Captivated by Photography

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Captivated by Photography


It is common to ordinary eyes to immediately read photo captions after a glance at a particular picture. But those with eye for photography often find the glancing experience just not enough. They have to stare and take a closer look. Besides, a good image already spells out the words it wants to convey. That's how Rosy Villasanta-Ibay began her affair with the camera. She really did develop that eye which catches what a nice photograph is. "I used to go over my dad’s coffee-table books," she recalls. "My favorite was 'Natural Wonders of the World.' I would leaf through its pages just staring at the photos and at times I would unconsciously spend endless minutes over a single photo before reluctantly reading the caption or the story."When Rosy stares at a certain shot, it means the photo is effective and words are just “ube on the halo-halo” as she describes it.As a hobbyist, this former travel magazine writer finds ultimate satisfaction from street photography, with instant stories awaiting to be captured almost any time of the day. One of those she cherishes is an image she took near Binondo Church in Manila. She must have found a full story when she saw a man with a kariton beating the red light that she right away clicked her digital point-and-shoot camera."I have always been interested in people. Had I not taken a management course, I would have ended up with a Psychology degree," she told Picture Perfect. This Framed Shots Camera Club member hopes to concentrate on portraiture and fashion photography where poses and glam are ready treats. Wedding coverage will be on the side where anecdotes are plenty, as well as events, product shoots, and landscape photography. Versatility simply comes along with being a good lenswoman who can read people and scenes and has enough skill to capture them. With her shots loaded with plots and emotions, Rosy discovered a sanctuary in photography. …

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