Year 2011 was no doubt a year for photo enthusiasts. With an unprecedented growth in sales of DSLR’s and mobile phones, tablets and computers with digital cameras, I doubt if there ever was any other time in mankind’s history when there were just as many people snapping away photos all the time.

Looking back at the year just passed, still nursing a hangover of the holidays, I was struck with the number of subjects I was able to cover – from birding to weddings and beauty tilts to travel destinations; from the time I had a glaucoma attack and subsequent laser procedure down to baby pictures and awesome adventure rides and treks in far-flung areas.

Thus I decided to compile my favorites and share them with you for a brief replay of gerryruiz images of 2011.

I hope you like it. Cheers!

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Our eldest sister, Nieves Erlinda Ruiz-Mateo, celebrated her 78th birthday last May 29, 2011 with colleagues from the Leyte Normal School and from the University of the Philippines Tacloban (where she once taught), family, kin members and friends.

It was also our 3-month old grandson, Kenji’s first chance to meet her Lola – the eldest of a brood of seven Ruizes (with me being the youngest).

As expected, I had to snap some shots. Here’s what I came up with… comics!

Mana Linda with her children (from left): Noel Mateo, Marissa Mateo-Salazar, Carla Mateo and Dennis Mateo. Not in photo are Greg (in Cebu) and Emel Mateo (Saudi).

With Mike Banzon and Nani Ruiz-Banzon and their little Kenji.

 

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My wife and I have been through 3 babies. They’re all young adults now.

While I didn’t have a DSLR during those times, we did try to document their early years using instamatic-type film cameras.

Times have changed and now with DSLR’s, one can keep shooting until you drop dead. Or your memory card gets filled up. Or your battery gives up. Whichever comes first. ;)

And so, not that it was unexpected, we recently became grandparents (gosh!) with our first grandchild.

And the baby shooting has resumed.

Yeah, things have gone around full circle.

Photographing newborn babies is difficult for the simple reason that at this stage, the infant is asleep. Most of the time. Not much facial expressions there. And the eyes and face are all puffed up. And when awake, the (yet) unseeing eyes go in all directions which may not look good aesthetically in your final photos.

We are advised to zoom in for extreme close ups to get the tiny details.

Get establishing shots, to include elements that would give a sense of scale and size comparison to show how small the baby is.

Keep on shooting – you never know when the baby would break into a sudden smile.

And, yes, don’t forget the parents. The Lola, too! hehe ;)

So, okay, let me try taking baby pictures once again…

Here’s baby Kenji at one day old…

 

And 3 weeks later…

VIEW GALLERY SLIDESHOW >>>>

 

 

 

 

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