Over the weekend, I was in Subic Bay, about 3-4 hours drive out of Manila, to watch the K-Swiss ASTC Asian Triathlon Championship. It was my first time to visit this town, which was the location of a major US Navy facilities, also known as US Naval Base Subic Bay.
As you enter the town, you can feel that the Americans were there. Not that I am an expert in anything Americans, nor anything Philippines, but, it’s so obvious. The roads are wide, electrical poles and cables are orderly, the STOP regulations for all vehicles at intersections are obeyed, and the pedestrian walkways do exist!
I captured the picture above as we were walking to the venue of swimming leg and T1, at Dungaree Beach. In the picture, you can see the fence which surrounds Subic Bay International Airport, which used to be the US Naval Air Station.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/1000, f/5, focal length 24mm, ISO 400
Two weeks ago, I went out with a photography friend and our mentor. We wanted to basically pick his brain to improve our skills. After stopping at the second or third location, it just crossed our minds that we should learn panning. Great idea, right? Yes it was, except, we were up in the mountain area, during lunch time, and hardly any car nor motorcycle passing by.
Being a local and seasoned photographer, our mentor quickly solved the challenge. He told a motorbike taxi driver (locally known as habal habal) to drive up and down the empty road. So there he went, driving up, and driving down, and driving up, and driving down again, like 10 meter distance each time. I found it sooo hilarious.
Our mentor was busy explaining to us all the tricks, while at the same time shouting instructions to the driver with regards to speed, time to turn, etc. I have to say, it’s hard to stop laughing, seeing him driving up and down, just so that we can get proper shots.
After about 10 minutes, we paid the driver about US$ 1,50, enough for him to buy his lunch. I strongly believe, you can’t just do this in any country, can you? 🙂
Oh, the photo above is NOT of the above mentioned motorbike taxi driver. This motorbike passed by while I was all ready, thus was lucky enough to get this. I am very happy with this 3-people-on-a-bike shot.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in M @ 1/60, f/22, focal length 60mm, ISO 200
I have been listening to “Mama, I want to be in your blog” from my 7 year-old for the last couple of days. So he came up with this concept, mimicking the facial expression of tarsier, the tiny primates who live in Southeast Asia. According to him, the girls in his class love it when he does this tarsier eyes to them :-).
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II, shot in AV @ 1/80, f/3.2, ISO 400
Even though in some races nowadays, body marking comes together with race kits in the form of temporary tattoos, it is still common to have this body marking process on the morning of the race itself. In some races, number stamps are used, while in other races like this one, a big fat black marker is used.
I read some articles in which some athletes disagreed or question about the purpose of body marking. The points being, it is covered anyway by the long suits which athletes are wearing during swim leg (in colder places) and for bike leg, numbers are displayed on the bike and helmet, while on running leg, it is clearly displayed on number belt or on the shirt.
But for kiddie triathlon, let me tell you, it’s a cool thing to have body marking. The kids are proud of it. If it’s possible, they don’t want to wash the numbers off until Monday when they go back to school, so it can be the subject of conversation during recess time :-).
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/200, f/4, focal length 35mm, ISO 400
This is another version of public transportation here, known as tricycle. The side car ideally can fit 4 people, while 2 people can sit on the motorbike behind the driver, making a total number to 6 passengers!
To be completely honest, their presence can be a total pain in the a**, as they go very slow and think of themselves as a motorbike, without realising that their width is almost like a small car, making it difficult to overtake on small roads. Their habit of stopping everywhere, without giving any signal, plus their inability to see what’s going on their right side (right side view mirror is on the motorbike itself?) make the matter worse.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/400, f/8, focal length 45mm, ISO 400
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10 – 22mm f/3.5 – 4.5 USM, shot in AV @ 1/1250, f/6.3, focal length 22mm, ISO 400
A couple of days ago I went to visit The Tops at Busay. As the name suggests, one can have a bird eye view or city lights (if you visit in the evening) of Cebu. I personally think this place is overrated, as you can actually have the same view from other spots, without paying the entrance fee :-). However, this place has a lot of potentials, if only it would be developed further with proper amenities, such as nice cafes or restaurants, instead of some makeshift drinks and snacks vendors.
I like the curved architectural shape of the resting / eating area, with its repeated circular sections, making it an endless varieties of shots possibilities, just by centimeters reposition of camera angle.
The last 2 photos are shot with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L
You can see “remodelled” BMX bikes everywhere in outskirts of Cebu. It is mainly used to transport goods, animals, people, well, basically, just about anything (thus I titled my post as mini multi purpose vehicle :-)).
This type above is commonly used to transport goods, while those as public transport have seats on their side cars, which ideally fit 2 people (unless, of course, depends on your size, or if you are willing to squeeze and the driver is strong enough to pedal your combined weight).
I love how the boy at the back posed for me, while his friend was concentrating and working hard pedalling the vehicle.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/800, f/4, focal length 70mm, ISO 400
Starting line is always the nerve racking moment in any race. I love to be able to get very close to capture these few seconds of excitement.
All are shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L