CSG Sunday Walk July 2017

After more than two years I finally got to shoot in the streets of Cebu City again. Organized by the Cebu Shooter’s Guild, the walk started early on a Sunday morning hoping to catch some activity at the church that was the walk’s last stop. Below are some of the photos I took during the event.

Gear used: Nikon D90 with a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens.

Another yearly tradition done: Christmas night photowalk 2014

It’s that time of the year again when, no matter how hard I resist, the streets become alive and sing that song only walkers can hear.

For the past 4 years I made it a point to do a night photowalk in Colon street where the annual night bazaar is held. I almost didn’t make it this year as I was caught in horrible traffic plus it was raining, but the song of the streets was irresistible. Here are some of the photos I took, click on the arrows at the bottom right corner to see the other photos.

Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor 10-24mm, Tamron 17-50, Fancier monopod, Benro tripod.

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2014 – Liloan, Cebu

Last October 11 my photography club, the Cebu Shooters Guild, once again led one of the walks for this year’s Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.

The initial plan was to hold the walk at Bantayan island, with the aim of  documenting and sharing to the world the situation of island almost a year after it was hit hard by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Unfortunately, we had to change the venue due to bad weather conditions that made crossing to the island very risky. We held the walk at Liloan instead, just an hour away form Cebu City, as it is one of the fast-growing municipalities in Cebu that is still caught between the old provincial lifestyle and pull of modern living.

Here are some of the images I took during the walk.

Wanderlust series – Panay

**For more than 10 years, I was lucky enough to have a job that not only required me to travel but paid for all my expenses as well. It was only years later, when I decided to return to Cebu and settle down for good, that I came to appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experience that I earned in all of my travels. The Wanderlust series is part of my effort to show to the current generation, through images, how rewarding traveling in your own country can be, how it defines you as a person and helps you grow into a mature individual. All photos in the series were taken with either a 2mp digicam or a mobile phone camera. If you have any questions, feel free to post one below. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Aaah, Panay island, how I both regret and praise the day my feet touched your ground. Praise, because its seemingly endless natural beauty as you go from town to town offers hidden surprises for those adventurous enough to explore them. Regret because, well, it was also here that I almost got married.

But that’s a story for another time.

For those who don’t know, and it still surprises me how a lot don’t, Panay is the name of the island where Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo is (yes, Boracay is in Panay). In the course of 5 years I was in and out of the island no less than 6 times each year but often spending less than a month each time. Yet in every visit I seem to leave a part of me behind.

I won’t go much into the details of my trips to this part of the Visayas as it is best told along with the almost-got-married story lol. So for now I’m leaving you with some images I took during my trips to Panay.

 

 

Questions? Comments? Feel free to post them below. Watch out for the next installment of the Wanderlust series! 🙂

My HDR experiments

Over the years I have been experimenting with different kinds of HDR processing techniques using both open source and propriety software. From pure to pseudo HDR, I was searching for the right process for me, one that would be a right blend of artistic and realistic HDR. Until now I still haven’t come up with one, but the trial and error process has been fun and served to hone my processing skills as well.

Here are some of my HDR photos.

Wanderlust series – Lingayen

**For more than 10 years, I was lucky enough to have a job that not only required me to travel but paid for all my expenses as well. It was only years later, when I decided to return to Cebu and settle down for good, that I came to appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experience that I earned in all of my travels. The Wanderlust series is part of my effort to show to the current generation, through images, how rewarding traveling in your own country can be, how it defines you as a person and helps you grow into a mature individual. All photos in the series were taken with either a 2mp digicam or a mobile phone camera. If you have any questions, feel free to post one below. Enjoy! 🙂

 

In early 2004, I was assigned at Lingayen to help jump start a research project on solar energy that required a rural setting. I was supposed to stay for only a month, but the serenity of the place captivated me and I ended up staying for nearly 4 months. There was something about the history of the area that spoke to me. It told tales of bravery and faith and a complete love for one’s country. Only 2 years out of college and coming from a nearly disastrous relationship, I naturally fell in love with Lingayen. It offered solace, peace, freedom.

But, as they say, all good things come to an end. I eventually had to leave once the project was able to sustain itself. But my stay in Lingayen was not for nothing, for it triggered realizations that became the foundation for self-growth. It developed a sense of deeper introspection in me that would come to define how I see and live every new place that I am in.

I hope to return someday and revisit these places. For now, I’ll just have to contend myself with the memories evoked by these pictures.

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2014

For the 4th time in a row my photography club will be leading another worldwide photowalk.

This year’s Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk led by Cebu Shooters Guild aims to document and share to the world the current situation of Bantayan Island almost a year after it was hit hard by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The walkers will focus on 2 things, the recovery and development done so far as well as what more needs to be done.

This will be an overnight trip as the island is quite far from the city where most walkers will be coming from, we will be providing a place for you to stay. In this way, we will have more time to enjoy the walk without worrying about catching the last ferry trip back to the mainland.

If you want to join this walk, you may register here.

Bon Odori Japanese Summer Festival 2014

The Bon Odori festival, a first for Cebu, aims to promote cultural exchange between children of Japan and the Philippines. Held on August 8 and 9 at the Aboitiz Sports Field in Mandaue, the festival showcased different events such as a Cosplay contest, portable shrine, Shinurogudansu, Yukata, and a fireworks display. There were also several stalls selling everything from food, both Filipino and Japanese, to handicrafts that tell of the Japanese culture. All revenue of the event will be donated to victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) as well as the earthquake in Bohol.

I went to the event mainly to shoot the fireworks display, but as I roamed around I began to appreciate the essence of the event. The Bon Odori, in particular, was exciting not just for those who participated in the dance but for people in the sidelines, like me, as well. I was tempted to join in on the dance, which promised an entire year full of blessing, but it was hard to dance along while carrying all my photography gear. Oh well, maybe next time. 🙂

Here are some photos I took of the event. I did not shoot any cosplayer because it was already night and a single flash setup won’t do any justice to their intricate costumes.

The dance

there’s this cadence
in my head
that resonates in abandon
free, joyful, without a care

not for wars
nor the lusty screams
of those whose silence was broken
whose chains of the strongest steel
lay shattered, like windows
unable to bear light’s glare

this cadence
this mocking beat that which
makes my feet tap
lulled by its deceptive rhythm
daring to dance anew
in carefree abandon
with hope that’s long faded
and love thought forgotten

HAV

8-6-2014

My obsession with the blue hour

The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusability of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. During the blue “hour” (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth’s surface. Because of the quality of the light, this period is treasured by artists. Photographers call it sweet light. (Wikipedia)

My obsession with the blue hour started when I saw the works of Yen Baet, a Filipina photographer based in the UK who won the annual National Geographic worldwide photo contest. Since then, I have been trying to chase the blue light every time I go on trips. Below are some of my photos of the blue hour taken in the last 3 (2017 EDIT: 6) years.

Visit my Flickr page to view more of my photos. 🙂