A Little Big Territory




Out of a number of photos, these are the only ones that seem to qualify as SP (nee street photography). There’s got to be more there, but I haven’t had the chance to look them all up lately. Maybe next weekend I can finally give them the right mind 🙂

Nonetheless, I am happy I have these to post here. Better than nothing, right?


Quiapo Photowalk

Street Photography II

I just have to get this here because I totally like how I was able to capture the moment between these two little boys who were sound asleep in busy Quiapo, Manila.

I had this one checked by a friend who is into SP a lot, and she said it was “good” but the background is blurred. Well, that’s a frustration.

The camera setting I used was wrong — an F5.6 aperture would indeed give it depth of field.

I just couldn’t throw it away.


Quiapo Photowalk I

Street Photography

Pardon the continuous uploading, everyone 🙂 I wanted to do this a couple of weeks ago, unfortunately, the time required didn’t get to be mine. Today, Friday, is my free day so here’s what I did when I was away — street photography too!

Of all photography styles, this is the most difficult for me to understand. It looks easy to do, but not quite.

Always, there seems to be more in it than one can readily understand and grasp… well, even if she has over a hundred photos that seem to be “street photography.”

Most of my influences, I must say, follow very old customs and beliefs when it comes to taking street photos — no cropping, no heavy editing, no watermark, no description when posting or sharing. “No” a lot of things.

Of course, those are the rather technical aspects. The principles of street photography are much harder to understand and learn though they, well… and again… seems to be easy.

From a friend whose into this genre, I asked if this photo is street photography or SP. She said “yes,” and it’s called “LAYERING.” Layering as an SP parlance is when one succeeds in getting several “subjects or scenes located on different planes inside the frame”

According to my Google-ing, the technique is when the street photographer basically has something in “the front, middle, and back of the image filling the entire field.” http://juanjosereyes.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/three-tips-for-doing-layers-in-street-photography/

Still, that is just one explanation. There’s more discussion about layering, it’s soooo hard in the head. I’d rather be hit by flu than suffer from mental trouble if I continue on the web.

Easy to understand, hard to do, right! It’s a rat race out there whenever; finding the scenes/subjects so far is a question of ability for me and patience for that “decisive moment,” not the camera I use, or the fact that I am free to really just document anything I want. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Whadda!


Sunset Interlude

Sunset Interlude

Exposure 1/60 sec at F14 // Focal Length 135mm // ISO 100 // Did not fire flash // Handheld // Canon EOS 7D

Every time I see sunset, what Mahatma Gandhi said would always come to mind: “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator.”

It’s truly how I feel — my chest expands in worship of God, who made the beauty of the sunset possible. I always receive that feeling of uplifting renewal; that feeling of being refreshed after getting stuck in life routines that are difficult to deal with.

Sunset at Roxas Boulevard has always been different from anywhere else, and I don’t know why is that.


Harbor Square Long Exposed

Harbor Square Long Exposed

I was with my World ShutterZ Avenue https://www.facebook.com/groups/WorldShutterZAvenue.WSZA/ co-administrators/friends from April 24-29, 2013 in Manila, and I must say it was one of the best travels I’ve made so far this year.

For someone who is literally a neophyte in photography, it is heart-warming to be surrounded by friends who are willing to share knowledge without asking for anything in return except real and genuine friendship.

Thank God, I have a lot of that 🙂

Harbor Square is located near the Cultural Center of the Philippines, bordered on one side by the Manila Yacht Club. It’s a little community of dining places so lucky to offer people who love to promenade the bay with a great view of the urban Manila skyline — well, a part of it, at least — specially at night.

I’m not a great fan of Manila at daytime, but at night, this little territory just shimmers with a soft tremulous of light that can incite the desire to do long exposure photography. No wonder it is a “postcard-worthy” location for them.

Of course, my trip to Manila would not be complete without taking my own share of why it is what it is 🙂 Here’s a long exposure shot of what’s on the other side of the Harbor Square.

My focal length in taking this long exposure was 22mm; ISO 100; Exposure 25.0 seconds at F9.0 with my Canon EOS 7D. To eliminate the blur that can make this indistinctly perceived, I used a tripod.