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the manila discovery trip

i had just read adi's post, then gary's. and looking into the photos as i think, "what should i say?". I'm not much of a writer. I can write, but i'm not as articulate and fluid with words as others. I'd rather sketch out my experience actually.. (hmm. light bulb) I am also not so reflective- I'm more of a living in the moment kind of person. But practicing these kinds of things- writing, blogging, reflecting, is a good thing for me. To recount experiences, to collect emotions thoughts, to…
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Added by Kassandra Victoria E. Velhagen on November 29, 2010 at 12:39pm — 5 Comments

SNS Challenger Manila Photo Trip: Binondo Chronicles

I don't know why I got up at 5:45 this morning. It's a holiday. But something is screaming to be written so I just have to follow the creative flow and see where it leads me.…


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Added by Kathy Ponce on November 29, 2010 at 8:23am — 8 Comments

What beach? It's a railway line!

My first guess on picture 46606 was that it was taken near the Waterfront, looking up towards Lions Head.

But as we drove into the city centre this afternoon and looked up at the angle of Lions Head from Eastern Boulevard, it was immediately obvious that the photographer had been closer to the castle than the harbour.

We drove down Strand Street, and I watched the angle of Lions Head change in the rear-view…

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Added by Eleanor Muller on November 28, 2010 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

So glad Table Mountain hasn't moved, because lots of other things have.

Reading the posts coming through from Manilla I find myself once again thanking Table Mountain for her presence. It does make the identification of photos easier!

And so, I went down to the Alfred basin this afternoon with my son, looking for photo 45623.

Yesterday…

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Added by Eleanor Muller on November 28, 2010 at 4:40am — 6 Comments

The Cape Diamond Fields

Having spoken to my Brother-in-Law about the three photos from the Challenger collection I sent him copies after digitally enhancing them in a quick and rough way. His reply to me was as follows:

Dear Claude - delighted to see these enhanced pictures of the "New

Diamond Rush" as it was known from 1871 to about 1873 before becoming

DBCM under Rhodes' control. Question: Are the original pictures that you

have enhanced in sepia, but changed by you to black & white? I ask…
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Added by Claude Felbert on November 27, 2010 at 2:11pm — 5 Comments

Manila Photo trip, 1





keeping up with the group via buddyway.com. wondering if this will work; if it does, it'll be amazing.


currently waiting on an icon to appear on the lands of the Philippines, because that will be Kathy! no one else has made a public trip fromthe manila area, so no icons can be seen. makes the job of finding her username easy, too.


i should be able to see the trip…
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Added by Adrienne Santos on November 27, 2010 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

All we have is Table Mountain

It's one of the most famous landmarks in the world - the flat top of Table Mountain - so the re-creation of this picture should be easy...no?

http://sns-challenger.ning.com/photo/45623big-1?context=album&albumId=4272575%3AAlbum%3A22

Here's what we have to consider:

The first part of what is today's…

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Added by Eleanor Muller on November 27, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Mystery of Photo 439 and Photo 441

I learned something new today.


Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from…
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Added by Kathy Ponce on November 25, 2010 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

Chasing Avenues in the Cape of Good Hope

Of all the pictures that I've looked at, the one that has caught my attention the most is "An Avenue : Cape of Good Hope" http://sns-challenger.ning.com/photo/45624big-1?context=album&albumId=4272575%3AAlbum%3A22 Most of the other pictures of the Cape of Good Hope have the mountain in the background, and it will just be a case of leg-work to triangulate the correct spot. But this…

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Added by Eleanor Muller on November 25, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Energy from Collective Thinking

All journeys become interesting when you're able to share it with others who as Gary would say "have the same enthusiasm for it".


I am quite happy to say that since November 19 when I joined the SNS Challenger, 3 friends from Manila, a friend from London and a cousin from Cebu has been enthused by this endeavor and partake in the adventure with me.


