THE biggest and the grandest mardi gras in the Philippines. If you’re a photographer, this is what you’ve been waiting for the whole year. All your excuses about not having any opportunity to shoot or there’s just not something worth shooting are now pointless. Sinulog is just too irresistible not to shoot.
You can’t use your schedule as an excuse because it’s a series of events and every bit of it is full of life and colorful scenes. You want props, subjects, concepts, the crowd, Sinulog has it. It’s a haven for photographers. Anywhere you point your camera will come out looking like a professional shot.
Every year is exciting. Photographers will have their fashion walk on the entire stretch of Mango Ave. You can see them sporting long and huge lenses and other dangling camera accessories. A scarf is normally a standard to protect yourself from the heat and maybe a ladder to complete your getup.
Many photographers from neighboring cities and even from abroad are coming in. Most of them are returnees and probably have planned for it the entire year. I told a fellow photographer that we are lucky here in Cebu that we get to experience this photographic delight every year.
Just before the event, photography clubs would meet up and plan for their strategy for this year. It’s funny because everybody is doing it, even me and my students. We talk about how the previous judges chose the winning photos, schedule of activities, and how we can group together. Even lunch for the grand mardi gras is not spared in the planning.
Camera stores are in high gear supplying photographers the equipment they need for the much awaited event. Long lenses are the lens of choice being sold nearing Sinulog, according to one of the stores. It’s expensive alright, but anything for the chance of grabbing the grand prize and the bragging rights for the entire year.
I think that no matter how many complaints the Sinulog Foundation gets for handling the photo contest, or how high the registration free increases every year, many photographers are still going to join every time. The answer is simple, the experience of shooting the lined up events and the challenges you face creates stunning photos and you want to do better every time.
Best of luck to all photographers who registered, and please be considerate to fellow photographers when shooting, and of course to the performing contingents. Follow the rules and enjoy. See you in the streets. Pit Senyor!
Keep on shooting, everyone!