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Roland Lacson

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Street Photography

Published November 18th, 2012

A genre I've come to appreciate and enjoy doing since my film days. The one thing that set this apart from others is that you never know when that fleeting moment happens when all the variables come together that makes capturing the everyday life of complete strangers compelling, intriguing, etc. Once it's grabbed that moment is gone and will never be repeated, there is a saying that "Street Photography is 99% failure", it's true in the sense that every time you set out to photograph in the streets, it never happens and all we end up are mere snapshots. The lessons I've learned thru the years is not only to be patient but receptive and not aggressively seeking it out, be confident, smile and a little conversation with your subjects after goes a long way in making this endeavor worthwhile.

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Elderly Women

Published March 3rd, 2012

Spotted these women sitting on a roadside souvenir store dressed in their native attire. I recall prior that I didn't seek the usual look & smile shot, instead I was after an unguarded moment of just being themselves. I improvised by moving my head away from the viewfinder & as soon as I did two of them dropped their guard except for one. She never took her eyes off me but the resulting image makes it appear she's in her own little world.

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Death Valley National Park

Badwater Road

Published February 29th, 2012

Lead in's is just one of many aspects I look at when I compose a shot. In this particular section of Death Valley, I was drawn on how straight the above titled road stretches to the distant mountains, coupled with near high noon backlighting emphasizes it & adds texture. I also didn't wish to include passing vehicles to give that sense of how desolate Death Valley is, however, in that time of day, most visitors are out and about so you see alot passing thru. In this shot, I had to wait around 10 mins or so just for that mile plus portion to be devoid of vehicles, in addition to watching what's behind me so I don't get run over, just shows how patience and persistence play a huge part in achieving what you previsualize.

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