About the Photographer and his Images
About the Wild Birds of the Philippines
There are about 614 species of Philippine birds, and 194 of these are endemic to these islands. Over 10% of these species are globally threatened.
By imaging these magnificent winged creatures in their natural habitat and sharing the pictures through prints and web galleries, the photographer hopes that in his own little way, he can help raise awareness for the protection of their habitat. The photographer wishes that future generations will still be able to behold the beauty of these avian treasures long after his generation is gone.
Capture Information and Post Processing Disclosure
The photographer aspires to create aesthetically pleasing and natural history type images of birds and other wildlife.
His capture workflow is centered on getting images of the natural state of things, with very little or no disturbance to the subjects and their environment. All images of birds and other wildlife posted in the website were taken in-habitat, using macro and super-telephoto lenses (100 mm – 1600 mm) and digital SLRs. The photographer is not into set-up photography. He does not employ bird calls nor baiting with food in the capture of the wild bird images. Likewise, the photographer always shoots in available light, and minimizes the use of artificial lighting or flash during capture (only in a handful of photos where it is explicitly mentioned was artificial lighting used).
The photographer’s post processing workflow is limited to WB setting, cropping, resizing, noise reduction, sharpening, and adjustment of exposure, contrast, levels, brightness, saturation and vibrance. Wholesale alteration of major elements of the photo or blurring of the background in post process is not practiced. Removal of sensor dust spots and cloning out of tiny distracting elements in the photo are done sparingly.
About the Photographer
Romy Ocon (a.k.a. Liquidstone in various internet websites), a native Filipino, is a self-taught color-blind nature photographer, and the founder/administrator of the Philippine Bird Photography Forum.
He was born and raised in a rural village in La Union (Northern Luzon, Philippines) where he learned to appreciate nature early in life. A product of the Philippine public school system, he is a civil engineer by training and concrete technologist by specialization. He started his working career as an employed professional, then became an entrepreneur over a decade ago. In 2004, he semi-retired at 39 to concentrate on his passionate pursuit – wild bird imaging.
His web galleries are at www.pbase.com/liquidstone.
The Photographer In-Habitat
Romy Ocon is honored to join the roster of Brand Ambassadors of Canon Philippines as of March 2010.