This is a series of blog posts dedicated to great Instagrammers that are also contributing on Lobster. Read about the brilliant mind behind the camera, how photography mingles with their life and the stories behind their best shots.
Who is Sunny Merindo?
A Filipino based in Makati City, Philippines. I’m a programmer in an American IT company and a freelance photographer. I started shooting in 2010 and I’m recognized in my vivid, vibrant and contrasty photos.
I was actually influenced by my friends, who love to take photos on our travels, and a close office buddy who became our photographer every time there is an office event. Eventually, I developed an interest in photography by learning the basics of exposure and camera settings by playing and borrowing his DSLR in our free time in the office. I joined several local workshops, but the majority of what I learned is through experience and by reading or watching different photography tutorials available on the internet.
I usually travel alone
I’m not too technical in terms of different gears because I’m more interested in how to capture a subject and tell the story behind it. I like arts, history and I really enjoy travelling, hence the reason why most of my photos are about travel. I usually travel alone, not only because I want to manage my own time, but also as I want to explore and interact with cultures which are very different from my own. This helps me understand the subject and write a good background to it.
Currently, I have tons of photos that are just sitting in my disks. So as much as possible, I edit one photo a day and post it on my Instagram where I’m active. I have a diverse collection of photos ranging from portraits, travels, landscapes and life events.
The stories behind the best shots
I love taking cityscapes with moving clouds above them. Without a tripod, I used my scarf to level my camera. The boats were slow and I couldn’t do a single because it may be overexposed the buildings. So I shot this in three exposures and digitally blended them to show the moving lights perfectly.
It was the first time I joined a photo safari with other photographers and this is our first stop. My camera and I were soaked in big waves, but it was worth it for output like this.
It was a very cold blue hour in Beijing. The photo is composed of 6 exposures merged into HDR to get a good depth of dome reflection from the artificial lake surrounding it.
A dream place for exquisite landscapes that are located north of the Philippines. I was amazed by the place and took only a few photos on this spot. Using a 10 stops neutral density filter shot at noon in a long exposure.
The moment I arrived in Mandalay Myanmar, I immediately asked the hotel staff on the easiest way to get to U Bein Bridge. I waited for the perfect time when 3 monks crossed the bridge. The negative space and walking gesture convey movement which is one way of composing and telling a story.
One of my most memorable travel experiences. I woke up 4 in the morning then navigated a distance of 8kms using an e-bike where most of the roads are in total darkness. The hard work paid off when seeing this one-of-a-kind scenery.
A crazy ride using an improvised gondola. I was soaked in seawater after taking this shot when big waves crashed to the cliff from we stood.
Favourite food for thought
“A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture.”- David DuChemin