I got access to shoot Reyna ng Bulacan's coronation night. Our photography club Bulacan Letratista was the official coveror of the event. Reyna ng Bulacan is part of the annual Singkaban Festival week, and it's the sanctioned pageant that determines the province's representatives to Binibining Pilipinas, Miss World - Philippines, Mutya ng Pilipinas, among others.
I made sure to get to the venue (KB Gym) early so I could get behind-the-scene shots. I wanted to add something new to my documentation, this time shots of the preparations for the big event. It's a little something to be different from other photographers who only take photos of the contestants during the pageant proper. (Always try to be better and do something new.)
Alright, now to photos of the program proper. Awarding of special awards, introduction of last year's pageant winners, and others.
This blog post is quite long, so to help shorten it, individual photos of some candidates are in thumbnails below. Click on them to view in full.
I must commend the stage lighting. A little too many colors used, but otherwise excellent and made shooting a lot easier. I shot at 1/200 and played around ISO 400-800 and got good exposure. Made processing a breeze, too - all I had to do was crop and watermark the photos. Haha. And of course, convert to high-contrast black-and-white. There was a portion of the stage that had harsh lighting, and that's what I used for these photos below.
Back to color and the program. The 26 contestants were trimmed to a Top 16, then to a Final 7. The top 7 had a question-and-answer, all of them were asked the same question : "Are you afraid of growing old? Why or why not?" As we all know, this is the part where nerves really show.
There's only two of them left. The Reyna ng Bulacan 2012 is...
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and all the contestants! Good luck in your succeeding beauty contests. Make Bulacan proud. =)
I'll finish with BULLET group shots.
That's all folks. Thank you to the organizers for giving us access, particulary backstage where I took behind-the-scenes. And oh, the front-stage view was terrific! I'd also like to thank Christopher Adriano for coordinating BULLET's coverage. Job well done!
Till the next post. =)
[13 September 2012]