So here it is my blog after almost a year and a half of conception, yup this could’ve been born in 06, but the geezer in me has tech issues. I initially tried my hands on blogspot but it didn’t pan out with my tech stock knowledge. I eventually moved to WordPress so now, it is finally born on the 9th of January 2008. Today is actually the 19th and since the 9th I’ve been trying to learn the ropes on blogging as I still have to learn how to upload but what the heck might as well get started. My big brothers when it comes to blogging of course is Bimbo Isidros, John Ranas and Yeyey Yatcos these guys I believe have very purposeful, dynamic and informative blogs.

Coming up with a blog title wasn’t easy. I made a list of what things I could probably write about-2 wheeled commuting, purebred dogs and canine judging (I’m a licensed Federation Cynologique Internationale International All-Breed Judge, I was also a contributor to the Philippine Canine Clubs “Quarterly” Magazine), health (I am a General Surgeon by profession), fountain pens, sailing, and most of all my family. It is quite a list, which was a bit disappointing as my research showed the best blogs had a specific interest. Mine would fall into the cliche of “Jack of all trades a Master of none” but again what the heck! The best stories are personal experiences.

I started photography when I was in 4th grade at the Ateneo de Manila University when I joined the Camera Club as my extra curricular activity. Back then we dealt with print and black and white. My Father taught me the basics-1. You want your blacks black and your whites white, don’t put too much grays; 2. You want to see shapes and patterns like S’s; 3. You want substance and 4. He introduced me to basic rules of composition such as “rule of threes” and others. He then told me to study Ansel Adams for Landscape, Henri-Cartier Bresson for Human Drama, Bill Brandt for Nudes, Richard Avedon for Portraiture, Robert Capa and Eliot Elisofon for War Photography.

So why “Within Zones II-VIII”? Ansel Adams has said that it is within zones II-VIII that substance can be found when one uses the Adams Zone Principles in photography. As I will be dealing with several topics in this blog, the least I can do is give substance to what I write-“Within Zones II-VIII”.