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2013 Philippine Festivals

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by krijtin, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. krijtin

    krijtin Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 3, 2012
    Sharing photos I took during two of the grandest festivals here in the Philippines - the Sinulog and Dinagyang festivals. :) 

    Sinulog Festival:

    Shot using Panasonic G3 + Lumix 20mm. Was able to get really close with the dancers since I shot this during the parade.

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    Dinagyang Festival:

    Shot using Panasonic G3 + Lumix 14-42mm. I stayed at the area for photographers and media at the right side of the performance area. If I went earlier, I would have gotten a better seat in front.

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    All photos were edited in Lightroom, mainly adjusted Clarity and Vibrance and added Vignetting as well.

    It was my first time to shoot festivals and little did I know it's very challenging (and frustrating at times) because everything unfolds so fast. But sure it's a lot of fun!

    Thanks for looking! :) 
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  2. Darthpnoy88

    Darthpnoy88 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 27, 2012
    Wonderful images, great work. Love to come back home hopefully when the opportunity comes :smile:
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  3. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord Subscribing Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Great sets! Colorful and a very joyful atmosphere :biggrin:

    Sent from my iPhone using Mu-43 App
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  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    You have captured the excitement and colour very well.
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  5. krijtin

    krijtin Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 3, 2012
    Thanks for the kind words, guys. :smile:

    I hope to shoot more of events like this. Have to learn a lot -- especially timing.
  6. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Nice work, love the color. The last time I shot a similar event was back in college 20 years ago, the ati-atihan. Brings back good memories. Thanks for sharing.
  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    What is the history of this festivals? The first seems to be religious.
  8. ice_man

    ice_man Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 19, 2012
    Hi Gary, The 2 festivals are Religious. I am from the city that celebrates the Dinagyang and I really miss shooting this. It was just held last week.

    Here's a short description form wiki:

    The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog In Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.
  9. ice_man

    ice_man Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 19, 2012
    Nice photos krijtin.

    The Dinagyang is pretty hard to capture. These warriors dances and moves so fast that you need at least a shutter speed of 1/800 and up.

    But it's a pretty good experience and you'll definitely learn a lot after shooting these festivals.

    I hope I can go back home next year and shoot the Dinagyang with the EM5. I am pretty excited to test the EM5 with the festivals back home.

    Also shared some shots of dinagyang here: https://www.mu-43.com/f76/full-frame-image-thread-37018/index21.html

    cheers :) 
  10. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    +1 - You got some great photos! I prefer a little less vignette, but a great set. :thumbup:
  11. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Wonderful shots. Like the good reverend, I also prefer just a little less vignette. But the heightened contrast, color saturation and vibrance work well to highlight the festive ambiance. :thumbup:

    I noted that you took these with the 20/1.7 which does pretty well with AF in broad daylight. These are some nice tight shots. I'm more used to seeing more environment with even the 25/1.4 May I ask how much cropping was involved? Just want to get a sense of how my 17/1.8 will do for the Chinese New Year parade in NYC next week.

    Thanks! Looking forward to more of your posts.
  12. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Thanks for sharing, colorful set! I always loved to shoot festivals, it's just full of vibrance and energy... but unfortunately I've been missing to shoot a Sinulog or Dinagyang even if it's just nearby, relatively speaking. God-willing next time...

    Just wanted to share a photo taken last June 2012, the Pintados Festival, forgive me but this was shot with a Nikon D800E and 24mm 1.4:


    more info about Pintados -- pintados
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  13. DjordjeJ

    DjordjeJ Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 19, 2009
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Excellent shot from all of you guys.
  14. krijtin

    krijtin Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 3, 2012
    Thanks! Ati-atihan is intense too. It's a lot like Dinagyang -- more masculine, with lots of loud, thunderous drumbeats. Hope to go to Kalibo for that next year. :) 

    Wow, that's a great set! LOVED the colors! And you were able to capture the expressions very well. Will definitely make your set my inspiration. :) 

    Thank you! Noted on the vignette. Looking back with some of shots in the past, I realized I have the tendency to fall in love with that -- sometimes a little too much lol

    Hi yekimrd, since it was shot during the parade (and I had a media/photographer ID), I had the privilege to stay pretty close with the subjects when I shot these. For the last three photos, I'd say just 10% cropping. The first one is a different story. I think it was around 50% cropping as I wanted to highlight the girl's eyes directed towards the Sto. Nino she was holding. I'll try to upload the original file :) 
  15. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Very colorful images. Thanks for sharing them.
  16. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    You guys in the P.I. are really making me want to go back to the Motherland and go shooting!
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