Shooting in bad weather

Published November 23, 2020, 7:44 PM

by Ronald Jayme

Readers’ Photo Corner

By Raffy Paredes

As we have been having a series of storms lately, readers may be interested in “How and Why You Should Take Photos in Bad Weather” by Jaron Schneider. The article featured on Peta Pixel links to a 9.5-minute video by Spanish-American photographer and YouTuber, Aows. In the video, Aows explains how he does it and why he thinks it’s worth it. For starters, Aows thinks using a plastic bag with holes cut into it is probably your best and most reliable option to keep your equipment dry even if it doesn’t look good. He recommends using a car as a base of operations so that you have a place to go to stay warm or dry off. And it’s a good idea to have a “disposable” camera that functions, but that you are positive you won’t miss if it were to break. Watch Aows on his YouTube channel for more advice.

If you have time on your hands and looking for other ways to present your photos, you may want to try making chlorophyll prints. Chlorophyll printing is an alternative photographic process where photographic images are developed on natural leaves through the action of photosynthesis. This organic technique does not use chemicals since the photographs are exposed directly to the sunlight on plants or trees leaves. Interested readers may look up the article “Chlorophyll prints – nature expresses itself” on for step-by-step instructions on leaf printing.

Here are today’s featured readers and their photos.

Untitled (Alexander Manalili)

Alexander Manalili of the Pinoy Istanbul Shooters Odyssey (PISO) shares an untitled “Amorsolo-inspired painting picture” of a Filipina with a jar. The photo features “the beauty of a Filipina in the province of Cavite,” writes Alexander. He post-processed the image to achieve the painting effect.

Night Shift (Bryan Ilao)

Bryan V. Ilao, a part-time instructor at the Laguna State Polytechnic University sent in the photo “Night Shift.”

Pag-asa Mula sa Panandaliang Tamis (David Allen Belen Buencillo)

From David Allen Belen Buencillo is the photo of a cotton-candy vendor titled “Pag-asa Mula sa Panandaliang Tamis.”  

Golden Hour Sunset (Honey Lyn Mangrobang)

Honey Lyn Mangrobang, a nurse in a government hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates submitted the photo, “Golden Hour Sunset.” Her photo description reads: “The golden hour, in my opinion, is one of the greatest wonders of the world. It’s a magical scene that makes my soul move. It reminds me that after every sunset will be another hope for better days coming, relating it to our current situation.”

Quarantine Sunset (Juzstin Dayao)

The photo “Quarantine Sunset” comes from Juzstin Dayao of Malagasang, Imus, Cavite.

Dedication (Kzuzvan Kay E. Casabal)

Kzuzvan Kay E. Casabal contributed “Dedication,” a photo of linemen working on an electric post in the midst of a typhoon.

Kids at Play @ Baseco Beach (Mark Lyndon Aguila)

Mark Lyndon Aguila, a freelance and street photographer from Manila shares “Kids at Play @ Baseco Beach.” He took the photo during the recent International Coastal Cleanup.

Tagas Rice Fields (Raffy T. Relator)

Raffy T. Relator writes that he captured his photo “Tagas Rice Fields” from the summit of Dionio’s Peak, a small hill in Barangay Tagas, province of Aklan. “I am fascinated with the scenery from the top because ricefields have a nostalgic view even if it is a dry season,” shares Raffy. “The landscape view is near the national highway of Aklan where tourists pass when they travel to Boracay.”

Backbone of the Nation (Ryan Poliran)

Ryan Poliran, campus journalism coach of Sto. Tomas National High School, Division of Davao del Norte sent in the photo of a farmer riding a carabao beside a ricefield titled “Backbone of the Nation.” He shares: “I took this photo in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley Province during the National Schools Press Conference last March. Known as the Rice Bowl in the North, the said province has faced challenges as rice prices continue to plunge. I interviewed Olalio Binanay, a 63-year-old farmer in Carig. He said that he lacks machineries and funds to sustain the production and cope with the pressing adversity.  He urged the government officials to act and rectify as they hold moral responsibility.”

Sunset and Silhouettes (Stephen Denz Perez Dia)

And from college student and a mobile photography enthusiast Stephen Denz Perez Dia is the photo, “Sunset and Silhouettes.” He writes: “A beautiful sunset the day before a tremendous storm. Kids were happily playing not knowing what might happen the next day. It was beautiful, calming and peaceful.” He took the photo a day before typhoon Quinta struck.

Stay safe everyone.

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