Friday, May 16, 2008

Manila Bay at 5 A.M.

My calltime for all the staff and crew today is at 2 A.M. This way, we can all be on location as early as 4 A.M. We have a lot of frames to shoot today and it is wise to be ready to roll as soon as the sun rises.

If it ever rises...

It had been raining almost every night all throughout this week. That shouldn't worry me since the frames I needed to shoot are all during daytime. But these past two days gave us rain during the afternoons! Yaiks! Oh, well... Agency and client made a "go" for our shoot today, so what else can we say but "Go! Go! Go! Fight! Fight! Fight!"

I arrived at the Libertad Bridge beside the One Esplanade building around 5 A.M. There were only street lamps lighting the shooting area as our generator truck was late. Instead of getting pissed about it, I simply drowned myself in the beauty of the early morning light seeping through dark clouds above the Makati cityscape.

SIGH... How I wish I have my SLR camera...

More of my Manila Bay photos here.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Manila Bay at 1 A.M.

12 midnight. Despite our early calltime the next day, I opted to drop by at one of our locations the next day. Most of our setmen were there setting up a platform. I just wanted to know how far along the set-up had been, and, of course, how the setmen were. Heavy rains poured earlier this evening and I wasn't quite sure how they protected themselves and how much of the set they have salvaged.

When we arrived at the old CCP breakwaters at the back of the Folk Arts Theater, the well-lit buildings along Roxas Boulevard came into view. Wow! I have competely forgotten how beautiful this place was at night.

Good thing I brought my camera and my mini-tripod with me. As soon as I finished discussing shoot logistics with the setmen, I positioned myself along the seawall and took a lot of photos. Well, not really a lot, but just enough to bring myself back at that time in college when I wanted to pursue photography professionally.

But I am no photographer now. I just happen to be a line producer checking my set-up on location. And here are some of the photos I took.

More of my Manila Bay photos here.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I am okay

Planning the specific color of your clothes during your travel is as important as planning the type and number of clothes to bring.

I learned this bitter lesson just last Holy Week when I drowned myself against the background in my very own solo pictures! Hehehe! And this didn't happen in just one picture. Being a junkie for anything that's brown, most of my clothes are brown (if not black and white) and when pictures are taken against the ruins of the temples of Angkor in Cambodia or the great Notre Dame Cathedral in Vietnam, I become a small speck of dirt on these structures. Just take this picture for example:

Hmmm... Can you see me? Hehehe!

But thanks to the ever reliable Adobe Photoshop. When things go wrong with your pictures, trust the Photoshop to make it all right. Daya?! Well, it's cheaper than going back to where I travelled from and have the picture taken again! Isasama ko pa si Os! Hehehe!

I don't intend on editing all of my travel photos. Just one, my one and only favorite photo among the almost 13,000 pictures we took during our Holy Week travel. It's the one above taken in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. So, having a brother who's into computer graphics, I coerced him to "edit" this photo. And dyarannn... I can now see myself in my very own solo picture!

So, why is this photo such a favorite when I have better-looking (and thinner) solo photos in better-looking and more grandeur tourist spots?

Simple. This is me now. Os (the photographer) captured ever inch of how I really am these days... For me, this picture is a perfect visual description of my current state of being: happy and free as a bird, with God right behind me. Call me emotional or spiritual, whatever, but after years and years of being at the most difficult stage of my life, it is only now that I can finally say to myself that I am okay... emotionally, financially and spiritually.

And that's exactly what this photo is all about... "I am okay." Gone are the days when I see the world as mere black, when I was overwhelmed with melancholy and couldn't see beyond my grief and anger against Rhon...

Daughtry's song suits me right then:

I'm slowly getting closure I guess it's really over, I'm finally gettin' better
Now I'm picking up the pieces from spending all of these years putting my heart back together... 'Cause the day I thought I'd never get through, I got over you...

Happy Mother's Day to me :-)