Ynon Francisco

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Commencement Flower

Published May 2nd, 2013

Who would have thought that the sunflowers in UP signify anything? They said that when they started to bloom, it means that students have to work double time since the school year would come to an end. This means that students have to finish their term papers or thesis, prepare for the final exams, or the most awaited ceremony in the university, graduation. When I learned this from television, I decided to take a trip to my Alma Mater with the sole purpose of taking photographs of the sunflowers.

It was Saturday when I went to UP and along the University Avenue I saw the rows of sunflowers on each side of the avenue. There were people who were also taking photographs. Friends, students, families, gathered around the yellow and golden blooms ignoring the vehicles passing by. I arrived at 5:30 in the afternoon so I did not waste my time on setting up my camera and tri-pod. I am going to make long exposures so I need the tri-pod.

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Basic Photography

Published April 30th, 2013

When I was informed that our office will create a photography club, I did not think twice to become a member. The purpose of the club is to create a pool of photographers that would become alternates to our Media people in documenting our work. I thought this is crazy. Photography is a hobby that has been set aside because of my work but now, I think the club would resurrect this interest. Therefore, I enlisted myself to the club.

A month later the promise of the club to conduct a formal basic photography course came to materialize. It was a three-day course and I learned a lot about ISO, aperture, shutter speed, metering, etc. I even got to discover some parts of my camera that I never got to use. How cool is that? So there were assignments and we were required to submit our shots. By the end of the course, I earned two awards, fifth place in human activity and second place in landscape photography. That’s quite an incentive so here I am, inspired to finally become a hobbyi ...

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