Photographer's Note

Filipina women are reputed to be amongst the most beautiful in the world – although some say it is a toss up between the Philippines and Kazakhstan as to which country has the most beautiful women. This young Filipina was sitting on the wall of Fort Santiago, when I was exploring Manila’s old walled city of Intramuros last week, and she kindly agreed for me to take a portrait shot for Trek Earth.

In order to comply with the Trek Earth TOS that postings should teach us something about the world (and in case a discussion about which country has the most beautiful women does not count towards that), I have shot this looking over the tops of the palm trees in Fort Santiago Park towards the clock tower and cupola of the Manila Cathedral. Although the cathedral looks quite old, it was in fact rebuilt in 1951 after being bombed at the end of World War II. This was the fifth time it had been rebuilt since it was first constructed in 1581 – the first four having being destroyed by fire or earthquakes.

I shot this against the late afternoon sun which is partly hidden by some approaching rain clouds, and the narrow DOF has created an attractive ‘watercolour’ effect in the cloud layers. I used an external bounce flash to minimise reflections on the face.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 108 N: 2568] (7797)
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