Manila in Monochrome

Two Sundays ago, I participated in the Royal Postal Heritage Tour for the second consecutive time. This time around, I chose to shoot exclusively in black and white.

Ballroom, Manila Metropolitan Theater

The decision to do so was a pretty gutsy thing for me to do, to be honest. For one, I haven’t fully mastered using my Canon A-1 in manual mode yet. Add to that the fact that I haven’t done a proper shoot in black and white ever (my attempts in the past were more like casual ones), plus I don’t do well indoors when it comes to manual (I wasn’t really that worried about shooting during the outdoor part of the tour).

Then again, I won’t be getting another opportunity to fulfill this goal – that is, to shoot the shadowy and crumbly interiors of the Manila Metropolitan Theater – anytime soon so I just decided to go on ahead with it. But, of course, not without first seeking the advice of my fellow editor plasticpopsicle and my friend Jenn, who were with me during the tour. Besides, whether I fail in the attempt or not, I was sure that it’d still be a learning experience for me. Anyway, I took my SLR loaded with a roll of Fujifilm Neopan 400 Professional film, plus a spare roll of Kodak TMAX 100 for the Escolta leg of the tour.

When I finally got the developed negatives a few days later, my first impression was that my photos taken indoors were too dark. I honestly expected to see more detail on them. But the more I looked at them, the more I got to appreciate the strong contrasts on my shots.

Here are some of them; what do you think? Oh, before I forget, all these photos were taken on a sweltering afternoon. It’s summer here in the Philippines, too, so in actuality there was too much sunlight.

Credits: chooolss

Meanwhile, here are a few outdoor shots that I took with the same roll, just before we visited the theater.

Credits: chooolss

Our next stop after the Met was Escolta St. in downtown Manila. During the Spanish occupation up until about 60 or so years ago, it was a thriving center of business, entertainment, and commerce in Metro Manila. I took mostly photos of architecture while there, some of them you can browse through below.

Credits: chooolss

In all, I found this to be a very rewarding experience. Committing mistakes here and there most definitely didn’t put me off from trying to shoot in black and white in the near future. With the Sprocket Rocket, maybe? The sprocket holes would definitely look good in monochrome!

You may view the rest of my photographs in my album *Manila in Monochrome*.

Related article: *Exploring the Manila Metropolitan Theater*

written by chooolss on 2014-05-07 in #world #locations #manila-metropolitan-theater #analogue-photography #manila #escolta #royal-postal-heritage-tour #black-and-white #monochrome

More Interesting Articles

  • My First Indisposable Project

    written by stitch on 2014-07-24 in #lifestyle
    My First Indisposable Project

    The idea behind this project was to shoot 24 moments in one week's time using a disposable camera. Incidentally, a friend from Seattle sent me two disposable cameras so I was finally able to participate. Disposable cameras aren't sold in Manila anymore. I timed my shoot during the week wherein I had to go out several times, also hoping for good weather.

  • New York - The Best City for Testing LomoChrome Turquoise

    written by zonderbar on 2014-11-11 in #reviews
    New York - The Best City for Testing LomoChrome Turquoise

    Two years ago I swore to myself, I'll be coming back soon!" This October my chance finally came and I flew for the second time to New York City to visit my dear colleagues in the Lomography Gallery Store New York. What I didn’t see coming, though, is the opportunity to test a new secret film during my trip.

  • Fresh from My Darkroom: Yoga for Africa!

    written by sirio174 on 2014-06-16 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from My Darkroom: Yoga for Africa!

    Last Sunday, a great yoga event was held in Cernobbio, a small tourist town near the city of Como. Local association Breathe Como made a performance of power yoga exercises to raise funds for Africa. I developed the film a few days ago, and today I'll show the photos to you! I call this "Fresh From My Darkroom" because I developed the black and white films by myself! Take a look!

  • Shop News

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Shoot wider and bigger with this new instax camera that has film format twice the size of the instax mini films!

