(Pronounced, "Pitcher! Pitcher!)
I may have very well been most excited about feeding my new photography hobby on this trip...what with all the amazing photo opportunities I knew I'd have. I thought it would be fun to put together a quick and fun blog entry around the theme of taking photos since that was my main obsession while in the Philippines.
All of these photos of this wanna-be professional photographer were taken by my friend Marc and with his camera. ;)
(Below) While I may be wearing that purple tank top for the 10th day in a row below, you can see that it unphases me since being a photographer for National Geographic is VERY serious business. At least, that is the character I played every now and again. If only i had a fancy camera...
(Below) I'm not *that* new to photography...I mean, check me out using the railing as a tripod. ;) This was taken at the Mall of Asia...the biggest mall in all of...you guessed it..Asia.
(Below) Even photographers like to have their photo taken. Silly paparazzi...
(Below) I may not have my Boracay tan yet in this pic, but y'all wait til I get really good at Photoshop....I'll be taking care of that minor post-edit in 4 seconds flat.
(Below) Very serious photographer at work here. Quiet on the set everyone.
(Below) I'm totally not against to drinking on the job. As a matter of fact, the more San Miguel Lights I have, the more colorful my pictures turn out.
(Below) Cameras everywhere!
(Below) Again, notice the resourceful move at using the table as a tripod? Here's me shooting the pool sharks....(as seen in the "Lasing in Makati" blog posting:
(Below).....ooooohhhhh tattoos. Speaking of, I've decided after enjoying my cheesy-as-all-hell henna tattoo, that I may get a REAL one after all. I have an idea for what I want and where...I'm just not sure how I'll feel about it when I'm 50...
(Below) Fine models, diba?
(Below) I'm not above fraternizing with my models..... hee hee
(Below) Nor am I above fraternizing my with model pinoy BOYPREND......
(Below) "I LOVE YOU ARNEL PINEDA !!!!!!!!"
(Below) Ok so this is part of the assignment that National Geographic sent me on. They told me to shoot the Bayan and all of its colored splendor. They said I was the perfect person for the job...y'know, considering that at that point, I had almost 40 tagalog words under my belt....
(Below) Here's me being stealthy behind the van. My only giveaway, my pasty white skin. Otherwise, I was completely camoflauged.....completely... ;)
(Below) The woman in the van wants to know what the hell I'm doing there taking pics of the peeps and the jeeps going by. In response to their looks, I would just yell, "Balut and Beers at Tita Ruby's tonight! Ayos!" Ok, so maybe I didn't really do that.....but they knew I was thinking it and they so liked me for it too.
(Below) So it was around this part of my photo shoot in the Bayan that I caught my best photo...the one that National Geographic plans to feature on the front cover of their 2010 "Best World Photos" book. Or so I will keep dreaming...
(Below) Hiiiii, Booooyyyys!!!!!!! Smile! Saaalllllaaammmmaaatttt Pooooooo!!!
(Below) Inside Tita Ruby's kitchen getting a shot of some clothes on a line across the way. No such thing as clothes dryers here...maybe not washers either?
(Below) We sat RIGHT ON THE WING AND PROPELLER while flying in our itty bitty plane to Boracay Island.
(Below) Here's Marc taking a picture OF THE picture of the propeller. My Dad will LOVE the shots I took of that thing. I asked Marc about 10 minutes into our flight if he a demented vision pop into head of that prop breaking off, flying through our window and chopping our heads off. Yes......he did too. Funny and scary at the same time.
(Below) Don't I look official here on this runway?!!!
(Below) Here's me taking care of my plane fetish.
(Below) Yes! My first iguana sighting. It was there that I waited and waited...and waited and waited....for him to come closer. Just a little kiss was all I wanted. Fat chance.
(Below) Oh la la! Self-portrait using Marc's sunglasses. Here we are having drinks and relaxing on the beach while the sun sets.
BTW, those are fake Chanel glasses I'm wearing that I got for 5 smacks on the beach. :)
(Below) This guy pulled up to our catamaran on his kayak and was selling us coconuts! He even cut them open and put a straw inside! Hilarious. It was so choppy and windy...but I wasn't worried about this guy. He's a pro.
Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03iI9TdKNvc
(Below) The photo shoots just never stop.
(Below) I had to get a photo of our henna tattoo artists, especially my artist. He was stoned out of his mind....that tat still came out cool though! I got my name written on the inside of my right arm in ancient philippino writing..... Marc suggested it and the guys were SUPER impressed. No butterflies or flowers for this white Filipina import.... !
(Below) Now how many photographers can you say you know with ancient Philippino writing on their arm?
(Below) I am working on a blog entry that is entirely dedicated to the cats we found and rescued at Tita Ruby's house in Taytay. I took over 50 photos and tons of video of these guys. Stay tuned for the blog entry....what a story!
Here's a video in the meantime...
(Below) And best of all, photographing my filipino family in the car rides was most fun! It was like the Griswalds on their way to WalleyWorld......um...sort of.
THANKS MARC for taking such fun photos. I had no idea you were doing this......these will be great to look back on when I make it into the BIG LEAGUE someday.. ;)