Street Photography, Tarlac City Philippines

Grabbed my trusty Panasonic FZ1000 which has become my street camera of choice and went out and walked MacArthur Highway a bit today.  It was a fun time, despite cloudy skies.  Not sure how far I walked but it was several kilometres.  Many Filipinos love to have their photos taken and will actually ask to have it taken.  If they see a foreigner with a camera it is not unusual for them to honk their horns, or give a shout out to the photographer and then strike a pose.   Jeepney and trike drivers will also often honk to get the photographers attention.   So enjoy the photos. Further commentary will appear in captions.

As it turned out my last shot was of a line of Trike drivers, waiting near a school for fares.   I had walked a few kilometers already, and was getting tired.  Good thing I did grab one at that time because within minutes it started raining like crazy.  Afternoon downpours are common during the Monsoon season which typically runs June until November.

While standing on an elevated pedestrian walkway crossing Macarthur’s highway, I spied these two Trike driver’s relaxing as they waited for fairs. One of them noticed me taking their photos.

While one was working on fixing a motorcycle, these guys gave me a shout out as I walked by, wanting to pose for a photo. That happens a lot in the Philippines.
Spotted this little street Art Gallery along the way. This was shot from across the highway in between traffic flows. Do to the high contrast lighting I shot a 3 frame bracket at different exposures and then combined them in Lightroom for an expanded dynamic range in order to bring out some detail in the interior of the shop while holding detail in the highlights. (What is called an HDR or High Dynamic Range, image. Used Lightroom to blend the images.
An open air sidewalk canteen, of the type that is common along the roads and streets in the Philippines. This one was a bit nicer then some with the tiled counter and very clean-looking.
It’s quite common to have Jeepney drivers or motorcycle trikes to honk to get your attention, especially when they see a foreigner with a camera. Many, but not all, Filipinos love to have their photos taken. I am careful to respect those who do not wish to have it done.
In this case both the trike driver and his passenger shouted out to me and waved as their photo was taken. One of the reasons I have chosen the Panasonic FZ1000 as my street camera is due to its highly flexible long zoom as well as very quick response and focus times.
Trikes are used not only for passengers but also to move merchandise and deliver materials of all types.
Want your own Jeepney? This brightly and well decorated one is for sale. While many are for commercial passenger use, some are also for private or family use.
Trike drivers waiting on a corner for fares. This group shouted out to me wanting their photos taken.
Provincial tap water is sometimes not suitable for drinking so for those who can afford it, drinking water is delivered to to their homes or business. A trike with a side car filled with 5 gallon containers of filtered water or other liquids is very common.
This is a common farm tractor. the front end is steered from a handlebar, much like on a bicycle. it extends way out in front. The front unit can also be uncoupled and the motor may be used for other purposes such as pumping irrigation water. They move very slowly on the streets but are often seen outside the major cities. In this case the farmer may be delivering produce to a buyer.
The proverbial motor cycle or scooter is a major form of individual or couple transportation. The average bike has an engine running from 100 to 155 cc. Very small really. But you can find entire bike clubs that ride all over the country on bikes this size. Only occasionally will you see larger bikes though there are a few. 400cc is the minimum required for riding on the expressways. Every now and then you may see a full dress big Harley though and there is a Harley dealer in the NCR (National Capital Region).
It is common to see workers riding on top of or right behind a truck’s cab. In this case one saw me and shouted out, then another turned around to pose for a photo as well.
A bit of synchronicity. I just happened to catch this Jeepney named “Angel” as it drove by in front of the Church of St Raphael the Archangel.
This was my last stop. I had walked a few Kilometers in the heat and was ready to head back home. My timing was perfect. Grabbed the next available bike at this stop and just in time. Within minutes of getting in the side car it started raining heavy. I was fortunate I had one of the rare trikes that had a door on the side car. Still though some rain did get in.

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