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Photographer of the Week: Macbeth Omega

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By Macel Feliciano
“Anybody can take a picture but not everyone can be a good photographer,” clarifies Macbeth Omega.

With several international and local photography recognitions under his belt, this mechanical engineer from Ormoc certainly knows what he speaks of. Mac joins a lot of photo contests not just to compete with others but more to challenge himself.

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  • Apo Uup, one of elders in Buscalan Village, Kalinga (Macbeth Omega)

    Apo Uup, one of elders in Buscalan Village, Kalinga (Macbeth Omega)

  • Buscalan Rice Field (Macbeth Omega)

    Buscalan Rice Field (Macbeth Omega)

  • Mayon Volcano explosion last Feb 2018 (Macbeth Omega)

    Mayon Volcano explosion last Feb 2018 (Macbeth Omega)

  • Mt. Pulag (Macbeth Omega)

    Mt. Pulag (Macbeth Omega)

  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore (Macbeth Omega)

    Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore (Macbeth Omega)

  • Fun under the rain (Macbeth Omega)

    Fun under the rain (Macbeth Omega)

  • Angono Lakeside Park (Macbeth Omega)

    Angono Lakeside Park (Macbeth Omega)

  • Harbor Square in Manila (Macbeth Omega)

    Harbor Square in Manila (Macbeth Omega)

  • Welcome Rotonda, Quezon City (Macbeth Omega)

    Welcome Rotonda, Quezon City (Macbeth Omega)

  • Gwanghamun Square (Macbeth Omega)

    Gwanghamun Square (Macbeth Omega)

  • Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, South Korea (Macbeth Omega)

    Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, South Korea (Macbeth Omega)

  • Gyeongbukgung Palace (Macbeth Omega)

    Gyeongbukgung Palace (Macbeth Omega)

  • Gwanghallu Won Garden (Macbeth Omega)

    Gwanghallu Won Garden (Macbeth Omega)

  • Nami Island (Macbeth Omega)

    Nami Island (Macbeth Omega)

  • Autumn (Macbeth Omega)

    Autumn (Macbeth Omega)

  • Spring (Macbeth Omega)

    Spring (Macbeth Omega)

  • Baegyang Temple (Macbeth Omega)

    Baegyang Temple (Macbeth Omega)

  • Daejeo Ecological Park (Macbeth Omega)

    Daejeo Ecological Park (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2018 Tamron Online Photo Challenge, 1st Place Winner (Macbeth Omega)

    2018 Tamron Online Photo Challenge, 1st Place Winner (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2018 Selected Entry For Neutral Ground Reborn Photo Exhibit (Macbeth Omega)

    2018 Selected Entry For Neutral Ground Reborn Photo Exhibit (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2018 Korea Tourism Organization Photo Contest, Honorable Mention (Macbeth Omega)

    2018 Korea Tourism Organization Photo Contest, Honorable Mention (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2018 Focus Bulacan Photowalk Photo Contest, 2nd Runner Up (Macbeth Omega)

    2018 Focus Bulacan Photowalk Photo Contest, 2nd Runner Up (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2018 7Artisan OTS Photo Contest, Runner Up (Macbeth Omega)

    2018 7Artisan OTS Photo Contest, Runner Up (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2017 SM MOA Fireworks Photo Contest, Grand Winner (Macbeth Omega)

    2017 SM MOA Fireworks Photo Contest, Grand Winner (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2017 Nikon 100 Years Photo Exhibit Selected Entry For The Theme Top Of The World And 2018 Hey Jijo Photo Series Competition, 2nd Runner Up (Macbeth Omega)

    2017 Nikon 100 Years Photo Exhibit Selected Entry For The Theme Top Of The World And 2018 Hey Jijo Photo Series Competition, 2nd Runner Up (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2017 Nikon 100 Years Photo Exhibit Selected Entry For The Theme Splash Of Colors (Macbeth Omega)

    2017 Nikon 100 Years Photo Exhibit Selected Entry For The Theme Splash Of Colors (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2017 JICA Photo Contest, 2nd Place (Macbeth Omega)

    2017 JICA Photo Contest, 2nd Place (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2017 Camerahaus Photolympics, Runner Up, Team Tamron (Macbeth Omega)

    2017 Camerahaus Photolympics, Runner Up, Team Tamron (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2016 Korea Tourism Organization Photo Contest, Honorable Mention (Macbeth Omega)

    2016 Korea Tourism Organization Photo Contest, Honorable Mention (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2016 Camerahaus Photolympics, Winner, Team Nikon (Macbeth Omega)

    2016 Camerahaus Photolympics, Winner, Team Nikon (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2014 Scottkelby Photowalk, Top 10 Finalist (Macbeth Omega)

    2014 Scottkelby Photowalk, Top 10 Finalist (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2014 Koreabridge Photo Contest, Grand Winner (Macbeth Omega)

    2014 Koreabridge Photo Contest, Grand Winner (Macbeth Omega)

  • 2014 CNN Edition Gallery, South Korea Through The Eyes Of Foreigners (Macbeth Omega)

    2014 CNN Edition Gallery, South Korea Through The Eyes Of Foreigners (Macbeth Omega)

    His very first award—Top 10 Finalist in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk—is what he considers as one of his top achievements as a photographer. Being chosen from hundreds of entries the world over is definitely no small feat.  But aside from the acknowledgment of his talent, the pride and personal satisfaction he felt in capturing the hard-to-recreate image was truly precious.

    A weekend hobbyist, Mac joined the Nikon Philippines Group to connect with other enthusiasts and to hone his skills. His images in multiple exhibits here and abroad are also a testament to his skill as a lensman, as well as numerous citations of his images as photos of the day by different online groups.

    Like many enthusiasts, Mac started out with a Canon point-and-shoot camera to document moments with his family and friends. Even then, his talent was apparent. “A friend of mine noticed I had a good eye for photography. When I worked in South Korea in 2011, most of my Filipino co-workers had DSLR cameras so the first thing I bought with my first salary was a Nikon DSLR,” he reveals.

    His interest was piqued and his skill sharpened when he devoted more time to photography. “Every weekend, we would visit different places in South Korea with our cameras. But it was when I joined a local photography group called Busan Lightstalkers that I really got hooked into photography. I then met our leader, Peter De Marco, whose award-winning photos inspired me to take better photos.”

    Mac is now confident about what he wants in his images. He adheres to the basic rules of composition and gives due focus to his subjects. What makes his photos stand out is his use of light and his play with shadows. He has fun with silhouettes, using reflections to advantage, and his compositions are intriguing and often whimsical.

    “An effective photograph is something that can make people smile. I specialize in landscapes and street photography. My favorite photos are those with human interest, in landscape or street photography. I like taking pictures that can make people smile and feel good.”

    His only goal right now is to make people lighthearted with his quirky creations. All he asks from his viewers is their appreciation. “The best thing about being a photographer for me is it relieves my stress and I get to show my passion and art to people. Just a smile and appreciation from friends is enough for me.”

    Mac encourages other aspiring photographers to lift others up. “Take advantage of your talent. Go out, take a lot of pictures, and post on social media for everyone to see. There’s a lot of fake news, negativity, and divisiveness. As a good photographer, be that person that spreads positive vibes through your photographs.”

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