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Project 52 – Week 8 Landscapes

My interest with photography started with the goal of capturing a scene that for me was pleasing to the eyes and must be shared with the world. Using the only camera that I had back then, a point-and-shoot camera if you have to know, I started taking photos of places I visited or passed by.

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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.

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.

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.

An afternoon at Fort Santiago


I spent most of the afternoon at Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila yesterday and aside from meeting new folks, I also took some shots for posting here at Retrato Manila. This is my first try at HDR photography and hopefully it passes your critique. There were a lot of foreign tourist there yesterday and it was hot especially for those coming from Canada where they told me it is winter there. I advised them to take lots of fluid during their trip so as not to get dehydrated and try to stay in the shade as much as possible. More of these encounters in my other blog, http://www.istikonline.com/meeting-people-through-photography/. I took some more photos but I didn’t like how it turned out in HDR.

Photos taken with a Canon 600D fitted with an Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS lens.