#GoingMobile: The Streets and Mobile Photography

It has been an interesting run for mobile photography. It has gone from nothing to something. According to avid phoneographers, smartphones are the best and reliable camera because it is with you all the time. And if compared to conventional photography, mobile photography does not require much, just the ones with a good camera and of course your passion.

Going Mobile

xzcFor over a year, we have advocated on mobile photography. We have done several photography walks before but having one using smartphones is the first. It’s quite interesting because majority would still prefer using their DSLR or their P&S camera during photowalks.

#GoingMobile is a series of mobile photography walk within Cebu. The emphasis of this initiative is street photography. It is very fascinating to know different stories of people who find the streets their home.The streets of Cebu is just filled with colors and life and for those who are into photography, the streets of Cebu is a haven.

Going Mobile

Last weekend, along with a couple of friends, we did a test walk for #GoingMobile at the Carbon Market in Cebu. We wanted the walk to have a sort of a warm up point so we started the walk at the Cebu Cathedral. We passed through the Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño all the way to the Senior Citizens Park.

Here are some of the photos taken during our photowalk in Carbon Market. All photos are taken with my ever reliable ASUS Zenfone Zoom.

Carbon Market

The Carbon Market, who got its name from a nearby coal depot, is considered the oldest and largest farmers market in Cebu. It is one of the center for trade and commerce in Cebu. People from all walks of life gather here to trade and bargain their goods.

Going Mobile

In Carbon Market, you get to find almost everything. You just need to be a smart shopper to make the most of your visit.

Side Trip

Photography walks are very tiring. It will not only burn calories and consume a large amount of energy but it also makes you hungry. Let’s say, you had your photo walk in the morning, perhaps a brunch or an early lunch is ideal to replenish that calorie and energy loss.

Just few blocks awayfrom the Carbon Market is Pasil. Precy’s Eatery along A. Borces Street in Pasil offers the best and sumptuous Larang. There are other eateries that offers the same, but the Larang at Precy’s is the most recommendedLarang in the neighborhood.

FYI: Larang or Nilarang is a Cebuano cuisine that is similar to the Sinigang of the Tagalog region.Parrot fish (molmol (parrot fist)) is the perfect fish for the recipe. In Cebu some use bakasi (a type of Eel).Others use fishes like tuna and even salmon and Kyampaw.

On to you! Have you tried doing a photo walk in Carbon Market? How was your experience? Did you manage to make the most of your visit? Share your story on the comment below.

This post is part of Drift Stories’ #GoingMobile project.
All photos are captured with an Asus Zenfone Zoom.

Herbert Kikoy

I am a hobbyist photographer who’s making a big shift to mobile photography, a frustrated cook and a wanderlust who don’t have the luxury of time.

  • Everywhere I go, when I am on the road, I always have something I could use to take photos. Always, since my first digital camera. It has been over ten years already when I got my hands on a Kodak digicam that could save 640px x 480px photos. Those were among the first generations, and they are power hungry. 20-30 shots could drain two pieces of Energizer batteries.

    Putting that in perspective, smartphones today are much better, hence there is no excuse for not having one, let along shooting some.

    I think when you mentioned how it could be tiring doing a photo walk is precisely because you were doing a photo walk. LOL. The deliberate act of doing something is different from casual and candid street photography, wherever you find yourself in.

    • You got me there Sir Robert. Well, most of the time, you wont feel tired especially if you are enjoying the activity

  • AngeliePangilinan

    With the advance cameras on smart phones nowadays. I prefer taking photographs with my phone now. Especially when taking food shots at restaurants. It’s more convenient and it doesn’t catch much attention compared to a dslr. 🙂

  • Emelie Anggoy (of Emelie Empir

    As of now, I always use my phone when taking pics ’cause it’s handy and I have no DSLR soo far 🙂

    • Having a DSLR is good Emelie, there are still certain capabilities that the phone doesnt have 😀

  • Mobile photography is going to kill the digital camera sales. The ease with which pictures can be taken and shared is luring all to get involved. I too am guilty of abandoning my camera while doing some event coverage. 😛 🙂 Great captures from your tour, hard to say they are done with mobiles.

    • Thanks Indrani.. I bet it will kill the sales and the capabilities too 😀

  • Klaudias Corner

    Isn’t it amazing what we can do with just a phone? Amazing and a bit scary at times, where is the end of technology? Look at the quality of your photos! Remember when the very first mobiles came with camera? Interesting project,tho. That is real life you are capturing!

    • Technology is endless Klaudia and it will just keeps getting better and keeps evolving

  • Claire Santiago

    I love to capture scenes on the road with my mobile phone. It’s a lot more convenient and secure for me. My G5 tooks really great photos be it indoors or outdoors, still or moving objets and that made me appreciate mobile photography better.

