Thursday, May 29, 2008

My Sunday Walk

I consider Sunday as the Photography Day. The day where I go out with my photography buddies and walk from Quiapo Manila to PICC in Pasay to take street and urban photos. May 25 is our latest photo session. Here are the reflections I captured:

Ohhhh it's been 10 years since my country's centenial celebration of Independence day. Captured these flag in front of Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in PICC compound. It's been 110 years of freedom, where are we now???

The problem in doing street and urban photography is that there are times that you walk and walk and all you got is 5 to 10 shots where 70-80% will be deleted later on. During that time, try to be creative (lol). Try to capture anything that you think is interesting like the one above. I captured this low flying Cebu Pacific Plane. I never think of using it but when I got back home and look at my shot, a light bulb hits my mind to rotate the photo and place the plane diagonally in the upper left corner of the frame. I hope you like it like I do.

Always try to capture as many sceneries or architectural photos. After all the streets are public places. You can take as many photos as you can and don't let other people intimidate you but be always be polite in dealing with people or security guards.

The old stair of the old wall of Intramuros

The Harbour Place in PICC

The Manila Skyline by the Bay

Unlike in other types of photography, street photography is quite more challenging in terms of dealing with your subjects. Some of your subjects are too shy to face the camera so it is more advisable to go under your stealth mode to capture your subject in their natural way of life. In my case I always use my zoom lens to go under the snipper mode instead of the stealth mode. Below are my street photos captured last Sunday:

After the long journey along the streets of Manila, to watch the sunset in Manila bay is a priceless reward...

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