a VISUAL GIG at the BIG Apple

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BROADWAY Street / mga tao ng new york
self-curated. sept.2017. NEX6. soliven


a VISUAL GIG at the BIG Apple

Along broadway street, New York exist this richly rendered winged mural that just got my excitement shooting up, locked me in.

Man, the prospects for some beautiful candid street outputs just presented itself right before me, this is pure visual gig!

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So one of the exciting part of candidly photographing street subjects is waiting for the best-right subject/s to fall in the frame.


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it may take a quick 1 minute or less or it may take 30 minutes or more until you are satisfied with the subject-character to play your frame!

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all should be in their most candid-interesting expression,

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the EYE-CONTACT is one that interests street photographers most – having that unplanned-surprised reaction-connection to you! DSC06202 C copy

Such as these 2 ladies who went inside the frame, the other girl’s ‘surprised’ reaction is both personally satisfying! –  another bonus is the matching colour of the shirt and the wings, at all it was not planned!


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behind the camera, the visual gig runs simultaneously with the selection process as long as time allows, patiently waiting, spotting for that one perfect connection!


#35 a VISUAL GIG at the BIG Apple/ mga tao ng new york
category: street photography. self-curated. sept.2017. sonyNEX6. by.yernevile


15 ways to a happy Design life





15 ways to a happy Design life.

  1. Hone thy Craft to the best of your abilities.
  2. Practice w.o prejudice
  3. Buy design books, read them.
  4. Dress for the occasion.
  5. Be humble, but don’t get bullied.
  6. Laughter is medicine, an icebreaker.
  7. Be smart, act dumb!
  8. Reciprocate – share and give back, say thank you, and acknowledge too.
  9. Give credit, don’t expect the same.
  10. Pay it fair and be paid fair.
  11. Tech-upgrade.
  12. Remember thy roots. never forget the people who helped you along the way.
  13. be healthy, play tennis, run!
  14. Love your family, they are your first and last support group, your best and worst critic!
  15. Believe in God. He never fails!

– soliven

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Serendipitous results are considered gifts, bonuses from the lucky appearance of unplanned but interesting juxtapositions between the human and his environment.

By now street photography has overtaken (?) the other genres in terms of popularity as evidenced by the numerous street photography groups (apf / usp / b&w / upsp / flickr/ etc), due by default to the candid, unstaged nature of it. The results of which can be surreal, obvious, clichéd, funny, or just purely a visual pleasure.

I leave with you street and non street photography friends to read through the frame. The result could be in the form of your comments.

Enjoy if you will.

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This is one of my personal picks.

serendipity 5 / usesgears fromsony :  RX100/NEX6/a77




pedestrians of pasay

”  purposely though, this is not about the risks of ignoring traffic rules but a street perspective and a visual appreciation of the rushes of daily chaotic traffic scenes set under the light of the afternoon sun, when shadows cast are at their longest and most interesting angle ” – soliven

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a major road. a busy street. pedestrians lanes. moving – crossing pedestrians. crisscrossing pedestrians. traffic rules. broken traffic rules.

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these are the ‘other’ pedestrians of buendia road, a major intersection along taft avenue. They look funny, amusing but definitely courting disaster, refusing to use pedestrian lanes, not minding the risks, all competing with the space reserved for passing vehicles, speeding buses, cars, jeepneys, just to reach the other side quicker.

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purposely though, this is not about the risks of ignoring traffic rules but a street perspective and a visual appreciation of the rushes of daily chaotic traffic scenes set under the light of the afternoon sun, when shadows cast are at their longest and most interesting angle.

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welcome to our urban jungle!

pedestrians of pasay. 2016 ©soliven

usesgears fromsony :  RX100/NEX6/a77

ambiguous photographus

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It is like a puzzle, or the strange taste of durian, or a perched cicada perfectly blending its brownish-green color to a mahogany tree, or a chameleon mimicking something around its environment, just there deceptively in front of you.

Earlier today, i heard from somebody well known say ambiguous while doing a street documentary film. He was referencing on the wonderful street scenarios, images that either make you see nothing at first or see something right away. DSC03955 c bw

cliche’ in subic.©soliven   

There are excellent street photographs that clearly show its intent the moment we saw it, in fact these are the ones that generate outright viewership, and following. Take the path of silhouettes, or of shadowplay, or of a human form excellently captured in between enormous buildings, favorite cliches and sure hits!


On the other hand, there are photographs that are silent, uncertain of intent, seem wanting of purpose, and doesn’t catch attention right away, it may even get lost in the sea of the less obvious yet they give you better satisfaction on another visual and surreal levels.



For the adventurous, studious, there is that certain aspect of some photos that are unclear, look harmless, they are ambiguous.

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It challenges you to examine and look closer, maybe question yourself a bit.

But then, there now emanates the beauty of it… – discovery..

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and realization..and the emotional expression derived from it. thanks to the 19th century pioneers – the various disciplines, and for making great photographs ahead for the ‘now-digital-wielding-culture’.


share your thoughts! – ambiguous photographus. 2015/sony.nex6.a350©soliven

in the bag

 ‘sharpen th10290645_767023543330332_4933490473663732139_ne saw’ is one of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  In photography, that would mean we shoot regularly to hone our skills, or it may also suggest we perfect something that we failed previously. To the avid, photographing street style comes as soon as the camera is strapped to the neck, which I do! As random as it can be, we follow our instinct to shoot as soon as there are opportunities of good subjects and/or interesting scenes to capture, at the airport, bus terminal, in the plane, at touchdown, in the jeepney-tricycle, hotel vicinity, etc.


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photowalk with my DAAN group

10981925_964567453575939_6223175174074252024_nWhen available, I join my friends and photo groups in scheduled photowalks, but most of the time I venture alone especially when on travel assignments.

So I am one of those who would go out in simple plain clothes, black tees, jeans, good comfortable rubber shoes because it is the feet that bears the pressure mostly. As for head covers, i put on a simple cap to cover from the sun, and sun flare. I leave the wearing of shawls to the journalists, i never felt it necessary to wearing them as i feel it creates a strange impression that you are actually battle-ready  [!?]

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so what’s in the bag?in-the-bag

1.medium sized soft canvass sling bag with adjustable shoulder straps. an olive-green salavatorre MANN, economical, enough to carry either a big dslr or a mirrorless camera. It has outer and inner pockets for various storage and securing purposes. 2.3. Sony Nex6 camera. Black, small enough to keep me unnoticed. Extra Batteries. extra SD card.


4.5.6. Coin purse + Money. card for meals and other extra expenses worth a half day walk. iD, of course, for emergency purposes. 7.8.9. mobile phone, earphone. cap 10. that green pair of shades was lost somewhere! so i am now using a black one, and a white one too

11. subject to addition/omission..


so what’s in your bag?

do share! /acknowledgement to fsp, project what’s in your bag 2014.

ciao! 2015 ©soliven