night photography

STAR TRAILS IN TONDO, MANILA

MPC_May_TondoAs Earth spins under the sky, the stars appear to move. When a camera captures that movement, that’s called a Star Trail. Star Trails are the continuous paths created by stars, produced during long time exposure photographs. Just like capturing the Milky Way, Star Trails are really really hard to capture in a place full of light pollution. Because of persistence, I attempted the improbable. After shooting for 3 consecutive mornings (1AM-4AM) and various experimentation of camera settings, I got the exposure that I wanted. I used an Inverted GND to control the highlights of the city lights and Intervalometer to automate the shutter release intervals.

This image is composed of 350 shots (stacked) in 25 seconds f4 or a total of 2 hours and 43 minutes exposure.


SHOOTING MANILA: BACK TO BASICS

Whenever I feel my photography skills gets rusty because I haven’t touch my camera for a long time, I go out with my camera for a walk along Roxas Boulevard.  I just shoot whatever subject that capture(s) my eyes. No high expectation that there will be beautiful sunset since it always disappoint me if there is none.

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REFLECTION ON INDEPENDENCE

I took this shot after the launched of PHL 360 at Pilipinas Heritage Library.  It was the reflection of trees and big Philippine flag place at the center of Ayala Triangle Garden that caught my attention. For sure, the flag was placed in commemoration of 114th years Philippine Independence.

June 12, 1898, the independence and sovereignty of the Philippines from the colonial rule of Spain was proclaimed by General Emilio Aguinaldo and its supporters at the General’s ancestral home in Kawit, Cavite. The Act of the Declaration of Independence was modified by Apolinario Mabini because the original proclamation stated that the Philippines was under the protection of the United States of America.  The struggle for independence continues because of the Treaty of Paris, which marks the start of Philippine-American war and the invasion of Japanese during 1942-1945. United States of America granted independence to the Philippines on July 4, 1646 because it corresponds to their Independence Day. It was observed up to 1962, until President Diosdado Macapagal issued Presidential Proclamation, stating June12 as Philippine Independence Day.

I would like to think if our country is really independent now?

Where and When: Makati City – June 16, 2012
Gears: Panasonic Lumix LX5
Settings: 30mm, 1/4 secs, f2.2, ISO 400, 16:9 mode


DUMAGUETE AT NIGHT

Dumaguete is the capital of Negros Oriental.  The name Dumaguete is actually derived from the word dumaguet / daggit,  meaning to swoop or snatch, because centuries ago the town was constantly attacked by pirates.

It’s a university town because of the presence of different universities and colleges. The most popular is Silliman University, the first Protestant school in the country built in 1901 and was named after its founder, Dr. Horace B. Silliman.

Rizal Boulevard is one of the most famous landmarks in the province. Obviously, it was named after our National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. It has been said that he had a brief visit here before departing to Dapitan. For me, it has a resemblance of Roxas Boulevard in Manila Bay, only shorter but less noise and pollution.

At night, the boulevard fronting the old Silliman Hall turns into a native food market called Tempurahan. There are stalls that sell street foods like squid balls, kikiam, balut and a local fish meal called tempura. It got its name from the Japanese version because it is also deep fried and coated with batter.  I enjoyed eating here because of the good local vibe.

Where and When: Dumaguete City – December 26, 2012
Gears: Panasonic Lumix LX5
Settings: 24mm, 30 secs, f8, ISO 80, 16:9 mode

MARINA BAY SANDS FROM 1-ALTITUDE

This shot was taken at Singapore’s highest rooftop bar, 1-Altitude. It is located at the 63rd floor of One Raffles Place Building which stands 282 meters. It offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the city. I had a hard time shooting because of the five-foot glass wall and tripod vibrations because of the loud sound system. I really don’t have plans to go here because of its party place atmosphere and the 25SGD cover charge. But since I had enough money saved by just eating at hawkers and staying at dorm type accommodation, I gave in.

Where and When: Singapore – March 3, 2012
Photography Gears: Nikon D80 + Tokina 12-24mm
Settings: 24mm, 2sec, f14, ISO 100