Mobile Phone Camera Challenge: Avenida

I went to Rizal Avenue in “Old” Manila today, and as I was entering the LRT station I noticed the old building next to it. Seeing the beautiful detailed architecture lets me ponder of the time when it was one of the princesses that lined the street commonly known as “Avenida” during its heyday.

Avenida, along with Escolta, was one of the main business and social locations in Manila during the American Colonial Era and right after World War 2. The buildings that held shops and theaters were all designed by the top architects and national artists of the time, vying for structural supremacy.

Now, the area is commonly associated with cheap wares, cheap motels, prostitutes and heavy traffic. It is such a waste to see what is a significant part of Manila history be neglected. The building I shot is one of the few old buildings left. I am very saddened that we as Filipinos do not know how to preserve our heritage.

My current mobile is the Samsung Omnia Pro B7320. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera.

The small stores at ground level.

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[P.S. A little product review: the camera is OK for shooting with lots of light meaning it shoots crappy photos in low light, no macro option, slow shutter speed, has auto focus, hinky colors for auto white balance specially for indoor tungsten lighting, up to 400 ISO, no facial recognition but it does have editing options and a few usable filters.]


One thought on “Mobile Phone Camera Challenge: Avenida

  1. Love the black and white shots. It seems to really go well with the subject. I’m not very versed with photography really, so I wouldn’t have known these were from a mobile phone had you not mentioned it. XD

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