Binondo in the Morning

I took these images of Binondo, the Chinatown of Manila, in May this year. The weather was good that morning and there were lots of colors on the street. I was shooting with my iPhone 4s using the 645Pro app, except one, the black and white image below, that was shot using Hipstamatic app.

Binondo in the Morning was supposed to follow Binondo at Night, but I got distracted and posted others first. But, here you go. Enjoy!MORE +

Binondo at Night

Binondo or the Chinatown of Manila is very lively at night, especially the streets near the Binondo church. You will find calesas (horse carriage), decorated pedicabs and jeepneys, food vendors selling varieties of snacks on the streets and even a roadside karaoke station. I was shooting with my Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2 that night. A great lens for low light. That f/1.2 can suck in lots of lights.

According to Wikipedia, Binondo was established in 1594 during the Spanish era and it is now the oldest Chinatown in the world. The Spanish Dominican fathers made Binondo their parish and succeeded in converting many of the residents to Catholicism. The Binondo church, also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, was built in 1596. One of its altar boys, Lorenzo Ruiz, who died in 1637 was canonized in 1987 to become the first Filipino Saint.

You can see part of the church in the photo below.MORE +

Happy Father’s Day

A little boy needs daddy
For many, many things;
Like holding him high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!

Like being the deep music
That tells him all is right
When he awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in his heart
And shows him how he might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving him the love
That is his sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
He’ll always find him there.

(Author: Unknown)

To all fathers, Happy Father’s Day. May you all have a good time with your loved ones today. Let us all remember to always count our blessings, whatever they are. You have them!

The above picture of a pedicab driver holding his son was taken on the street of Binondo, Manila, at night, during my trip there recently.

Panning Photography with iPhone – Part 2

Panning photography with iPhone, even though it’s lacking some control, is very fun. Like I mentioned in the previous post, I used an app called Slow Shutter Cam to create these panning images. They are not perfect, but at least they give you the sense of movement in the images. So, here are more panning images created with iPhone.

I am off to Bandung, Indonesia in few hours. Will try to update from there when I get a chance.

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Panning Shot With iPhone – Jeepney

How to create a panning shot with iPhone? Panning photography with iPhone is made possible with the help of an app called Slow Shutter Cam. It’s probably used more for slow shutter speed photography, but you can use it for panning photography too. I usually choose a “shutter speed” of 0.5 sec for fast moving subject like these Jeepneys.

Panning photography is a technique used to create a sense of movement by moving the camera to follow the subject. Due to the lack of control on iPhone, creating a panning shot can be challenging. As you can tell, these panning shots are not perfect. There are a lot of blurs on the Jeepneys, but I like the effect. I will practice more with my iPhone to create better panning shots. For more panning shots created with my other camera, go here.

Have fun shooting with your iPhone or whatever camera phone you have with you today. Enjoy the rest of the photos below.

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I will bring you safely to your destination

I did some street photography with my iPhone 4s during my stay in Manila last week. The one above was shot in Binondo, Manila. I was initially attracted to the scene because of the red and yellow colors of the shop. I stood in front of it, waiting patiently for people to walk into the scene. I shot some images prior to this one, with people walking in front of that closed shop, but this one really came out the best. Why?MORE +