In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am not much of a photographer. There’s a certain science to it what with framing and lighting and Rules of Three (which sounds like something out of Tolkien) that I just can’t seem to wrap my bald head around. Worse yet, is that there seems to be a ARTISTRY to the whole thing – adn with me unable to draw simple stick figures, I just have to assume that I am totally screwed with the whole endeavor.
Nevertheless, yours truly will continue to plug away at it. We just had a subscriber friend bring us a Cybershot W300 that I had purchased on eBay. It’s 18 MP and has a 20X optical zoom and all kinds of other buttons and switches, and I have been trying to get comfortable using it. I am sure it is capable of amazing shots – it’s just a failing of operator at this point.
This is a photo I took down at Rizal Boulevard. The ship was waaaaaay out in the disance, so I cranked out to maximum zoom. It’s hard to hold it steady and not get a blurry shot when zooming to this magnification, so next time I will bring a selfie stick to use as a monopod. The ship is registered in Cambodia – maybe it’s a pirate.
This gentleman soothes the strollers on the Dumaguete boulevard with the cool sounds of his saxaphone. He has been working down here ever since I arrived and isn’t pushy when it comes to asking for donations. So if ya see him, toss him some jink, eh?
Here’s is my significantly better half in front of the “I Love Dumaguete” sign down on the boardwalk. I have heard that there are not too many boulevards right next to the water like there are in Dumaguete, and the one we have here is a definite charmer – it’s soooo nice to come down as the heat of the day is fading and just relax and people watch.
Sunset reflecting off the clouds over the boardwalk (with bonus time-stamp doh!). Yeah, life is the Philippines is so tough…..
The acacia trees along the boulevard are simply gorgeous. Draped in thick green ivy, these enormous behemoths stand guard along the whole of the waterfront. Dumaguete is actually home to quite a few of these trees – the Siliman University area in particular has a good number of them. They seem to be protected, as just south of Cebu City there is one that is literally in the National Road (highway).
A young woman sitting on the seawall with unshared thoughts. I was using the zoom with this shot as well. The seawall is a good place to just sit on and soak up the calm of the early evening.
Low tide with some sort of mossy algae stuff revealed on the rocks. I gotta work on my exposure settings.
A banca up on blocks with the hometown shingle.
This was zoomed as well. This is one of the fast ferries that zip between Dumaguete and Cebu City and/or Siquior. They are fast little things with outriggers, but I have heard it sometimes good to take some Dramamine before stepping aboard one.
A local lady with her pug.
These gals were serenading folks walking along the boulevard. It’s usually for a fundraiser of some sort or just for their college fund. Donations are accepted.
Michell packed up and ready to visit her family in Mindanao. This is around 530 AM and she’s looking a little tired. The blue plastic bags are filled with “pasalubong” – edible gifts to hand out to her friends and family when she arrives.
Michell’s ferry silhouetted against the early morning sunrise.
And finally, sometimes the Philippines is all puppies and rainbows. This little guy was passing by on a trike and his Filipina owner let me snap the pic.