Category Archives: Subjects of Photography

Reviving His Interest in Aquariums and Aquascapes

Despite DS being busy with school work he finds time to revive his interest in aquariums. This is how his new aquarium looks. It’s bare for now but will add more plants and whatnot in the coming days.

It contains only pieces of woods and pebbles for now.

DS has accumulated at least eight aquariums and left with four over the years.

Just to show you how his interest in maintaining aquariums looked in the past, here’s my previous posts about it. 

This was K’s first set of aquarium which I posted in June 2013.

7-month old goldfish
Betta fish

The bigger aquarium, the better.

This is a 29-gallon aquarium which DS considered a dream come true because he truly wanted a big aquarium. It was complete with plastic plants, hardscape, and other accessories.

Aquascaping ideas

DS first time to do *aquascaping. He set this up by removing the plastic plants with live plants and adding some stones and pebbles.
Another aquascaping design by DS. Pterygoplichthys or Janitor fish is a genus of South American armored catfishes.
We were happy to have these baby fishes. Unfortunately they didn’t live long as they were eaten by other fishes in the aquarium.

DS temporarily stop aquascaping when he got busy with high school and settle with a simple aquarium setup until now.

Will share more pictures as his aquarium project progresses. 

* According to wikipedia, aquascaping is the craft of arranging aquatic plants, as well as rocks, stones, cavework, or driftwood, in an aesthetically pleasing manner within an aquarium—in effect, gardening under water.

No picture please

As a former news reporter I know the importance of photographs to tell a story. It adds to the trustworthiness of the article and provides color to an otherwise ordinary story. However, there are times the subject (interviewee) requested for anonymity that they refuse to have their pictures taken. I have to heed to the subject’s request as a sign of respect. This simple gesture is important to develop rapport between you and the subject. It makes him (or her) open up to whatever question that may be thrown at him. If your interviewee is a musician, you can easily ask anything about his craft or the type of guitar or instrument he is good at. If ever he allows a back shot, you can request him to hold his guitar during the photo shoot. The subject will remain unidentified, but his story will tell a lot about his being a musician and his type of music.

Rules for Food Bloggers’ Photography

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at

Even from a mile away, you can tell that they’re food bloggers. When they enter a restaurant, you see them toting a chunky camera and snapping away at the plate in front of them. Nowadays, food bloggers abound, because restaurants are seeing the important role these bloggers play in promoting their place. If you happen to be one of those food bloggers, do remember that there are certain rules to live by, when taking photos in a restaurant:

If you’re going out with a group, do be aware that some of them may not be too keen on the idea of you taking pictures of each dish even before they get a bite of the food. What could be more fun is to get them involved in the process. Ask them if they’re willing to pose for the camera as they slice that juicy steak, for instance.

Be as unobtrusive as possible. In some restaurants, endlessly snapping photos is frowned upon. Get a feel of the place first before pressing down on the shutter. Be wary of that flash too, as you don’t want to annoy other people who are happily enjoying their meal.

Other than the food, try taking shots of the overall ambiance of the restaurant. This will give more depth to your pictures.

More than thinking about your blog, just enjoy the meal and company. That makes for a better experience, after all.

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at