Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A tip on how to get past the rope during Sinulog

There's one best way to beat the crowd and be safe from pickpockets during Sinulog--the Photo Contest ID! I got mine, with ID number in the 300s already, in mid-December.  On the day of the street dancing, the number swelled to more than a thousand in my estimate.

photographers swarm like locusts in every contingent winding toward the cebu city sports center 

At first, I felt like a fry in a big pond of professional photographers with their muscled single-digit model digital SLR cameras and bazooka of lenses. But in the end, I shrugged off the idea. After all, I wasn't really there for the contest. haha

happy to bump into fellow bloggers Andrew, Doi and Edcel |photo courtesy: Doi

Around lunch time, getting a prime spot became difficult. The crowd more than doubled and moved past beyond the cordon. The first and last time I did this was in 2000 when I was required to take photos of the Sinulog as project for my elective class in photography. It was way too different then. The maximum number of photographers at any given time back then wouldn't go beyond 20!

This year, I took around 2,000 photos. Below are few of the survivors during the weeding out process. Nothing close to the formula of a winning festival photo. haha. There's always next year.










It was just very disappointing to see uncouth photographers. Imagine the horror when a few seconds before I pulled the trigger, a photographer just popped out and stayed in the middle of a performing contingent?! Where was the ethics in there?! I couldn't blame the old lady (I think she is a teacher or principal of Gothong High School) who kept mouthing endless insults to photographers who blocked the way.  

she said something very unbecoming of a teacher but i couldn't really blame her.

The damage? I coughed up P1,000.00 for the registration (includes the ID and shirt plus 10 entries for the photo contest). 

10 comments:

  1. I guess that's the only thing I don't like about festivals. Regular people don't get to take decent shots because of those who get in the way of everyone just to take photos for a contest.

    I love the shot of the crowd with umbrellas, btw.

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    1. after the sinulog, i've heard comments from photographers who regularly cover the event that this year, "many photographers were barbaric!" i couldn't agree more.

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  2. Hahaha! Last year, I donned a red shirt and carried my sister's DSLR-looking Powershot. It took the police or whoever was guarding the cordons a couple of hours to realize I wasn't part of the "registered" photographers. :) I took hundreds of photos, mostly crappy ones, but man did I have a blast! And the expression on the policeman's face upon learning I was an illegal trespasser was just priceless. :)

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  3. good thing nga mga early morning, dili pa kaau crowded.. pagbalik nako sa may jones mga 4pm after ko nisimba, DMD ang mga photogs sa kadaghan

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    1. mas daghan pa gud ang photographers kaysa dancers. hahaha

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  4. great captures RV that it took me a hard time to pick my favorite. i should say that photo 3 is my favorite.

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  5. I agree with Dong, I like the 3rd photo. It was nice bumping into you during my first Sinulog experience RV! Maybe we'll bump into each other again next year :D

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    1. it was nice meeting you, Drew. Yep, see yah! Definitely during next year's Sinulog or earlier :D safe travels~

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