In March I will make a 3 week, logistics and planning trip to the Philippines as I prepare for my Summer 2015 retirement there. On this trip I will begin my long planned re-photographing of places I had been before and the start of seeing and photographing new places I have never been.
When I was in the Philippines October 2006-2007 I was primarily working as a fraud and compliance manager for a call center company. That meant living in the Philippines but working US hours, or in other words working nights to be in sync with US days. As a result much of my photography took place on the way to or from work while riding in a company van. On weekends I would get home at about 8 AM Saturday morning, grab a little sleep and then try to get out and do some photography late Saturday or on Sunday. The end result was that my photo work was often rushed and did not get the attention or loving care I would like to have given it. My photo gear was not quite of the quality I would have liked either. I worked with a Nikon S10 pocket zoom, a Panasonic FZ50 super zoom (for those days) or an Olympus E-500 with kit lens. This time I will be shooting extensively with a more modern m4/3 camera capable of capturing much more detail and subtle tones and colors and using pro-grade lenses of incredible sharpness. And I’ll have much more time to give to my love for photography and travel. My new gear kit will consist of a Panasonic FZ-1000, an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with Olympus (Zuiko) 12-40 and 40-150 (equivalent together to 24 to 300mm) pro-grade lenses. With 3+ times the resolution and low light capabilities and significantly better glass (lenses) I will be giving my all to my photography this time around. And I won’t have to be rushed.
So as I prepare for and enter into my retirement, one of my goals is to revisit some the places I photographed before but with more time and focus (and being less tired) plus having much better camera equipment and lenses to work with.
Of course, the venerable Jeepney’s seen above, are a cultural icon. These brightly and uniquely decorated forms of transportation will be an ongoing project for me. Some other places I may visit early on (with photos from my previous trips) are as below. They and many others deserve much more of my photographic attention as I explore, life, love, history and the many facets of the Philippine Islands. My camera will be the eye through which I share my journey. This time though with lots of loving attention and the full use of my photographic skills.
Intramuros – The Walled City
Manila American Cemetery (World War II Monument)