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admin| 30 Mar 2010| 2 comments

Ever since the emergence of bigger megapixel cameras, the demand of drive space has considerably gone up. The original Canon 5D would consistently yield file sizes to 10-15mbs per file, yet the new Canon 5D Mark II is now easily 30mbs over per file. One of the most important thing to a photographer is to backup his/her work. To me, I usually backup all the photos I shot after I take my CF card out of my cameras in case one of my compact flash cards gets damaged, or lost. My Epson P-3000 has been very reliable for me over the past two or so years. However, the 40GB of space is simple not enough to backup a day’s worth of work and I decided it was time to upgrade the hard drive.

I basically followed Julius Lagula’s guide to upgrading and it was a success. One important thing to mention tho, is that it does not like any drives other than Fujitsu drives. I first purchased a Samsung 160GB PATA 2.5 hard disk but the P-3000 wouldn’t take it. Luckily I had a Fujitsu 120GB drive installed in my older laptop so I swapped the parts. Apparently Fujitsu drives uses less power than all the other brands out there.

Quick notes to get started,
1. Fujitsu 2.5 hard drive
2. Tools required: 2 different Phillips screwdrivers and a really small hex key (not sure about the proper size number)
3. Be organized because there are tons of little screws
4. Software such as Acronis or Clonezilla

The tools: hex key and 2 phillips screwdriver

The tools: hex key and 2 phillips screwdriver


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admin| 26 Mar 2010| 1 comment

It has been a long winter season since my last wedding shoot. Instead of feeling uninspired and lazy, I’ve been keeping myself busy throughout the cold season with many different projects. Ever since the first day after the last wedding, I’ve already dedicated myself into taking family portraits, babies portraits, band promos and more events aside from the regular business routine I have to take care of. I have been shooting a lot of photos for myself, my own liking, but one of the things I’ve always wanted to do is give back to the photography community and I thought textures would be a pretty nice and usable thing for all photographers. Here are 10 different textures/patterns photos that I took last weekend while walking around in different parks. Hope you find them useful.

All the photos were intentionally shot 1 to 2 stops under exposed to give more of a edgy and dramatic feel to it.

texture of ground

texture of ground


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admin| 23 Mar 2010| 0 comments

Recently, my friends’ band Violets and Viruses performed an interview with Sharhythm magazine and my work was show in their half page article seen below.

Sharhythm Magazine

Sharhythm Magazine - article of Violets and Viruses, photos by Avant Documentary Photography

The photo in the article was taken back in November of 2009. Anyway, check them out! MySpace

admin| 20 Mar 2010| 0 comments

Last night was a special night, a few of my closest friends were playing an acoustic gig at Aspetta Caffe, around Kensington Market. Interestingly enough, the four piece are from 2 different indies bands, Violets and Viruses (John and Hiu; check out photos of the bands here) and Shades of November (Joey and Eugene). And of course, this is the first time they performed live as Maybe Refuge.

An interesting fact is I know all four of them have very different musical styles, ranging from pop, rock, to heavy metal. What they have in common is their love of music. At the end of the night, what made it such a successful acoustic set was their unity and how they performed as a new band. Here I present to you a few photos from the first ever show from Maybe Refuge.

Maybe Refuge

Maybe Refuge


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admin| 17 Mar 2010| 0 comments

It’s pretty interesting, I’ve known Abby’s parents for quite sometime now, well, over 2 decades and a couple of years ago, Abby’s parents were one of the first weddings I shot with a digital SLR. Abby was born last year as a healthy baby girl with all the love she can ever get from her loving parents and relatives. November of last year was the first time I had the privilege to photograph a portrait session I took for her. (See post here)

Last week was Abby’s first birthday and what better way to celebrate it with a birthday party with lots of friends and family and a very pretty birthday cake? As always, she lit up in front of my camera. Here are some photos from the day.

Baby Shoes


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