It was just another Good Friday in Brgy. Kapitangan, Paombong. It was the usual - flagellants and penitents, a sea of spectators, a wave of wily photographers, a platoon of frustrated organizers and marshals. I wanted to shoot in a different location, but after checking a place in Plaridel where I thought there would be a crucifixion re-enactment (turned out I assumed wrong), I decided to shoot in Kapitangan again. This time I decided to do-away with the fisheye lens which I used last year (view my 2011 set HERE) in favor of the trusty 24-70mm plus use the lighter 135mm f/2 L instead of the burdensome 70-200 f/2.8L. That was about it. I tried as much as I could to make the set different this year. I tried, alright? But the event and the subject stayed the same, basically.
And much as I wanted to keep the colors untouched, I'm anticipating too-bloody-red comments, so just like last year, I introduced a vintage-y slight yellow tone to offset the redness of the blood. To make it "bearable" to look at.
So let's go.
Some bits to share :
- There were more people and more penitents last year.
- Fortunately, it was not as hot this year compared to last.
- Most photographers are hard-headed and just don't listen to organizers' directions and pleas.
- I have a confession to make, one which hurts to tell. I dropped my 7D and the 135mm lens attached to it. I had my 5D3 camera on my shoulder strap, and I put the 7D in a bag. I've gotten used to the 7D being on another shoulder strap. After shooting with the 7D at one point, I just lay it down at the top of my bag, "feeling" it was secure. A second later, it dropped to the ground, about a 4-foot fall. As I knelt to quickly pick it up, a lady said "shit, ang sakit". I thought she was referring to the misery of having your camera hit the ground. As I stood back up, I looked at the lady and she gave me that angry look. Turns out the 7D hit her foot. Told her I'm really sorry and realized her foot cushioned my 7D's fall. I've now dropped my cameras twice. The first time was when I dropped my 60D last October during the MassKara Festival in Bacolod. I vow not to get careless again.
This will be my last time to shoot Kapitangan. Next year I'll shoot somewhere else on Good Friday or I won't shoot at all.
Thanks for looking! =)