Monday, September 29, 2008

Sagada - Local color

Up in the highlands of the north, the cool weather prompts locals and guests alike to wrap themselves up in warm clothing. As the elevation goes up, the temperature drops. Factor in the wind chill brought about by a recent storm and you've got the ingredients for chattering teeth or worse, hypothermia. We found this old lady at the first stopover out from Sagada and her colorful garb (and as Dom noted, her body tattoo exposed on her right hand) caught our eyes even through the dense fog enveloping anything and everything.On the other hand, kids will be kids, anywhere you go. these Sagada kids are no exception, Shy at first but all-smiles the next second.T hese are some of the eye candies we had on our road trip; true, they may not be wearing that branded clothing but what they're wearing is priceless -- genuine expressions and warm welcoming smiles.

11 comments:

the donG said...

galing mong magcapture ng mga emotions at natural actions. ilang beses ko na yata to sinabi pero kasi ganda talaga.


it's good that they are not that conscious when you took those shots.


yung kamay nya parang may tatoo. mukhang effects yata ng lamig doon kaya ganun itsura ng kamay nya.

lagal[og] said...

dom, may tattoo talaga yung old lady. minsan, nako-conscious din sila pag may camera pero somehow, if you can appease them and talk to them nicely, they'll agree naman. ang stoical rule din dito, seek permission as much as possible. thanks for your words of encouragement bro. it's pretty hard to believe that i used to avoid travel portraiture before kasi i have my personal reservations atsaka i didn't think i'm good at it.

Erick said...

bro,
i admire you talaga when shooting people. wala ako nun e. like what dom said, galing mo mag capture ng emotion nila.

RONeiluke, RN said...

hahaha! i agree with DONG. you have a superb ability to capture human emotions... emotions frozen in time :)

lagal[og] said...

bro erick, i had that thinking din before. subukan mo lang, malay mo you have a hidden knack for capturing people's emotions. i wasn't really comfortable doing travel portraiture before but ever since our roxas trip, i got hooked :-)

ron, siguro rin kasi i love talking and relating to people. friends call me a chameleon because i easily blend in anywhere i go. baka nare-reflect lang in the way i take people shots. thanks for the words of encouragement bro. i sure appreciate them.

Ferdz said...

Ganda talaga mag work si Master Og photos with panache! Hehe

Dom, those tattooed lady are also a dying art and tradition in the cordilleras. It's a thing of beauty for them, sadly it's also a dying tradition since yung mga batang ifugaos ngayon no longer wants to get tattooed like that.

lagal[og] said...

wulfriend, master ka dyan! hehehe at ano nga ba talaga yung panache? hahaha

dom, tama yung note ni masterferdz. yung body tattooing, tradition among the older generations yun. instead of jewelries and/or accessories, they have tattoos. the younger ifugaos no longer follow this tradition, opting for more modern acoutrements like jewelries, etc.

Lionheart : Richard the Adventurer said...

I have never been pa to Sagada and I hope na makarating diyan... Hehe :)

Well, same with us sa Mindoro... Mga mangyans naman...

lagal[og] said...

richard, i'm met my fair share of mangyans din. way way back, i used to have a friend in bulalacao, at the southern tip of mindoro. i'm also a fan of mangyan art.

Lori said...

i like how you captured all the rustic elements in these shots. very nice talaga. just dropping by....

lagal[og] said...

hi lori! long time no hear. thanks for dropping by. dalaw ka uli.

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