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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Innocence

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” ― Paulo Coelho

Their squeal of unbridled delight was what drew me to them.  “Ate, ate,” they chorused when they saw me approaching.  “Picture-i mi.”  (Rough translation: Elder sister, please take our photo.)

I smiled and marveled at their friendliness.  I was a stranger to them and yet, they were not the least bit shy about asking for a photo and were looking at me with those trusting, soulful eyes.

I did not need to coax them.  The moment I aimed my smartphone at them, they gamely posed for the camera.  “O, tan awa.”  (Look here.)

And they huddled around me, giggling while pointing at their beaming faces.  “Guapo!” (Handsome) they teased the boy on the far right of the above photo.  He laughed.  We all did.

I never knew their names, but I will always remember how that day, they made me happy simply by being with them and reminding me that happiness needs no reason, just a disposition.

Photo taken in Mocaboc Island in Bohol.  Here’s the original photo:

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Black and white editing courtesy of my Samsung Note 2’s Photo Editor, Snapseed, and PhotoGrid.  I made the first photo looked aged using Pixlr-o-matic’s Janine filter and Dim frame.

This post is an entry to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge.  Head to Lens and Pens by Sally to view the other entries.  This week’s theme is Black and White.


Phoneography Challenge: The Angkor Wat in Black and White

The Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the largest religious monument in the world. We visited this architectural wonder in November last year.

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The above was my first glimpse of the temple. Needless to say, I was amazed since this has long been in my list of must-sees.

The temple is beautiful and we couldn’t help but marvel at its intricate details, especially when our guide told us that it was built in the 12th century.

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Angkor Wat was built by King Sryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. It was originally a Hindu temple, but later became a Buddhist temple.

Over the years, Angkot Wat has become Cambodia’s symbol (it’s in its flag) and main tourist attraction.  No wonder the place was packed with tourists.

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These are all panoramic shots because I find it easier to use this feature on a mobile phone, than on my Sony RX 100 II.

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Photos taken using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and edited using Snapseed.

This post is an entry to the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge by Lens and Pens by Sally. This week’s theme is Black and White.