Full Name: Robert V. Fontanilla
flickr Screen Name: ROB FONTANILLA
Occupation: Professional Photographer and Professor in College of Saint Benilde--La Salle
camera body = Canon 400D
lenses = 18-55mm kit lens
flash = 420EX
Favorite Photographic Subject: Glamour, Travel and Portrait
Favorite Photographer: Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon
Dream Gear: Canon 1Ds Mark II N
Photographic Ambition: National Geographic job and advertising shoot in New York
Rob's Photographic Mind
RVF: NONE. I DONT HAVE A FAMILY. Half of my time I spend for photography... part of it shooting if i have [a photo job], and another part as a Professor of Photography in La Salle-CSB
FPC: Do you limit your Photography to a particular category? Which do you like shooting best?
RVF: Actually I dont limit my photography, although I'm inclined to portrait, glamour and travel.
RVF: I don't buy that idea, but it pays to specialize on something. Like a trade mark... The only difference between a pro and hobbyist (although they may produce same result) is that the pro gets paid for.
FPC: Do you think that for a photographer to be recognized, he must have "hi-tech" gadgets?
RVF: Not really, its more about the talent than the gadgets, although I don't disregard the fact that having better equipments has its advantages.
FPC: When is a photograph artistic to you? What makes it an art?
RVF: Everytime. I always consider photography as an art. But if you want to be more specific, its on the style.
RVF: It all started as a hobby. I just love to shoot. And giving up other important things for photography. Inspiration? I like the works of Richard Avedon And Annie Leibovitz.
FPC: What style of Photography have you developed for yourself? What makes you think it is good?
RVF: Actually none. I apply as many style I could think of, during the actual shoot. Shall we say, "Let it be." I dont want to be tied and limit my work based on a certain guidelines. But in my advertising work, it's different. I want an actual layout, I plan ahead, how and what to shoot.
RVF: A student of mine told me about this contest.
FPC: Where you with a group or a companion during the competition? Does it matter that you have to have company in such kind of competition?
RVF: Yes, I'm with a group--some camera club members and some friends.
FPC: What was your strategy for the first leg? The second leg?
RVF: First--combination of Static and non static subjects. Second--more on the emotions.
FPC: What places did you go to shoot your entries?
RVF: Actually, to start, Manila Cathedral, then the walls of Intramuros.
FPC: What were you after with the first category? How did you interpret "Splendor of Manila"?
RVF: I just present my subject the way i see it, focus on the subject and add some elements just to decorate my subject, not to over power it. That's basic composition and selective focus on the main subject.
FPC: When the anchorwoman said "Faces of Manila," what images came foremost to your mind? Were this the images you chose as options to submit?
RVF: Actually, no. I looked for happy faces, afraid to show something negative because I know, that's is a no no.
FPC: Did you think that any of your photos would win?
RVF: Actually no. In every contest I'm not expecting anything but its okay for you to wish and hope to win. Actually, Im not expecting I'll win from the first category, because when the host announced that they are showing the top 50, my photo was not shown during the presentation. So, I told myself that I'm not going to win from this category and hope to win from the second one. But suprisingly, they mentioned my name when they announced the second place, and everything is history.
RVF: I've won several photo contest way back: