Camera Make And Sinulog Photo Contest

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the winners of Sinulog Photo Contest 2016. Secondly, I would like to personally congratulate my student Mr. Ryann Ablen for bagging the 1st place under the Contingent Category. I guess it’s try again for next year for those who didn’t make it. Maybe the Gods of luck will be on our side next time.

I will have to say that the results of the judging this year has improved. Not there yet but getting better. Kudos to the staff behind the photo contest and let’s make it better next year. Among the many congratulatory post in facebook, I stumbled upon a post by a photographer friend Carlito Felicen or more popularly know as Kangkang. He is a consistent placer and he made it again this year.

The data is taken from the metadata of the winning photos of Sinulog Photo Contest 2016.

The data is taken from the metadata of the winning photos of Sinulog Photo Contest 2016.

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Sinulog Fever

Shot during Sinulog sa Kabataan - Lalawigan. 70-200, f/2.8, 1/1250, ISO 100.

Shot during Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan. 70-200, f/2.8, 1/1250, ISO 100.

The biggest and the grandest mardi gras in the Philippines. If you’re a photographer, this is what you’ve been waiting for the whole year. All your excuses about not having opportunity to shoot or there’s just not something worth shooting are now pointless. Sinulog is just too irresistible not to shoot. Continue reading “Sinulog Fever” »

Inspired To Shoot

As I was editing the winning raw files in preparation for hi-­res printing of the recently concluded Sinulog Photo Contest, there was this one photo that really inspired me more about photography.

Photo by Leo Sibi, 6th Place Festival Queen, ?NEF f/3.5, 1/000 ISO2500

Photo by Leo Sibi, 6th Place Festival Queen, ?NEF f/3.5, 1/000 ISO2500

The Sinulog Foundation would normally forward the winning printed photos in their standard 5R format together with the raw files to their printing partner, GraphicStar. I’m normally called to finalize and edit raw files to ensure the optimum quality for hi­-res printing. I would normally expect that the raw file would differ from the printed version. Continue reading “Inspired To Shoot” »

Sinulog, Photographer’s Haven

I woke up five in the morning and drove to my studio in Mabolo to park my car. This is how I start my day for Sinulog. I normally go with my wife and kid as this is already our family tradition every year. I spend my whole morning shooting and we spend the rest of the day in the grandstand to get a better view of the performances. Continue reading “Sinulog, Photographer’s Haven” »

Dodge And Burn Technique

In my last article, I wrote about Sinulog Photo Contest shooting tips. This time, after reading the rules and regulation of the contest, I learned that you are allowed to apply dodge and burn to your image. In this article, I will show the different ways of doing it using Lightroom or Photoshop. Continue reading “Dodge And Burn Technique” »

All Set For Sinulog ‘3

Oscar Bersabal Machacon Jr., one of the thousands of registrant for the Sinulog photo contest, in his facebook status said “That awkward moment while shooting the opening salvo of Sinulog in Basilica, fotogs on my left & right are using D4 with all the nano lenses and me felt so underdog with my CD-R king tripod :)” Continue reading “All Set For Sinulog ‘3” »