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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Abduzeedo features Frog Mentality and Adventures in Corporate Jungle (at its Daily Inspiration page)

I got a surprise when a friend of mine saw two of my works at the popular Brazilian-owned site about design and inspiration. Featured are my Frog Mentality and Adventures in Corporate Jungle in its Daily Inspiration page. Do check them out with works from artists around the globe. Click Here... Thank You Abduzeedo!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Global WARMing Spa (Frozen Delights part 1 of 4)

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The winter season has two opposite faces.
For some, the sight of snow and the winter chills is a start of good holiday cheers. But for others, it's another fight against Mother Nature's frozen and drastic,uhm, nature. As promised, here's the 1st of 4 parts for my Winter special called "Frozen Delights series." It was indeed a challenge for me to create a weird Winterland and I'm hoping the idea would please my blog followers' and visitors' expectations. To realize my extreme photomanip, I opted for a surreal dwarf village where in houses are made of frozen fish. To feed your fancy thoughts more, I created a hot spring spa on a salmon. Oh, that's indeed mouth-watering, right eh? Hehe. Now, it's time to create parts 2, 3 and 4 within this chilling season for you to enjoy. Winter Cheers!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Adventure in the Corporate Jungle (Photographers in Peril part 9)

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The modern corporate jungle is one place where survival is key.
Most of us, in our quest to get rich or dreams to be richer, trudge on this dog-eat-dog world where deceit, lies, envy, jealousy and politics are prevalent. It is success that inspires us to grasp the corporate life and it is failure that hounds us wherever we are and even in our sleep. But, whatever it takes, one wanted to be successful but this comes with a price as success usually breeds envy. The corporate jungle, like life, is one big arena where envious feelings grow because of competition. It is also a place of work politics where in nobody knows if he is just being played or not. That is, in the name of SURVIVAL.
My new photomanip image is an "apocalyptic" approach to that scenario where the corporate jungle is a just thing of the past. Let's say it's Zombie movie meets Indiana Jones meets Tarzan flick. The depiction of failure is evident and maybe too much negativity pushed the corporate world meet its oblivion: no more meetings, no paperworks, no deadlines, and ultimately no more office politics. But, who knows what lies ahead of this once glorious cash bounty. We just don't know just yet. Still, survival is the key in an adventure in the corporate jungle.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Group Hug of Group Hugs: MESS in Atlantis (Photographers in Peril part 8)

Last September 2010, I met M.E.S.S.(Middle East Shutter Squad) members based in Bahrain in flesh whom I only have known or met through the web via Flickr and Facebook. Shooting with them, these guys are the most down-to-earth and cool photographers I've known and we enjoyed each other's company through photography and the 1st Pixelrocket basic photomanipulation seminar. With great hospitality extended to me through out my stay in Bahrain, it was a challenge for me to make a photoshop manipulation for the group as a tribute. So, it took me more than a month conceptualizing the best possible themes: first there was underwater (but I've Been There, Done that already) then a jungle fun tale (cool but can't visualize an epic piece) and lastly the mythical Atlantis. Well, it is a challenge indeed and the lost Atlantis is an EPIC and mysterious place to delve on...it's like a BIG IDEA waiting to explode. So my imagination work eventually. I primarily envisioned a tidal wave then came a lost civilization aura on my head. In the end, It's an utter ADVENTURE when I combined Greek, Egyptian and Aztec stuff to create my ideal Atlantis paradise with an EPIC wave engulfing the place. :) So, how did we saved our selves? Soon you'll know....more Photogaphers ala Indiana Jones! I extremely salute MESS!..keep on shooting! *Click out images to make it bigger! :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Frog Mentality (Fallopian Dreams series part 2)

Photomanipulation and model photography by: George Pontino Jr
Model: Cyrene Pahilanga
Working time: 3-4 hours

