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Monday, October 11, 2010

#88 Call the cops!

Indecent public exposure? Quick, call the cops.... but wait... they are the cops!

We were in Sagada in the Mountain Province on a Sunday, the day of a town fiesta. There's a only a single road that cuts through this small town.  And early this morning, children young and old, dressed in brightly-colored outfits, formed a long line along this road, waiting for the parade to begin. Somewhere near the front of the pack are their City's Finest, decked in native attire. The women are wrapped in native woven fabric.  And the men... in G-strings and nothing more. It's not everyday you see cops so skimpily dressed, but hey this is the Mountain Province. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: When confronted with high contrast ranges, like a row of skimpily dressed cops back-lit by the morning sun, I always expose for the shadows. This preserves shadow detail which can later be restored in my digital darkroom. Thanks to the magic of digital technology, the shadows can be less dark and the highlights can be less bright, resulting in a more pleasing photograph. Is this image manipulation? ssshhhh Ansel Adams might hear you!)

Where in the world is Sagada in the Mountain Province?
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