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Gay Mare Capones – Discovering the Philippines Through Photography

Dive: Artist - Photographer
Description: Using a camera to take pictures
Level: Level 1
Level Requirements: Has taken some artistic photographs and displayed them publicly
Certified On: Aug 24, 2020

Editor’s Note: On all dive certifications, we try to edit the writing as little as possible to preserve authenticity, personality, and writing style. We typically fix spelling errors, but minimally modify grammar and sentence structure (just enough to ensure readability).

Gay Mare  Capones

Name: Gay Mare Capones Break Diving Level: Recruit Number of Certified Dives: 1 From: Philippines In: Philippines

1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?

In 2019 I started taking photos as part of my training while working at Gallery Seven Cafe. I was a dining staff member at Gallery Seven Cafe from May to September 2019. 

During that time, Gallery Seven was in the middle of launching the establishment. My boss who is good at photography, paintings, and art got me motivated by her artwork. Being in the cafe was the most wonderful experience I had when I was just starting my career. I learned cooking, arts, and photography (inside and outside the cafe). 

Photography was not needed in my job. Instead of selfies, I thought, why not improve my photography skills like my boss who has great skills in photography? 

Photography is not that hard to learn and doesn’t take a lot of years to achieve. It is a habit that needs to be improved, and the outputs are the finished products. 

We took photographs of our food (the pasta and meals) to make it presentable in photos, to put it on the menu, or to post it on the Facebook page to advertise it to friends, friends of friends, and families.

I want to develop my skills in photography, and believe day by day that there is some progress on it. I am pursuing photography because it is where I can find passion in a starting point and step forward to reach my goals. It is not risky at all and it is not regretful to achieve due to the happiness it brings me. It is always time well spent. The effort I expend towards photography is a great investment I can make for myself. It is the reason why I love doing it.

2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?

It took me a year to accomplish this photography level. It was that long because of some other jobs I was handling at the same time as well as following up on my applications to some other offered opportunities that I applied to before. I am more focused on my job than on my passion.

Everything was in a rush and I set aside my photography practice every day. I can only practice photography during Sundays where I can find longer vacant hours.

3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

The hardest part I encountered at the time of my training is the time that I tried handling a camera. I admit it was hard for me to focus the lens. Second, I followed the use of grid lines which I am not yet completely familiar with. Lastly, mastering the “Good shot”. Using a cellphone, the hardest part is the clarity of the image. In addition to all this was the time management issues I mentioned before.

4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

The easiest part for me in photography is that every time I go out, I have my camera or phone with me. I take pictures of everything I am interested in. Taking pictures of the view, the mountains, and other scenery are all fascinating to me. Even if I go out once a week, twice a month, or once a month, I don’t miss making progress with a new picture. Day by day, practice helps me become much better. But once a week is also good.

5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?

My advice to those who are starting photography: 

Don’t rush. Don’t give up. And take time to learn. 

Take time to experiment, practice, and explore your camera. As you start, listen to your mentor’s advice and tips. Search examples on the internet, research useful gear that is needed aside from your camera or cellphone. Let your motivators rate your work.

6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.

Here are two great resources:

Resource 1: Break Diving - Come and share your photos with us!

Resource 2: Exposure Guide - I recommend these tips because it is a useful source that helped me start my photography skills.

Resource 3: -

Resource 4: -

Resource 5: -

7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).

When I first started my photography, I used my phone to practice until I could get a used DSLR camera to shoot scenery and to take photos of the main products in the cafe.

I usually practice on mountains. There is always timing. From the good scenery of nature and the beautiful creatures around.

One day, from my recovery, I took a picture over the mountains. I also succeeded in taking a shot of the greenhouses that are full of wonderful plants. I am continuing to improve my photography skills. There are a lot of views waiting for me to discover.

In the parks, taking photos with my friends and taking solo pictures with the great scenery that I see.

8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?

Here are some photos that I took:


9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?

For now, no. Instead, I will be pursuing writing as my next dive, which has a connection to photography. I’d like to combine them.

10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?

No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets.

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And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Gay Mare Capones is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Artist - Photographer - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!

Certificate number: 57

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