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Happy Black Frog-Day..I mean Black Friday! :)
This time, it's a fantasy-based extreme manipulation but with a darker edge. My inspiration is the popular Frogprince tale that is popularized by the Brothers Grimm. In their tale, a spoiled princess reluctantly befriends a frog (possibly meeting him after dropping a gold ball into his pond), who magically transforms into a handsome prince. But in my point-of-view it is different, it's kind of bloody hell or bad ending. Well, who will end up as the luckiest fried frog next time? :D For the ladies: "You have to kiss (eat) a lot of frogs before you find your handsome prince." For the gentlemen: "Be ready for a deceptive romance in any order--Love, Pray, Eat!"
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Friday, November 19, 2010

MY Parasite (Fallopian Dreams series part 1)

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Model: Vaughn Earl Lacson
Model Photography: George Pontino Jr.

Welcome to Pixelrocket RECHARGED!!
It's a return with more powerful images and more series to boot. And to bring you a fresh visual feast is "My Parasite", first from the series called 'Fallopian Dreams' wherein in growth/life and dreams/nightmares are my main recipes. This image is inspired, in one way or another, by OK GO's "This Too Shall Pass (Rube Goldberg Machine version)" music video which is a viral hit in YouTube. "My Parasite" took me some time to finish (maybe around 5 hours) coz of my laptop space problem and of course the intricate DIY machine that I just can't get enough to "perfect"...I'm kind of fickle minded esp it's my first image for the new series. But time doesn't matter coz it's good thing that you tend to make things superb as possible. :) So soon, watch out more series called Brainwashed Nightmares, The Living Anime and of course my old-timer series called Macro World, Photographers in Peril, Can I take Pictures of Your Dreams and more. Check my images from to time to time via this blog or my Facebook and I hope time is on my side to make and upload at least once or twice a week. :) Have a blast of Pixel Rocket... :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

"I Gonna Save My 'Wacky' Prince!" (Mall Mario Mania Experience)

Malling is part of our everyday lives and of course we have our dreams too for our future shopping bags.
Of course, my Bahrain adventure last vacation would not be complete without a malling experience in the island in the sun. And this was taken to a higher level through great friends I met in Bahrain. (M.E.S.S. photogroup)My last day was fun as we dine, stroll and searched for fancy stuff in one of the collectible stores. And with a camera in tow, I couldn't help but shoot my new-found friends with their "dream-pose" per se..hehe. So here it is, a Super Mario dreamlike mall experience the Pixel Rocket way. It's another light and fun photomanipulation from me before my 'darker side photomanips' will arrive in due time..SOON! (^_^)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Sure, I Could Use a Falling Star" (A Kirstie Joan - a_hEwLeEy - and George Pontino Jr Collaboration)

I'll Pull the Moon So Very Soon, To Swallow your Tears, You'll Feel Its Light so Blue. - words and Music by George Pontino Jr (When Water Turns to Blue)

Working Time: 2 hours on Mac /Photoshop Cs3

My Pixelrocket Photoshop Manipulation adventure continues with "Can I Take Pictures of Your Dreams Series" and this time with a collaboration with Miss Philippines Water 2009 Kirstie Joan aka a_hEwLeEy. (Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant) A registered nurse Kirstie is a photographer and of course a photomanipulation artist. How's that for a lady who hails from Cebu, Philippines :) It's indeed a pleasure to have a collaboration with this amiable lady and I hope this is not the first and the last. :) To note, she was one of the 'stars' of my Twilight Special Photomanip being Bella. (check out previous posts) :)
My Bahrain experience with M.E.S.S.* photogroup was great and the 1st Pixelrocket workshop was a success. Thanks Raffy, Mitch, Piggy (Paul), Arman, Jayrr and all M.E.S.S. photographers, their families and models/friends. :) I owe you bigtime! :) Watch out the videos of our Bahrain lens life in my facebook soon :) For now, check out the teaser video there in my vid album.. salamat sa lahat lahat! (Thanks!)

