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
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
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
First of all, my camera is back sparkling clean, just before the weekend, yay! Right on time to shoot The National Age Group Triathlon Race over the weekend.
Above is a shot I captured yesterday on the way from Sogod (where the triathlon took place) back to Cebu. Standing just outside the moving jeepney, the guy was holding on to the roof with left hand, while the other hand was holding a bunch of balloons. It reminds me of one of my favourite animation movies, Up (well, except, of course, the jeepney didn’t fly away :-)).
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/50, f/4, focal length 47mm, ISO 400
Here where I live, minibus is a very common mode of public transportation. Some are plain looking like this one, while others are highly decorated, known as jeepneys. I am still trying to get nice clear shot of one of those.
Excuse my language, but they drive like s*** and it can be a pain in the a** sharing the road with them, as they do not have designated stopping area, so they CAN and they WILL stop wherever and whenever they want, even in the middle of the road. In my view, there are only 3 factors who know when a jeepney will stop, or turn : the driver, the jeepney itself, and God, if you believe in one.
Oh, what ironic is, they always have a sign printed at the back of the car : How’s my driving? Please call ########! Even my 8 year old can make a joke, “Let’s call the number and say, your driving sucks!”
What attracts my attention is how the multi tasking jeepney driver handles the driving, the watching out of traffic situation and stopping when he sees prospective passengers, stopping when passengers give sign to alight, receiving payment, as well as giving change for fare. Some has assistant, who handles the “marketing” and “finance” side, while others, such as this one on the picture, is a one man show. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why they can’t drive properly, they are doing too many things at the same time.
Note how he holds the money. Isn’t it something? 🙂
All were shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L