They say a picture speaks a thousand words. While I might be a better writer than I am a photographer, I agree with this statement. If you’ve been following my blog (or even if you’re a new reader), you’ll notice that I love including photos in all my posts – I think it helps tell my story the way I want it to be told through photographs. I sometimes let the photos do the talking to get my point across or for appreciation’s sake.
In participation with the #VantagePoint project, I want to share with you some of my favorites photographs. (The #VantagePoint project is by a startup company called light.co and they sell these really awesome compact cameras, which is unfortunately sold out (for now). As part of their marketing campaign, they shared the #VantagePoint project with me, which is basically me sharing a photo of my favorite location and the story behind it – which is what I love doing anyways.)
Since I took so many photos over the year, I thought that I’d showcase my top three photos from my travels.
(Disclaimer: please note that these are the top three best photos not because of aesthetic’s sake, but because of the memory that goes with it.)
1. El Nido, Palawan (Philippines)
This place took my breath away when I was physically there. Without a word, I made my way to the front of the boat and bravely took my phone out (despite my fear of it falling down the boat). I made sure the lighting was just perfect and waited for the moment to capture it. I assessed the positioning and symmetry with the grids. I made sure that there were different kinds of action happening everywhere that would make people want to look at this photo again and again. This was the highlight of my trip.
2. The National Museum, Manila (Philippines)
It was Independence Day when I took this photo and I went to the National Museum (one of my favorite places in Manila) to celebrate. When I left the museum, it was really windy and I looked up to see several flags proudly displayed out in front. It was really sunny as well, so I squinted, aimed my camera at the highest flag, aligned it to my grid, and shot. I waited for the right moment so that all the flag would show it’s entirety. I loved how the blueness of the sky made the colors of the flag pop out! I think this photo shows peace and nationality together.
3. Lake Kawaguchiko (Japan)
For this shot, I climbed the bridge to get a better view of Fuji-san (Mt. Fuji). When I was about to take the photo, I noticed that there was a smaller Mt. Fuji made out of grass and flowers. I centered the image and took a shot. I loved how the top looked so dreamy and far away (which would draw the viewers), that when the viewer would shift their attention to the bottom, they notice a “little” surprise.
Whenever I take photos, I focus on capturing the story I want to tell more than what I want my readers to see. I take photos the way I see things. I want to challenge people to look at the image carefully and try to understand the story I’m trying to tell.
[Of course, I am also a media student. I pick up some tricks of the trade and learn to look out for the right angles to convey a certain message, timing, and lighting (exposure triangle). These are very important tools to tell a story, after all.]