Caught; one unforgettable night with the Panasonic Lumix GX8

Traveling light, without sacrificing quality.

“Manila’s Water World.”

The song goes like this…
One night in Bangkok makes your heart go tumble…
…or a night at the Cave Wine bar makes
your shutter rumble.


It was certainly one of those days/nights I will remember for a long time and one of the reasons that you should never leave home without it… the camera that is.

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Last week in Yakal Street, Makati, Manila, Philippines.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500

When I looked out the office window around 5PM I should have known better that this could be quiet a ride home. A dark almost black wall of clouds moving ever so much closer and sure enough by the time I reached my favorite Cave Wine Bar in Yakal Street, Makati with in minutes all hell broke loose.

For over an hour a super heavy torrential Monsoon rain hammered us, and Yakal Street turned into a flowing river. There was no way I could get home now, but then I guess it could have been worst, at least I was not stuck in traffic but had the good company of my friends Hubert and Othmar at the Cave Wine Bar who shared the same fate with me.

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"Trying to get home" very sweet, the Filipino way
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500

There was no shortage of exquisite wine and food and the thought crossed my mind getting stuck into a few good bottles of Red, however been intoxicated made no sense either, somehow we all had to get home at one point.

We had a few glasses of wine, (or was it two…) some snacks and then as time progressed the “street/river” kept on flowing so I decided to take action. I grabbed my Lumix GX8 (I always carry that one with me, rain or shine) went out to the front and shot what ever swam or walked by. I might add it was quiet interesting, stuck in one place and just observing what does come by in particular when the street turned into a river in the middle of the night.

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Not sure
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500


It was now way past 9:00PM and the “river” was up high, people walking or trying at least to get home, cars driving in all direction (Yakal street is a one-way street) and motorbikes pushing their way through the flooded streets barely making it.

Chaotic is putting it mildly, it was one of those days in Manila, nothing moved and this was not the only street as we found out. In just 1.5 hours, a heavy tropical downpour turned Manila into Water World.

But I was at least in very good company…my friends, a few glasses of wine and my LumixGX8 with the 12 to 35mm f/2.8 lens. Standing now outside the Wine Bar watching life "Swim” by, and occasionally going inside to have another sip on my wine…

I set and varied the ISO between 2500 and 3200 for all featured images on this post, wide open at F: 2.8 and the exposure changed from 1/40 at the highest shutter speed way down to ¼ of a sec. everything was hand held, after all it was night.

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"Holding hands" and keep on walking
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500


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Very Sexy "Driver"… the driver is pushing his passenger, who now sits on the driver seat.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500


The mixed lightening from cars, motorbikes, street and Neon Signs lights made also for some interesting challenges. Lucky I had the blue corrugated Iron wall in the background that gave me some clean background for most images and provided me with some interesting color combinations.

This was also the first time I used such high ISO on the Lumix GX8 and as the night went on I used the 4K Photo setting for a few frames too.

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High Heels and no Heels, around 11:30PM
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 3200 -
4K Photo setting


I guess it worked out to be another extreme test for the new Lumix GX8, this was certainly not planned but I ended up not been drunk or bored, (which is a good thing sometimes) indeed it became a very long night and by the time I got home (traffic was still bad) it was way past 3:15AM.

Again the GX8 performed flawless and even got wet, it surprised me how well it handled the high ISO including the 4K Photo settings at times.

Actually the “noise” at this high ISO that showed up is very nice more like grain from the good old film days, as for post processing I had to do very little or almost none. The White Balance was set on Auto during the whole duration of the night an shooting in RAW formats with the exception of the 4K Photo.

BTW; the images look so much better in RGB and on a big iMac Screen and they hold up for big prints, no worries at all.

These are only a few images and many more were taken during this truly NOT so boring night.

So, never leave home without it… the camera that is, because you never know where you end up and if you’re “Lucky” you might end up like me on a flooded street or in the
Cave Wine Bar, Yakal Street, Makati.

Tip: In cases like this I recommend to leave your wife or girlfriend at home.

Cheers GD

See more Water World images below:

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Some bikes had a better chance that night
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500

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"Calling the UBER Water Taxi"
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Waiting for the "City Banka"
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500

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Manila's Water World
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Quiet colorful for a rainy and very wet night.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500

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Lonely is the night…
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500

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"Underwater movement"
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500

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Paddling away at 11:45PM
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 3200 -
4K Photo setting


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The scary look at 11:50PM
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4K Photo setting


And that is how it all started… the beginning of
a "romantic" evening.


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The view through the Office window at around 5PM
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 640