My friend, Felix, and I went to Baguio City last month just to tour this city. I’ve been there before and though I don’t find it particularly to my taste (I like beaches and sea more), he’s never gone around the city (and he’s not a water person).
Baguio is a city situated in the mountainous part of Luzon and due to its high altitude, climate is much cooler than the other towns and cities. It is also for this reason that it is a favorite haunt of those who want to escape the heat of Metro Manila. It is also famous for its flowers (celebrated annually with the Flower Festival).
We arrived early and after breakfast, we went around Burnham Park. This park is designed to have lots of flowers and since we were early, I was able to capture dew drops on the flowers.
Last month, two friends of ours got married in a small and intimate wedding. We were invited as photographers and this was my first time to shoot a wedding this way. Having several camera systems (Canon, m4/3 and Fuji), I made a decision which camera to use based on only 1 criterion, flash. My Olympus EM5 and Fuji XE1 both have flash but they are small and not powerful. I also have three external speedlights but two are manual and the other only has TTL with Canon. Hence, it was Canon 7D + 15-85mm, 50mm 1.4 and the EOS with 22mm as additional camera.
For most of the events, I used the 15-85mm with the Nissin flash (with mini softbox/flash diffuser) mounted on the camera. I could use the 50mm for better image quality (especially in low light) but I’ll have to be changing lenses for wider shots and in fast-paced events, I’m not comfortable doing this. Eman was also there shooting but since he’s using the Samyang 85mm, there are some shots that he cannot take. Oyet also took some pictures using the Pentax K01.
The wedding was done in a resort in Batangas (beautiful place). It was on a garden near the pool (good thing since there was still light from the afternoon sun compared to a dimly lit church).
Anyway, the pictures of the ceremony and wedding preparations turned out well (well enough that I believe they came out much better than some people I know who’ve hired totally amateur photographers with a consumer DSLR + kit lens to cover their weddings).
The bride with their baby daughter (such an angel, didn’t cry the whole time we were there) * The bride and groom on the stairs of one of the villas before the wedding.
The bride and groom.
The wedding ceremony being presided by a Justice of Peace
Family and close friends.
Another photo I took on our photowalk in UP.
A picture of sunflower which I took in UP. This was taken with an Olympus EM5 with the 12-50mm kit lens and processed with Lightroom 5 and Color Efex (photo stylizer).
This is a red hibiscus shot with infrared then color shifted to provide that all purple color.
Just some flowers with EOS M and EF-M 22mm.
Top one autofocus. Bottom left, manual focus. Bottom right, touch to focus.
I’ve always loved shooting flowers, and closeups in general. That’s why the first prime lens I bought when I purchased my first DSLR was the Canon 100mm Macro. After a while, the macro lens stayed home most of the time when we travel – it is heavy, big and I find that I can take closeups using the kit lens (not as sharp as the macro but good enough).
The 22mm pancake of the EOS M is very convenient to bring and found out is good enough for close ups. Here’s a pink hibiscus (image is about 80-90% of the original frame). I like the delicate color and the fact that even the small hair on the top of the flowers are rendered sharp enough. And this was manually focused too!
Some pictures of one type of flower. The black and white is from a white variety of the same pink flower.
After our trip to Mt. Pinatubo, we went to a famous restaurant in the north, Isdaan. Isdaan (Floating Resto and Funpark) is a located in Gerona, Tarlac (two towns north of Capas). We were only able to board a full bus so we had to stand inside the bus for quite sometime.
Lucky for us, our Pinatubo trip finished earlier than expected and we were able to arrive in Isdaan while there is still light enough to take pictures.
Isdaan is more famous for its giant sculptures than for its food. The attraction of the place is that you can rest and take pictures while waiting for your food. And this is not a place to eat when you’re in a hurry. During peak season and peak hours, you may have to wait for 30 minutes or more just to get a table and probably an hour more for your food to be served.
The Buddhas were one of the first sculptures inside the place. Giant buddhas in various poses reflecting serenity (several holding fish). Take a picture in one of the giant Buddhas and you brag to your friends that you’ve been to Thailand. 🙂
Just some photo ops.
Isdaan seems to be always in a state of repair and expansion. I first visited this place sometime in 2008 when I first worked for Thunderbird. Since then, several sculptures, floating huts and tables have been added. Right now, several more are being added. It’s a good thing that the place is located just outside of town and surrounded by ricefields (which can be bought at much lower prices compared to commercial land).
The earlier sculptures were huge and made of cement. Now, glass fiber and smaller ones are being added (and for me personally, some doesn’t add much to the place and distract from the other good ones). These are made in Pampanga I think and can be had cheaper compared to the huge cement sculptures.
We had a good time eating the food – different kinds of fried fish, tinupig na manok (barbequed chicken in coconut milk), sinigang na baboy (pork in tamarind soup), and some others. We were all full for Php305 each.
All shots were taken using Olympus OM-D and the Panasonic 14mm f2.5 lens.
My take on Eggleston’s Tricycle. Except this is not a tricycle but a pullcart AND more importantly, probably no one would pay me big bucks to have a print of this.