R E S C H E D U L E D
Last year, my photography colleague and founder of Mukha Ng Baguio, (MnB) Pogz, myself and MnB colleagues attempted a Mukha ng Cordillera cultural photo-documentation of the Lang-ay Festival and was met with lots of unforeseen circumstances, conflicts of schedule, and the untimely demise of Mountain Province‘s Honorable Governor Leonard Mayaen on March 31, 2016, prompted the organizers of the Lang-ay Festival to reconsider the schedule of events in the province’s festival for 2017. This is one of my journeys to the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) which is not undertaken solo. I remember way back when I was working with the government NEDA-CAR and DTI-CAR that I frequent CAR (Abra, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Kalinga and Apayao) but strictly on a business affair and I was not into photography. Little did I know that I was somewhat pre-destined to photo-document these culture-rich destinations.
S I D E S C E N E S
Speaking of light which got me to this another image dubbed “Morning Has Broken at Besao“. To be more exact that was at Besao-Panabungen Road, Mountain Province where we stopped. A well spent time on a side scene.
A R R I V A L
- Lake Tufob (Charol, Barlig);
- Layaan Burial Cave (Poblacion, Bauko);
- Besao Sunset (Kin-iway, Besao);
- Kaman-Utek (Balili, Bontoc);
- Tonglayan Rice Terraces (Tonglayan, Natonin);
- Mabarotbot “Bubbling Mud” (Bantay, Paracelis);
- Dagiwdiw Rice Terraces (Poblacion, Sabangan);
- Anabel Rice Terraces (Anabel, Sadanga);
- Sumaguing Cave (Suyo, Sagada); and
- Gawaan Lake (Besao, Tadian).
W O R D U P
Lang-ay is a native term which means to celebrate the unique individuality in a confluence of the ten municipalities of Mountain Province which involves a performance of cañao ceremony with activities involving sacrificial offering of locally produced indigenous brewed rice wine called tapuy and home-bred pigs and if by luck mountain boar and chicken are all gracefully/peacefully butchered, rice stalk harvests and prayers/incantations/invocations to Kabunian/God is also performed.
P R E – P A R A D E
Anyone can instantly absorb and sense the tone and positive vibrations of the morning’s Lang-ay festival with all of these young and exuberant and excited Lang-Ay 2017 Cultural Parade participants kidding around, light moments with their peers.
I’ve been documenting “pseudo-cultural commercial celebrations” in our city for years, however, this is my first time to photo-document document the real deal, authentic celebration coming from Cordillera Regions. The first was with La Trinidad Benguet’s Strawberry Festivals and also my first personal photo documenting with the Philippines Travel Destination Street Dancing Festival 13th Lang-Ay Bontoc, Mountain Province, Cordillera Administrative Region.
Proof to the satisfaction of eating a pudding is that the cultural parade has not yet started and the participant’s smiles are very warm and guaranteed to melt the heart. This makes Lang-ay one of the difference amongst other festivals.
I was informed by a lady Bontoc local lady who is an expert and who supervised almost all Lang-Ay Festivals is that, the Mountain Province municipalities bring forth to the annual festival their unique newness in many aspects – performances, choreography, teamwork, strength, unity, cooperation, etc. This dedication and commitment from the participating municipalities can be felt and seen by festival guests, tourists, visitors, and community as a whole.
Street Parade/Performances (street dance, floats, etc.,) require all your physical senses working well on a right here right now demand. I don’t wear earphones with MP3s that distracts my focus and one might get an accident taking images of incoming street dance/parade traffic. As Lang-ay presents indigenous and real deal sharp pointed spears, razor sharp axes, swords, the knives being held by the participants and the probability of getting hit with these implements are high when one’s hearing is engaged with music or if your gear gets hit or both you and your gear, it’s a bloody mess. Sometimes, fatal even and it might cost one his/her life. Always stay within safe shooting distance from the performers.
Shoot – Transition and Move. Don’t hug the “frame” as other photographers are also taking photos at your back. Be considerate for other shooters. Shoot confidently and fast. More tips coming your way. Keep posted.
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c ya 🙂
I don’t really take videos however, but when I do it’s one continuous video clip and it happens only in a blue moon.
The latest Manila Auto Show 2017 held last April Fool’s Day got me soaked with sugar sweet creative liquid and tried a VLOG-like (kinda lame since there were no sound effects..haha). Since VLOG is a first person production, I will TRY to practice more on how Casey Neistat does it and come out with a better output the next time around.
My initial “Mount Everest technical hurdle” was on How to splice the video clips in one go. I did some searches on YouTube Lok Cheung with PGN Photo Gear News since he is one cool dude doing video footages.
To get me up to speed, I consulted a friend Elon Nagano when i saw him at the 2017 Colors of “A” Spectrum Photo Exhibit “Soaring High With Autism” (active link to my photo docu album) last April 04, 2017 at SM City Baguio Mall Atrium. It was timely since I got to install a FREE 7-day Adobe Premiere Pro CC trialware. I took Elon’s suggestion by lining all the video clips in the Adobe Premiere’s timeline and then followed with a nest command kinda zipped all the various clips into one video clip. There’s also an import button where you can directly launch it to Youtube.
I’ve never opened my private YouTube Channel to the public. I’ll break the rules and i’ll do a “soft launch” for the debut of my first public video documentation of an event.
Without much ado…here’s my take on The Manila International Auto Show 2017. No video edits. Intro Cast : my brother Edwin, myself and an Uber driver. No audio cuts. What you see/hear is what you get. Hope you like it.😎
P.S. Humble gear video Nikon D7000 + Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 wide angle lens.
If you get bored, hyper jump to this link to a static photo docu of MIAS 2017
My brother and I attended our first MIAS – Manila International Auto Show 2017 last 01 April which was held at World Trade Center Metro Manila, Philippines.
it’s officially Manila International Auto Show time!!!
– Know your camera settings very well. There is no room for guess work. Take a couple test shot/s.
– Take isolation shots using a wide angle lens. I use a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, a prime lens so I can capture wide stills. Frame well your shots and take note of the composition. Rule of thirds are best
– DLSR’s has a limit in terms of its ISO noise. So, to prevent noise I make it a point not to exceed ISO 800.
– I never shoot manual. I always shoot in AF (auto-focus mode). Since the venue’s noise level is kinda loud, I also adjust the camera beeper to be louder so I will know if I got an autofocus lock. It’s a personal preference.
Mobile ready – smartphone, charger, Google Map, etc.,
Travel Light. Don’t haul unnecessary camera gear.
Get enough rest/sleep.
Eat – breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Be always aware of personal spaces, pockets, unattended belongings.
Up next… soon ….Part II (Concluding Part) How the Manila International Auto Show 2017 Can Make You Better In Taking Car Show Images (car show models debut)
Photo equipment I utilized to photo-document the event:
Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight
Various Nikon Lenses 50mm 1.8G; 85mm 1.8G
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Sigma 18-3mm Art f/1.8
Gioto Tripod head + without legs as strobe mount
Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
16 GB Exceria Type 2 SDHC™ SD Cards – TOSHIBA Memory
How Bitdefender Total Security 2017 Protects My Photography
Yesterday, my brother and I attended our first MIAS – Manila International Auto Show which was held at World Trade Center Metro Manila, Philippines.
The car show started at 10 AM and is open until 10 o’clock in the evening.
The event was launched last March 30, 2017.