*M.E.S.S. stands for (Middle East Shutter Squad)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pixelrocket invades Bahrain (A George Pontino Jr. and M.E.S.S. collaboration)

Island in the Sun. That's Bahrain for me. And one more thing, the photography lifestyle in this Gulf island is full of vigor. With the collaboration of Middle East Shutter Squad and Pixelrocket, everything just came in place. For one, photo shoots have become possible as well as a seminar for photoshop manipulation, which is of course, becoming a a dream for every photographers. Above is just a sample image I've created in collaboration with Mr. Raffy Dulay and Mitch Mapili as the photo's model. It was taken in Manama market.
My stay in Bahrain was pumped up with chef Piggy's delicious and mouth-watering delicacies. Of course, I ate pork..hehe. Thank you guys!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Reality is so Clear to Me (Can I Take Pictures of Your Dreams part 1)

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Welcome to my new Series called "Can I Take Pictures of Your Dreams?"
Pixelrocket has evolved into something dreamy, if I can put it in an artist's sense, it is more surreal than fun. My previous series involved fun and humor but this time, everything flipped into utter seriousness. Dreams are our escape from reality when we sleep and they are so mysterious that they are often interpreted as signs of upcoming events or even hints of past memories.
Taking part in my series is a fictional camera I created called Crystal Eye Dream 90. Also, I'm so thankful for my dream model for making this "dream project' a reality and taking pride to achieve that dream without nightmares and bad memories. =) Now, this series is indeed so clear to me.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Get Well Soon..." (Need a Nurse) (-_/-) 37.7 °C

Help! Need a Nurse badly! Got the software sickness? or photomanipulation fever. (click the image to enlarge)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

‎"La Conquista de La Copa Mundial"One World...One Cup (Photographers in Peril part 7)

Andrés Iniesta Tribute WALLPAPER by George Pontino Jr (Free to Download and Share...Click to enlarge)

The Making of the Original Image

Pre-World Cup Championship Tribute

The World Cup fever has come to absolute heights.
The best way to end it is to give tribute to it by a memorable photomanipulation. Using some photos I took of my fellow photographers, some personal photos of photography hobbyists taken from Facebook and stock images, for 3 hours I created this image with such glee and enthusiasm.
I made also a soccer goal in the image of Paul the Psychic Octopus, the oracle animal that has been used to predict World Cup game wins. Words can't describe my feeling on how I came up with the idea. Honestly, I had a hard time thinking on this for days but a last moment flicker of an idea bulb led me to create satisfying output. Hope all of you World Cup fans out there will like this one and share this to friends. Viva! =) Lead stars are Mike Mendoza (Kubo Photography Group member) as the Spanish footballer Andrés Iniesta and Raffy De la Cruz as the goalie. Cameo roles are Ron Velarde (my partner in Vision Team Photovid Studios), Jaevi Agahan, Jenice Dela Cruz-Ecalnir, Arim Isme of Indonesia, Lord Jun Bonache (photo taken by Jomi Garuccho) of Bacolod, Karlo Panahon and Kubo Photogroup members Robert Almario Aka Batman, Anthony de Guzman,Ferlito de los Santos and Derick Mallete.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tonight's Gonna Be a Good, Good Night! (Photographers in Peril-Twilight Saga Special)

(Note: Approx. Working Time - 3 and half hours)
The Twilight Saga continues...
It is my pleasure to give utter tribute to fans of one of the most saleable vampire/werewolf films.
To complete my photo manipulation image, I searched for an ensemble of cast (as if I'm a casting director and as if this is a real film) to give a Twilight aura to it. :) Searching for my Bella was a breeze. She also do photo manipulations and not only that she's a beauty...she's Ms. Earth 2009's Miss Congeniality. Looking for Edward was hard and thank God for Facebook wall technology, I got some willing individuals to do the vampy bloke (Oh, I'm going British english). Other casts I assembled are people whom I have known through Facebook and has eventually become close to me virtually.

