Focus On Orlando Uy ~ Walking With His Camera

Focus On Orlando Uy ~ Walking With His Camera

I met Orlando through social media about year ago and I quickly subscribed to his blog ‘A Walk With My Camera’. I’ve never been to the Philippines but I have discovered the people of Tacloban through Orlando’s lens. His love and respect for mankind shine through his images. Although his photo walks take him mostly to the same areas week after week, he is so in tune with the life of his community that he manages to constantly surprise us with new stories through his images. He kindly answered a few questions for the dPS community and shared a few of his images.

How long have you been ‘shooting’ the streets of your hometown?

I started shooting the streets in 2011 when I made a resolution to do 52 photo walks that year.  I came across Eric Kim’s blog and got inspired to try it out and I’ve been hooked since then.

How do you keep a fresh perspective on such familiar surroundings?

It’s just amazing that despite how many times we’ve been to a place, there’s so much we don’t know about it as well.  I’m very much drawn to what life is like for the average person and enjoy interacting with people.  I guess that’s what makes this interesting.

What is the most exciting part about your photo walks? 

Meeting people, both friends and strangers alike.

Many of us try to tell stories with images only but writing is an important part of your photo essays. Were you a writer before you picked up a camera for the first time?

I’ve written only one newsletter article in college and that’s it.  I read a lot, so that might have rubbed off on me.  I do believe that pictures can either tell too many stories or leave the viewer clueless, hence the reason for the narrative and personal thoughts.

What is in your camera bag when you leave the house for your photo walk?

I usually don’t carry a bag, just my Canon 450D and EF-S 17-55 with lens hood slung on a Black Rapid strap.  That way I can focus on what’s around me rather than having to periodically check if my bag is still there.  Even the lens cap stays at home.  I just bought a Panasonic Lumix LX5 recently and that’s what I bring when on travel or on unscheduled walks.  It stays strapped to my wrist when I’m out shooting.

Why B&W and how do you process your images?

I have difficulty dealing with light tints of red and green; an unnoticed red or green cast on a person’s face is very unflattering.  And then there’s also the surrounding environment – the colors are just too loud.  In Lightroom, I do a little cropping if needed, convert to b/w and adjust the levels, contrast and clarity.  The process is a lot less complicated than doing it in color.

Besides street photography, are you interested in any other genres? Is there a specific genre you would like to explore if given the opportunity?

Fine art photography has always been on the back of my mind.  I would love to do creative concepts where I can weave a story into a single image.

If you were given a plane to ticket to any destination in the world, just you and your camera, where would you want to go?

Europe, most definitely.  If I can travel back in time, even better.

Make sure you visit Orlando Uy’s blog A Walk with My Camera to see more of his work.

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Valerie Jardin I live and breathe in pixels! Photography is more than a passion, it's an obsession, almost an addiction. When I'm not shooting or writing, I spend my time teaching this beautiful craft during photo workshops all over the world! I am also thrilled to be an official X Photographer for Fujifilm USA. Visit my Website Follow me on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram. And listen to my Podcast!

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  • Dennis May 25, 2012 01:40 am

    great article! nice meeting you :)

  • Orlando Uy May 19, 2012 12:44 pm

    @Paul, using Lightroom only.

    Thanks, everyone.

  • Paul May 16, 2012 05:13 am

    Nice black and white images! What do you use to process them?

  • Alan Milewczyk May 8, 2012 07:03 am

    Valerie, many thanks for recommending an excellent photo blog and well done, Orlando, for a brilliant blog. You have a great eye for a superb photo and your use of Black and White adds extremely well to "the story". A real inspiration. Thanks.

  • Emanuele May 5, 2012 09:40 pm

    Bravo Orlando! :)

  • noel h. guerrero May 5, 2012 12:09 am

    Nice work! I'm a photographer myself who's now into stock photography. Been using film since the mid 60s mostly with B/W film. My photography went to the back burner in the 70s due to a career move and resurrected itself in 2008 after hesitantly switching to digital. The rest is history. I wish I kept my negatives featuring the old Manila of my youth. By the way. I'm also from the Philippines.

  • Orlando Uy May 4, 2012 11:53 am

    Thank you, everyone. I am very humbled and honored to be featured here on DPS. This is really beyond my expectations when I started my blog.

    To friends and visitors who regularly visit my blog, thank you very much for sharing your precious time. It means a lot to me.

    and most of all, thank you very much, Valerie. Your articles and your photos have inspired me a lot, and your constant encouragement added more fuel to this passion, addiction and obsession. This feature just blew me away.

  • harold May 4, 2012 06:56 am

    very proud to have a Filipino photographer featured. so very proud. more power to you, Orlando, and of course, Valerie

  • steveb May 3, 2012 09:57 pm

    I love seeing new places through the eyes of a talented storyteller - thank you !dPS thank you Orlando!

  • pol May 3, 2012 09:06 pm

    Wow.......beautiful photos

  • steve slater May 3, 2012 04:24 pm

    I love doing photowalks. You notice so much more of what is around you and peoples expressions and emotions when armed with a camera

  • Maria Joy May 3, 2012 03:12 pm

    Thank you for the article... Really enjoyed!

  • Mridula May 3, 2012 12:48 pm

    The photographer with the towel backdrop is eye catching.

  • raghavendra May 3, 2012 11:53 am

    I like pictures taken in black and white
    it shows the emotions and reactions

  • Elizabeth May 3, 2012 11:30 am

    Excellent article! I have never been on a photowalk but now I would like to try. I will go to downtown Orlando,FL. I am sure I can find lots of interesting things there. Thanks for sharing, I will definitely check out Orlando's site.

  • leila May 3, 2012 09:11 am

    very nice interview. I met Orlando on a social media also and I became a fan since then. I love his work and the story that goes with them. I am not a photographer , but love photography.
    thank you Valerie, I am a huge fan of yours also:))

  • Scottc May 3, 2012 09:05 am

    Beautiful photos and a wonderful article, Orlando's responses show a simple, yet very effective approach.

    Caught my eye that he was interested in Europe, I used to enjoy the photowalks in the small town I lived in.

  • Erik Kerstenbeck May 3, 2012 07:30 am


    Great article and images - Photowalks are a great way to discover a neighborhood and practice some photography techniques. Adapting to varying lighting, white balance conditions etc can be challenging as one walks about. In this shot of this massive metallic spider sculpture, this was in very harsh light...shooting into the sun!