Field photography with Sir Al's MMS 173 class at the La Mesa Eco Park in East Fairview, Quezon City, April 24, 2010. Although we started out later than what we intended (around 9 am), the trip was well worth the heat. The group covered a lot of ground (some of us literally ü), mostly practicing macro photography. Others were lucky enough to chance upon another group doing their shoot with models, and got to practice outdoor portraiture. I initially intended to take wide-angle shots of the place (think panoramic), and so when Sir Al offered to lend his tripod, I jumped upon the chance. I ended up lugging the not-so-light thing around, since the place is too tight for my intended composition. Just when I thought I'd spend the day shooting plants, a group of children who have been curiously following me had gamely put up their antics as I trained my camera on them. From a group of five, their number swelled to ten, each one gamely posing. You can never go wrong with children. Around 11, before the group took a break for lunch, I decided to climb up the stairs leading to the reservoir, to see if I can finally put the tripod that I have been lugging around to good use. Boy, was it a long climb, and only to be rewarded by a sign that says, "Restricted area: Strictly no picture taking beyond this point." On that note, I set up the tripod and took shots of the park instead. While up there I even did some public service, taking "paki" shots for park visitors twice. Maybe it's the tripod.
The next part of the F2F found us going back to Diliman for some product photography. We learned about the use of household lighting and its effect on the camera's white balance function. It took me a while to finally get some decent shots. After that my battery conked out and that's it for me. After that session came a brief discourse on post processing using GIMP, particularly Levels. Then the class was made to present by group their choice photographs and how they're enhanced with post processing. Interestingly, although the class covered the same place, sometimes shooting the same subjects, the presentations showed how each of us looks at a certain subject differently, and how, with just a little change in the angle, perspective and framing, photographs taken of the same subject by different persons come out AS .