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Untitled (Marvin Fernandez)

Untitled (Marvin Fernandez)

For those who value their privacy, be forewarned that every photo you upload may be used by the NSA for surveillance purposes. According to a recent article on Naked Security ( quoting the New York Times, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting millions of images from the web and storing them in a database that can be mined by facial recognition software to identify suspects for targeted surveillance. The program began in 2010 and has grown in capability since. The NSA’s software can identify faces even when the targets were wearing different hair styles and facial hair and it can also pinpoint locations.

Still on privacy, Google has been ordered by a European court to remove links to “outdated information” about individuals at their request. According to, the decision on the “right to be forgotten” was handed down after Google appealed an order by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) to remove links to articles about an individual published in a Spanish newspaper in 1998 which the person now considered irrelevant. How do you request Google to forget you? By filling up the form Google is providing at /legal/contact/lr_eudpa?product=websearch. Fill up the user details, provide the links to the “outdated information,” and explain why they should be removed. You will also need to provide a scan of their photo ID, to stop fraudulent attempts to remove information. When Google will act on the requests remains unclear. Also, only information about you will only be erased within the domain covered by the European Union Court of Justice’s ruling(

Interested in making your own film camera? Just search for Rubikon 2.3 in Google to get access to and instructions on how to make a cardboard pinhole camera. The design in downloadable PDF form can be printed and assembled. It was created by Jaroslav Jurica and published under a Creative Commons License. Printed on the back of the cardboard camera is an exposure guide for aperture 22.

And now to our featured readers.

Freelance photographer and entrepreneur Zig Mirasol sent in an untitled photo of the hospital being built in their neighborhood. He writes: “I am fascinated by how this building looked and while I was shooting it one afternoon, my girlfriend noticed a helicopter hovering around the area. As it was passing through, I snapped a couple of frames and was happy to capture an image of the helicopter right above the hospital.” Zig shares that since his Photography 101 class in college, he has loved taking photos. Up to now, he still uses his film camera.

From Naic, Cavite, Francis Gerard Macaleng, an ordained pastor/minister of The Valley Cathedral Philippines Ministry shares his photo titled “Holding Daddy’s Hand.” “For me, photography translates to who is the person deep inside, it reflects the innermost creativity, the passion and desire for the art, and translates on how we perceive the photo before us,” writes Francis. An enthusiast since high school, Francis is “into portraiture, landscape photography, and sometimes in betweens.” He is currently a member of the Nikon Club Philippines (NCP) and the Naic Photography Club (NPC).

Rene Sangco of Quezon City relates that he started shooting at 17 and in college he was the official photojournalist of the school paper (Catalyst) at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. After graduating in 1989 with a degree in BS Accountancy and Law, he pursued his photography while looking for a job. This led to a series of jobs as a photographer. He became the assistant of Frederico Soriano for an Ayala Museum project, became the official photographer for QC Tourism landmarks/maps project, and became the official photographer of the city mayor from 1988 to 1993 and also chief photographer of the Public Affairs Information Services. Rene writes: “During my film days, I joined different photography organization contests, seminars, and workshops. From year 1993, I stopped my photography and concentrated on our food business. Year 2009, I bought my first DSLR and attended different digital photography and lighting seminars and workshops. Since I was earning in my photography, I also encouraged two of my sons to join and to learn my photography skills. Landscape photography, night photography, seascape, and portraiture are my passion in this field.” He invites the readers to view more of his work at

Other photos on today’s page come from previously featured readers, some of whom regularly contribute to the column.

Jonathan Pastor sent in the photo titled “Girl Under the Tree” taken during his group’s (Shutter Pro II) weekends’ photoshoot activities held at the Lingap-Kalikasan Park, inside the campus of the Central Luzon State University in the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija.

“Patience and Waves,” a photo of a La Union surfer patiently waiting for a good wave comes from John Osias Jacaban, creator of the “Humans of Agoo” on Facebook.

About her photo “We Made It,” Harlene Ang writes: “As I went down from the cruise, I saw this old couple selling some fruits and noodles. It’s nice to see that some things really exist. A proof of the ‘I do’ of their vow.”

“Change Court” comes from Earl Vince Santos. “I saw these kids running across the streets of Intramuros carrying a basketball goal and looking for a place to set it up,” writes Earl. “‘Maparaan,’ that’s what I thought about these youngsters. So I took this shot to capture these happy kids and their cleverness in a picture.”

Ramil Gregorio sent in “Refreshing Tinuy-an Falls” taken in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur.

Mark Henry De Leon shares his photo of a mom and child titled “Priceless.”

And from Marvin Fernandez is an untitled photo of the fishermen of Brgy. Maniboc, Lingayen, Pangasinan pulling in the day’s catch.

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