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Photographer of the Week: PEACHY HERNANDO

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

Take nothing but pictures, says a popular ecotourism mantra, and Marian Florina S. Hernando does just that. As president of BooknGo Travel and Tours Inc., she goes nature-tripping to indulge in her passion for photography. She is particularly interested in shooting underwater, saying it is not something that a lot of other photographers can do.

  • Juvenile frog fish taken in Lembeh Straight, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Peachy Hernando

    Juvenile frog fish taken in Lembeh Straight, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Peachy Hernando

  • Paoay Church (Peachy Hernando)

    Paoay Church (Peachy Hernando)

  • Ternate, Cavite (Peachy Hernando)

    Ternate, Cavite (Peachy Hernando)

  • Taal Church (Peachy Hernando)

    Taal Church (Peachy Hernando)

  • Clown Fish, Bauan Sanctuary, Batangas (Peachy Hernando)

    Clown Fish, Bauan Sanctuary, Batangas (Peachy Hernando)

  • Rare Lacy Scorpion fish shot in Lembeh Straight, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Peachy Hernando)

    Rare Lacy Scorpion fish shot in Lembeh Straight, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Peachy Hernando)

  • Nudibranch, Anilao, Batangas (Peachy Hernando)

    Nudibranch, Anilao, Batangas (Peachy Hernando)

  • Makati Skyline (Peachy Hernando)

    Makati Skyline (Peachy Hernando)

  • Seascape (Peachy Hernando)

    Seascape (Peachy Hernando)

  • Calmness (Peachy Hernando)

    Calmness (Peachy Hernando)

  • Sunset (Peachy Hernando)

    Sunset (Peachy Hernando)

  • Mangrove (Peachy Hernando)

    Mangrove (Peachy Hernando)

  • Soft Waves (Peachy Hernando)

    Soft Waves (Peachy Hernando)

  • Candy crab (Peachy Hernando)

    Candy crab (Peachy Hernando)

  • Nudibranch taken in Anilao, Batangas (Peachy Hernando)

    Nudibranch taken in Anilao, Batangas (Peachy Hernando)

  • Chocolate Hills, Bohol (Peachy Hernando)

    Chocolate Hills, Bohol (Peachy Hernando)

  • Ayala-Buendia (Peachy Hernando)

    Ayala-Buendia (Peachy Hernando)

  • Juvenile Nudibranch (Peachy Hernando)

    Juvenile Nudibranch (Peachy Hernando)

  • Anemone fish taken in Bunaken Island (Peachy Hernando)

    Anemone fish taken in Bunaken Island (Peachy Hernando)

  • Third place, Portrait Division, First International Bunaken Underwater Photography (Peachy Hernando)

    Third place, Portrait Division, First International Bunaken Underwater Photography (Peachy Hernando)

    Peachy, as she is often called, is always up for an adventure as a mountaineer and scuba diver. “On top of my adventure-seeking hobbies, I also have a profound interest for visual arts. I did landscape and still life painting when I was younger. But when I became a public servant, such hobby fell into the wayside, as my priorities shifted toward my job at the Department of Foreign Affairs.”

    It was her posting at the Philippine Consulate in Indonesia that led her to take up the lens. “I could not let it pass without capturing great sceneries and landscape. I lived near the shore of Manado, where Bunaken is located, and it is known as the heart of diving in North Sulawesi.”

    She then enrolled in a diving class there, so she could take photos under the sea. “Being underwater is already an experience, but capturing what’s down there cannot be explained by words. When I dive, I feel fulfilled, calmed and one with nature,” she explains.

    For her, an effective photograph seizes the moment. “Taking a photo allows you to share that moment with others, letting them see through your lens, and telling them a story from your perspective.”

    Her underwater photos are always shot in macro and in color. “If I am above water, I capture mostly sceneries with sunrise and sunset. I always see in color, but I believe that black and white can be beautiful also along with two-tones.”

    To encourage idea-sharing among photographers, she co-founded Lensmates Photographic Society, which has a public Facebook group with about 17,000 members who, as the site describes are “serious with photography.”

    Peachy has won a few underwater photography contests online and overseas and has already exhibited some of her work abroad for special projects. “Some of my works have been bought to hang on walls of houses and offices,” she shares.

    She encourages other photography enthusiasts to just keep doing what they love. “As a photographer, you have an eye for beauty that others can’t see. That’s why if you see it, shoot it! Don’t let the moment pass and that memory linger in your mind. Share it, because your photos might inspire others. Then, if you capture a good photo today, tomorrow’s photo will be better. Never stop shooting.”

    This nature lover is always inspired in her craft as she shares: “Capturing God’s great wonders through your lens and sharing that great moment of beauty to others so they can also see what your eyes can see, that is such a motivation to keep going.”

     

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