A Peek into the outside World

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A Peek into the outside World


Some people want to get lost, find themselves in an unfamiliar place, and ride their way back home. They bring with them great stories experienced from their own ‘magical mystery tour.’ For hobbyist Gideon Ferrer, he goes back with pictures of ‘unheard and distant’ places, always willing to share them around. He need not talk a lot about such journeys; the pictures alone tell the stories. “As I present my images to viewers, I should be able to make them see that ‘wow’ factor which makes them pack their bags and go to the beautiful site I just captured,” explained the Business Administration graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. Gideon began his photography hobby just two years ago, buying a ‘sale’ Nikon D50 before he started reading and learning about the medium. In November of 2007, he joined a group of lensmen for a trip to Anawangin Cove and Capones in San Antonio, Pundaquit, province of Zambales . That became his first landscape shoot and from then on, he knew what he wanted to focus on. Photography simply allowed the creative eye of this Manileño to develop. In just a couple of years, he has steadfastly improved, jumping his way out of the amateurish den and going into the artistically professional field. His sunrise and sunset shots assure the viewers that the sun can be more visually poetic than the moon. He’s an expert of landscape/travel infrared photography, stating that when the sun is at its peak (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), infrared photography is the best. His picture of the whole lake in Anawangin Cove resembles that of a dream scene from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He loves to describe this kind of picture as “dramatic, eerie, and surreal.” The dynamic Filipino-Chinese stated, “The viewer should feel the eagerness to reach the destination by showing them the beauty of the place, its tranquility and serenity.” His first trip to Coron was booked after getting inspired by the work of Ryan Sigua.

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