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” »

Comparing Your Work from Last Year’s

After a marathon of shooting during the Sinulog festivities, one would wonder if you’d ever get over shooting the same event year after year. Facing the same challenges and similar subjects and shooting in the same playing field every time.

Mandatory shot when you're shooting in Sto Nino.

Mandatory shot when you’re shooting in Sto Nino.

If there’s one thing i realized shooting Sinulog this year, it’s the realization that given the same meat and spices, a Chef can make a variant of dishes out from it. While shooting Sinulog this year, I tried comparing my shots last year and saw a different photographer last year. Continue reading “Comparing Your Work from Last Year’s” »

The Colors Of Sinulog

Amidst all the complains about the Sinulog Photo Contest, a large number of Photographers brushed the streets last Sunday trying to find the winning shot and bag the prize money and a year of bragging rights. Registrants was cut into half due to the higher registration fee but it looks like the foundation had the same amount of revenue minus the headache.

I was surprised to find myself in a better shooting position this year. Although the ladders were still very much visible. There were lesser photographers in the streets but unfortunately, those who didn’t care about the ethics of photography seems to be very much present as well. The contingent had to push their way pass forward the wall of photographers.

Wrong Timing. I normally get unwanted heads in my frame but this time an arm ruined this shot.

Wrong Timing. I normally get unwanted heads in my frame but this time an arm ruined this shot.

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