Without much further ado here's the list of "my cast:"
* DJ Joel as DJ Wolf of Tau Gamma Phi Triskelion of KSA (Took a shot of him during one of his stance)
* Kirstie Joan as Bella ( photo by Joseph Ong Visit www.flickr.com/photos/joseworks )
* Edwin "Jimboi" Abanil" as Edward Cullen
* Cocoy Roxas as Jacob disguised as a Nikonian Rastaman
* Rxl Baylon as Riley disguised as a Nikonian paparazzi
* Ding Viaje as Blade, the Vampire Slayer
* Dhee AmrHein (Ding's Real-Life Girlfriend) as Esme Cullen
* Chuckie Doll as Unknown Vampire

* Werewolf as itself
* Count Dracula of Sesame street as itself

Cameo Roles:
* Photodropouts Laoag as a DJ spinner (Visit http://photodropouts.blogspot.com/
* The entire cast of Twilight Saga as a DJ spinner
* Count Dracula (old film) - Blade's would be victim :D

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Baptism Baby yeah! (Macro World Series)

(NOTE: No insects were harmed during the making)
"I baptize you in the name of the..."
Now, our little Photo manipulation star of the Father's Day Special and Safari Sun goes to the Macro World and this time for his baptism. See the previous posts in my facebook or below for baby Alvi's adventure in life. I preferred a Classic theme since it gives you a more fantasy outlook. I decided to use vintage stuff instead of modern gadgetry like a underwater camera. Oh, well, maybe Potter movies greatly influenced me on this. Hope you like this one.:)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Safari Sun (Photographers in Peril part 5)

(NOTE: No animals were hurt during the shooting of this image and during the 2-hour rush photo manipulation process.)
A spark of an idea can be dangerous...
Well,for my part, my mind takes me to the African tundra, jungle or any perilous place it can imagine. But somehow, it is a creative spark that I like especially while making this image entitled "Safari Sun" starring my godson, little baby Alvi Alob, born in the Middle
East, a place so near to Africa. :) Well, good thing, I took some shots before of animals in dramatic poses like the tigers I posted in the step by step process guide. :)
This image is an answer to the previous photo manipulation that I uploaded via my Facebook account and pixel rocket blog. The question was: Is he a Nikonian or a Canonian? Well, you can find that piece of gadgetry's brand in the tiny hands of our little adventurer now. Who says only Dora the Explorer can take baby steps in the wilds. "Adiós Pixel Rocketeers! Hasta Luego":)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Doc, Nikonian or Canonian? (A Father's Day Special)

Happy Father's Day Pixelrocketers! :)
Hope you like my ultrasound image tribute to all Father's out there who are either 'Nikonian' or 'Canonian' or...both. These popular Pinoy-invented words seem to lurk nowadays in many people's minds especially to the digital era photography enthusiasts. So, these word slangs gave me an idea of making a photomanip out of a real ultrasound print from a close friend, Natalio Alob Jr., who asked me to be a Godfather of his son for baptism. :) So, days before Father's day, I met up with him and shot several images to become foundations for this manipulated image. Personally, I dedicate this wholeheartedly to my father George Pontino Sr. who introduced me early to film photography by giving me his Nikon FA film camera when I was still in High School. He sacrificed his hobby by sharing it to me selflessly and that paved ways to my capturing the world in my own interpretation. Without that sacrifice, I could have not known photography that early. Thanks papa for giving me a Nikonian trail.Happy Father's Day!(click the images to enlarge)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

"We Got No Troubles! Life is the Bubbles!" (Photographers in Peril part 4)

Check out the perfomances of the band at http://www.youtube.com/user/herberthumphrey

