The VFP (Valentine, Friday and Pay Day) traffic stopped me from shooting my first choice for this week’s photo challenge. I waited for that elusive UP-Pantranco jeepney but the line of passengers just kept on getting longer. I didn’t only miss the chance to shoot my favorite spot in UP Diliman, I also missed this year’s One Billion Rising Philippines, a global street dance for justice and women’s rights.
When I finally decided to abandon my UP Diliman gig, I had to think of a familiar place to shoot and it must be accessible from the MRT stations. The last condition must be met because I had no choice but to take the train to escape from the horrible VFP-day traffic.
The moment I set foot on the train station’s platform, I already knew where to go. Where else, but to our family’s official tambayan : Greenbelt in Makati!
I took this photo using our point and shoot camera. I had to deal with very limited lighting. In the absence of a tripod, I was able to shoot in long exposure mode by placing the camera on the railings as steady as possible. Shooting at night without a tripod can be really frustrating. Almost all the shots I’ve taken were either too grainy ( caused by high ISO) or blurred because of my very unreliable and shaky hands. Thanks to my ever supportive husband who stayed with me as I struggled to get a good shot.
Lastly, thanks to this blog challenge,this photoshoot turned out to be our Valentine’s date too.