Hats Off, Hands Down

Long overdue. It’s time to share stories about my favorite mall, Glorietta.

Behind the Music with Dashboard Confessional

Never got to voice it out directly, I don’t mind really

Since I was in the area for lunch, I claimed my token from Ayala Malls. I won as Pick of the Month for sharing MyExperience on their website. Mallgoers are encouraged to leave comments and suggestions for the Ayala Malls. In my case, I wrote about Glorietta and the guard who helped me and my mom out when I fainted some years back at Food Choices. I wish I could recall the name of that guard, though. When asked why I still opted to share such experience, I replied to the Ayala Malls representatives who met me that day that I appreciated the help extended to us that time. I hope that by sharing my story, their wonderful employees will hopefully continue assisting the mallgoers to the best of their abilities. And oh, thanks for the token, Glorietta! :)

Let me segue this to Dashboard Confessional, who visited the country more than two months ago for a concert in TriNoma and a press conference held in Glorietta. I was contemplating on posting this on my Blogger and since I was planning to make the move to another platform, I stalled. Anyway, here goes.

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Upon finding out that Dashboard Confessional was going to stage their first ever performance here in Manila, I immediately posted it on my blog. That time, I was all set to watch them perform, but of course, reality bites in the form of ticket prices that I found to be really pricey, especially if you take into consideration the venue—TriNoma Mindanao Open Parking Grounds—a space that has been a venue for Owl City’s gig last March. I have absolutely accepted the fact that not all concerts are to be staged in my favorite event venue, the Araneta Coliseum, but open spaces that really ticks me off. Aside from the possibility of pouring rain, it annoys me that everybody is standing on about the same ground level and that height is of no advantage, even to relatively tall girls like me. Surrounded by busy thoroughfares, I really think it isn’t the best venue to stage concerts. I can’t really do anything about it and obviously it has influenced and convinced me into not attending the concert at all. A sad thing I must accept, as I regret not hearing Chris Carrabba and the guys of DC rock out to “Hands Down” live. As in real live live.

Days before their concert, my mind was already made up. I thought everything would simply pass by: concert over, wait for the next visit, save up in between months or years of that second arrival in hopes of better venue and prices in mounting such an event. The unexpected, however, took me by surprise. The week before the week of the concert, my college batchmate posted on her social networking account that she was looking for someone who would want to join her to the band’s meet and greet-slash-press conference which was scheduled a day before the concert. I was the first to reply, and that no one followed. It’s as if it was just me my batchmate was waiting for. Everything was going so well until two days before the fanmeet, I was informed by my friend that there were only two slots left for it. The good thing about it was that I wasn’t that crushed. For some reason, I expected something like that would happen.

From that point onwards, I realized there was no use expecting for something to happen. There was a contest on Glorietta’s official fan page. The question was a question (get what I mean by checking out the screenshot):

Glorietta status for Dashboard Confessional contest

Glorietta fanpage status for Dashboard Confessional contest

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Shoot Like There’s No Photoshop

There are two things I keep in mind whenever I take a photograph:

  1. Shoot like there’s no Photoshop

I always across this statement in photography forums and ever since, it always comes to mind whenever I’m shutter-happy.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy using Photoshop; it’s the only way I get to explore graphic design. Post-processing improve photos, but should only be utilized to a certain extent. See, smooth skin and sparkling eyes make one visually stunning, but the realness of the photo sometimes gets lost in the (post) process. Even the bluer than blue skies are breathtaking, but it may already seem unnatural even to the untrained eye. Minor touch-ups are acceptable by my standards (but who am I to say this, really). I can do that too, but I choose not to (yes, a disclaimer. Some people might be against photo manipulation because they don’t know how to, but who knows if this view changes in the coming years).

I am still learning on how to shoot better, and if I give in to the wonders of photo manipulation programs anytime soon, I might just not improve my skills at all. Besides, wouldn’t it be nice to be proud of photographs that have not been “touched by Photoshop”?

  1. Think out of the box

For me, this is basically the challenge photography presents. For instance, a place has been photographed countless times already. The challenge is to make your own shot interesting, something different from all the others who took a shot on that same spot. Whew. That rhymes! But seriously, thinking about this really makes me think whenever I survey a scene to photograph. Creative possibilities, creative possibilities!

Anyway, I was organizing my files (still) and came across my I HeART Makati photo set. This was almost two months ago, I just didn’t have the time to open and transfer them all but I guess this is worth sharing. I ♥ Makati‘s tagline is “i ♥ the Philippines. i ♥ being free”. Definitely a nice way to celebrate our independence by taking photos of one of the most awesome cities in the country.

I Heart Makati IDs

Our IDs. Spot the ♥ :)

The Through the Lens Photography Contest was divided into three parts, one was for the photography club membership, one for the old photos of the city, and lastly, the on-the-spot category, which we joined. It’s not everyday that you can take photos of Makati City without anyone telling you it’s not allowed.

That Saturday, under the heat of the sun, we took on the challenge of having to come up with photos worthy of acclaim and praise (and the cash prizes, too). The area was limited to the Makati Central Business District and the nearby Ayala Malls. Also, participants were required to submit JPEG copies, meaning only in-camera processes/manipulations were allowed.

Each participant was allowed to submit three entries for judging. These were the photos I chose as my entries:

I HeART Makati-Entry 1

“The Sweeper”

I HeART Makati-Entry 2

“Reflection”

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