I was at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex today with my group mates to have a photo walk. Last week, our Photography professor assigned each group to a certain place to have a photo walk in and we were assigned to CCP Complex; others were assigned to Ongpin Street, Paco Cemetery, and Fort Santiago.
I set the call time at 7:00AM (I was the group leader so I had to set a call time and meeting place and all that) but I woke up at 7:30AM already. Haha! What an ideal leader! LOL. The weather this morning was really amazing so I didn’t get up early. Good thing that even my members also woke up late so everything was still well. :)
While we were in front of the CCP building itself, stranded because of the heavy rain, we were approached by a street photographer. He talked to us and gave us a bajillion of advice about street photography. He was very kind to share all those tips and secrets! A lot of photographers would teach you basics of photography but they wouldn’t really teach you their secrets and some techniques. But from the the 20-minute talk we had with him, boy, we learned a lot. My group mates (who were not really into photography) were suddenly excited and giddy to have a photo walk after our talk with him. Haha!
Basically, we just had to take photographs of the area as our latest lesson was street photography. To tell you honestly, I am not really that comfortable in taking candid shots because I somehow feel it is unethical or something. I always believe that all people deserve privacy so they shouldn’t be photographed behind their knowledge.
However, when I was already in CCP, I realized that there were really great stories in every corner of the historic complex that would look good when photographed so most of my shots were mostly of different people from different ages doing different activities.
And because it was raining, we had no choice but to use umbrellas while taking photographs so our cameras wouldn’t be touched by raindrops. Obviously, it was not easy to be holding the camera using your right hand then holding the umbrella using your left hand. But we had no choice — the rain didn’t seem to be wanting to stop.