Bonifacio Global City at Night

I decide to take an “off” from the world and just walk along my favorite place, Bonifacio Global City. It is located in the heart of the metropolis. Lying just closely to the chaotic neighboring towns, BGC seems like a breath of fresh air, an oasis.

It must be how the buildings are laid out in between massive roads or the way parks are strategically-placed in random places you’ll never think would work but it kind of does, or maybe even how organized and disciplined people are in the streets, but something about BGC invites you to come and stay for a little longer.

With my camera just resting on my waist, I roam around this so-called “miniature Singapore” as the sun sets. Golden hour is perfect for photo enthusiasts like me. Burst of colors give building facades some drama and highlights the expressions of passers by.

I wait for an hour or so just walking restlessly with no specific directions, anticipating the perfect time. I decide to scroll through my mobile browser and find the camera settings I’ll  be using for tonight. Light trail photography is a dream I have been wishing to do for quite some time now. I have seen people do it and it’s really eye-catching — like grabbing a still scene from a movie.

I walk past sea of people with “Sunshine and City Lights” playing on the background. It’s like I’m inside this music video where I play the lead and all the people I bump into are my co-stars. I love the feeling of trance that I get whenever I’m traveling with my meticulously-crafted playlist accompanying me.

I get to the point that I picture will be a good spot for the photograph. I can envision it already even before walking towards it. I drop my bag inside the gap of my legs, hold the camera as I lay it on top of the railing, and just starts shooting. I count in my head as I anxiously wait for the results. It’s insane not knowing what the outcome will be. I admit that this is my first time doing a long exposure type of photography and I don’t want to fail myself. The screen shuts, turns black for a few seconds — the longest 6 seconds of my life. Then, I hear a click and the screen lights up. I am giddy, I can almost feel a scream coming out of my throat. I take more, endless almost.

I cross the pedestrian and scout for a different location. Laid out my camera onto the ceramic bench and starts to focus it adjacent to where I sit. Watching people wait and walk is unnerving and almost distracting, in a beautiful way. I don’t even notice when the shutter comes on and off, that’s how fascinated I am with the world.

“Out of focus” | f/16 | 6 secs | ISO 100 | 50 mm
“Soul Grabber” | f/16 | 6 secs | ISO 100 | 50 mm

“Outbursts”| f/16 | 6 secs | ISO 100 | 50 mm
“Just Between Us Girls” | f/16 | 6 secs | ISO 100 | 50 mm
“Stay Temporarily” | f/16 | 6 secs | ISO 100 | 50 mm

 

Walking down the steep roads as I go home, I cannot contain my smile. It was a successful experiment. I was not expecting so much with the series of photographs, but here they are. I hope you all will like it! Tell me what you think or even share your photos in the comments below.