Category Archives: Travel

Anything connected with travel, places that I have been and the experience that I had while I was there.

Project 52 Weeks – Week 2 Light

In photography having the correct light is important and it is often use to add drama to the scene. As photographer we are taught of going for proper or correct exposure but that is not always the case. Here is one photo that I took of the inside of a chapel.

Here I went for the shot that highlights the altar using only the light coming from the window above the altar and from those coming from the roof. Having no tripod with me as this was an unplanned trip, I had to use the slowest shutter settings possible without producing camera shake. I still wanted to produce the effect of bringing the focus of the one looking at the photograph to the subject which is the altar.
This is the chapel viewed from the outside just to illustrate how harsh the light during the time I was taking the shot inside. This one I had to again make changes to my camera settings since more light is available, not doing so will leave me with an overexposed photograph.
What I learned during my almost three years in photography is that although we strive to get the correct exposure, sometimes breaking that rule produces good or even great photographs. This things you would not learn unless you get out with your camera and keep shooting.
Photo taken using Canon EOS 70D with a Canon EFS 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM at Chapel On The Hill in Batulao, Batangas.
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Why I fell in love with Caramoan

20140625-211152-76312404.jpg With its pristine waters, white sand beaches and the awesome views who wouldn’t fall in love with the place. Although I had to endure such a long and tiring trip before reaching this beautiful place, all of that was worth it. I think had it been that easy to reach, it would now be as commercialized as Boracay which I would say had rob it of it natural beauty. I was there 2001 and again 2012 and I was quite disappointed as it was very crowded and having so many resorts at such a small island didn’t help either. Continue reading Why I fell in love with Caramoan

Churches: San Agustin Church | Places

As a continuation of the churches I visited during the observance of the Holy Week in the Philippines, San Agustin Church in Manila is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila and very near the Manila Cathedral.

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Inside the San Agustin Church in Manila

It is one of the churches constructed during the Spanish colonial era and was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site with three other under the title Baroque Churches of the Philippines. It is a Roman Catholic church and is run by the Order of St. Augustine.

Altar of San Agustin Church
Altar of San Agustin Church

It is also one of popular wedding churches in Manila, and I even attended one wedding of a close friend at this Church. I even was asking my other friend who was with me why our friend chose this church instead of the Manila Cathedral which is where most celebrities had their weddings and which is in the same vicinity.  Though when I entered the church and saw the intricate designs, I understood why my friend and his bride chose this particular church.

People praying inside the San Agustin Church during the Holy Week
People praying inside the San Agustin Church during the Holy Week

For a church built in 1586 and completed in 1606, I am amazed that it is still standing, surviving the bombings of World War II and natural calamities like earthquakes. I think you can credit that to the design of the church, taking into account that Manila has frequent earthquakes.

Adjacent to the church is the monastery that was converted in 1973 to house religious artifacts and art treasures dating as far back as early 16th century. I plan on going back there one day and see these for myself. Hopefully they allow taking photos.

It was quite difficult to get a decent shot while I was there as the church was filled with people praying and also taking photos of the church as well using their cellphones, tablets, point-and-shoot and DSLRs.

Churches:Manila Cathedral

Inside the newly renovated Manila Cathedral
Inside the newly renovated Manila Cathedral

The newly-renovated Manila Cathedral was opened to the public just in time for the observance by the Filipino Catholics of the Holy Week. It was worth the long wait.

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The pipe organ of the newly-renovated Manila Cathedral

It was difficult to get a decent shot of the cathedral as a lot of people are always in the shot, besides getting bumped while focusing. Since my usual practice is to compose the shot before hitting the button, just like a film photographer, it took me some time to get these shots. Though from the shots that I got, it was all worth it.

The inside of the Manila Cathedral after renovations
The inside of the Manila Cathedral after renovations

So if ever you are in Metro Manila or visiting the Philippines, don’t forget to visit this church. It is in Intramuros, Manila and if you are a tourist and this place is not in your itinerary, ask your tour guide to add this place as part of your tour. Besides it is very near Fort Santiago also in Intramuros, Manila which is a regular on any tour.

Photos taken with a Canon EOS 600D and Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5USM lens.