Happy New Year!!! Visited some old friends over the holidays at Los Baños, Laguna. They run an aviary specializing in exotic peafowl, geese and other kinds of birds so it was a nice way to familiarize oneself with some new avian friends. Shooting conditions weren’t the best. I could have used more light since we were shooting inside the caged areas in the afternoon sun but such is life. I think this is a Victoria-crowned pigeon. More like a case of bad hair day.
Another cute bug strikes a pose. These 3 recent bug pics by the way were taken in Baguio during summer. I usually shoot very early in the morning after doing my sunrise pics when there’s still dew on the leaves. A friend told me that bugs tend to be calm and even lethargic while they warm up and shake off the cold of the evening. They’re probably drying off too and can’t really fly away which might explain why they tolerate me.
I never tire of shooting bugs especially when they pose for me. If you think about it, we’re like the paparazzi in their little domain popping off huge flashes in their eyes. So as a photographer, when I come across a bug that willingly poses for me, I always oblige even if I have several shots of this type of insect on file. I always try to go for the eyes when I focus. Shooting at greater that 1:1 magnification, keeping the eyes in focus gets really challenging even when you stop down to f/16.
Depending on where you park your car, you end up passing by a row of flower shops as you leave the Baguio Market. We usually leave the market around 8:30 am before everyone else starts to arrive and fills up the place. Luckily, it’s actually perfect because by this time, the flower shops are open, buzzing with the hustle and bustle of a day just starting. I caught this gent having some quiet time in the early morning and I think this image captures the mood quite well. I spot-metered for the flowers which underexposed the rest of the scene which gave it a more dramatic look I think.