  • A Salute to the Masters: Sports Through A Plastic Lens (A Tribute to David Burnett)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-06-21 in #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Sports Through A Plastic Lens (A Tribute to David Burnett)

    The great American photographer David Burnett is famous for his unusual photos of sports competitions. He uses a tilt-shift lens to create miniature fakes, or a simple Holga camera to shoot in black and white. To write this tribute, I used my Holga to take some pictures of amateur sport activities around my city. Take a look after the jump.

  • Petzval Artist: Professional Photographer Derrick Ong from Singapore

    written by edwinchau on 2014-11-15 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval Artist: Professional Photographer Derrick Ong from Singapore

    Derrick Ong's portraits give off a feeling of nostalgia and old-world charm. The Singapore-based photographer specializes in pre-nuptial and wedding shoots, and loves to capture moments in vibrant hues as well as in black and white. In this exclusive interview, he tells us about his experience shooting with the New Petzval Lens.

  • Multiple Exposure Monochromes Shot with the LC-A+

    written by chooolss on 2014-06-20 in #lifestyle
    Multiple Exposure Monochromes Shot with the LC-A+

    Many lomographers usually shoot their multiple exposure photographs in color, but have you tried doing it in black and white? Check out this gallery of MX monochromes taken with the LC-A+!

  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • Happenings on Film: At the Start of the Tour of Lombardy with My Fed 3

    written by sirio174 on 2014-11-03 in #lifestyle
    Happenings on Film: At the Start of the Tour of Lombardy with My Fed 3

    This month, after waiting for three years, my city Como hosted the Tour of Lombardy, an important event in the male elite road cycling tour. With my Fed 3 loaded with black and white film and equipped with ultra sharp Industar 50/3.5 lens, I documented the parade of cyclists who went to the starting line after they registered. Take a look after the jump!

  • Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 120: Perfect for Endless Multiple Exposures!

    written by adi_totp on 2014-08-19 in #reviews
    Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 120: Perfect for Endless Multiple Exposures!

    About two years ago or so, I purchased the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200. I saved just one roll of this film and waited for the right moment to shoot with it. In April this year, I just wasn't able to take it anymore! I loaded this film into my Lubitel 166+, which I realized I hadn't used for maybe about six months. One idea came to mind: taking crazy multiple exposures!

    3
  • Photo of the Day by kleeblatt

    written by cheeo on 2014-09-11 in #news
    Photo of the Day by kleeblatt

    Can't decide whether to shoot in color or black and white? Why not take photographs with both films loaded in one camera for that awesome time warp effect!

    2
  • Shop News

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    At 25% off you can take dreamy 35mm images with this little black beauty. Beam coloured light into your shots with its accompanying Diana Flash Back accessory and be the analogue king of the night.

  • Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Earl Grey B&W 100 ISO 35mm

    written by chooolss on 2014-10-29 in #reviews
    Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Earl Grey B&W 100 ISO 35mm

    Classy, moody photographs in monochrome and with fine grain - what more could you ask for from one of Lomography's very own black and white emulsion for standard 35mm cameras, the Earl Grey? Find out how this film fared among six of our community members in this Reviews on Rewind installment!

  • Solo Biking Routes: Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

    written by adi_totp on 2014-07-30 in #world #locations
    Solo Biking Routes: Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

    Have you all watched "Eat, Pray, Love"? I was inspired by Julia Roberts, who rode a bicycle in that movie, so I decided to rent one and try it myself! This happened two years ago but I still remember my biking route. To all of you who haven't been to Ubud, I think you should visit the place and try to go around in a bicycle!

    7
  • Awesome Albums: 250 B&W by bccbarbosa

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-05-23 in #news
    Awesome Albums: 250 B&W by bccbarbosa

    Today's featured awesome album is a collection of simple yet eye-catching black and white Polaroid photos. If you're in the mood for some patterns, bits and pieces of architecture, and dreamy seascapes in monochrome, you should check out this album!