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Bresson’s Eye


By Raffy Paredes

Conceptual fine art photographer, author, blogger, and educator of mastering composition techniques Tavis Leaf Glover has uploaded a two-part video on YouTube showing how legendary street photography Henri-Cartier Bresson used the principles of dynamic symmetry and geometry in his work.In the educational videos titled “Dynamic Symmetry, Composition and Henri Cartier Bresson” Glover talks in depth about many composition and design techniques Bresson used in some of his best work. Together, the videos are around 25 minutes in length (PDN Pulse).

Fashion, advertising, and commercial photographer Mark Fitzgerald shares his tips on female fashion model posing tips on his site at “Whether you are a model choosing a pose or a photographer posing your model, this is a decision that can shape the look of the image and therefore circumstances can make all the difference, particularly when photographing for fashion or advertising,” he explains. The tips cover basic model poses, seated poses, beauty poses, movement, and difficult poses.

  • Smile in Colors (Helton Barretto Balairos)

  • Untitled (Red Mendoza)

  • Jaro Cathedral (Edwin Rafael)

  • Jump Together (Jomarie Romaquin)

  • Untitled (Sharon Pilapil)

  • Untitled (Reymart Sefuentes)

  • Sabtang Lighthouse (Zoilo Delos Trinos III)

  • Paganapan Port- Itbayat Batanes (Jobelle M. Lumanglas)

  • That Sagada Monochrome in 2016 (Alexander Lapuz)

  • Untitled (Joseph Lim Navarrete)

    RawTherapee, a powerful non-destructive RAW image-processing app that also has some basic image management features such as color coding, rating and searching according to parameters, is a free alternative for those who do not wish to pay for using Adobe. The current incarnation is version 5.2 and it is available on Windows, MacOS, and various incarnations of Linux. It is free to use, released under a General Public License. You can download either a current stable release or beta versions, the later potentially being buggy. To help new users of RawTherapee, has published on its site “An Introduction to RawTherapee -A Free Photography Software Alternative to Photoshop.” Download size of Version 5.2 is around 38MB (

    And now to our featured readers led by five new contributors.

    Jobelle Lumanglas, currently working at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde as a support staff shares her photo titled “Paganapan Port- ItbayatBatanes.” Writes Belle: “I started photography in 2010 and I didn’t even have my own camera. My mentor used to lend me his spare for me to pursue photography. Eventually I decided to buy my own camera and attend FPPF’s  Basic Photography Workshop in 2012. Right now, I am aspiring to be a freelance photographer. Photography has led me to new experiences and become my passion. It brings out the best of me as a hiker, traveler, and missionary.”

    From Manila, teacher Joseph  Navarrete is an untitled photo of two kids in a park curiously looking at what a foreigner, lying in prone is writing on her notebook. “I have been in the field of photography for three years,” shares Joseph.  “I started out as a street photographer and a photojournalist.  Most of my street photos tackle poverty and injustice. I only started fashion photography last year when I was invited to a photo shoot. I love portrait photography whether that be studio or street.”

    Red Mendoza, a physician by profession sent in an untitled photo of a trio of Yellow-vented Bulbul birds which he took in his Mom’s garden.

    The scenic photo “Sabtang Lighthouse” comes from Zoilo delos Trinos III. He shares: “I think this is on high priority go-to location, if not number 1, on every Pinoy’s bucket list. Aside from the emerald hills which are perfectly manicured by a legion of cows, to the boxy, cobblestone-walled houses topped by cogon-thatched roofs, the larger-than-life cliffs and hills that seem to roll on forever, one must never leave Batanes without taking a shot of their famous lighthouses…One of the three lighthouses of Batanes is the Sabtang Lighthouse. Perched on a cliff beside the port, this lighthouse is the first man-made structure that you will see as you approach Sabtang Island. Batanes is a paradise. To visit Batanes is to get lost in a green wonderland!”

    Edwin “Mike” Rafael contributed the photo, “Jaro Cathedral.” He shares that photography has been his hobby since 2008.

    Other photos on today’s page come from readers who have been previously featured and continue to share photos through this column.

    Sharon Pilapil shares an untitled portrait of an old woman she took on her way to Buscalan, Kalinga to see Apo Whang-Od, the last Mambabatok of Kalinga.“When we were on our way to the tattoo session, we passed by to the house of an old lady and she got my attention,” relates Sharon. “I interviewed her and asked permission to take her portrait. She is actually the sister of 100-year-old Apo Whang-Od.”

    From Alexander Lapuz is the photo, “That Sagada Monochrome in 2016,” taken in December last year when he and his bride hied off to “the yakap weather” of Sagada right after the wedding reception. “Sagada captures you with its friendly people (locals/tourists are more than willing to share a story or a view), climate (away from the humid metro), fresh air (carbon monoxide-free air), amazing view (take a lot of photos because they make good stories), and delicious food (hefty serving of fresh veggies),” writes Alexander. “I wanted my wife to experience all these and just have an awesome ‘us’ time far away from what is familiar to us.” On his photo, he shares: “I find a strong sense of intimacy in black and white. It has a way of drawing you closer toward the subject. It feels like poetry without words. The absence of color somehow feels right, satisfying, and sensual all at the same time.”

    The photo of two boys having fun titled “Jump Together” taken in Madalag, Aklan comes from Jomarie Romaquin.

    Reymar Sefuentes submitted the untitled sunset photo of a fisherman paddling his boat with the tagline: “Kasabay sa paglubog ng araw ang aking pag-uwi sa aking pamilya dala-dala ang aking mga huling isda para sa aming hapunan.”

    And from Helton Balairos of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo is the photo of a fiesta street dancer titled “Smile in Colors.”

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