Learning Street Photography at Cordova, Cebu

Friday, July 6, 2012

Ever since I got my very own point-and-shoot camera, my idea of photography was just like anybody else's: point, shoot, and upload. Photos were completely shot in auto and no hardcore processing whatsoever. I didn't concentrate on one subject or style either. Everything varied from landscape photography to photos of my underwear to the food I was eating. In other words, I was a self-proclaimed, dazed and roughly confused, trigger-happy shutterbug.

Frankly speaking, I really don't know much about photography. Even if I finally got my hands on a DSLR, settings like ISO, depth of field, aperture size, shutter speed, AF vs. MF, etc. are still very much unfamiliar to me and I'm still trying to learn as much as I can.

But now I'm at least one step closer to understanding photography in general (not to mention tinkering with my camera settings) — thanks to the photo walk session I joined last Saturday together with some of the best photographers in our company's photography club at the municipality of Cordova (located at the southeastern tip of Mactan Island.

Not only have I learned the basics of photography, I also learned about basic concepts of street photography, which unlike any other style in photography, is the casual and candid way of capturing day-to-day lives of people — where the photographer becomes an observer looking for that "decisive moment" to be captured: a split-second emotion or an event that if once missed, it is gone forever.

It's because of that certain thrill and excitement that yearns me to shoot more of the street and in this short post, I am sharing some of those "split-second moments" that, hopefully, you'll see next time once you go out on a street. Priceless moments these truly are. Let me know what you think in the comments section.

This photo was taken while I was on my way to the roll-on-roll-off (ro-ro) port. The kids already saw me while I was taking some shots in the area and when I came closer, they shied away except for the girl looking directly at the camera. Her companions tried to talk to her but she never took her eyes off the cam. A split second late and I would not have captured this. (PHOTO: Lord Allen Hernandez) 

The photo on the left shows a Badjao child waiting for his turn to jump off the ramp. I cropped out his friends and deliberately unsaturated the water a little bit to bring the boy into the foreground. The photo on the right shows the grandfather who was talking to one of my companions. Both the grandfather and the small child seem to look at two different objects but I like how the light falls on their faces. (PHOTOS: Lord Allen Hernandez)

A shot of two young boys taking a rest at the back of a truck. (PHOTO: Lord Allen Hernandez)

A shot of a padyak driver in deep thought.  (PHOTO: Lord Allen Hernandez)

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Entr├╝mpelung said...

Thank you for your wonderful topics :)

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