By Raffy Paredes
Congratulations to our reader-contributors who are winners in the IPA Philippines or the Pandaigdigang Parangal sa Potograpiya in collaboration with Neutral Ground Reborn 2017: Gilbert Laroda, Rolando Mesuga, Ariel Gitana, Ateneo Sta. Ines, EJ Agumbay, Rene Bernal, Philip Am Guay, Gladys Rafols, Eduardo Seastres, Berlito Bolotaolo. Visit http://photoawards.ph/winners/ and click Neutral Ground Reborn 2017 on the dropdown menu to see their winning photos.
Learn to separate your moving subject from the background through panning with the 11-minute Panning Photography for Beginners video from photographer Josh Katz. In order to freeze your subject while blurring the background, you will need to use a shutter speed slow enough to allow for blur, but fast enough to freeze your subject. Katz recommends starting with 1/10 for shots of skating, 1/30 for bikes, and 1/50 for cars. Of course, it depends how fast your subject is moving, so you’ll need to experiment here.You’ll have to swivel (or “pan”) your camera horizontally to follow the subject as it moves parallel to you. This is going to take some practice, so follow along with Katz. The video goes in to the full steps in more detail, so be sure to check it out on YouTube (source: PetaPixel).
Researchers at Caltech have developed a lensless camera which could lead to considerably thinner and flatter imaging devices.Instead of employing the usual camera pairing of a lens and image sensor, the team at Caltech has used an ultra-thin optical phased array (OPA) which can computationally manipulate incoming light to capture an image. This means the thin layer of integrated silicon photonics can emulate the lens and sensor of a digital camera. Researchers say that a simple adjustment in the way the array receives light also means the camera can switch from mimicking a fish-eye to a telephoto lens instantaneously. This would eliminate the need for cameras with different lenses to observe different focal lengths. While these lensless cameras will not be making their way to consumer devices any time soon, it’s suggested that the development could lead to thinner smartphones and smaller cameras, as well as having implications for astronomy by enabling ultra-light, ultra-thin flat telescopes (source: www.newatlas.com)
And now to our featured readers led by three new contributors.
Geno Santiano shares an untitled photo of a swan in subdued lighting. About the picture, he writes: “I have always been fascinated by nature and what comes beautifully within the frame. I have captured this Swan floating peacefully on the pond of ‘Palace of Fine Arts Theater,’ as I had the chance to go there. From a chaotic flock of birds at that same pond was a complete opposite at how serene this swan floated around.” Geno has been shooting since his father gifted him with a film SLR. In college, he provided editorial photos and covered events for the local paper and magazine.
From Rene Fernandez of Davao City is a photo of Kawasan Falls taken from a resort in the southern part of Cebu. “Kawasan Falls is an adventure by itself climbing up three levels if you want to see all,” writes Rene.“The image here was taken from the first level which is the level most frequented by visitors. From a high vantage point and close to the spout, I just got an adrenaline overload when I pressed the button!” Rene shares that he got enamored with photography many years ago when he first got hold of a National Geographic Magazine. Now a retiree, he has more time to immerse himself in his hobby.
The untitled black-and-white street photo of “piko” players comes from newbie Kiel Jacinto. He shares: “Ang litratong ito ay kuha noong nagsasanay akong pumitik ng litrato sa kalye na may emosyon. Habang naglalakad ako sa looban ng Muñoz sa ‘di kalayuanng barangay, nakita ko ang dalawang bata na naglalaro ng piko. Sinubukan kong kuhanan sila dahil naalala ko noong kabataan ko na naglalaro rin po ako nito. Umuwi akong walang litrato na nakuhanan ang emosyon kundi kalungkutan sa tuwing nakikita ko ang litrato. Sinubukan kong ipakita sa kaibigan kong litratista at sabi nya ‘ok lang,’ walang emosyon. Ang emosyon daw ay nasa kumuha ng litrato. Napagtanto ko na nagbabago lamang ang tema ng pagkuha ng litrato sa sariling emosyon ng litratista.”
Other photos on today’s column come from previously featured readers.
“This is my first time to join the Aliwan Festival,” relates Aldrin Gersalia who sent in the photo titled “Colors of Ilonggo.” “I had a very enjoyable and unforgettable experience. All the costumes were very colorful and creative and that’s one of the reasons why my battery got drained very fast…I promise to join again the Aliwan Festival next year.”
Eduard Yaco submitted “Rig of Hope” taken in Houston, Texas U.S.A. “This shot was taken last 2012 during our voyage to Houston,” shares Eduard. “I was off duty and I decided to go outside the accommodation to capture some of the views in Houston. But to my amazement ,I saw this rig with albatrosses flying in the vicinity. Patiently waiting for a good composition, I ended up with this one with the perfect hue of the sunset that gave drama to my exposure. ‘Patience is a virtue’ when it comes to photography.”
From Marlon Malabuyoc is an untitled black–and-white urban landscape photo. He explains: “This is a part of my series capturing various multi-storey buildings around Metro Manila and I’m compiling some photos of skyscrapers around the metro and see if I can still capture these massive towers while we still can. You know, there are some restrictions in photographing high-rise buildings here in Metro Manila and this is quite a challenge for me as a shooter. There are times that security marshalls around the area ask questions on why you are taking a photo of the building. Here’s a photo of various buildings shot in Guadalupe.”
Gerbs De Castro sent in “Lady on the Steps.” From Kim Maynard Go is “Manila Bay.” Clarence Damasco shares an untitled seascape. And from Rad King is “BangonMindanao” with the photo tag: “A beautiful sunset located somewhere in Mindanao shows that in every failure, success waits.”
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