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Photography: Magic light, shadows and patterns in architecture

Magic light, shadows and patterns in architecture,
different views on Manila’s High-rise Buildings.

Happy New Year


The story behind the images:

One late afternoon in the week between Christmas and New Year
I ventured onto the rooftop of my Building only to be greeted by awesome light and a Rainbow. As the light became more intense
so did the Rainbow until it had formed a complete arch.


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Magic light and Rainbow, Manila, Philippines, Dec.2017 (iPhone6)


It seems Rainbows keep following me around; it was only last year that I had a few in Cambodia with a spectacular one over Angkor Wat. I guess this beauty over Manila completed 2017 nicely.
Unfortunately this time I only had my iPhone6 in my pocket and I started to curse a bit …but then I remembered my favorite saying… “be content and appreciate nature and take home the memory instead”.
Well, at least I had my iPhone, so I bathed in the beautiful light spectacle right in front of me and made some frames with the iPhone.

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2018 © Gunther Deichmann
Magic light over Manila, Philippines, Dec.2017 (iPhone6)



Later I realized that this was the trigger and gave me the Idea
to go beyond the normal
architecture images and create something a bit different a few weeks later.
I checked the weather now and then waiting for the right light
but I knew getting a Rainbow again would have been extremely lucky, but I was not after a rainbow this time, I had something completely different in mind.

Then on January 04, 2018 it all came together and I concentrated on those Buildings that lit up during the late afternoon creating an unusual light-show with high contrast and shadows. I love this light and contrast, and it was a great start
for 2018.


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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture, Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)


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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture, Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)


I forced myself making images only using a long lens from
200mm to 800mm picking the best textures and patterns from
varies high rise buildings, highlighting the architecture seldom seen.
There is only a very short gap when the light is just right and the weather is absolutely crucial, cloud coverage can change things very quickly.
Time is of the essence since the light changes very fast, besides dealing with a long lens can be quiet cumbersome.

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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture,
Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)


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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture, Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)


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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture, Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)

I guess the recent Realestate Boom in Manila continuous changing the city skyline, and many more days for me to keep busy.
The few images I posted here are made with iPhone 6 in December 2017 and the architecture ones with the Lumix
GX8 using the Pana/Leica 100 to 400mm in January 2018.
You can view the complete selection in high resolution in my
Photo Shelter Galleries and Archive.


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Magic light, shadows and a commercial airliner, Manila Architecture,
Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)


I might mention also that during the Christmas and New Year Holidays Jason and myself made also some more improvements on my new website; tweaked a bit here and there, added some more images in the main gallery and completely updated the Photo Tours/Workshop section.
Thanks for stopping by,
Cheers GD

Photograpy: Chaotic traffic jams and beautiful Nature


Chaotic traffic jams and beautiful Nature


A short visit to Subic and Angeles City last weekend proved to more then I had expected.

I was on assignment to cover some very specific areas in the Pampanga area and my good friend Hans from the
Filipino Travel Center joined me. (he actually did all the driving, thanks a lot Hans)

Under normal condition (but then what’s normal in Manila) it should not take more then 2.5 hours to reach Angeles City but unlucky for us Manila was in a gridlock with traffic jams beyond belief and it took us much longer to reach our destination.
But in the end it was all worth it and the next couple of days proved to be very enjoyable and rewarding. Discovering hidden waterfalls, hiking through pristine jungle with the super nice and friendly Aetas and rewarded ourselves by the end of the day with a very cold beer.

I had to cover a variety of different locations and subjects but thanks to Hans and his knowledge of the area we managed to get everything done that was on my shooting list.

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A spontaneous encounter with young Aeta girl, Philippines


I personally enjoyed our drive through the gorges leading to the Puning Hot Springs, created by the famed Mt Pinatubo eruption in 1991. It is a beautiful scenic and ragged terrain, a visual treat for Photography, Geologist and Nature Lovers.
An awesome landscape shaped by Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption, with the river traversing through deep gorges lined with lush vegetation like huge fans and other plants, it was indeed unexpected and a pleasant surprise after the chaotic traffic in Manila.

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Spectacular Gorges on the way to the
Puning Hot Springs, Philippines


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Spectacular Gorges on the way to the
Puning Hot Springs, Philippines


In other areas we did some Jungle trekking and chanced upon a group of Aeta women collection Takipan in the rainforest, a vegetable that can be eaten raw or is used in soup by the locals. Of course I had to taste it; again to my surprise the raw Takipan was very nice and I enjoyed it very much, this could make indeed a very nice salad provided by Mother Nature.

But there is so much more to discover and I upload a selection of Images next week into my PhotoShelter Archives but for now you can check out a very small preview/selection on my website.
http://www.gdeichmann-photo.com/code-2/

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Aeta collecting fire wood, Philippines


Thanks again to Hans from
Filipino Travel Center, a good friend and companion and I keep you posted since the two of us planning something you might find very interesting. (Photo Tour/Workshop)

After all getting out of Manila can be a blessing and Mother Nature is only 2.5 hours away, provided there is no traffic jam in Manila.
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