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Metro Manila is the eleventh largest city in the world by population—almost 17 million people live there.  I was there to speak at PhotoWorld Asia 2010 on lighting, exposure, working in RAW and then shoot three models with unique lighting setups. The lens I used for the entire afternoon’s demonstration is the tack sharp Sigma 70-200mm  f/2.8 EX DG HSM zoom.

Ara photographed at 70mm. © 2010 Kevin Ames


Amber’s face photographed at 178mm. © 2010 Kevin Ames

Close up of Trachel photographed at 200mm. © 2010 Kevin Ames

The rotation collar around the lens allowed me to quickly follow their poses. As they changed angles I merely twisted the camera body and the view followed them. The color fidelity and exquisite sharpness makes this a perfect lens for portraits and fashion.

The next afternoon I traveled 34 miles from Manila to Tagaytay and shot this view of the Taal volcano with my Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM wide to portrait lens. The lake itself sits in a caldera formed by another volcano that erupted about half a million years ago.

Taal Volcano, shot with the 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM lens. © 2010 Kevin Ames

 The last PhotoWorld Asia event was a hands-on experience for the participants of a workshop led by Filipino fashion photographer Raymond Isaac and me. Each of us had a different vintage house to use as a location in Taal. Mine was built around 1850 and Raymond’s twenty years later both well before electricity and air conditioning. Because of this they had wonderfully tall ceilings and big open windows with shutters that could be used to control the light. The kitchen’s water urn (24mm on the 24-70 f/2.8 HSM ) is out of sight in the photograph of Jerika and Bjorn. They are framed in the doorway of the dining room with the stained glass wall of the kitchen in the background. I made this photograph with the 70-200mm  f/2.8 EX DG HSM at its110mm focal length.

Jerika and Bjorn © 2010 Kevin Ames

The kitchen’s water urn shot at 24mm on the 24-70 f/2.8 HSM

 The Philippines is a wonderous place. I’ll be sharing more of my experiences here on Sigma’s blog and on mine. Read more on my blog:

-Kevin Ames, photographer and Sigma Pro


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  1. great set of fashion and still-life images…again, the lighting and colours are a delight!