Mobile Photography with Oppo F3
* All photos taken using Oppo F3
I have reluctance using smartphones and trust it to do jobs done by a laptop, a DSLR and a tablet. I know, at this time and age when the compactness and practicality that they offer and over the years, the modifications had them useful for business and leisure.
Don’t consider me a light traveler. I always make it a point that my bag is my portable office if I will be away from home for days. So when I was told to try out Oppo F3, well, why not? Since I will be heading to Villa Escudero, why not try it there? Sixteen megapixels front and 13 at the rear, well.
Let me say what I feel in these series of photos I took using Oppo F3, and yes, disclaimer, none of them are edited. I just did a few up and down sliding, pinching and tapping. Plus, the photos are taken at the following hours: early morning, mid-morning, noon, afternoon and night time.
Since it is dual SIM, I attached both my SIM cards running on LTE. Since not all areas along South Super Highway are LTE ready, 3G is not bothersome at all. Mobile video calls were uninterrupted despite the shift in connection.
Upon arriving at San Pablo and Tiaong, Quezon Boundary and entering the resort premises, I still enjoyed the sights and my connection. But inside the resort, since the Coco Pavilion, Indigo Café, the pool side and the Mariposa Bar has fiber optic internet, there’s no need for me to use the mobile data.
Battery life while on data usage is highly satisfactory, somehow meets most of my expectations since I had installed apps that I need and made it a point that I am notified for messages and updates.
Of course, the camera
Back in early days of digital mobile communications, most were bothered if the SMS messages where delivered on real time pre-unlimited calls and text promos. Thinking about it now makes it pre-historic. Now, we are bothered about how our photos would look like, in a jiffy.
I arrived at 8am and really glad that the clouds did not upstage Mt. Banahaw’s view from the Coconut Pavilion. Overnight staying guests are having their breakfast while I asked the friendly staff for assistance. By the way, if you are on a day tour and arrive at the Villa hungry and early, you can have your breakfast added to the package. The breakfast buffet costs P500 per head and served till 9:30AM.
Since the trend is to share and to spread, some noted Instagram users, attribute their success with their phone’s capacity to act like their second brain. I must admit, Oppo F3 came in handy and it doesn’t made it feel like “scandalous” whenever I carry a bulky DSLR.
Mid-morning at the Waterfalls
Lunch buffets happen here at the waterfalls. In the tradition of the Escudero’s picnics, guests are made to indulge how the family lived and share their bounties with their friends and workers. All food served are from heirloom recipes. The lunches are homage to the Labasin River, whose waters powered the first hydroelectric plant in the Philippines.
NOON AT THE ANCESTRAL HOUSE GARDENS
Let me remind everyone that the ancestral house grounds are off-limits to regular guests. They can only view from this range since this is a private resident built when the patriarch, Don Arsenio decided to move from San Pablo to Tiaong. With the loving guidance of his wife, Dona Rosario, they were able to build a loving home with the view of Mt. Cristobal as the residence’s background.
Aside from the Villa Escudero being a home to generations of Escuderos and their plantation and resort workers (each families from seventh generations given a space of 300 square meters), it also houses 100 bird species. According to Don Ado, when his father passed away, he left a big chest and everyone was anxious to open it. And when they did, it was full of “tirador” which Don Arsenio bought from kids so they won’t harm the birds. Also, Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) Laguna Pitbull Center where the rescued Laguna fighting pitbulls are cared for (http://www.caraphil.org/mainsite/tag/laguna-pit-bulls/).
Anyway, it was 12 o’clock and I was granted permission by Ms. Rosalie Escudero-Blume. I took the liberty to take photos of the statues inside the garden and the experience was so artsy I felt so ashamed why I never took my Humanities class seriously. And all statues in the lawn are collections of their parents and the landscape is a museum itself.
(to be continued)