The Matina Pangi River photoshoot
|Matina Pangi River|
|The ever dependable 4x4 Suzuki Jimney|
|According to Jay, Sherwin's cousin who oversees|
the quarry, the June 28 floodwaters breached the
riverbanks and extended towards the treeline.
|(from left) Rapha, Joemar, Sherwin, Toney, Mikko, Ian|
The upstream portion of Matina Pangi River would be our location for a nature-themed photoshoot. We bought in models Mary Claire and Alyssa. Providing the clothes for the photoshoot is young designer Jeffrey Garde of Kata Couture, our make-up artist was Jay Alternado.
Alyssa is also a Glam model. I first met Alyssa during a fun shoot at Monteritz. BTW, also with us during the shoot was Prats and Sid, medical students from India, friend of Doc Nunno also an MCOM member. This was sort of a despedida shoot for them as they will be going back to India this November.
I played around with various photography styles. Either shooting in neutral mode or playing with the camera's monochrome mode.
Or breaking some rules on composition
Or doing some weird experiments on my camera like placing a plastic in front of the lens to create a smokey effect.
Though I was focused more on fine-tuning some post-processing techniques which is an accumulation from different photography workshops.
I must admit that I am more of a photoshopper. I want to emulate a certain look from my subjects which photoshop can enhance. Though one of the pitfalls of any post-processing freak is to over-rely on the PP software. For me one must strive to achieve a balance between actual photography and post-processing. One must constantly strive to explore his camera and his software and enhance his shooting techniques and his post-processing styles. For Photography is a dynamic art constantly shifting and changing just like the Matina Pangi River.