I don’t consider myself a good writer, but I do consider myself to be the worst photographer on the face of this planet.
Months ago, I received a nifty point-and-shoot digital camera (a Samsung D760, nothing fancy) for a job well done at the office. When you have a camera, you have the urge to take pictures of everything: food, scenery, stuff. I hate cellphone cameras the most; I’m particularly annoyed by kawaii poses. If you do that to me on one of my bad days, I will take your own two fingers and gouge out your own eyes with them… but that’s just me.
Business people call it “core competencies:” when you’re really good at something, you stick with it. I know of many writers who are good photographers, but somehow, that just doesn’t hold true for me. As a friend of mine says, I’m “such a good writer” that I’m pretty much incompetent with a lot of things:
- I don’t know how to count change.
- I have zero acting talent.
- I know how to sing, just as long as it’s Backstreet Boys.
- I can’t dance, period.
For this week’s X-List, I decided to take myself to task, and show the world just how bad a photographer I am. As any photographer will tell you, it’s not about the camera: it’s about the person using it. For all intents and purposes, I totally and completely suck.
I hope won’t be seeing any digital SLRs under the tree this year… but you’ll see – literally – what I mean.
1. Shaw Boulevard MRT Station
Makes me wonder why Ortigas Station and Shaw Boulevard Station are built so close together.
2. San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center
You know, when you take a clearer picture, it would look and feel like Death Race.
3. Araneta Center, Cubao
It looks wrong from many angles.
4. SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Either the lights short-circuited or we’re looking at the Burning Bush.
5. Tektite Towers, Ortigas Center
Looks like a couple of radioactive glowing Skyflakes crackers.
6. San Miguel Corporate Headquarters, Ortigas Center
From this view, San Miguel HQ looks like the outpost of the Psychlos in Battlefield Earth… or it just sucks.
7. Tropical Hut Cheeseburger, SM Megamall Food Court
Very… Freudian. Enough said. But they have damn good burgers.
8. San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center
It could have looked good, but it’s a Blue’s Clues day for Ehrteegess.
9. Baguio Cathedral (from SM City Baguio)
How I can manage to screw up the most photographed angle of the Cathedral, I do not know.
10. Pantene Bloggers’ Party, SM Mall of Asia
If you want any further proof that my photography skills absolutely suck, this is it.