Woah! My two big eyes were opened so widely parang kasing laki ng dalawang malulusog at malalaking itlog dahil I was amazed with the place. The Farm nga talaga.
Nang bumaba na kami, dumiretso na kami sa Japanese Hall. Very nice ang place. Japanese-style talaga ang interior and exterior designsw with all the Bonsai on the surroundings of the hall.
Japanese Hall, kuya Tanchi
They were preparing for the said event and after all the SOX Bloggers arrived, nagstart na rin ang program. We introduced ourselves one-by-one from newbies to oldies. (Tama ba? LOL. :D) And the Manansala brothers introduced to us the speaker / lecturer for the event. She's no other than Ms. Jojie Alcantara. Siya 'yung sinasabi ko na really bothers me, but I don't know why.
Ms. Jojie Alcantara, taken by Sir Ariel Oclarit
She started with a lecture about blogging - do's and don'ts, the basic photojournalism, her works and published articles and photos, her experiences as a lifestyle editor. But wait, may sinabi siya about Ace Choco Crackers. Then I asked ate Rafi and ate Van about it and they answered me that she's the host of the said cooking show in ABS-CBN RNG. Kaya pala she looks familiar. Wow, too many talents and skills. Amazing. :)
After listening, she gave us a task: "Promote The Farm using your cameras and show me what you have learned". Oh no, "naminaw ko'g ahat pero wala ko'y tarong na kamera." But first we should our lunch. (chibugan time!) :D
Principles for Photo Journalism, taken by kuya Tanchi
Before chibugan, picture-picture muna sa food, taken by Sir Hector Miñoza
SOX Bloggers having their Lunch Buffet, taken by Sir Hector Miñoza
Nang nabusog kaming lahat, tinuruan kami about Opera. Kuya Alexis and his companion, (gosh nakalimutan ko name niya) about Opera Browser. Madami itong applications and it can be used by anyone who has a mobile phone, laptop or pc, even refrigerators, LCDTV, PSP's and Nintendo Wii's, anything that has an internet connection. Makarelate ako kasi everytime I need to plurk or to update my status on Facebook on my cellphone (nung hindi pa china phone gamit ko), I use Opera Mini because it is really convenient, very fast, very easy, just one-click then the page is loading too fast, and hassle-free.
Kuya Alexis on his Opera Lecture, taken by Sir Ariel Oclarit
They also gave us some freebies from Opera. Thank you pala. After the Opera Software presentation, ang pinakahihintay naming paraffle ng gifts ang sumunod and thank you nga pala sa "Ako Mismo" bracelet and dog tags. Kung sino ka man, thank you very much. And si kuya Tanchi ang nakakuha sa regalo ko. LOL. I'm sorry kung 'yun ang laman ng box, NEWSPAPERS. Ah hindi, kung ganun ang laman. ^^
We down to our task of taking pictures of The Farm in an hour. Everyone was obliged to join but I felt hopeless kasi I don't have a good camera but they forced, eh not a good term but encouraged me to use the "not so good" camera phone. Hindi naman pwedeng tanggihan 'yun so ginawa ko naman. Over 50 images na kinunan ko, I chose the top 5 images. Of course, minadali ko lang 'tong pinili because I don't have enough time to choose the best images. So, here's my TOP 5 with P&V's:
The Farm @ Carpenter Hill signage. Well, of course I'm promoting the place but may Restroom na nakalagay sa baba. LOL. It catches the attention of the viewer because may restroom na nakalagay sa baba.
Actually the yellow one (foreground) is the big parol and on the center merong butas na pabilog and the whole view looks like a sunflower but the background, kung saan merong simbahan, makes the image very attractive and I use the Frame as what the principles taught me.
I took this in their Butterfly Sanctuary. I use the reflection of the wall as you can see below (the green water, parang malumot ang pond) but the problem is that hindi nice ang color combination of the water and the wall.
This one shows the person taking a picture of an artificial waterfall. It is also a part of promoting The Farm. It shows na gaano kalaki ang falls kasi merong subject.
