  The Heunefeld family, though, resides in Spain, and Mighty's probably a beautiful Spanish  Senorita by now.

Yes, I do love Sports Photojournalism, and creating great sports images is fun for me [not that it's easy] but - Suffice it to say, my decades of doing available Light Portraiture have been and will be always be my "Photographic Roots", in a manner of speaking.  In those days, we had to work within the limits of the number of rolls of 35mm film we had [36 frames was the max per roll] and not knowing how our images would come out until after the film was processed [the fastest ever was an hour -- that is, if one could find a photo shop with that kind of service].   So if one were to photo document a weekend trek up a mountain, one would have to wait till  at least half a day or so  AFTER going back to the city [probably on a Monday] to find out if  one's photos turned out OK or not. [No room for error, absolutely no on-the-spot tweeks like with today's digital SLRs]  Ibang Klase talaga noon.  That kind of "training" -->
priceless - Ain't nothin' like old school [REAL] photography. 

Yeah, Manual Focus  !!! Managing one's ISO, Speed & Aperture Combinations
on-the-spot, NO Auto/Program modes -- I still love it,  still do it.   High Tech is cool but if one can mange Low Tech too, that's the coolest.

BTW, the photo above was taken with 35mm Fuji color negative film.
An [8 x10] print from the negative was scanned in an Acer flatbed scanner resulting in the JPEG shown above.

This photo came out in an issue of Lifestyle Asia, on an article about me and my portraits [written by Karen Galarpe] years ago. [There were 2 other available light portraits in that article which I might release in this blog son, that is, if I can find that damn issue]

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Tigresses Take Down Lady Eagles

July 17, Sunday

I managed to watch the First Half of the Ateneo Lady Eagles vs UST Lady Tigresses  match last Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym  before rushing to the Araneta Coliseum to finish the Second Half of the NU-UP Men's game.   Both the Ateneo and UST Women's Team won their opening matches.  UST had beaten the Defending Champion Lady Falcons while Ateneo had triumphed over NU so I was looking forward to a close match.  Unfortunatelyfor the Lady Eagles, they were outhustled and intimidated by the tough Tigress defense.


Andaya's A-Game.
Juvelyn scoring one of her four 2-pt. field goals.
Her 2-pt. field goal percentage was a low 28% but she hit three out of five 3-pt. attempts.  She grabbed 7 boards and dished out 3 assists.

Rookie Danica Jose was renderred scoreless [6 missed attempts] by the swarming UST defense.

Samantha Ong, the heroine in the Lady EaglesGame 1 comeback triumph over NU last July 13, again topscored for Ateneobut it simply wasn't enough to beat UST Ong was the only Atenean with double figures [13 pts.].
Three Tigresses, Andaya, Laud, and Galicia [who also got 15 boards] combined for 42 points [all three Tigresses scored double figures].

Quarter scoring:
                         1st     2nd     3rd     4th
UST                    21      12       21      10         =64
ADM                    6       15       11      19         =51   

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Angry Birds [Part 2] The Phenom Strikes

July 16, Saturday

As they say in the vernacular "Mayroong K".  And Ateneo's Big "K" [Kiefer Ravena], more popularly called,The Phenom, jumpstarted Ateneo's offense with 3 consecutive baskets prompting Pumaren to press the panic button to call a time-out.  Black's boys, just kept the pressure on the LaSallians as they continued to dominate the Archers on the way to a 41-30 halftime lead.  The stunned young men from Taft could only manage 20.5% from the field while the Loyola boys  had a decent 47.7% clip in the first 20 minutes.  The phenomenal fact of the matter was that Ravena had accumulated 22 points in 15 minutes.  Ravena managed only 2 points in the 2nd Half, but the Championship savy of Salva, Monfort, and Long kept the Archers playing catch up basketball all game long.
[Pun intended]

The Phenom on the fastbreak.

The Ateneans showed Championship Spunk throughout the game.
In this attempt Atkins managed to push Long as he elevated, forcing Kirk to literally fall backwards and land on his butt, while complaining to the ref.
Kirk's shot went in none the less.

Of course, DLSU's work was cut out for them.
 Another BIG concern was Greg Slaughter.

LA Revilla, not surprisingly, topscored again for the Green and White.
He had 22 points, hitting 62.5% from the field [2-pt. FGoals] and hitting 1 out of 2  3-pt. FGoal attempts.  Both Revilla and Atkins fouled out in the
 4th Quarter when La Salle made a run, albeit,unsuccessful.

Quami "Magic" Tiongson.
 Soaring for two against two helpless Archers.

Twistin' and Turnin'.
Kirk Long vs Simon Atkins.

 Nico Salva. [1st Half action]
When DLS cut ADM's once formidable 19 pt. lead down to 8 during the 4th Qtr.
Salva connected on a clutch three from 9 o'clock.
'Twas probably the most decisve trey of that afternoon.
Ateneo held on to win by 9.

If La Salle's Little Big Man is Revilla, Ateneo's Little Big Man
is hands down --> Eman Monfort.
Monfort scored only 1 field goal on a gutsy drive [above] but
calmly sank 8 out of 8 charities in the end game to neutralize the
 de La Salle 4th Qtr run.

Some notable stats:
                                  ADMU                         DLSU
FGoal %                  28/62 = 45.2%           23/72 = 31.9%
Rebounds                        45                            39
FThrow %                23/30 = 76.7%           22/31 = 715
Fbreak Pts.                      15                             6

Quarter scoring:
                            1st     2nd     3rd     4th
ADM                       23      18      21      19   =81
DLS                        16      14      19      23   =72

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Angry Birds [Part 1] Tamaraws for Lunch

July 16, Saturday

After the Adu-FEU match last Saturday, [around 1 p.m. or so] I was fortunate enough to have joined Leo Austria and his boys at the dugout.  Everybody was all smiles.  Austria couldn't have been more pleased. Mission accomplished.

Atop a monobloc table were 15 or so white styro packs, and each one had a banana on top.  Recovery meal, merienda, whatever, it didn't really matter what it was -- the Falcons were exhausted, obviously, but they were still pretty full -- they just had Tamaraws for lunch. [Final score 78-59]

First Half action.
Falcon D !

Early minutes -- No stopping Nuyles.
Alex topscored with 22 pts. in 28 minutes playing time.
He made 7 of 16  two pt. field goal attempts.

Futile FEU defense.
Nuyles was a man obsessed and possessed.

 In the rebound department it was
TOTAL Domination by the Falcons.

High Fiving Fighting Falcons

Some notable stats:
                                  ADu                          FEU
FGoal %                 32/71 = 45%              17/42 = 37%
Rebounds                       45                             32
FThrows                 12/20 = 60%              13/17 = 76%
TO Pts.                          20                              4
2ndChance Pts.               18                              2     
Quarter Scoring:
                         1st     2nd     3rd     4th
ADu                        25      17       14      22     =78
FEU                    16      18       15      10     =59

When Adamson led by as much as 19 in the 2nd Half, everyone knew that it was just a matter of time before FEU would mount a comeback.  And as expected, they did - cutting the Falcons' lead down to 4.  But it was the Day of the Falcon last Saturday.  Leo's boys responded impressively as they countered with a run, that brought them 20 or so points ahead, that silenced the FEU Faithful with finality.

At one point, in the 4th,  "Air" Canada engineered 2 back-to-back aley-oops to Colina and/or Lozada [I forget] that wowed the Coliseum crowd.  [Jerick had a total of 5 assists]

And Coach Leo, when asked, post game, what Adamson still lacks - He replied
--- "A Championship".  Well done, Well said, Coach.

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