Untitled photo

004 - Practice Shots: Part II

by Lucius Felimus | August 31, 2020


Welcome back! This is a continuation of my previous blog entry about practice shots during my first weeks into photography. At this point, I've been visiting more places, trying out different techniques, and finally got my hands on a new camera along the way.

"North EDSA"

"North EDSA"

My first night cityscape along EDSA. This time, I had actually seen the first Blade Runner movie and tried to take inspiration from the visuals. I added some Orton Effect in Photoshop, although at the time I didn't know what this technique was called and kind of just discovered how to do it on my own.


"Billboards and Silhouettes"

"Billboards and Silhouettes"

A study on framing and silhouettes against a bightly-lit background. I was proud of this at the time because I thought it looked straight out of a futuristic dystopian setting in a movie or video game. This didn't get much traction on social media, however.


"Centris"

"Centris"

Another EDSA cityscape shot from Quezon Avenue station. I thought of going for another futuristic inspired look that completely changes the lighting on the buildings.


"White Light of the Yellow Moon"

"White Light of the Yellow Moon"

I took this while going home from an event in Makati, and it was my first time taking pictures around this area. I attempted to go for a different color scheme again, inspired by one of my favorite video games Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I didn't like how it turned out, but at least I tried.


"Pawnshop District"

"Pawnshop District"

This is the first of many pictures of a busy street with many people, taken at Philcoa (near the Quezon Memorial Circle). Too bad some of the signs weren't turned on. It would have made the picture nicer and brighter. But still, I liked the composition and colors of this phone capture.


"Debt Trap"

"Debt Trap"

From the same night in Philcoa. I took this shot of the MRT-7 construction site from the footbridge along Commonwealth Avenue. Sadly I didn't pay attention to the traffic at the time, which is why the picture looks a bit unbalanced. I realized later on that it's an important part of composition for shots like this.

This is one of the first pictures I posted to Reddit. I was shocked that someone actually gave it a Gold Award despite it only getting a few upvotes.


"MMDA Night Market"

"MMDA Night Market"

I visit Muñoz often because it's where I take the train at Roosevelt Station to go to the inner city of Manila. Here's another picture with storytelling potential - a pedestrian footbridge by day that transforms into a market by night.

I also submitted this to Reddit. Like the previous picture, it got another Gold Award for some reason (gasp!) despite having only a few upvotes. I can only assume it's from the same redditor.


"Seat Mate"

"Seat Mate"

A study on neon lights and reflections. I submitted this for an exhibit held by a local photography club that I'm part of. This is from the time I passed by the red light district of Potrero, Malabon. I have several other pictures from there, but sadly I lost most of them to file corruption and this is one of the few that I managed to save.


"Trades of Timog"

"Trades of Timog"

This is from the first time I actually went out at night with a proper DSLR camera, after another night out with friends in Tomas Morato. The original picture was taken in JPEG because I didn't know what RAW format was at the time.


"Small Time vs. Big Box"

"Small Time vs. Big Box"

A scene at Muñoz, taken with my DSLR camera. Another study on juxtaposition - sidewalk vendors vs. shopping malls. I didn't like how the colors turned out, though. At this point, I was beginning to think if I was using blue and purple a bit too gratuitously.


"BBQ"

"BBQ"

I wanted to take more pictures with night markets, so I went to this side street in Monumento. I actually ordered some grilled street food just to capture some smoke. While I like the composition and concept here, I think it's lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on. I also submitted this for a photo exhibit held by the same photography club.


"Purple Hour"

"Purple Hour"

Another scene at Monumento - the eponymous Bonifacio monument as seen from the Samson Road footbridge. I remember being so proud of this picture when I took and edited it, but looking back, it's really not that great due to the lack of good lighting. That's why I revisited this scene a month ago with an updated and much better shot, like I do with many of my earlier pictures.

(Come to think of it, I should totally write a blog entry about places I revisited to take better shots of!)

It is often said that, as an artist, feeling embarassed of your old artworks when you look at them now is a sure sign that you've improved on your craft. As someone who just did, I can confirm that this is the case. And who knows - maybe in a few years' time, I might look at my masterpieces of today in the same way.

There's no way to go but forward.

Comments


  • No Comments
Powered by SmugMug Owner Log In