This is typical of the majority of the Filipinos who allowed me to take their photo, they were smiling, happy and always willing to have their photos taken and with a thumbs up
She was not shy in begging for money and every time I pointed the camera at her she shied away from being photographed until I held money next to the camera. As quick as I handed it over, it was gone and so was she.
Security is everywhere in the Philippines and probably for good reason, they are in the shopping centres, hotel lobbies and on street corners and I will admit, it can be just a little scary asking to photograph someone with a weapon, you just never know which way it may go but he was more than happy to have his photo taken.
I hope you have enjoyed the series from the Philippines. It’s definitely a place I would visit again in the future. If you have enjoyed it please leave a like or a comment below and if you want to see the next series, hit the subscribe button.
Even though I have achieved any sort of real improvement shooting 35mm film, I find that I’m still drawn to the medium and continue to shoot but have become incredibly lazy having the film developed. Spending time at home provided an opportunity to have those rolls developed and it resulted in a walk down memory lane.
The old rolls of Kodak colour in the bottom of a box for almost 20 years ago encouraged me to have them and others developed. As I dropped them off, I was informed the very old rolls may have or may not have any photos due to the age and I shouldn’t get my hopes up but I was pleasantly surprised. They’re not excellent but just ok.
The Black and White rolls weren’t nearly as old as the colour and looking through the negatives I find that it’s taken me about 2 years to shoot 24 exposures. This may be because I want to make each frame count, considering you only get one shot at it. There is no instant confirmation your photo was exposed or even framed properly.
Now the task is to scan and process the remaining negatives and remember to shoot and develop more often as there are many forgotten moments.
Not all photos work out every time the shutter is pressed, usually for a variety of reasons like trying to shoot in manual mode whilst shooting street and adjusting settings on the fly including manual focusing. It’s not only difficult but takes quite a lot of practice to master. There are loads of photographic opportunities to capture some great street photos in Davao City, Philippines but it’s not the time or the place to practice.
And that’s what happened in this photo. The two uniformed women were in stark contrast to their surroundings, but they noticed me adjusting camera settings providing ample opportunity to shy away as the shutter was pressed.
To be honest, this photo is a personal favourite. It reminds me that its OK to make mistakes and not every photo has to be perfect. Just enjoy getting out and taking photos, something we’re currently not allowed to do.
For those celebrating. Happy Easter. Until next time…….
This photo was taken almost 4 years ago in Davao City, Philippines and at the time I would thought it was somewhat odd to be wearing masks such as his. How things have changed and now we’re being told to wear masks every time we venture out.
Until next time……..
Oh, before I forget, click on the photo (link to Flickr) if you would like to see a high-resolution version.
I know it’s a clickbait title but more and more of us are spending a considerable amount of time at home so I thought I would share 3 of my favourite youtube channels as they have kept me entertained, informed and provide a huge amount of inspiration.
The first youtube channel comes with a warning. You need to have a sense of humour to enjoy this channel and I recommend if you’re easily offended that you don’t watch it. The Youtube channel in question is Fototripper by Gavin Hardcastle, AKA The Portly Prince. Amongst the humour, Gavin shares his knowledge on how he achieved his shot and the results.
Adam Gibbs – Landscape Photographer of the year 2018 and one of the judges in 2019 has an incredible body of work on YouTube. His vlogging style is easy to watch, listen, learn and be inspired to get out and shoot landscape photos. Adam is also a pretty good drone pilot and he incorporates his drone footage into his videos. I highly recommend Adam’s channel even if landscape photography is not your thing.
The next YouTube channel is Sean Tucker. His Vlogs are polished, extremely well presented, well thought out covering topics such as consistency, legalities on the street to finding time to get out and shoot. Sean also interviews other photographers and videographers who have inspired him. Well worth every minute watching Sean’s videos.
These are just a few of the YouTube channels I’m addicted to and I’m going to need a YouTube diet at the end of this crisis but in the meantime please drop me a link to your favourite YouTube channel.
It only ever seems to happen when I have time on my hands. I sit down and comb through the archives, not looking for any particular photo, stumble across one that attracts my attention, make a fewminor adjustments only to completely stuff it up and have to go back to the original to start again, destroying what had been done.
Thankfully, this time that didn’t happen.
This shot was captured at the Rip Curl Pro held in 2019 at Bells Beach Victoria.
The inspiration for this weeks theme is Trash and you can create something beautiful or tell a story.
Well, I’m not entirely sure I’ve created something beautiful but there are plenty of stories in this photo. Stories about famous women from across the ages to how you can repurpose your old jeans with a little imagination.
Please drop me a line in the comments to let me know how many stories you can see, also the theme for next weeks smartphone challenge is New Beginnings.
Lastly, please feel free to share this post on your social media, especially to your family and friends who may be unable to go about their daily lives, they might appreciate the distraction, even for a few minutes.
Until next time, look after your loved ones and stay safe.
As I go about my day, thoughts of the week’s theme float around in my mind everywhere I go and interrupt everything I do. Constantly on the lookout for subjects to photograph that meet the theme and then I spend time thinking about how to compose the shot.
After spending considerable time photographing the bamboo, not just with the smartphone but also the film camera, I was eager to process the shots. The B&W roll is not yet finished but I wanted to sit down and do a quick edit before leaving because I may need to go back and reshoot the scene.
It was difficult to know where to focus my efforts because there are so many names etched into the bamboo and eventually settling on the one bamboo pole that was untouched.
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