Monday, January 21, 2008

Caracol fiestahhh!

Calling the event a fiestahhh, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, maybe I'm not. But the Caracol is held on the weekend of the feast of the Santo NiƱo. You can say it's the Makati version of the celebration simultaneously held in Cebu and Aklan as well as Tondo. But this one pays tribute to nature as can be gleaned from the costumes and performances (learned from Eric aka byahilo's site that Caracol means "snail" or "kuhol" in the vernacular). 

I really have no plans of shooting until Ironwulf texted me about this. what better time to field test my camera. The intermittent rains really delayed the proceedings; it's not as if the scheduled 4pm start isn't late. By the time the elementary category performances tapered off, the fading light really made photography difficult.T he artificial lighting was uneven and by the time 6pm rolled, it was time for an early dinner. Sayang, some of the performances were good, we could've stayed on had it been held earlier, in good light. Also, the staging was not optimal for shooting with trees blocking the way. Anyway, okay na rin for a few hours of shooting. saw some fellow bloggers in the parade (was that you Sidney, armed with a D200 and in leather shoes & striped polo to boot?) and Eric (aka biyahilo). I'm not really big on fiestas but every once in a while, it's nice to go out there and meet fellow photogs.


carlotta1924 said...

that girl seems to enjoy herself =)

very colorful photo! =)

lagal[og] said...

thanks carlotta! even with the intermittent rain, everyone seemed to have gotten into the fiesta mood :-) sabagay, pinoys naman are known to have a penchant for celebrations :-D

Lantaw said...

Wow a D200 eh? For sure there'll be more excellent photos to come :). Meron pala nito sa Makati?

Its always nice to read your blog bai. Got inspired to start my own :)

lagal[og] said...

daghan salamat bai! i-link ko blog mo.

Sidney said...

No it wasn't me. A friend texted me to warn me but I was in Kalibo at that time for the ati-atihan.
I covered the Caracol a few years ago. It is small but I like it. All the contestants are so creative!

Sidney said...

There might be a problem with some of your pictures... they seem pixelated (or blown up low res pictures) to me.

lagal[og] said...

hi sidney! nice to hear from you again. i think it's because i cropped some of them and blown them up. some are really low-res images since i don't post my higher res images on the internet due to piracy/privacy issues.

Sidney said...

I read your comment on Fertz blog.
For the Caracol you need to arrive around noon. All the participants gather at a parking along Makati & Ayala Avenue. Sorry, I don't know the name of the parking. And then slowly , one after the other, all the troops are arriving and you have all the time of the world to take pictures of all the participants.
Once they are on the move it is much more difficult to get good shots. And then as you point out , they start quite late and it is quickly dark.
The key is really to be early and wait for the participants to arrive and be there when they put their costumes on.

lagal[og] said...

thanks for the tips sidney. i was actually there a bit early but the rains dampened some of the preparations. it would've been nice to capture more of the streetdancing (but the rains made them not really perform). next time, will be better prepared :-)


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