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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.

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: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.

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.

We can be heroes


Photo above shows the traces of path taken by our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal on his way to be executed by firing squad at Bagumbayan now called Luneta during the Spanish occupation of the Philippines.

The country now needs heroes during this time of national calamity. After Bohol and Cebu was recently struck by huge earthquake, another calamity hit not only these two places but the whole country although some bear most of the brunt. There are thousands dead, thousands still missing and United Nations estimates that about 8.2 million Filipinos are affected by the super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as it is known in the Philippines.

Being a hero does not call for a loss of life, there are other ways to be one. Small they may be but still these acts can affect the lives of many. So how will you do it?

  • Through donations. In cash or in kind. There are several organizations that currently accepts them and distribute them to the victims.
  • Volunteer. Non-government organizations and charitable organizations needs helping hands in packing and shipping these donations to those affected by the calamity.

There are other ways of being a hero without leading to a loss of life. There are no small deeds in times like these and besides as far as I am concern a hero does what he does without asking for anything in return.

Photo taken at the Fort Santiago with a Canon EOS 600D and using a 18-135mm EF-S IS lens.