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Nikon D3

Capture Date/Time:January 4, 2008 11:22
Aperture/Shutter Speed: varied
Focal Length: 14 mm
ISO: 200
Flash: None

Well, on our last day in Jolo, I decided that I can't get what I want unless I ask for it. Despite the fact that I was snapping shots out the window of our secured jeep constantly wherever we went in Jolo, I thought it best that I ask to take a photo safari of sorts to take some of the shots from better perspective. I was answered by an enthusiastic yes!!! So I saddled up all my gear into a handy waist-held pack, hopped on the back of my Uncle's motorcycle, and drove around the town.

I shot shots over his shoulder, off the side, and behind my back. We went through incredibly crowded intersections, and I managed to get off some shots even though I was holding my 2kg camera in my right hand and holding on for dear life on the back of the cycle with my left. I will post some of those as soon as I get a chance later today.

This shot was taken just across the small road from my family's main compound. I asked to go out the gate to take the shot, and they said "sure!" It was funny, though. The security guy opened the door, and two other security guys, my nephew Kahn and my cousin Erwin followed me out there, helped with my equipment and generally kept an eye out for things. It was a true entourage, or at least a security force that was actually protecting me. I must say that it felt quite strange. I was fine going out there until then, and then I started getting nervous! But the shots I got were worth it.

This is a 5-shot HDR.


01.06.08, 12:08 PM, P.J.:

A great image. Shows how they live, eh? Seems like two worlds with what we are used to.

02.24.08, 08:55 AM, Archie FlorCruz:

This reminds me of the neighborhood where my grandfather lives in (Malolos in Bulacan), except the water in the canal wasn't as pretty :)

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