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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

2017 © Gunther Deichmann
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.

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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.

Photography: Spontaneous, predictable and patience, my philosophy

Spontaneous, predictable and patience, my philosophy in photography

Spontaneous things happen all of a sudden, on the spur of the moment, without being planned and can happen without outside influence.
To be spontaneous you have be relaxed and go with the flow and have fun, you would never get mad if plans changed, and never force or chasing the subjects, if it meant to be it will come to you, however if something does happen you have to be ready hence the word spontaneous.

Patient, with out complaint or irritation, is an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted once you in the field.

, foresee or estimate beforehand what could happen that a specified thing, like a person walking into the frame for example. If you patient enough a consequence of something that might happen then you have the combination of spontaneous, patience and predictable however sometimes a little luck comes in handy too, now let me add one more to my list…

Knowledge of the area or the country you traveling to is another very important fact and should be researched way in advance and if possible having a knowledgeable local guide with you can make all the difference. So, where ever you travel to or just making images on your home turf try and work with these tree words and you find things will happen naturally without getting frustrated and you can have fun at the same time.

If you miss an image, never mind as mention above, there is always another day, besides taken home the memory can be very rewarding too.

See below some examples from my recent Journeys this year to Vietnam and Cambodia,
a simple combination of the words mention above plus local knowledge can make all the difference.

Cheers GD

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Location knowledge and lots of patience and predictable.
(I knew what I wanted) Hanoi, Vietnam

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Location knowledge, patience and spontaneous. The vendor
walking behind the couple was actually luck. Hoi An, Vietnam

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Location knowledge, patience, spontaneous and very predictable.
Tourists waiting for the sunrise, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Location knowledge, (knowing the weather) patience, spontaneous.
Tonle Sap Lake area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Location knowledge, (hanging around at the location), patience,
very spontaneous and predictable at-least for the color.
School building near the Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Note: The falling cell phone is in mid-air.