Chronicling their responses encourage me and make the adventure more meaningful. It sheds light on…
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Added by Kathy Ponce on November 23, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Reading Mosley's Recount of Manila

I'm reading Mosley's recount of Manila and actually find some of the details very amusing. This log will attempt to describe what I think of his recount and my personal reactions to it.


It is only now that I am slowly placing myself in the shoes of the people riding HMS Challenger. They entered the Philippine shores through Zamboanga which is located at the southern provinces of the island. They went up north and passed by Basilan, Iloilo, Camiguin, Cebu and then Manila…
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Added by Kathy Ponce on November 22, 2010 at 9:27pm — No Comments

The Closet Artist Hops on Board

I often wondered what it would be like to just hop on board a cruise ship and go wherever the wind blows.


Over breakfast this morning I was telling my Mom about this project and how I imagine that instead of the sea, this voyage happens on the internet. I think it's a brilliant idea.


This is a great opportunity for me. Primarily because I'm a "closet artist". :) I studied music since 4 years old and went to conservatory by highschool. I took up…
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Added by Kathy Ponce on November 19, 2010 at 9:49am — 3 Comments

Re-visiting the retaken photographs of Kobe...



The original image taken in 1865



3 years ago, I visited various locations in Japan between the months of April and June to re-photograph the Challenger’s photographs. Since that time, despite living in Tokyo, I have not been back to any of them. May 8th 2010 saw me return to Kobe and specifically to the waterfalls at Nunobiki. The largest of the two… Continue

Added by GaryMcLeod on May 19, 2010 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

Devil's Tooth Finally

I finally received the call from Freddie. We met at three today and he was kind enough to drive me to the locations. It was great to see we both agreed to where Devils Tooth was located. His friend's daughter lives within the area at Buena Vista (MOD property) and she was kind enough to let me in her home to her back garden from where Devils Tooth can be seen.



Unfortunately the garden is surrounded by wire fencing and does not offfer a great view of the area - only the tip of the… Continue

Added by Gus Linares on April 22, 2010 at 6:49am — No Comments

HMS Challenger in Bermuda

Gary, I find these sorts of projects both exciting and frustrating. On the one hand my mind, because I have been involved in Bermuda's history for a number of years, think it remembers certain photographs or views but the mind-rolerdex of time sometimes lets me down. Most people in Bermuda, once you let them know the reason for your intrusion on their property become very interested themselves and offer all kinds of help and advice. I have been a professional photographer as part… Continue

Added by H. Charles Tatem on April 14, 2010 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

Retaking photos in Bermuda

We live near Dockyard which is where HMS Challenger was docked when she visited and where a lot of the photos where taken. The buildings are still much as they were then so it is quite easy to find the locations, but tricky to re-photograph as the Challenger photographers had a very wide angle lens and there were far fewer trees to get in the way. There are more photos which I know where they are but a lot are unplaceable- the sand dunes and photos of vegetation. Admiralty House no longer… Continue

Added by Elizabeth wear on April 11, 2010 at 8:58pm — 1 Comment

Challenger Medal

Gary, could not resist :-)



The medal took about 30 mins to make, using images supplied by Glenn M. Stein, FRGS who I contacted to obtain permission/licence for their use. The images were used both as difuse maps and bump maps. The bump map is what makes the medal look 3d. Its not really sculpted rather the shadows are being introduced referencing a grey scale image of the… Continue

Added by Gus Linares on April 10, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

3D Challenger Logo

Gary, made this for you...



Added by Gus Linares on April 9, 2010 at 7:19am — 1 Comment

The Sugar Mill


I think I've actually managed to find this location. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to post the pics yet.

Added by Hector Squiabro on March 26, 2010 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Access to Devils Tooth - Update

Managed to speak to someone who lives opposite on eof the entrances to Devils Tooth who mentioned he sees gardeners entering the site.

It's now a question of tracking down the firm responsible for this.

Added by Gus Linares on February 17, 2010 at 5:46am — 1 Comment

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