Relocated Market

March 2006, Cavite City

Cavite City Public Market was once located along P. Burgos, a main road. Now, it is relocated to a reclamation area just beyond its past location. The structure of stalls and stores are more organized. Everybody misses the old market, though.

I was tasked to give our puppies away for free at the market; put them in a box with bright red sign, “Unwanted Puppies: Get One Take One”. I will take a photograph of the lucky candidate for adoption and his foster master to somehow ensure that he will be taken care of.

Every kind of peddler you can think of is prowling around the market. The best one I saw were peddlers selling bato-balani – a stone that “cures” dog bites.

At the meat and pork section of the market, grounds are damp, cats are rounding for leftovers, edible animal internal organs are hooked – dangling like decorations above.

It is fascinating to see sea creatures gasp for remaining life even after hours out of water. This sign means that they are fresh. I saw a vendor hammering the head of a fish because she could not slice it without flipping frantically. I think she had herself cut by its sharp fins. The thing was, the fish did not die.

Cheerful people are everywhere.

The first time I went here to take photographs, I gave them the printouts. I was even thinking of displaying them at the gates; covered in plastic and neatly arranged on a board. The very idea was already tedious, so I just looked for them one by one. Some people volunteered to give the pictures to their peers because they recognized them. Everybody was glad to see me.

You will never miss funny and witty signs in public places (and transportation).

Caimito’s Latin name is Chrysophyllum cainito. Now, this is the star apple and not balimbing.

If you are constipating, papayas and bananas are here to regulate your bowel movement.

Camera Information:

Model: Canon EOS 350D Digital
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II

Additional Information:

From the original camera files, I edited the photographs using Adobe Photoshop CS2 in these following steps:

  1. Noise Ninja: Auto Profile
  2. Duplicate Layer
  3. High Pass Filter: 1.0 pixels – Topmost layer
  4. Blending Mode: Overlay
  5. Merge Layers
  6. Background Layer converted to Layer 0
  7. Straighten using photographic horizontal / vertical references (this is optional)
  8. Canvas Resize to 460 x 306
  9. Image Resize (equivalent to image cropping)
  10. Crop – Cropped Area: Delete
  11. Shadow / Highlight (default settings)
  12. Fade 50%
  13. Auto Contrast
  14. Duplicate Layer
  15. High Pass Filter: 1.0 pixels – Topmost layer
  16. Blending Mode: Overlay
  17. Opacity: 50%
  18. Merge Layers
  19. Save As JPEG – Quality: 12, Format Options: Baseline ("Standard")

After these, I edited the JPEGs using Adobe Lightroom Public Beta 3 in these following steps:

  1. Develop Module – Linear Contrast Preset
  2. Develop Module – Lens Vignetting – Amount: -75, Midpoint: 25
  3. Export – File Format: JPEG, Quality: 100, Resolution: 72


6 responses to “Relocated Market”

  1. wow =) i used to live in cavite city, but never saw the public market that way, very good photographs talaga

  2. Salamat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. hello i really like your photos you inspire me to pick up my digital camera again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    can your photo-editing techniques be considered generic? can these be used to sharpen up any digital photo?

    thanks and good day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hello, broken-pencil… Thank you for appreciating the photographs.

    Yeah, the process used is just generic. Either you use unsharp mask or high pass filter (Photoshop) in sharpening the photos, it is ok.

    I don’t usually sharpen a blurred image. It gets the delete button right away. I only sharpen the images here when I resize it to a smaller dimension. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Anonymous Avatar

    cute ung dog. dn sa first pic….parang si bri lng smisilip pa eh!

  6. Anonymous Avatar

    cute ung dog. dn sa first pic….parang si bri lng smisilip pa eh!

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