Monday, August 06, 2007

flickring hope

yesterday was the much awaited flickr philippines one day photoshoot at the QC Memorial Circle. it was a contest but more on the fun side and at the same time an EB and the opportunity to meet the faces behind the flickr forum was as exciting as crossing the Elliptical road.

at first, being a point and shoot user, i was intimidated with all the awesome dslr's around me, can my four year old digicam compete with them? but a couple of minutes after the orientation and with the assurance that the playing field is leveled, i have forgotten about the competition, this shoot is for fun nga pala, and with all the laughters, who'll think it's a contest?

it was a four-hour shoot with the title of this post as its theme. quite a theme, right? you can see the theme in two ways, either as positive or negative, like a half-empty, half-full scenario, like meron pang konting pag-asa o pawala na'ng pag-asa. i am overly excited that i can't think of any concept, quite ironic that the area is so big and so full of happenings and then here i am pounding what's left of my brain to have that creative juice flowing. it took me two hours plus some shots that are not really related to the theme and walking the entire circle (twice or thrice ha) before i can can come up with my little entry. kelangan ko lang palang maalikabukan hehehe. but seriously, i think for the first two hours i put so much pressure on myself to come up with a shot, a good shot. but it's not coming. so i relax a bit and loosen that stiffness for thinking that it's not good enough, or that scenery is so common, or it has been done already, etc...

i am not expecting anything from my first photoshoot/contest or that my shot will turn the world upside down so the last two hours were spent just enjoying what i am doing and look what just happened, i am taking more pictures, more ideas, better angles and oh my, i am satisfied with them (but still, not related to the theme hehehe).

the flickr philippines group is a bunch of nice guys who are sharing the same passion for photography, the get-to-know-you after the contest was spent almost all the time laughing. these guys are serious about this stuff, although i am not yet the good photographer that they are, at least i can try to mold myself like one, sabi nga nila, practice lang yan. what's so amazing about them is that they are more than willing to share what they know and will offer you a technique or two about photography. nice di ba? nalimutan ko na nga ang friendster dahil sa flickr eh hehe.



and with the dslr-point and shoot discrepancies as to the overwhelming technical and technological superiority of dslr agains the p&s , well, it's not really a big deal to them, madalas nga nilang sabihin "wala yan sa pana, nasa indian yan".
true, but i still want a dslr. hehehe (and did i mention that the grand prize is a Nikon d40x?)

NOTE: my entry is not among those posted above.

25 comments:

Toe said...

Very nice photos Zherwin. I miss the time when I used to run in the Circle regularly with my Dad. Glad you had fun during the contest. It's great to be with people who share your passion.

intsik said...

bai! good luck! post mo entry mo! when ang announcement of winners?

these are really good shots. sepia ba yang isang kuha? (pasensya ha at medyo kulang ako s aknowledge about photography)

is it true ba na in a particular shot, maganda talaga na may taong featured don kahit from a distance lang?

Belle said...

nice shots Zherwin! i especially like the last one because it is so nice and peaceful.

i know photography takes practice and you are definitely getting there. win or not, please share the photos when the contest is over .

lady cess said...

your pics are beautiful, looks like a dslr to me :) post your entry!

zherwin said...

toe, one thing i've noticed when i was walking, some trees were uprooted to give way for some construction of something, i dont know. :)

zherwin said...

intsik, the announcement will be this friday, and i already have an idea who should win because of that entry's very striking visuals and message (and it's not mine hehehe). i'll share later the winning shot as well as the rest of the entries. :)

yes, sepia yung merong bench.

hmm, depende rin sa gusto ng kumukuha ng picture yan, at sa kung anong gusto nyang iparating. pero most of the time, nasa execution na yan ng photographer (at me execution pa akong nalalaman hehehe)

zherwin said...

thanks belle, yeah, i'll share the pictures later probably next week (and i also need to ask permissions from those who took the shots).

zherwin said...

lady cess, thank you. later, i'll post 'em all. :)

dessa girl said...

i like the bw and sepia pictures best. hope you win! you have a good chance!

atticus said...

nice one. i hope you win! tapos pahiram ng camera, ha?

Ferdz said...

Ayus tong activity ah. Parang ang saya, me ganyang group pala sa flickr. Medyo recently lang ako nagka account dyan kasi me free pro accnt sila for 3 months. Sinubukan ko sya at nakakatuwa nga sya gamitin. Daming magandang features.

At ayus yung contest. Me prizes! Sana manalo ka

Abaniko said...

Those photos were well done, ha. Now, I can say that you're a good artistic Indian. Hehe.

aryo said...

Nice shots!

watson said...

whatttt ang ganda nung prize! Sino nanalo?

Gina said...

Good luck Zherwin!

zherwin said...

dessa girl, gee, thanks. :D

zherwin said...

atticus, thanks, compared to the other entries, mine is nothing, i am just a mere spectator. hehehe. ang gagaling nila!

zherwin said...

ferdz, anong flickr name mo? sali ka sa flickr philippines group, active kasi yung mga admin kaya maraming activities, road trip naman to bicol ang pinagpaplanuhan via PNR daw hehehe. :D

zherwin said...

abaniko, indian pana kakana-kana? hehehe. salamat. :D

zherwin said...

aryo, ey thanks. :)

zherwin said...

watson, wala pa, binibitin muna kami. hehe

zherwin said...

thanks gina.

snglguy said...

Tsk! Sabi nang bumili ka na ng high-end DSLR, eh. Give in to your temptation, hehe. :-D

zherwin said...

sngl, malapit na, aabusuhin ko ang 0% installment ng mga credit cards hehe.

dodongflores said...

I'm sure you do have lots of fun. You have lots of beautiful photos here. Your entry in the contest could be better as compared to what you have posted here. That's your winning shots, Hehehe...
I wish I can join similar photoshoot in the near future...

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