    • LG G5 is a fine smartphone. Heard a lot of good reviews online

  • I have never been Carbon Market before. In fact, I have never heard of it. But it is an interesting place judging from your story and photos taken. I like street photography. I think it is among the best ways to capture locals’ daily activity and the colors of the streets. I have done this though in the streets of Binondo and Divisoria Market.

    • I you happen to visit Cebu, buzz us up, we will gladly take you to Carbon Market Erica

  • Jerny Destacamento

    Never had been to Carbon Market yet. For this photowalk, i think you have enjoyed it at least? Lol. So how was the experience with Zenfone Zoom? Is it not slowing down when used for a longer time?

    • Hi Jenny, we enjoyed taking photos while burning some calories 😀

  • I need to spend more time in Carbon. I only have a few photos. Each time for sure is a different experience. Going mobile is nice! In fact, I started my Kalye Serye with the aim of using my phone only but since I got my DSLR, I also try to use it.

    I really have to decide which one to use during photowalks kay lisod mag puli2x ug cam. Haha join ko next time if dili conflict sched or if I can sleep early, haha. Usahay 5am nako mahuman work. Lol

    • More KalyeSerye-worthy stories in Carbon Miss Rea

  • I wish to join a photowalk someday! Hopefully one that’s not on a Saturday since I have work 🙂 Great shots by the way!!!

    • Hi Trixie, we sometimes do photowalks on a sunday 😀

  • These are some pretty neat shots that you have here! Never tried doing this kind activity before for fear of getting assaulted in the streets (based on previous traumatic experiences). Although I have tried roaming around the Carbon Market before, but taking out my phone in an unsecured crowded place is something that I just cant risk, even if Im with a group.

    • It’s pretty scary actually knowing the reputation of the place. Just be vigilant 😀 Carbon Market now is not how it used to be before.

  • I’m confused if “Mobile photography” is only limited to phone shots or not.
    Mirror-less cameras seems “mobile” to me. IMO “phone photography” might be the best term
    to use for “phone only” shots.

    Anyway, I do enjoy photo walks. Side trips / food trips, I believe, are one of the best highlights during photo walks, and of course meeting and getting to know other photo enthusiasts and sharing tips, tricks, and techniques along the way.

    I’m also not comfortable taking my phone out in Carbon Market and even on its nearby areas.
    I cannot compare larang with sinigang. I love sinigang because of its sour taste, but larang on the other hand is more on the salty side.

    • Good point Sir. Mobile photoghraphy is not limited to phone shots but if we compare the mobility between a mirrorless and your phone, its more efficient to use our phone since most of us just hold them or have them in our pockets.

  • Ramzy Magbitang

    Every photo I take for my feed is technically mobile or phone photography since I don’t own any other camera, but there really is a certain freedom to being able to take decent shots–specially with the camera capabilities of most of today’s mobile phones–with something that you can easily carry around in your pocket. Haven’t really been able to participate in a photo walk for quite some time now, but I’ve always enjoyed them very much.

  • Mobile photography really comes in handy and I really appreciate phones that can capture stunning photos. But that’s not really the case because it’s in the photographer on how he/she creates magnificent photos by just using a mobile phone. Really like ur photos!

  • I am happy and proud that I consider myself a mobile photographer. I hope that the mobile photography industry will be known.

    • It is gaining momentum Borj, the genre need people like you 😀

  • Jullian Robin Sibi

    I’m proud to be a mobile photographer! This trend proves that you don’t need an insanely expensive camera to take great photos!

    • I guess so 😀 .. There are betters ones that are not expensive though but still it lacks some premium functionalities

  • hannafrej

    I would love to join this one next time, if I have time. I also prefer mobile snapshots whenever I travel.

    • Hmmm.. lets do lightstalking this coming Earth Hour.. hehe

  • Wandering Soul Scamper

    I would agree that mobile photography is becoming a trend nowadays. I often use my phone and or tabs during adventures where bringing DSLR cameras is a bit difficult. But for special events, I would prefer to use my DSLR to have more freedom on the settings manipulation and fast focusing.

  • Channel Imperial

    I have never used a DSLR in any of your photowalks Kuya. Hahaha! Consider me a mobile photographer through and through!

  • Technology has evolved and it seems that having a good camera on a smartphone will be enough to take good shots for your blog and social media. 🙂 Perhaps, we should do more photowalks. (And hopefully free ko para maka-attend ko. Huhu.)

    • Mag-abot ra nya atong mga free time puhon Rome 😀

  • Maurice Jitty Villaester

    BILIB GYUD KO NIMO KAY NAKAYA NIMO MAG-PICTORIAL SA CARBON! WOW!

    I just remembered our Photography class nga mangadlawon jud mi sa Carbon aron nindot ang lighting. Digicam pa ang akong gamit ato kay bati man ang camera sa akong phone. But it was worth it. Daghan kaayong dramatic shots didto. 🙂

    • It’s always scary roaming around Carbon with something valuable on your hands. This is not a first time for me nga galibot2x sa Carbon and lately I can say that its more safe in Carbon now than before.