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Last week, this column featured a macro shot of a frog’s eye taken with a smartphone by reader-contributor,  John Wyclife Gomez. John also emailed photos of insects and lizards. I found it difficult to choose which one to feature since they were all good. To share with readers how he did those shots I asked him to write about it. Following is his response: “Yung pagkukuha po ng mga insekto, bugs, spiders, at marami pang ibang small creatures ay dapat maingat sa pagkuha. Kailangang pigilin ang paghinga, hindi dapat magalaw ang paligid at dahan-dahang ilapit ang mobile phone sa subject. Sa 30 na shots, may mga dalawa o tatlo lang na magandang kuha nito. Kailangan lang ng patience kung saan lilipad, tatalon, sundan mo para makunan ang subject. Kinuhanan ko sila dito po sa backyard sa bandang hapon. May kuha din ako sa gabi especially mga lizards pag-naiilawan sila gamit yung flash ng camera phone, hindi basta-basta sila umaalis, kaya madali ko silang kunan. At konting edit lang sa Lightroom para bawasan lang ng lights niya sa paligid.”

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  • My Bliss Through My Lens (Wynona Andrea Yu Ocampo)
  • Angel Festival (Nomer Pascual)
  • Untitled (Marielle Cheva Enrique)
  • Untitled (Mervin C. Mojares)
  • Dakilan (Dan Reyes)
  • Sa Kanyang Pagdapo at Pagdating (Leo Adam Balingit)
  • Untitled (Dong Glori)
  • Pahiyas Festival (Rene Bernal)
  • Baby Angel (Arnil Lim)
  • After the Rain (Roger Mendez)

Hyperallergic.com recently announced that Moscow’s Multimedia Art Museum and Yandex (Russia’s largest search engine) recently joined forces to launch an online photo bank that is ridiculously massive, bringing together photographs not only from museums and public archives but also from personal collections across the world’s largest nation.The portal, simply called “The History of Russia,” received support from the Ministry of Culture and the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications and is intended to acquaint visitors with Russian history through visuals. It is written in Russian, but you don’t necessarily have to read the language to navigate it, especially if your browser is able to translate the texts. The photo bank contains over 150 years of photographs capturing all sorts of scenes of Russian life. Interested readers can view the photos at https://m.russiainphoto.ru.

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And now to our featured readers led by three new contributors.

Wynona Andrea Yu Ocampo, an aspiring teen photographer from St. Theresa’s College, Quezon City shares her photo titled “My Bliss Through My Lens.” “I just wanted to share some of my photos since photography really made me who I am right now,” she writes. “Every time I would look through my lens, there’s something special about it.It’s like I am given the capacity to change hideous-looking things into something really powerful and very inspiring. The two photos that I sent are 100 percent candid. I took these two photos when we were having an interaction with kind and humble fishermen in Odiongan, Romblon.”

From Mervin Mojares, a government IT personnel in Laguna is an untitled photo of what he describes as “a serene and unexplored waterfall in Dolores, Quezon.”

Marielle Cheva Enrique, cabin crew of the Inflight Services & Training Department, PAL Express sent in an untitled photo of three kids (Marquez, Ella, and Raymart) taken during an outreach program in Barangay San Isidro, Makati City on  September 28. “This was an effort of Batch 72-15 Cabin Crew of PAL Express led by our instructor, Bernadette Cid,” shares Marielle. “We distributed canned goods and clothes to 17 families.”

Other photos on today’s page come from regular readers and previously featured contributors.

Dan Reyes submitted his photo “Dakilan.” His description reads: “This is an image which I took on the process of making dalikan.  This is the part where they are going to cook the dalikan for almost five days. Shot this in my hometown in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, where they make dalikan with just their backyard soil.”

The butterfly photo titled “Sa Kanyang Pagdapo at Pagdating” comes from 15-year-old Leo Adam Balingit. He shares: “Isang magandang simula na naman ang nais ipahiwatig ng isang paru-parong nakadapo sa bulaklak. Bulaklak na wala mang amoy ay mayroon namang gandang ipinapakita.Minsan kasi bulag tayo sa katotohanan. Minsan ay akala natin mabuti ang isang tao ngunit, nagbabalat-kayo lang pala ito. Ito ay isang bulaklak nahindi perpekto. Nais lamang nitong ipahiwatig na maganda ka man sa panlabas o sa panloob na kaanyuan, may isangtaong dadating sayo upang baguhin ka.”

From Roger Mendez is the landscape photo, “After the Rain” taken at Camp John Hay.

Nomer Pascual shares “Angel Festival” captured at the annual Angel Festival celebrations in San Rafael, Bulacan.

Dong Glori submitted an untitled black-and-white photo of his young son.  About the photo, he writes: “‘In darkest time, focus on what you have, be glad and maximize its potential, for as long as there is a little light of hope, keep on moving forward’—words of wisdom from my mentor which came to me as I watched my nine-month-old son curiously move toward the light.”

Arnil Lim sent in the portrait, “Baby Angel.” And Rene Bernal contributed the photo, “Pahiyas Festival”.

Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at 2016.mb.com.ph.

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