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#1 Photo challenge


By Raffy Paredes

Looking for a challenge to test your skills? How about taking on what New Zealand-based photographer A.B. Watson writing in PetaPixel calls the “Number One Challenge” — One camera, one lens, one film/preset, one year? First, pick a camera, preferably one you already have, be it a DSLR, point-and-shoot, or a cellphone. Whatever you have, use only that. No upgrades, no newer models later in this photography challenge. One camera, that’s it. And if your camera has a fixed lens in the body the better. For those that don’t have this, you must also choose a single lens to mount to your camera body — prime, zoom, cell phone. Now the easier part is over, and it’s time to settle on one film choice or preset. Use Google’s free, or any of the countless presets available to you, but only pick one. After you make your final decision, all you have to do is stick with your choice for a year. Keep in mind that this is a personal photography challenge, not a career challenge. But in saying that, some photographers found they never picked up other gear when doing the Number One Challenge, even when it came to commercial work. People found it helped them to define their personal style or help to find it down the road (A.B. Watson included). And a warning: most participants got rid of all the gear they no longer used. This simplified their gear decisions and insurance costs, which is an added bonus (PetaPixel).

  • Untitled (Jonard Jace Cadauan)

  • Coffee and Sugar (Jun M. Rupisan)

  • Circle of Life (Shojie Mique)

  • Cat’s Eye (Eric Von Perez)

  • In the Woods (Roger Mendez)

  • Itbayat’s Sunset (Jaylord A. Cabulay)

  • LaPaz Public Market, Iloilo City (Nelson G. Rondan)

  • Untitled (Carlos Teves Co)

  • Untitled (Yolo Camille T. Mariano)

  • Young Artist in Cambodia (Lovely Cates Navarro)

    Pixel Peeper, a website put up by Piotr Chmolowski reads EXIF data from a JPG image and instantly shows what process was used for editing in Lightroom, as well as the camera settings. If you’re wondering what post-processing in Lightroom a photographer did to create his photograph, simply upload the photo to https://pixelpeeper.io/to reveal the Lr and camera settings. Since Lightroom saves all the adjustments in EXIF data by default (unless you disable it), you can used this data from other photographers’ photos to experiment with your own images. One limitation (but it can’t be attributed to the developer) is that some social networks and websites remove the EXIF data from photos, so you won’t have any readings. Still, you can use photos from many other websites. And of course, you can use your own photos if you want to recreate a certain look. Either way, Pixel Peeper is useful, as a learning tool or as a shortcut to the desired look of your photos(www.diyphotography.net).

    The website theinspiredeye.net of Oliver Duong ([email protected]) has an opening for features on the Inspired Eye Blog. Visit the site for details on how to submit your photos.

    And now to our featured readers most of whom are contributing photos for the first time.

    Yolo Camille Mariano, a graduating Psychology student at AUF sent in an untitled photo of a tree house. She has been enjoying photography since junior high school.

    Full-time travel agent and part-time logistics specialist Lovely Cates Navarro shares “Young Artist in Cambodia.” Cates has been shooting since high school where she was also a member of the Newspaper Club.

    From Nelson Rondan, a 64-year-old retiree with a PhD in Chemistry,” is the photo, “La Paz Public Market, Iloilo City.” “I started dabbling in photography in 2008, a year after I retired from work,” shares Nelson.“I used photography as a form of mental therapy during the time I was undergoing chemotherapy in 2008. I am an amateur (hobbyist) photographer, an autodidact in photography, and am interested in street, documentary, and travel photography.”

    Eric Von Perez, an OFW currently working and living in Qatar with his family for the last 12 years submitted “Cat’s Eye.” He shares: “Since I was a kid, I love to take pictures of everything—animals, kids, still objects, and especially the everyday living on the street. It did not progress as I didn’t have my own camera and to have the films developed was out of our family budget. When I went abroad, I didn’t have the chance to continue my passion but focused on working instead. Not until my family came here. My love of photography started to grow when my father bought me my first-ever mirrorless camera. I started to do some street photography and continue to shoot more frequently especially during my day off. Fortunately, one of my photos, the cat’s eye was selected and included in the Fujifilm Philippines Exhibit on June 3, 2017 at The Hotel at Green Sun in Makati.”

    The untitled photo of a dancer comes from Carlos Teves Co, 66, of Olongapo City. Carlos has been shooting photos for 10 years.

    Jonard Jace Cadauan, a government employee in the City of Ilagan, Isabela shares an untitled photo taken of a reflection on a shop window.

    And from Jaylord Cabulay, graphic/layout artist at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Region 2 is the photo titled “Itbayat’s Sunset.”

    Other photos on today’s column come from previously featured readers.

    About his photo, “Coffee and Sugar,” Jun Rupisan, digital graphic artist at WeCreate Enterprises writes: “I saw this tutorial on the Internet. It inspired me to practice more on photography. I set this up with fairylights for bokeh effect, USB light for additional lighting and Canon 7D YN 35mm mount. I’m still practicing using a DSLR and artificial lights for a simple photography like this.Hope to use this photo as reference of bokeh photography.”

    Roger Mendez contributed the photo “In the Woods” taken at Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

    “Circle of Life,” a black-and-white photo of people representing different generations was sent in by Shojie Mique.

    Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at www.mb.com.ph. For comments, suggestions or just to share an image or idea, email [email protected] or [email protected]

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