If you thought this was about the American cellular phone company, sorry. You may now look away.
But if you 're interested in seeing motocross action, stay. This shouldn't take long.
Photographer friend Caloi Leonardo tipped me about a motocross event in Sta. Maria, Bulacan. I couldn't have been more thankful because I've been wanting to shoot a motocross event for the past few years. It always occurred that I found out about these events too late and I didn't get to go...and shoot. So Two Sundays ago I gave it a go even though I didn't have the luxury of time.
The moto event coincided with the town fiesta of Sta. Maria, so you got the idea that it was well-supported by the local government. It was slated to start at 7AM, which I thought was cool because it would give me roughly an hour to shoot the action before I have to head home to attend our church's 19th founding anniversary. Or so I thought. By the time I left around 8:15AM, all I saw was practice runs by a few riders.
But that's okay. Next time I'll dedicate more time to a motocross event and hope that the organizers stick to the schedule. =)
The photos from the practice run (yep, that's why I'm so disappointed of missing the competition proper) :
And before I left, a big-shot motocross rider arrived. I tried to hold out a few minutes more so I can get a glimpse of what he does, but alas, he was still warming up and getting on his protection pads and I really had to head home for church. Didn't get to see Kenneth San Andres in his dirt glory. He eventually won that day's competition. And guess what his favorite number was. =p
That's all folks! Thanks for looking. Next motocross event I promise I'll stay for the actual competition. Just as long as it's not on a Sunday morning. =)
[12 February 2012]
On the last day of Bulacan Letratista's Ilocos trip, we went back to Calle Crisologo to buy pasalubong and shoot some more. Already weary and wanting to go home, I decided to shoot with my 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. I only use it for my IR camera, but I got lazy that time and didn't want to change lenses. The 18-200 doesn't perform like an L, but hey, in that situation and mood, it was more than enough for me.
Calle Crisologo more or less stayed the same way since I was last there in 2008. Oh wait, I forgot they mean to preserve the landmark strip. Hahaha. But I think there's a lot more souvenir stores now, and I was surprised there's actually a night club in the vicinity. Should have checked that out...NOT.
Here are my captures from the streets of Vigan :
And thus, my Ilocos series ends. Thanks for viewing. =)
[5 February 2012]
Had another 3-day trip to Ilocos last February 3-5. Back in 2008, I was with highschool classmates. This time, it was a photo trip with friends from Bulacan Letratista. We had a lot of locations to cover but too little time. The itinerary wasn't maximized because of lack of time. But not by lack of effort.
Is it me or is it really hot in Ilocos? We braved the elements (especially the blistering heat) to shoot. I guess everyone of us got sunburned. No regrets though. It was worth it. Besides, after every shoot we got to cool ourselves in the comforts of our own coaster.
Anyway, enough with the talking. This is a long post because of the numerous photos.
Here are my captures from our Ilocos (Norte and Sur) trip :
And here are group shots and behind-the-scenes...
Whew! Thank you for your patience in going thru the photos. A lot, I know.
Thank you to my BULLET companions in Ilocos, namely Kath Cruz, Eugene Figueroa, Kat Centeno, Edu Ramos, Lalaine Eustaquio, Caloi Leonardo, Renz Sarmiento, Mhoie Mendoza, Paul Cabantog, Tupher Adriano, Echel Darcen, and Rhai Gonzalvo. We made it!
Now, where will the next trip take us?
[3-5 February 2012]