Somebody suggested if I could do a Dave Hill-ish style of Photo manip. Well, frankly, as a photo manip artist, I wanted to make my own identity but of course I can't deny that request since Dave Hill is one of the most popular photo manipulation artists out there. If he's a Tiger Shark, I'm still just a little Nemo swimming past him cowering in a wide ocean, dreaming that someday I could be like him, if Father fate intervenes. :) Anyway, here's my way of making that request into reality but of course, I don't want it to be 100% Dave Hill-ish and I wanted it to be visually realistic than being a total drawing-type of output.
Starring in this photo are the great array of underwater creatures, also the three of the five members of "The Sad Dicks" band which is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Sadiq means friend in Arabic) and finally, of course, our unknown 'Photographer in Peril' who is our "almost" hidden subject. :)
Armed with a Nikon D90 and a SB900, I took the shot during the performance of Sadiq band on a farewell party for a fellow photography enthusiast and never in my mind, at that time, I could use this image for an Under The Sea theme. But I guess my pursuit for underwater photography inspired me to do this image and I'm so happy I finished it in less than 3 hours. Whew! Well, see you around, I still have to get my tail stuck from a hungry clam shell. (Click images to enlarge)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Operation: "Kodak Moment" (Photographers in Peril part 3)

War is an ugly thing. There's nothing to argue when it comes to that but besides that making it as theme for a good laugh isn't even ugly or bad right? That's why there's a term called 'spoof' or 'laugh trip'. One day I got a Facebook wall message; a photo manipulation request from a friend who is into war games. He asked for an Iraq theme (sensitive issue, eh?) So, I pondered on an idea and, of course, I wanted it to be light and wholesome and here's Operation: "Kodak Moment" for you to enjoy and share. :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Macro Shooter (Photographers in Peril part 2)

The Macro Shooter is the 2nd part of my "Photographers in Peril" series. The first one was End of Decadence (Going Greek Volcanic) which can be found below this blog and in my Facebook page.
I really had fun doing this image. For one, I used a real person; a fellow photographer who has the striking identity and cool attitude. Second is that I successfully turned my crazy otherwordly idea into something that's conceivable or possible. I could have been made 'The Macro Shooter' as a digital painting but changed my mind by turning it into a photorealistic with a painting touch image instead. So, I decided to utilize fellow Nikon user Lawrence Lee aka "Mais" Lee or "Joker's Bastard Son" of Kubo Photography Group to pose for this idea. :) Shooting him for this image required me a few but challenging seconds because we were on a volleyball court with an ongoing intense game and that using a strong strobe flash could disturb the players. Thank God for Creative Lighting Systems, doing the shot is a flash. Whew! More Photographers in Peril soon. Watch out! :) (Click the images to enlarge)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cafe Macro (Cappuccino Version)

Once a Upon a Time, I was on a cafe shop in Bacolod City called Cafe Bobs. I was having a conversation with some friends when two men entered the cafe that paved a way to this image called Cafe Macro. Those guys are Photography enthusiasts Jimbo Araneta and Harold Aujero. Jimbo, an ace macro photographer, signaled me to go to them for Harold is selling his Tokina telephoto lens (if you check out the photo there are camera bags and gears in sight). Well, to make the story short, I went home with that dear lens.
Months and months after, upon searching for some images on my harddisk, I stumbled on a shot which I took on that fateful night and I figured out what if we have met on a Macro cafe. This idea would simply relate to photography enthusiasts especially those who are into macro photography. So, here it is... the Cappuccino version and I have another version still on my mind. Maybe this time Jimbo would lend some of his superb macro shots.:)
Soon, maybe I'll do a Macro restaurant, Macro Mall or Macro School to name a few. Remember there's a hidden world within our world.So, Adios amigos! I'm off to see my pretty lady bug. :) Click the photos to enlarge...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Crouching Laundry and the Hidden Panty (The Making)

Now, it's time for some humor with a martial art twist.
I had so much fun doing Crouching Laundry and the Hidden Panty (sorry if the title offends you). For one, it tested my creativity to the hilt especially in creating a fun yet photo-realistic image. It's hard to achieve a breezy feel to it especially photos aren't moving so it's really a challenge for me to create something windy.
The models are great too since they really put some good acting. Kudos my brothers.
Adding some elements also gave me some pointblank decisions. So as not to clutter the whole photo, I deleted some minor stuff like the birds, for example, which take some attention from the three subjects. The clouds are enough to give some free spirited touch to the windstruck photo manipulation. :) Hope you like this one. :) (click the images to enlarge)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Force Field (The Jumper series) The 7-minute Photoshop Manipulation

