Miyerkules, Agosto 2, 2017

The Great Gensan PhotoWalk

The Sox Bloggers (SoCSKSarGen) and Sox Local Guides, under the leadership of Avel Manansala of GenSantos.com, spearheaded "The Great Gensan PhotoWalk" last July 09, 2017, Sunday. The aim of this event was to add updated photos of the historic places in General Santos City in Google Maps, hoping that these photos and reviews will help people get to know the places more.

What is a PhotoWalk?

A PhotoWalk is an activity done by bloggers, photographers and local guides.  They gather and walk around a place or community and take photos of interesting subjects.  The subjects of a photowalk can be anything: an interesting building or structure, an ordinary person sitting at the park, or people crossing the street.  It is the photographer's sole discretion on what story to capture during this activity.  During The Great Gensan PhotoWalk, we were asked to take photos of some of the historical places in Gensan and post it as a contribution on Google Maps.

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Official Poster of The Great Gensan PhotoWalk / Photo Courtesy of Avel Manansala

Google Photowalk
The Map of our photowalk

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My First PhotoWalk Experience

This was my first ever photowalk experience and I am so glad that I joined this.  I've been a resident of Gensan my entire lifetime but I never got to appreciate these than I did during this activity.  Being with this group also made the walk less tiring and more fun.

Here are some of my snapshots:

Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges

General Santos City Investment Action Center

Jose Catolico Sr. Puericulture

Fishermen Shrine at Plaza Heneral Santos

Sydney Hotel

Statue of Gen. Paulino Santos at Plaza Heneral Santos

Clock Tower at Pioneer Avenue

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
Photo courtesy of Michael Carbon

Shooting architectural structures can be quiet tricky.  Good thing I have my friend, The Rain Ramas, with me during this photowalk.  He gave me tips on how to capture the essence of a building and giving it the justice that it deserves.  My photos definitely improved when I applied his tips but they were still a far-cry from the photos that he was producing. Hahaha

The SOX Local Guides

The Local Guides Bingo Game
The photowalk commenced with a get-together at Jollibee RD Plaza where the winners of the Local Guides Game were awarded.  We took this time to edit our photos and upload it on Google Maps with our reviews. Sir Avel explained to us the new points system of Google Local Guides.  You get more points now for sharing photos.  This got me really excited.  Let us just say that after that photowalk, I was able to level-up from Level 3 to Level 4 easily!

Snack from Jollibee

It also ended with a yummy meal from, of course, Jollibee.

Useful PhotoWalk Tips

First time to join a photowalk too? Then these tips will be really helpful for you:

1) Wear comfortable shoes

A photowalk requires a lot of walking.  Wearing some comfy shoes will be a good decision and you will thank the heavens that you did.  You will also be able to discover more areas and take photos when you will be able to walk comfortably.  P.S. Walking and high heels also don't really match.

2) Bring a bottle of water

An activity such as a photowalk will make you sweat.  If you are in a place like the Philippines, walking to somewhere, even if that somewhere is just near, will make you thirsty.  It can also be quiet hot so it is really best to keep yourself hydrated to avoid heatstroke. 

3) Use an umbrella.

We did The Great Gensan PhotoWalk at around 2PM so it was a time that the might sun was at its peak. Using an umbrella during an activity like this is really a great idea.  If an umbrella bothers you, then use a cap or a cool hat instead.  Use anything that will prevent your brain from melting.

4) Get a Feel of Your Subject

I got this tip from Rain and it is really applicable to all subjects. When taking a photo, don't just go ahead and click and click and click.  Pause and take a look at your subject, in our case a building structure, and get a feel of it.  Look for unique details that deserve to be highlighted.  Look for lines as they usually are the first thing that our eyes see in the photo. 

5) Think of the headroom

Back in photography class, our prof always tells us about the importance of headroom.  Until now, this rule still applies but because of different reasons. Instagram is known to crop your photos so it is now better to get a long shot of a subject and just crop it if necessary.

6) Don't use rule of thirds

That is if you do not know how.  Back in college, I was really a fan of the drama that the "Rule of Thirds" can bring to my photos. However, I have seen lots of photos who have tried this technique but failed miserably. So if you want to really make use of this technique, make sure to practice and practice until you perfect it.

So that sums up my first photowalk experience.  Do you have a photowalk experience that you want to share too? Then hit me up at the comment section.

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