By Raffy Paredes
Gerome Soriano, a pioneer in Philippine aerial kite photography and a featured contributor to this column, is holding his first solo exhibition entitled “Supersonic” in Dito: Bahay ng Sining in Concepcion Uno, Marikina City. The exhibit runs from Jan. 13 to Feb. 10. Visitors will enjoy the playful imagination and humor Gerome brings to his art.
The article on No Film School (www.nofilmschool) titled “12 Dos and Donts for Maintaining Your Lenses” is a good read on lens care. The article was written by Matthew Duclos of Duclos Lenses (www.ducloslenses.com), a lens maintenance expert of over 30 years. His practical advices, in brief:
- Do only what is absolutely necessary. Don’t undertake more than your skill level can handle and overdo it.
- Work in a clean, temperate environment.
- Blow off particles before wiping an element. Compressed air can be your best friend.
- Work from the center out to the edge when using wipes.This minimizes the risk of picking up harmful particles that are commonly found between the front element and its outside housing.
- Use a cleaning solution to remove contaminants.
- Use a soft bristle brush to remove sand, dirt, and debris from the lens body.
- Don’t use any reusable cloths or wipes on a lens element.
- Never reuse a lens tissue of any kind.
- Don’t spray cleaning solution directly onto your lens.
- Don’t use brushes on lens elements.
- If you’re using canned air, don’t shake or tip the can while spraying. It’s best to spray the can upright, away from your lens for a second to clear any propellant out of the nozzle.
- When in doubt, bring your lens to a professional.
Light Stalking (www.lightstalking.com) has a short article titled “How to Shoot Cityscapes That Make People Go Wow” worth sharing since this column receives a good number of such photographs. The tips shared are:
- Choose Your Time. The blue hour is best usually for cityscape shots that really pop (the hour after sunset and before sunrise). If not, then golden hour (the hour before sunset and after sunrise).
- Sharpness Wins. Usually you want to make your image sharp and in focus. That means using a tripod and remote shutter release to minimize shaking of the camera (especially as the light gets lower in the sky or at night). In a pinch, put your camera on a stabilized positionand use the timed shutter release.
- Shoot Wide. For shots like this, you’re going to want to go quite wide in your focal length. On a cropped sensor camera, that means somewhere between 10mm and 20mm roughly.
- Bracket. If you’re struggling with contrast in the scene and losing the highlights or shadows, then bracket your images (shoot several images of the same scene, one exposing for the shadows, another exposing for the highlights, and another normal exposure). Then merge them in Photoshop or Lightroom to create a single image with the best exposure.
And now to our featured readers.
Leeh Ann Hidalgo, a photo hobbyist on her off-days from doing domestic work in Hong Kong sent in the untitled black-and-white photo of a man walking through a hallway where the sunlight creates a curious pattern of light and dark areas.
The photo, “Sunset at the Flyer” comes from Richard Malaque, an IT support for a multinational banking firm in Singapore. He shares: “I’ve always wanted to try photography but was overwhelmed with the size and complexity of a DSLR so when I learned about mirrorless cameras, I was eager to buy one and try it out. May of 2016, I got my hands on a Sony Alpha 6000 and coincidentally I met a friend who is into photography. He guided me and helped me get the most out of my pictures.”
From Roger Mendezis “Sea of Clouds,” showing the sunny but cool early morning Baguio weather.
Photo hobbyist and Manila City Hall employee Gerry Ele shares “Marlou,” a levitation photo shot at the Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City. Gerry reveals that he used Photoshop CC to achieve the effect.
The succeeding photo contributions were all taken at the Traslacion last week. They provide different perspectives of the biggest event in the annual celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
Al del Mundo of Las Piñas City submitted “Child’s Faith,” a photo of a young child waving at the passing image of the Nazareno while carried on the shoulders of an adult.
Erwin James Agumbay’s untitled black-and-white photo shows a young boy watching the moving crowds from above where he sits.
From Jojo Jebulan is a black-and-white “Traslacion 2017” featuring the devotees atop the carriage with the Nazareno.
Jose Consuegra III’s untitled photo shows the vast number of devotees crowding the way as the Nazareno passes by the Manila City Hall.
“Deboto” from Mary Lyng Lannie Cruz features the devotees struggling to clamber up the carriage to touch the Nazareno.
Volt Encarnado’s photo titled “Lubid” focuses on the rope that devotees vie with each other to touch and pull. “Sa gitna ng milyong-milyong deboto ng Itim Na Nazareno kalakip ng kanilang masidhing pananampalataya ay ang ‘Lubid,’ na nagsisilbing bigkis ng kanilang paniniwala at pagkakaisa,” writes Volt.
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