I write about the Philippine Military Academy on how I started taking photos of the PMA cadets/institution and personally realized photographic approaches on how I got cool images.
VANTAGE/BIRD’S EYE VIEW
I was late when I got to the venue and I thought why not I take photos on a bird’s eye view, that is shooting from above.
In those days drone technology did not yet exist. I was using a DSLR camera with a 18-55mm kit lens at 55mm when captured this. It was a scary shot from above a building rooftop. Always make safety your first priority when shooting at high vantage positions
At that time the prevailing ambient lighting was not good and so I decided to capture the moment using freeze the frame ISO 800 and 250-300 shutter speed in manual mode. For personal taste, I gave it a military-grade like post-processing.
I just repeated the first shot this time around playing with vantage point landscape compositions.
This image I used portrait style to give it a sense of expanded vertical direction.
Now, capture the PMA formations in landscape with the left side viewing crowd and no photo post-processing
Again, PMA formations in the landscape mode and now with the right side viewing crowd and no photo post-processing.
This time an isolating shot just the PMA squad without the multitudes. Notice that I watermarked the photos. I was beginning photography then and through time, I eventually removed watermarking as just serves as a viewing nuisance and is not a guarantee/protection against image theft.
One of the best positions again to shoot is using vantage point, however, this time around from a frontal position/eye view. Just enough height that you get the whole PMA marching squad exposing the foreground mid and getting the background in one click using a telephoto lens. An isolation subject matter shot.
At the same vantage height, This time around I used a wide angle lens at portrait layout. This image now tells the story of the parade in one go.
LOW LIGHT INDOORS/OUTDOORS
From the streets and now moving into the limelight. Are you kidding me? Nope, The Philippine Military Academy cadets volunteer in escort action for a prestigious city beauty pageant. Truth to the matter, PMA cadets actively involve themselves in community-based social activities. This is no myth. Nightime and lowlight photography is kinda quite challenging. I humbly suggest, you also read more on out low-light photography for performing artists, bands in stadiums, gyms, outdoor venues, etc.
PMA PARADE GROUNDS
If you happen to travel to Baguio, photo-documenting PMA cadets during their Silent Drill Ceremonies would be cool. Definitely, there are no myths here. Just comply with protocols and proper decorum/guidelines when at visiting PMA grounds/facility and you’re good.
Effectively use framing the background with the foreground PMA marching cadets.
Frame it well with the foreground and background clearly exposed.
You can also focus on a virtue then frame the marching shot.
CAPTURED BY THE MOMENT
I accidentally bumped into the PMA Marching band up-close.
Silhouettes – use dark and light and bokeh. As I was at the back of a cadet doing a salute (foreground) and at back is the field with cadets in stationary march time.
Similarly, but now expose (controlled) both foreground and background the subject in a captured by the moment approach. Freezing the subject matter.
CLOSE UP IMAGES
I was able to capture this in one street parade.
PMA War Relics
Heavy metal Sherman M-4A1 Medium Tank
Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) Armaments:
Primary : 25MM Auto cannon (Oerlikon KBA B02)
J a n e ‘s
The Bell UH-1 “Huey” Helicopter
Best times to photograph PMA cadets whilst visiting Baguio City …
Yearly Baguio Flower Festival every February …
Baguio Charter Day Sept 01…
For more update information, visit Philippine Military Academy website.
Selfless Service to God and Country …Honor … Excellence
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