The deadline for the K-State international programs photo contest is coming up and I’ve been going through my library trying to pick out my three entries for this year. Last year I submitted three photos and 2 of them placed – one took first and the other was an honorable mention. The one that got first place was a photo of the Marina Bay Sands that I took while I was in Singapore for the Kraft iTaste program. The other one was the coin diver photo.
Because this contest is hosted by the Study Abroad Office, more than just submitting a photo of a beautiful place overseas, I want to emphasize culture and make the viewer wonder or think about the story of the subject within the image. So in the process of looking for entries, I ran across this photo of a fisherman and his son out on Lake Sebu in the province of South Cotabato in the Philippines. Lake Sebu is home to one of the many indigenous people groups in the Philippines, the T’boli. Although the area has been modernized in many ways, you can still easily see things that probably haven’t changed in the last 50 to 100 years. In this photo the fisherman and his son are paddling back to shore after checking their tilapia nets. Their little canoe looks empty, so they didn’t bring back any fish, so maybe the went out to feed them. Take a close look at the canoe, it’s been carved out of a single tree trunk. I wonder how long it took to make it. Notice the paddle, that’s been hand-made as well, out of bamboo. Also, the fisherman isn’t riding in the canoe, he’s out on the end. These are things that I would venture to say, have remained unchanged for many years and give us a glimpse of the “original” culture of the people.
Some details about this photo:
Camera: Pentax K-r
Lens: DA-L 55-300
Focal Length: 230mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500s
This afternoon we were cutting down a guava tree behind the house. After dragging away the limbs, I’d gone back inside. It wasn’t too long before my phone rang and dad was tellin me to get back outside with a camera. So I grabbed the k-r, put the DA-L 55-300 on it and ran outside to the back. There it was, on a limb, just sitting there, behavin itself, not bothering nobody, and the best thing was that it stayed put for the camera. I was out there for maybe 10 minutes clicking away and was only about 5 feet away from it. In fact, I’d gone back to grab my tripod so I could stabilize the camera better. Eventually, I’d gotten all the shots I cared to take so we got a short bamboo stick and got the Iguana to move. It skedaddled down the tree and into the jungle behind the house. Wouldn’t be surprised if there are pythons back there. In some ways it’s nice being so close to creation. At least I don’t have to go very far to get pictures of iguanas out in the wild.
Just wanted to share this photo of my Mother’s orchid that I took this morning. I used the Pentax K-r with the DA-L 55-300 mm mounted on a Vanguard ABH 230-k ball-head attached to a cheapo Dolica tripod. I will probably review the ABH 230-k on this blog someday, but I just want to say that this ball head is rock solid. I’ve used several cheapo ball-heads before finally spending the money to get a good one. All the cheapo heads would sag when I mounted the 55-300 on them, even when they were fully tightened. With the ABH 230-k there is no noticeable sag, it stays where you set it and it doesn’t even have to be fully tightened.
Anyway, back to the photo. I processed the DNG file in Aperture 3 using Exposure sliders and the Curves tool, applying what I learned from the book I just finished reading and have reviewed in the previous post – Getting Started with Camera Raw by Ben Long.
I was sitting on the balcony this morning when i noticed this bird flying around and landing from treetop to treetop. I got out my Pentax K-r with the DA-L 55-300 kit lens, and mounted it on a tripod. I took several shots and chimped and noticed that the highlights were blown out. I took several more shots, setting the EV compensation to around -1 and -2. It turned out that this had two advantages. Not only were the highlights properly exposed but the photo as a whole was sharper because of the faster shutter speed. I processed the RAW DNG files in Aperture 3. Here is the original “unprocessed” (direct conversion of DNG file to jpeg) and the processed jpeg.