Sunday, April 13, 2008

"City View from Sydney Tower" - Our Weekly Contest #9 Winner!


About The Winning Photo:

“This photo was shot last Saturday, April 5th, while we were celebrating our 7th year anniversary as “bf&gf” :)

Instead of travelling to a nice destination (our usual way of celebrating memorable events), we spent the whole day shooting: from early dawn, driving 1.5 hours to Sea Cliff Bridge, to catch the sunrise; spending the rest of the day at Wollongong; and then driving back to Sydney City to climb the Sydney Tower and take night shots from high above.

We came home so late and tired but we were both smiling because we had a very lovely day together.”

(To go to sugboanon's winning photo in flickr, click here).


Ready for a little surprise?

“Sugboanon” is actually a husband and wife shooting team: Elder and Yoann Silva, a proud Cebuano couple now based in Sydney, Australia. Yoann is an Interior Designer while her husband is an IT professional.

Yoann first learned photography from her professor Paul Vega in college (USC-TC), using a borrowed Canon SLR because she couldn’t afford to buy her own back then. Now she and husband Elder use a Nikon D300 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens placed on a Manfrotto 190XPROB with 322RC2 ballhead.

She got serious about shooting when they started to travel a lot. “I wanted to capture the beautiful places I see and share these with others through photographs,” Yoann says.

Lately, they are very much into night photography, loving the night lights and color. “And when you shoot at night, you don’t have to worry about the heat of the sun,” she quips!

At some point in time, Yoann discovered that her husband has a hidden talent in photography, too. “In fact, he was the one who took this winning photo,” she added.

No one in particular influences Yoann’s shooting style, though she tries to discover how interesting shots – such as those displayed on flickr -- are done. “But my husband,” she says “do admire Ossie (Hermosisima, the Cebuano “bikini gals” shooter) a lot…hehe! I guess many guys do, too.”

She would like to know more about glamour photography, and learn to play with lights on her subject. And five years from now? “Probably, open up a photography studio and I would want to shoot weddings, too, hehehe! :)


The three photographs that best describe her are:

opera house at night

"Sydney Opera House, the first one to get Explore'd."


Sunrise at Sea Cliff Bridge

"I really like sunrise and sunset shots..I love the color they produce in the sky."


-- from sugboanon - (?)

"Shadow Kiss...describes us, I guess :P ghee hehehe"

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