Monday, October 22, 2012

Katipunan by Night

Just as ghosts haunt dimly lit streets and lurk in the shadows, so do photographers on a good night.

If you know me well, you'll know that one of my favorite things to do is go out in the middle of the night with nothing but my camera and a sturdy tripod. Although most people may think that dawn and dusk are the best times to take photographs, I have a different opinion. 

I like to do my shooting when the sun is absent and the world is lit in a eerie phosphorous glow. This makes photography so much more challenging. Since taking photos literally relies on the available sources of light, shooting at night urges you to use your brain before your eyes and your gut before your trigger finger. You have to understand how light moves and plays before you click the shutter close. 

The Katipunan Ave. U-Turn Slot

So I have this little "haunt" in Katipunan. It's the place I go to whenever I need to think or have a smoke. What I like about it is that it's sort of detached from the world below (literally) since it's a friggin' bridge hanging over Katipunan avenue.

Over the weekend, me and my photographer friend Jake were feeling adventurous so we decided to trek around Katipunan and do some night photography. My little haunt was the first stop we made. We got a lot of awesome shots from this eagle's nest.

Jake in the "photographer's crouch"

Regis Center.

We got a lot of great shots up on the footbridge. Nobody seemed to mind us as we snapped away. The bridge was a bit flimsy though. You could literally feel it tremble violently every time a truck passed underneath. Awesome. A mini earthquake machine.

The footbridge, our vantage point. 

Jake has this kick-ass new lens. It's a 35mm f1.4 lens. This baby can take really good low light shots. Makes me wanna save up to get one too.

Jake's "second" baby haha right, Nicole?
All in all, we were pumped up all throughout the shoot since we knew we were going to get some awesome shots. The weather cooperated perfectly until about ten minutes after the shoot when it began to rain. How lucky is that? I had a great time taking and editing this batch of photos.

And with this post, now you know, what takes me around Katipunan by Night

Here's a bokeh shot. Why? Because POTATO. 


Spectre03 said...

Nice work man! Makes me want to get back into photography!

Andreo B. said...

@Spectre03 Thanks bro! We should do a photowalk soon. Or you let me take some photos of that sweet Wraith of yours.

Nate Dy-Liacco said...

Stumbled upon this particular page when I was googling Katipunan nighttime pics, as I was there last week and was fascinated by how it looks now at night. Turns out we're officemates! Good job bro!