Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away. -- Anonymous

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Camera: Nikon D80
Aperture: F7.1
Shutter: 10/2000 sec
Focal Length: 27mm
ISO: 100
Flash: No


posted by Señor Enrique at 8:32 AM


Blogger carlotta1924 said...

how true, señor. the moments might be just small, but then they would have some significance to us. =)

and then again, very nice picture. does the guy know that he's included in it? =)

July 10, 2007 9:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! Is this San Agustin taken from the corner of Casa Manila??? What a very restful photo. The way I see it.. the young man is taking a breather in the shade (away from the kasikatan ng araw). Same with the calesa. Rest time muna...

July 10, 2007 11:18 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That is so true, Carla. It's making every moment counts.

No, he wasn't at all aware that I had included him on the picture.


July 10, 2007 12:04 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Gracing! Yes, that is San Agustin Church.

That young man is my nephew's best friend who hasn't gone back to Intramuros since he was in grade school. This was the day we were heading towards Bahay Tsinoy.

He was entranced by the calesa passing by the church that I was compelled to take a picture of him with the calesa and church as backdrop.

July 10, 2007 12:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very true. That is how we ought to look in life.


July 10, 2007 2:16 PM  

Blogger sheilamarie said...

st.agustin looks beautiful no matter what angle =) love the simplicity of the picture, eric. especially the street, empty except for the lone calesa

July 10, 2007 5:50 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That's right, Kyels. This way we'll appreciate even more the simple things that we sometimes take for granted.

July 10, 2007 6:14 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Truth be told, Sheilamarie, right after posting this entry and while reviewing it for some typos, I thought of Lucho as a young man visiting Manila, trying to hail a calesa ... hehehe.

Thank you!

July 10, 2007 6:16 PM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

nice shot with a most appropriate caption/quote. i love that quote and agree with it completely.

July 10, 2007 10:44 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

Wow ang ganda pa rin ng San Agustin Church at saka ang paligid nito! Pero teka muna baka bungkalin na naman ni Mayor gung Ho yang mga granite na bato sa kalsada dahil malubak at palitan niya ng aspalto!

July 11, 2007 12:24 AM  

Blogger Senorito<- Ako said...

Tricky lighting.
Either change the white balance for the shaded area or white balance for the building.
You chose the later. Had you done the former the church shot would be a tad yellower warmer.

Nice shot nonetheless.

July 11, 2007 5:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh! Our Eternal Church,another iconic shot,well done Senor Enrique.Wish we could be done away with the electrical wires though.


July 11, 2007 6:23 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Photo Cache!

A friend loves to forward inspirational quotes and whatnot, and since I know of at least ten people celebrating their birthday this month, thought I'd post a series of pics with quotes on life and aging gracefully.

July 11, 2007 6:45 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hindi ata kaya ni Mayor na pakialaman ang Intramuros, Pete. He has to go through certain government agencies first. Intramuros Administration (IA) he might also have to contend with.

Manila Bulletin devoted an entire page about Intramuros attracting vagabonds at night. This might become a growing problem for IA since most of these homeless families are beginning to set up residences along certain sidewalks.

July 11, 2007 6:50 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi S.A.!

There was a film by Luis Bunuel I saw at NYU's art film festival many years back. I forgot its title, but anyway, in it was a noontime scene in which it was photograph in such a way as to truly depict the harsh light and heat of that moment. I also noticed that most Latin filmmakers tend to shoot some noontime/early pm scenes and attempt to depict such elements.

I have since been practicing with same, and this is the reason why I didn't configure the white balance to achieve a warmer effect on this picture. With Intramuros as backdrop, my entire outdoor shots of that day and time were to practice that particular Latin-type shot :)

However, I'd shoot late afternoon if I want to attain warmer results. But in this case, the intention was to capture this decisive moment at early pm.


July 11, 2007 7:03 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

A friend took a photo of San Sebastian and then spent a week on Photoshop erasing the telephone poles and cable TV wires and cables. It is incredible how beautiful our landmarks are, especially when photographed without such ugly visual obstructions.

Thanks, IndioBravo!

July 11, 2007 7:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the beauty of the philippines, does shine true! i love old buildings and establishments. it has character and a story to go with it. nice shot eric!

July 13, 2007 1:45 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thank you, Nell.

I must commend Intramuros Administration (IA) for doing a wonderful job in this historic enclave of Manila.

July 13, 2007 6:46 AM  

Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Senor Enrique,

Indeed those moments that take our breath away are the moments we want to preserve forever into something tangible I guess that is why photos were invented. Some images cannot even capture the beauty of the moment it is only in our memories that the true image remains. But memories fade and digital images is the there to remind us again :)

July 16, 2007 10:48 AM  

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