Sunday, May 4, 2008

Rain on my parade shoot

I missed last year's Aliwan Festival and was about to miss this year's edition but two friends, Ferdz and Red, texted me early on. Feeling lazy but also eager to shoot after a month of not even touching my camera, I got to the assembly near Rizal Park to a drizzle that quickly turned into a squall. Good thing I decided to seek shelter at the Chowking branch in front of the Museo Pambata. But all was not lost as the rains allowed me to get reacquainted with two friends, old and (relatively) new.

Sir John Cchua also seeked shelter at Chowking and with the restaurant packed, I got to share a table and catch up with this institution in Philippine photography. It amazes me that he always remember me whenever we meet even though the last time I worked with him on an advertising project was ages ago. The bonus was, he even treated me to a free halo-halo while waiting for the rains to abate. Thank you Sir John. My hats off to you for your kindness.

With the grey skies and impending darkness making photography tricky, I decided to meet up with my good friend, ironwulf, at Robinsons-Ermita to watch a movie and grab a bite afterwards. Then, it was kuwentuhan and huntahan until the midnight hour.

I figure, I would've never caught up with these two great friends if it weren't for the inclement weather. In the old days, I would've been very frustrated in not being able to shoot but today I thank God and the rains for the change in plans. Nah, I really didn't mind the skies raining on my parade shoot. not at all.

10 comments:

Erick said...

wow! d200 = weather sealed. if i am not at mt. batulao last saturday, most probably andun din ako sa parade. very near lang sa bahay. inulan din kami. as in heavy rain.

Allan Barredo said...

you did pretty well with the photo bai, rain or no rain :)

the donG said...

inulan nga ang aliwan. nabasa kami pero nakabihis din kaagad at bumalik pero nawalan na ng magandang pwesto.

it's good to know that you still had a good time with Ferdz and Red. see you on May 12 at Ferdz exhibit.

lagal[og] said...

erick! sinabi mo pa, kung hindi weather sealed ito, malamang hindi ko na lang ilalabas, hehehe. kumusta ang batulao? dulas siguro sa trail.

bai allan, thanks! i did some snaps lang just to document the event.

dom, i think the rains were an excuse to just while away the afternoon instead of shooting hahaha. see you on monday :-)

estan said...

i've wanted to go there pero when the rains started, i changed my mind. also was busy processing photos for submission to a photojournalism class...

lagal[og] said...

naku bai, ok na rin sigurong hindi ka tumuloy. by the time the rain stopped, it was a bit dark na. i wasn't carrying a speedlight so i thought of a diversion na lang - ironman kasama si ironwulf, hehehe. don't want to shoot and saddle myself later with extensive post-processing to alter the lighting.

Random Ramblings said...

simple yet very soul-provoking. a trademark of all of lagal[og]'s photos.

lagal[og] said...

thanks arlene. actually, this capture was inspired by sir john chua. we were talking about the inclement weather and he said, times like these, we can capture the drama behind the weather. i thought i wouldn't want to go home without a snap or two. tawa nga kami when i blurted out na magandang title dito ang "don't rain on my parade!" hahaha.

margaret said...

i really love your pix...:) and i love the way u write. simple yet u could really connect to your readers..:) im a frustrated photographer who doesnt even have my own cam.heheheheh... just using my phone..:) wish u could give me some pointers.:)

lagal[og] said...

margaret, salamat for dropping by. i believe in simplicity and that is also a principle i observe in photography. with regards to pointers, sure. would love to help. you're free to email me at oggieramos2000@yahoo.com and i will try my best to answer your questions. if you'll look into my 2004 archives, you would know i started with my primitive camphone as well so we've got something in common :-D

dalaw ka uli! :-)

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