Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Image of Peace

Photographer: Von Punzalan
Winner: Natatanging Larawang Pinoy Contest - Week 3 : Monochromatic Solo Portrait

The Image of Peace
Photo details:
Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital

Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 200 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

Von Punzalan likes spontaneity, which is reflected in this photo. He had nothing to do that day when his friends invited him to go with them in their airsoft gun game to take pictures. Since it was risky [for his camera] to get action shots of the game, he waited until the players went back tired, angry [at a game lost], bruised, in pain...and all kinds of emotion. But he did not mind all these negative emotions. Rather he looked for the opposite, which would portray an image of peace, and he was not disappointed.

Von is a freelance real estate broker from ParaƱaque who takes photography as a hobby seriously. His consolation is the fact that he gives people some sort of entertainment with his photos.

He took formal classes in basic, advanced and interior photography at the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI). Although armed with academic credentials on photography, he still considers himself an amateur, who likes to be constantly searching for additional knowledge and skills. As an adjunct to his training at PCCI, he reads books, and visits other peoples' images and try to analyze how they portrayed the subject, and how lighting was done. In his words, "basically training my eye everyday." Thus, he recommends deviantART where you can "train your eye."

For him, photography is something that is personal. For him, there are two reasons why he loves photography: That part where i meet other people with the the same passion for photography, and that part where i get to capture that "Magic moment" that i can share with other people.

His advice would for would-be and beginner photographers?
- Train your Eye
- To improve your technical skills first
- Thinking well about the kind of photography you are interested in.
- Make mistakes(take notes of them) and do not be worried about critics. Listen to them.

SEE MORE OF Von Punzalan's Photos at Flickr

Based on an interview of Shutterblogger at Larawang Pinoy

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