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Project 50/50 – 50 Photos Using Canon 50mm 1.8 II by my 50th Birthday


Last Thursday, November 29, 2012, I gave myself an advance birthday gift. I will be a golden boy, turning 50 this December 14, 2012.  It’s been a long time since I wanted to add the 50mm f/1.8 to my lens arsenal. Before buying this new lens, I only  have:

  • Canon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 Kit Lens
  • Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 E

With this new “Nifty-Fifty” lens as it’s popularly known in the amateur/hobbyist circle, I decided to challenge myself to come up with 50 quality photos using the lens before my 50th birthday.  Starting today December 1 until December 14, 2012 11:59 p.m., I have to post these 50 photos to my blog under the menu Project 50/50.  That’s only 15 days to come up with 50 photos that I think deserves to be in this project. These 50 photos will be a mixed of genre from street, travel, food, etc…

I hope you will join me in this journey of challenging myself to produce 50 quality photos before my 50th birthday.  This is my excuse/rationale to buy myself an advance birthday gift worth almost Php 5,000 pesos. It’s a challenge to level me up as well and make me focus also on my long time passion, photography.


IDOL – Photo 01 of 50
1/400 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200

I decided to go to Quiapo for a photowalk on Dec. 1 to jump-start this project. Quiapo is one of my favorite street photography location due to the busy activity of people their specially in front of Plaza Miranda.

While at the plaza, I saw this boy who was selling boiled peanuts and his eye catcher was having peanuts as earrings. The pair of earrings easily caught my attention and told him that I will take some photos of him. He willingly posed for a few shots for me.  Afterwards, I thanked him and bought some peanuts from him. Those peanuts later was a big help to pass time in the bus ride I took home that was caught in heavy traffic.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
ISO: 200
Metering mode: Spot
Date/Time of Day: Dec 1, 4:16 pm

Post processing: Lightroom + Nik Software Silver Efx Pro II for black and white conversion.

Below is the colored version. I included it reference. I like the colored version as well but I prefered the B/W version.

Please leave your comments on what you think about the project and my first photo “Idol”.  Thanks for visiting and hope that you will follow me to my quest for Project 50/50.


To see the other photos of the project, please visit the Project 50/50 Index Page.

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