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Winning a photo contest for the first time (well, officially and with a prize for that matter) gives a different high!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Photography and the art of seeing

02195813In February this year, the members of Lightpainters Photography Club (LPC) had the chance to meet with Virgie Teresita a.k.a. Imago2007 in Flickr.  She is a US-based interior designer who dabbles in photography.  Virgie, has earned the respect of her fellow Flickristas for her photographic work, that is why we invited her to give a short talk for the members.  And I thank her for allowing me to blog about it (though a bit late).  I hope that this post will help any newbie in photography, as well as those who think they are already good at it.

For her, what is photography and how does she make really good photos?

She gave a very simple, yet rousing and thought-provoking discussion.  While I have photography books and reading materials, I tend to go back to my notes from her lecture and follow what she does. 

So I now share to you what I have learned from her. 

  • Have the eyes and a heart of a child in you.  Approach any subject with a pair of eyes, without any preconceived notions about the subject.  It is like "magic" that happens without you knowing it. Having a fresh outlook will also help you to compose based on the inherent qualities of the subject and bringing out the best in it.
  • Search for the subtle beauty of light, form shadow and pattern.  By doing this, you give the viewer a deeper experience of a simple, yet, interesting subject.  Ihis includes training your eye to see the beautiful subtleties in nature, even on things like a blade of grass or the tip of a leaf.
  • Simplify.  Learn how to make your subject stand out and free from other elements.  Simplify your vision and include only what is essential.  She advises using special lenses like 50mm or telephoto lenses to isolate the subject.
  •  Control your camera.  The camera cannot control what we want to capture.  One can control the camera by capturing the image you have in mind or anything that has meaning to you.  Thus it is basic that the photographer study the settings and buttons of his/her camera.  Control can be best achieved by your distance to the subject, your perspective and point of view.
  • [In landscapes] makes sure you include a hint of a human posture.  This will make an ordinary sunset come alive.
  • Find your voice in the photos you produce.  Photos are supposed to express a part of you. Thus, you need to find meaning in what you capture and be able to express what you think and feel.
  • Capture what is not done before. There is no harm in copying, but it is always rewarding to be unique in your art.

And to see for yourself, and be inspired of what she is talking about, here are some sample photos by Virgie:

And to see the rest of her photographic work, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Winning a photo contest

Icons on wheels

230611_10150187805557721_660412720_7291867_5561540_nWinning a photo contest for the first time (well, officially and with a prize for that matter) gives a different high! 

Recently, I won a photo contest by the Foundation for Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI) and Concepts Commune, which is in advocacy for the entrepreneurship for the poor. Winning photos are included in the photo exhibit dubbed as "Kabuhayan: Travelling Exhibit on the Entrepreneurship for the Poor".

I was lucky to have three (3) of the six photos I submitted be chosen among the 15 photos which were selected for exhibition.  The rest of the photos were assigned to some photographers.

The exhibit was launched last May 16, 2011 at the Northwing lobby of the House of Representatives.  House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, and Deputy Speaker Erin Tanada, and some Representatives graced the occasion.

230181_10150187805827721_660412720_7291872_981217_nWinning a photo contest is something, and exhibiting it too makes it even better!  And, finally, I realized my goal to blend photography with my anti-poverty work and advocacy.  I just hope I would have more opportunities to make use of my photography for my personal advocacy in the future.

And this is my acceptance speech: "I share this win with the Raffia weavers of Brgy. Ilaya in Inabanga, Bohol; the woodcarvers of ELJ Enterprises in Cainta, Rizal and the unknown vendor on wheels."(Smile!)

Here are the rest of the photos that made it to the cut:

Wood Carver

Women raffia weavers of Inabanga

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