I don't know if I'm promoting the place by taking this image. I was attracted to the light post in the garden and I love the background, green pasture with yellow flowers. But the problem is that the light post is the same as the background kasi sa kanilang color. Dapat contrasting ang color to make it more attractive.
and here's more images from my china phone:
This flower looks nice and attractive. The color of the flower is very strong. I don't know the name of this flower.
This one looks nice if I use digital camera or DSLR (kung marunong ako) because may droplets ng water sa bulaklak mismo and the color of the flower is very appealing.
It looks like a real church, pero hindi. Props lang ito and really attracts me so I took a picture of it. It is nice kasi silhouette style ang mga puno sa paligid and only a part of the church is visible. Maganda sana kung maganda ang weather.
Three stars. I really love their concept of having 3 giant parols. It gives eye-catching to the tourists of The Farm. I love the color of the parols except sa right side kasi magkapareho na sila sa kanyang background which is green.
I use the worms eye view in this image. It shows someone is coming. Very nice ang background, parang nasa forest ang dating.
Pagkatapos ng isang oras, hinatol din ang aming artworks. Pinili ni Ms. Alcantara ang best images based on the principles and concepts. Over a hundred images, pinili niya ang Top 10 para sa kanya and I was not expecting na makasali ako. China Phone nga naman. Amazing. And again, Ms. Alcantara gave us another task, take images of The Farm @ night. Kaganda ganda ng The Farm basta gabi and actually it's their promo, I love their concept, very colorful and it gives light to every corners of the place. Well, using my china phone again, here's the output:
Ito, actually the three circles, snowman yan siya. then 'yung sa taas, kampana 'yan. pero it's not an accident na 'yung kampana looks like weird sunod katawan niya 'yang three big circles. Very weird.
Favorite ko itong place na 'to. May bahay kubo effect and it is really nice sa gabi, then ang background nito ay 'yung christmas tree na naka-attached sa coconut tree.
This big parol reminds me of the ABS-CBN OBB, 'yung "Bro, ikaw ang Star ng Pasko". Pinagti-tripan ko 'tong parol na 'to since morning kasi very vivid sa mata and it attracted me.
Ito ang church sa gabi. Very amusing. Parang totoong simbahan. So, I took this image.
and here's the compiled images taken by ate Van using her DSLR. (WOW) (just click the flower, este the image to enlarge it)
NICE. Whew. Professional talaga. She used the reflection style and the worm eye view shots. Love it!
I used to play images especially the place is full of lights. Well, ginamit ko siya and here's the output:
Sa simbahan 'to. Ginalaw kong pabilog ang camera while taking it so yan ang nangyari. Maraming curved lines and colorful siya.
Ito, parang spectrum. Very detailed ang lines.
Nah, "nabuang na ko sigeg kuha sa mga litrato. maka-adik man diay, lalo na't china phone imong gamit. unsaon nalang kaya kung DSLR imong gamit? LOL".
Well, umuwi na kami sa GenSan at dala-dala namin ang experience of being a photo journalist, and marami kaming natutunan and marami din kaming naging kaibigan. Many thanks to the Manansala Brothers who organized and planned the event namely Sir Orman and Sir Avel. To Sir Gilbert, a lot of thanks, for the ideas kung saan i-held ang event and to the owners of The Farm, thanks for the warm accomodation. I really love the food, the place and the crew, very friendly. Hindi ko nakuha ang name ng owner pero you can post it on my comment box para malaman ko. Para makadiscount ako kung babakasyon ako. "If ever" LOL. To all SOCSKSARGEN Bloggers, thank you, thank you. "nalingaw ko that day and first time nako naka-attend ug christmas party this year kay wala'y christmas party sa college. T.T". To Ms. Jojie Alcantara and company, thanks for teaching us kahit may bayad pero super uber sulit naman. Madaming natutunan and ina-apply ko na siya. Thank you.
Ayun. From Sir Hector Miñoza's Photo Album, the SOX Bloggers who attended the Photo Journalism Workshop & Christmas Party. Natabunan ako. hahaha. :D
MORAL LESSON: EVERYTHING is POSSIBLE. nakaya nga ni CHINA PHONE oh. LOL.
~Grabe naman, haba ng blog post ko, because this is the finale. "CHINA PHONE". LOVE IT! :D
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