Amateur photographer taken by surprise when selected for Apple World Gallery

Amateur photographer taken by surprise when selected for Apple World Gallery

Amateur photographer Francis Arvy Olarte was taken by surprise when his photograph of Myanmarese fishermen was selected for the Apple World Gallery, a collection of photos shot on the iPhone 6 by 77 photographers living in 70 cities and 24 countries.

Mr Olarte's photograph was one of three iPhone 6 images taken by three photographers living here that were included for the World Gallery. He is a Filipino who has been working in property management in Singapore for four years.

His photo of four fishermen catching fish in Inle Lake in Shan state in northern Myanmar is now on billboards in Singapore, New York, Paris, Dubai, Washington DC, San Francisco, Zurich and other cities.

An amateur photographer, he has found fame. In March this year, he was interviewed by a TV station in Manila when he went back home for a break. He has also received feedback from friends and strangers on his Instagram site.

He had gone to Myanmar in November last year for a holiday. Friends had told him that the fishermen in Inle Lake were the icons of Myanmar. He took a 13-hour bus journey from the Myanmar capital of Yangon to a town called Nyaung Shwe. From there, he hired a boat which took an hour to reach Inle Lake.

Mr Olarte said: "Like most of my shots, this photo was spontaneous, there's no time for staging. It was about noon and I used natural light. There were these four fishermen and I just happened to be there at the right time."

He snapped the image on his iPhone 6 which is his main camera. He has a Nikon SLR for taking portrait shots.

"With the iPhone 6, I don't have to carry bulky cameras to get good shots," he said.

Another iPhone 6 photo in Apple World Gallery is Singaporean Gayle Tan's shot of the Takachiho Gorge in Kyushu island, Japan. She took it while on holiday there.

On being featured by Apple, she said: "I was surprised - and honoured - that my photo was chosen because the other photographs in World Gallery were all so amazing."

She had started taking photos with the iPhone 3 but it was only with the iPhone 5 that she began to take more photos with the phone.

Apple put up the World Gallery last month to show the power of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras.

The 77 photos captured by iPhone 6 were featured across the world from Sydney, Beijing and San Francisco to New York, London and many more cities. The photos were featured on posters at transit stops and train stations, in newspaper ads and on billboards across the world.

To see more of these amazing photos, go to http://www.apple.com/iphone/world-gallery/.

chngkeg@sph.com.sg

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