From 4 years ago, I took this photo of a calesa, a horse-drawn carriage, in the old, walled-city of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines.
Walking along, we stumbled upon the cobblestones of Real Street which really brings you back to Spanish times. You could just imagine hearing the old horse carriages with their Spanish passengers as they noisily trod along this street way back three centuries ago. For a history buff like me, this is bliss! 🙂
My wife suddenly caught sight of something on the old cobblestones and took a picture of it. An equally curious lad looked on.
As the time for our Photowalk winded down, we decided to head back to our rendezvous point at Casa Rocha. Along the road to Palacio del Gobernador, we saw this queue of calesas which were just begging to be shot.
Thus ended our first participation in a Scott Kelby Photowalk. Even though the typhoon was unkind to us, we were glad that we still pushed through and participated since in the end it was all worth it! Can’t wait for next year.
As my wife and I bravely press on, enduring the never-ending rain and the ticking clock (we only have less than an hour left for our Photowalk), we discovered this creepy-looking garden.
But amidst all this creepiness was a very moving and touching monument. It was called the Memorare and it is dedicated to all the innocent victims during The Battle of Manila in 1945. The monument was excellently done and you could almost feel the anguish and weariness of the depicted victims. My wife actually was uncomfortable while viewing this.
So we left this solemn scene and moved on to other subjects to lighten the mood. We caught site of this cochero and calesa at the edge of the garden and we took shots of them.
Next and final stop, Real Street.
FYI: For the first set of pictures, please check out the first post here.
Finally, I’ve managed to find some time to post-process and upload my pictures during the Scott Kelby Photowalk. I’ve been so busy for the past weeks that I’m already tired when I get home.
Next, I’ve taken a picture of a statue which I later identified as King Carlos IV of Spain located in Plaza Roma in front of the Manila Cathedral. It was still raining so it’s very difficult to take pictures while at the same time holding an umbrella to prevent my camera from getting wet.
This next structure I cannot identify. I don’t know its use or purpose. But it looks cool as a subject so I took a picture of it. Maybe someone can identify this for me?
More pix in the next post!
To go or not to go? My wife and I had been pondering that question on our minds as the time for Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk neared while at the same time typhoon Quiel intensified. We thought about how this would be our first participation on an annual event. So to miss this would mean waiting for a year for the next event. We also thought about the opportunity of finally having the chance to take shots inside the old walls of Intramuros, which had been our dream ever since we got interested in photography. Lastly, we thought about the free snacks and drinks that would be served after the Photowalk. I guess that last item sealed the deal. We would definitely go, typhoon Quiel or not.
After enduring the LRT, the heavy rains and the taxi ride, we finally arrived at the meeting place at Casa Rocha. Out of the 50 that originally signed up for the Photowalk only around 14 arrived. We were quite sad that after waiting for so long to have a chance to shoot Intramuros, we didn’t have the optimal conditions for a good photoshoot since the sky was overcast and the rain was continuously pouring which might damage our cameras, not to mention the strong winds that continue to threaten our feeble umbrellas.
But bravely we proceeded. But alas, as we tried to take our first shots the wind blew so hard that our umbrellas turned inside out. It was a struggle just to walk against the wind and rain as we tried to seek shelter. Finally, we entered the nearby Chow King to dry ourselves while we sipped some hot soup. After waiting it out for some time, we finally decided that it was time to go back. We only had an hour left in our Photowalk so we had better make good use of it.
Here’s just a teaser shot of Real Street inside Intramuros. More will be posted in the next posts.