What does it take to make one wake up very early in the morning. One answer is that the early morning sun heats up around 5:00 am in the middle east during springtime. This could hinder photography adventure especially in Saudi Arabia's Hidden Valley. Good thing it was a sandstormy plus rainy day that we were able to have a picturesque sky and clouds over a gigantic boulders of rock formation. Hidden Valley was our second stop and this is where we had our respite and the site of one of my Jumper series. With Juhn Abutal giving out energy through his jumping skills, I was able to capture dramatic motion shots with just two takes. Whew! We went home as the sun heated up and as the rain bade farewell following a blinding sandstorm. And on the computer, I challenged myself with a very short time limit... And that is, do a not-more-than 7 minutes photoshop manipulation with powerful result. Hope you like this part one of my The Jumper Series..More soon (Click the images to enlarge)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sound of Yesteryears (circa 1957)

It was July 6, 1957. The concert hall was filled with crazed fans. The shrills were deafening. It was pandemic. Well, after all, it was one of the most popular bands of music history that will perform that night. Known as Banda Puti, the band's sounds reverberated along the halls with so much gusto. Their kind of sound made the girls banged their heads while the boy fans shouted like little girls. Well, thanks to Photoshop, they still linger on the minds of their undying fans who, for decades, kept some signed photos and put them on their aged "bauls"(wooden bolts/safe) :) Well, the sound of yesteryears keeps on playing on and on and on. :) (Shown above are the After and Before photos) Photo Manipulation by George Pontino Jr.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

iProphet (The Exodus)

Before the iPad, there's the iProphet... 
My quest to transform my photography, featuring my friend Karlo Panahon, into something biblical in inspiration yet steampunky in visuals has ended. Behold iProphet (The Exodus)!!! The original image was taken in Tuwaik, Saudi Arabia's Camel Trail in one of our photo-adventure sessions. With his GPS-capable phone, we went there together with three friends in tow, had fun under the sun with lots of photographs taken (of which I will manipulate and feature here sooner or later.)  Thanks to GPS technology, we didn't lose our way back home after sundown. 
And why such title, if you ask? It is loosely based on Apple Company's style of branding and the Holy Bible's Exodus 17:8-9 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands." (Click images to enlarge)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

End of Decadence (Going Greek Volcanic)

End of Decadence (Above image before and after) was borne out of a "workless" day (READ: Deadlines met and had nothing to do at the office). I was able to bring my USB Flash on hand and searched folder by folder of archive photos. A photo of me taken by my fellow photography enthusiast, Mike Mendoza, caught my fancy. It was a photo taken in  Usheger, Saudi Arabia where abandoned mudhouses and village abound. Soon, I found myself converting the image into a volcanic drama...set in Ancient Greece. And me--an accidental tourist from the future. It took only less than 4 hours to make and this image evolved minute by minute. It was like playing music by ear.  I believe the hit movie '300' has greatly influenced me in choosing the color scheme. (Click the image to enlarge)


Finally, here's my first post entitled "Nethead." 
The idea is simple: Popular web services' logos come popping out from my head. You name it. There's Facebook, Gmail, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter (though I don't Tweet), Skype, Utorrent, Yahoo. The internet has a deluge of other popular ones  but too much isn't good to include them all here. And to consider Friendster and Multiply, these sites are quite extinct in terms of popularity game. But oh, where on earth is Google's multi-colored logo in this entire mess? The Google logo exploded if you circle your eyes around the image.
Shown above is the simple behind-the-scene set up.. an umbrella with SB600 and a mini-softbox mounted on a SB900 Speedlight.  
(You may click image to enlarge...detailed size) 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Pixel Rocket: Welcome

Welcome to Pixel Rocket...the official blogspot of George Pontino Jr's art world.