Photography: A Peek Through The Doll's Lens

Monday, June 04, 2012
Back in February, I joined a blogging and photography challenge by IntramurosManila.Asia. And although I've been very passionate with photography, I didn't expect to win the Best Photo Award, especially with the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation as judges. However, with quite a lot of luck on my side, I got to bag not only the bragging rights but also a 5-session Basic Photography Class at Photo World Manila.

Cityscape
All photos are shot using Candice + EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens.

Candice, my trusty Canon EOS 550D, has been with me for over a year now. Although I already did a lot of shooting -- food, fashion and some scenery, I actually learned more about my prized best friend. I got to understand and start tweaking the metering modes. I finally got over my fear of using the built-in flash. I met great professional photographers, as well as hobbyists like myself. And above all, I gained more motivation to continue shooting.

Shallow DOF Motion Freeze
Shallow Depth-of-Field and Motion Freeze

Motion Blur
Motion Blur (Model: Grace, my lil sis)

Portraiture Hugs and Kisses
Portraiture (Model: Tin) and Still-Life

I remember a few months back, I was unsure of what photography style I want to have. However, after the fun and very enriching photography class, I didn't only learn more about Candice, but also more about myself. Although I'll still be shooting a lot of sumptuous food, I also want to venture more into portraiture and still-life photography.

To IntramurosManila.Asia and to all the lecturers at Photo World Manila, thank you so much for giving me a wonderful opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the art of photography. To my friends and classmates from Batch 10, thank you for the worthwhile company. It was fun spending 5 consecutive Sundays together. Let's keep shooting, and see you in the Advanced Class!

52 comments:

  1. First of all congrats... I am as well a photo hobbyist and until now im still learning on how to manipulate my camera i still have so much to learn--- the Shallow Depth-of-Field and Motion Freeze, i always want to learn this but never gets to do it right--- but i guess tyaga lang kailang dito--- share some tips on how u did it-- kasi nag ganda2x talaga ng kuha mo---^__^

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  2. Congratulations on bagging the best photo award. Taking photography lesson is another thing I want to do once I find some free time.

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  3. congrats! i like the first photo.=)

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  4. Wow, congrats gurl! You truly deserve the award :)

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  5. Wow congrats! Didn't know about that camera...seems like awesome!


    P.S. I'm hosting my first giveaway, please check it out! :)

    http://raspberrysquirt.blogspot.com/2012/05/giveaway-50-followers-mini-giveaway.html

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  6. You got an eye for photography. I believe that your talent in capturing images is superb. Simula pa lang, I like all your shots lalo na yung foods na pinopost mo. Galing! Keep it up Sumi! :)

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  7. I'm also learning on what I can do with my camera, hehe it's really2 a fascinating hobby :)

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  8. Wow! Congrats!..:)

    Love the Shallow Depth-of-Field and Motion Freeze pics..:)

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  9. Wow, congrats girl! Ipagpatuloy mu lg yan. :)

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  10. they are right, you really have an eye for photography. Congrats for winning the photo contesr

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  11. Wow, congrats for the award! your photos are lovely, you deserve it.

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  12. now that's one award to be proud of. congratulations

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  13. Congrats again Sumi :)

    PS. I'm hosting my first giveaway. Hope I can share the link here. Thanks :)

    http://kittykittiekath.blogspot.com/2012/06/dear-kitty-kittie-kaths-mini-thank-you.html

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  14. I feel so inept. I own a DSLR (just an entry level one) and yet I haven't fully-explored its features yet. I should really get over the hassle of having to lug it around everytime I go out and feel like snapping pictures.:)

    But going back to your post, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You deserve it. Those are lovely photographs and I especially love the Motion Freeze one. No wonder your food photography always looks awesome.

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  15. Thanks for letting us peek through Candice's lens. :) Congratulations, Sumi! Way to go.

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  16. Wow! Nice photo s master. =D Enroll ka rin ng advance? Paturo kami ah =)

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  17. haha I didn't know my name pala DSLR mo lol

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  18. Congratulations Sumi! You do capture awesome photos! Coolness! ヅ

    P.S. please visit our blog again. ت

    Robby has just posted about the National Motorcycle Convention he joined in.

    Here's the link for you to check out:

    http://fashionmoto.blogspot.com/2012/06/18-national-federation-of-motorcycle.html


    Thanks! ヅ

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  19. Wow congrats!!! Love the first shot!

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  20. I also like the first shot and the motion freeze very much! Long way to go Sumi :) Congratulations!

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  21. Congratulations! I also have a photograph of a view from Harbor Square. My first attempt at night photography, that was in 2008 pa. I no longer have my dslr, how I wish I could go do it again.

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  22. wow! I'm not surprised that you win because you have great photos! Was supposed to join too but it's too late when I learned about it. :-)

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  23. Yay!! <3 Nice, sis. And your sister is pretty as you! :)

    My friend has the same cam as yours. :D

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  24. Congratulations sumi... I your photos.. galing galing...

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  25. Ang galing, love the motion freeze!

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  26. Candice shots plus Sumi's artistic eye WOW photos! ganda ng mga shots Sumi!

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  27. Congrats on your award! Love your photos!

    Hope to hone my skills too in time like yours. Thanks for sharing and inspiring :)

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  28. beautiful shots :-) love it :-) wish I can take photos like that :-) way to go!!!

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  29. Stunning photographs! Congratulations and keep it up!

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  30. Congratulations Ate Sumi ! You really have beautiful shots.

    Surely you'd do really well in still-life and portraiture! You have the eye. Keep shooting.

    Cheers!

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  31. Congratulations! I love your shots. You honestly deserve it.

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  32. Is that somewhere near Manila bay? I took a shot once when we were at the Sofitel around 3am the skyline is so picturesque, with all the smog and fog included. :D Very neat pictures from a kit lens. Congratulations! I'm sure you'd go a long way with better lenses :)

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  33. That's nice winning photo. you deserve it. Maybe you can post some tutorials on what you've learned from the class

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  34. Congrats!!! I love your photos.. esp the motion freeze and shallow depth of field styles!

    You deserve it! :)

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  35. The first shot is really nice!
    I've tried photographing Manila, but Ive never found a very good foreground to it..
    You nailed this one! :)

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  36. perfect capture, can be use in the postcard.

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  37. cheers on you.....
    nagjoin ka pala sa IntramurosManila.Asia for the shoot..
    sana makasama tayo for the shoot soon...

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  38. I wish I'm also good in photography. Eversince I bought my SLR last year, I just used it when traveling and in automatic settings. Haha.

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  39. Wow! Congratulations! I like the first photo.

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  40. Congrats, Sumi! Ang gaganda ng photos mo! :)

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  41. Sumi, congrats to you (and to Candice). Cheers and more great photographs to come! =)

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  42. these are awesome photos! you have an eye for photography, congratulations!

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  43. congratulations! all pics are really nice and you truly deserve the recognition. :D

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  44. Wow, great shots! I'm a total amateur when it comes to photography so it shouldn't be surprising that I am in awe of your talent. Shoot and post more pictures please!

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  45. Congrats! Its always good to learn things no?

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  46. You are ONE master photographer.
    I hope you will find time to shoot more
    and post them in another blog site maybe.
    GOOD JOB!

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  47. Candice must be very proud of you too. My cameras have names too.

    really liked the chocolate shot. and congrats for winning!

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  48. Congratulations! You have an eye for photography. Ganda ng photos. Love the name of your camera. Sana magkaroon na rin ako ng maayos na cam. :)

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