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The Young, Vibrant, and Colorful Faces of Aliwan Festival 2012

I was looking for a chance to use the 50mm 1.8 lens which I bought second-hand, and the opportunity came last Saturday, in Manila, during the Aliwan Festival 2012 parade. Since it’s a short lens, it requires much leg movements to shoot the subject’s face. So after the parade, my legs were really tired hehe.

The shots I got, though far from being great, make me happy pa rin πŸ™‚ Here are some of the results from my first experiment:

I walked away after the festival with a big smile on my face and a heart hoping that the passion I have sensed while these young people were dancing and chanting during their performances was indication of the pride they have in the place they came from.

Posted 5 years, 3 months ago at 6:09 pm.

26 comments

26 Replies

  1. Awesome photos! πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks, AC! πŸ™‚ Sana sa susunod na Aliwan ay nasa Pinas ka hehehe

  3. beautiful faces, beautiful people. i love these shots.

  4. Thanks, Kayni! πŸ™‚

  5. I feasted on the photos! Ang gaganda at ang gugwapo talaga ng mga pinay at pinoy πŸ™‚ I seriously love all of them. I love who their smiles are all so captivating and reflective of us all pinoys – masayahin πŸ™‚

    Spanish Pinay

  6. Hi SP! Yes, syempre naman, mga Pinoy at Pinay yata sila πŸ™‚

  7. ang gaganda ng photos, as in… kuhang-kuha sa mukha nila ang saya ng festivities. πŸ™‚ hello, nortehanon…

  8. Hello rin, SSA πŸ™‚ SSA na ngayon tawag ko sa ‘yo hehehe. Maraming tenkyu!

  9. nice shoots kapatid πŸ™‚
    at naka 50mm ka ngayon ha. maganda daw yang lens na yan (sabi nila)

  10. Kapatid, sumubok lang ng 50mm, baka sakaling mawili ako haha! Maganda naman yung lens,pero nagreklamo ang paa ko hahaha. Kelangan kasi ng footwork eh.

  11. You captured the most wonderful faces Ms. N. If I was there I would probably be overwhelmed with the props and floats but you did a great job in focusing on these children’s faces. A smile which is a mark of their pride.

  12. Hi Sey, nasa mood lang siguro ng photographer kung ano ang bibigyan nila ng emphasis πŸ˜‰ And because I got a short lens, I just decided to focus on the faces πŸ™‚

  13. nice! The 50mm is my favorite lens, the only one i actually own, haha πŸ™‚ I’ve never been to Aliwan, mukhang masaya. Maybe next year.

  14. Hi Vera, namiss kita πŸ™‚
    I have to explore it some more. It might become my favorite lens, too, someday πŸ™‚

    Attend ka ng Aliwan next year. Nakaka-aliw hehehe

  15. Great set Miss N! So ito na yung resulta ng pagod mo sa paggamit ng 50mm lens… It was worth it!

    Nice portraits… Parang gusto kong isama sa listahan ko ang 50mm ah… Hehehe…

    Pinakagusto ko yung batang lalaki sa second set – nice capture, tunay ang ngiti niya… At yung batang lalaking chubby na naka-sidelight… Nice sidelighting…

  16. At puro ako “nice”… Hehehehe…

  17. Oks lang, Mark πŸ™‚

  18. Salamat, Mark. Mukhang interesting na lens ang 50mm. At higit sa lahat, cheap lens siya πŸ™‚

  19. i have seen a few blog posts about aliwan 2012 but your take is absolutely clever! i love this set with only portraits of the participants; just wonderful! ang husay!!!

  20. Thank you for the kind words, Doc Gelo. I think I’m liking portraiture, but only with natural light πŸ™‚

  21. Ms. N!!!!!! ang gaganda ng pictures! na-capture talaga ang happiness nila hihi πŸ˜‰

  22. πŸ™‚ Daming tenkyu, Jayvie. Napaka-generous mo talagang mag-praise πŸ™‚

  23. michael Apr 23rd 2012

    Great shots….as always!

    Regards Ma’am,
    -mich@el

  24. Damo nga salamat, Michael.

  25. Such happiness and joy to find here, and wondrful colors and faces! πŸ™‚ The colors make me happy inside of me! πŸ™‚

  26. Hi Viola, oh, I really enjoyed taking their pictures πŸ™‚ And I’m proud to show these faces to you because these are the faces of my people πŸ™‚


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