Thursday, July 29, 2010

Skywatch#41 Learning To Make It Blue

Thanks to the workshop I attended this past weekend, I've learned some features of my Canon G10 camera that I initially thought never existed. Blame it on my lazy mentality each time I have to read its manual, I only knew a few things about my camera prior to the workshop.

Anyway, as the photography workshop's activities were mostly done outdoors, I had a lot of opportunities to practise making the colors more vibrant.

I have always thought that Canon cameras have lighter color palette than Sony cameras as based on past experience. But with the lessons I've learned from the workshop, I can now manipulate the colors to my liking.

This photographer-participant became an instant model when we had one of our activities in Loleng's Mountain Resort. While others were busy gunning their cameras on the instant model, I was busy shooting the skies and manipulating their colors.

Loleng's Mountain Resort,Davao City,Mindanao


One more sky shot...
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Monday, July 26, 2010

My World#80 Taking The Photography Workshop

After a lot of delays and postponement, I finally attended a photography workshop which is sponsored by Fotospeakmedia. We had a lot of activity exercises and I can tell you that I sweated buckets doing them.

I like it that the workshop was mostly done outdoors. On the first day, we did the lecture-workshop under the shade of bamboo trees in Tribu K'Mindanawan amidst replicas of houses of the indigenous tribes of Mindanao.

For our first activity, we were told to take pictures of the native dancers who performed for us. My head was still swimming with aperture, exposure and such so it took me awhile to start taking pictures of the dancers. In the meantime, my classmates were all clicking away. Ah..the pressure!

Tribung K'Mindanawan,Davao City,Philippine indigenous tribes

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On the 2nd day of the workshop, we transferred to Loleng’s, a mountain resort that is located about an hour drive from downtown. This time, we were taught about handling artificial lights like the flash and strobe. Afterwhich, we were told to explore the area to shoot patterns, shapes, lines and etc. Later in the afternoon, we did glamour shots on three real models. How awesome is that!

The lecturer throughout the 2-day workshop was Mr. Jomel Gregorio. A very engaging and informative lecturer, it was really a privilege to learn from him.



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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Skywatch#40 Sta. Cruz Church Facade and Bell Tower

I wanted to take a picture of the whole facade including the bell tower of the Sta. Cruz Church, Manila. However, the church was undergoing some repairs and renovations at that time. Scaffoldings were visible mostly around the facade area of the church. So, I had to make do of this angle.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

My World#79 (Philippine Churches: Part 7) Sta. Cruz Church, Manila

Sta. Cruz Church is located at Plaza Lacson, Sta. Cruz, Manila. It is just right off McArthur Bridge and is fronting the Greco-Roman styled Roman Santos Building (Prudential Bank Building), one of the old buildings of Manila which was built before World War II broke out.

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The altar of Sta. Cruz Church, Manila

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The facade of Sta. Cruz Church, Manila

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The fountain fronting the church

I really wish that those obstruction fronting the church could be transferred. It is a beautiful old church and those who placed those electric post and snaking electric wires did the church such injustice and disrespect.

Wikipedia:
The Jesuits built the first Roman Catholic Church in the area where the present Santa Cruz Parish stands on June 20, 1619. The Jesuits enshrined the image of the Our Lady of Pilar in 1643 to serve the pre-dominantly Chinese residents in the area. The image drew a lot of devotees and a popular cult grew around it.

Source: philtravelcenter.com
Description: The original church of Sta. Cruz was built in 1608 for the Chinese converted to Christianity by the priests of the Society of Jesus. When the Jesuits were expelled from the Philippines, the church became Dominican. The structure was damaged by the earthquake, and then during the Battle of Manila in 1945. The present structure was rebuilt in 1957.


How to get there?: From Taft Avenue, hail a PUJ bound for Sta. Cruz. Get off right infront of the church.




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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Skywatch# 39 Caleruega's Cul-de-Sac

We found this breathtaking view at the Caleruega's cul-de-sac. A quiet place for meditation while taking in the view.

Caleruega is situated at Brgy. Kaylaway, Batulao, Batangas, Luzon. The place is run by the Dominican priests. Over the years, it has gotten popular for weddings because of its isolated but quite beautiful surroundings.

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For more about Caleruega, the Church on the Hill, go here and here.


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Monday, July 12, 2010

My World#78 Gorge At Bukidnon

It can be easily seen from the highway and it looked like a huge asteroid hit it.

The local government was fixing up the view deck facing the gorge along the highway when we took our stop to take our pictures. It's a good move for the local government as the view was beautiful.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Skywatch#38 Eden Mountain Resort, Davao City

Clouds hover over the city of Davao obstructing the view from Eden Mountain Resort.

The photo was taken near the resort's ampitheater area.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My World#77 Paco Park, Manila

Paco Park is located along Gen. Luna and Padre Faura Sts., Paco, Manila. It is about a block away from United Nations Ave.

It was where the national hero was secretly interred before he was officially buried in Luneta Park.

Paco Park was once a municipal cemetery and even served as central supply and ammunition depot of the Japanese forces during World War II. It is now more well-known as venue for shows, wedding events, film locations (eg. the 2010 Filipino movie, Miss You Like Crazy, with Filipino movie stars John Lloyd and Bea Alonzo), concerts and other functions.



Paco Park Gate

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Paco Park Garden and  St. Pancratius Chapel


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The left side of Paco Park with the pathway above the walls with niches.

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The now unused century-old niches carved within the hollowed circular walls of Paco Park. 





Source: Wikipedia
Paco Park was originally planned as a municipal cemetery for the well-off and established aristocratic Spanish families who resided in the old Manila, or the city within the walls of Intramuros during the Spanish colonial era. Most of the wealthy families interred the remains of their loved ones inside the municipal cemetery in what was once the district of Dilao (former name for Paco). The cemetery was built in the late 1700s but was completed several decades later and in 1822, the cemetery was used to inter victims of a cholera epidemic that swept across the city.


The cemetery is circular in shape, with an inner circular fort that was the original cemetery and with the niches that were placed or located within the hollow walls. As the population continued to grow, a second outer wall was built with the thick adobe walls were hollowed as niches and the top of the walls were made into pathways for promenades. A Roman Catholic chapel was built inside the walls of the Paco Park and it was dedicated to St. Pancratius.


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Skywatch#37 Paco Park, Manila

I vaguely remembered Paco Park as the place where our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was initially interred. Only a handful knew, which included his immediately family, where he was taken after being executed by the Spanish government in 1896. But I recognized Paco Park's pathways easily in the movie entitled Miss You Like Crazy starring local actors John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.

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This is St. Pancratius Chapel inside Paco Park in Manila. Paco Park was used originally as a municipal cemetery. Built in 1700s, it is circular in shape with the inner circle as the original cemetery. The niches were placed within its hollowed walls. A second circular wall was added and more niches were placed within its hollowed adobe walls as the population grew. The top of the walls were used as pathways or promenades. Its use was stopped in the early 1900s and the niches transferred to other cemeteries by the owners.

Nowadays, the park is mostly used for different occasions like mini concerts, weddings and parties.


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