“Tabo” is a local dialect term for market day… it is like an agora in the early days where people gather to buy and sell goods. Tabo is still practiced in many towns, and is still the most effective way to market a wide array of products ranging virtually from anything that is sellable – meats, fish, shoes, shirts, kitchen utensils, bags… you name it, the list can go on. It is like a one-stop shop concept of some sort… It starts very early in the morning, and each town has a designated day of the week for this. It can be like a maze inside with all the stalls side-by-side and is usually crowded.
I always liked (understatement?) to shoot the tabo, it’s like inviting a duck to the water hehe.
There is that energy in the variety of subjects that you can shoot ranging from street, food, candid and macro… I had a chance last week to shoot again the market day at Tanauan, Leyte. It was refreshing to wake up early, travel to this town and shoot. People seem to be very busy with their dealings, it is a good opportunity to shoot these moments where your subjects seem to pre-occupied with what they do. Most of these local folks are very friendly and won’t really mind if you take photos of them – but a simple courtesy of asking will always certainly help.
I’ll share more photos next time, for the meantime, here are some shots. When can the duck go back to the water again?
Photographer’s note: F/1.4, 1/800, ISO 100, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFS 24mm 1.4
Photographer’s note: F/1.4, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFD 85mm 1.4
Photographer’s note: F/1.4, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFD 85mm 1.4
Photographer’s note: F/1.4, 1/640, ISO 200, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFD 85mm 1.4
Photographer’s note: F/1.4, 1/400, ISO 200, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFD 85mm 1.4
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/200, ISO 200, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFS 60mm 2.8
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