Citrine canary-flycatcher (Culicicapa helianthea)

Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3

1/40s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso400

January 1, 2019 11:12am

Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/400s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso800
January 7, 2021 10:56am

Philippine pygmy woodpecker (Yungipicus maculatus)

Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/640s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso1600
October 7, 2020 12:28pm

Philippine bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus)
Panasonic DC-G9, Nikkor 600mm f5.6 ED-IF
1/100s f/8 at 600.0mm iso800
December 26, 2018 3:43pm

Olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/100s f/6.3 at 400.0mm iso800
March 4, 2021 3:28pm

Little pied flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)
Sony Alpha α7R II , Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 C + TC 1.4x
1/320s f10.0 at 748mm iso1600
November 7, 2020 12:48pm

Red crossbill (Luxia curvirostra)

Nikon D7200 , Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 G2
1/60s f/11.0 at 1200.0mm iso1600
July 5, 2018 10:01am

Tawny grassbird (Cincloramphus timoriensis)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/1000s f/8 at 400.0mm iso800
May 23, 2020 7:59am

Grey-streaked flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)
Panasonic DC-G9, Nikkor 600mm f5.6 ED-IF
1/160s f/11 at 600.0mm iso400
September 30, 2020 3:27pm

Colasisi, Philippine hanging parrot (Loriculus philippensis)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/320s f/8 at 400.0mm iso1600
April 19, 2020 11:13am

Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/400s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso400
April 2, 2021 9:52am

Philippine bush warbler (Horornis seebohmi)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/125s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso800
April 21, 2020 9:16am

Arctic warbler (Phylloscopus borealis)

Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/320s f6.3 at 400.0mm iso400
December 15, 2019 7:32am

Besra (Accipiter virgatus)

Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/320s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso800
July 2, 2020 7:29am

Rusty-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis sepulcralis)

Ricoh GXR + A12 M mount , Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF
1/90s f/11.0 at iso800
Dec 29, 2016 9:59:07am

Warbling white-eye (Zosterops japonicus)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/400s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso800
January 15, 2021 10:27am

Crested myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)

Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/200s f/10 at 400.0mm iso800
November 9, 2020 11:28am

Black-naped monarch (Hypothymis azurea)
Sony Alpha α7R II , Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 C + TC 1.4x
1/125s f9.0 at 840mm iso1600
January 7, 2021 9:57am

Philippine coucal (Centropus viridis), immature
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/250s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso400
March 15, 2021 10:21am

Chestnut-faced babbler (Zosterornis whiteheadi)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/250s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso800
April 12, 2021 7:50am

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Sony Alpha α7R II , Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 C + TC 1.4x
1/200s f11.0 at 840mm iso800
March 7, 2020 8:28am

Sulphur-billed nuthatch (sitta oenochlamys)
Nikon D7200 + Nikkor 600 mm f/5.6 ED
1/160s f/8.0 at 900mm iso800
June 21, 2017 3:12:45pm

Long-tailed shrike (Lanius schach)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/500s f/8 at 400.0mm iso800
April 13, 2020 11:23am

Philippine scops owl (Otus megalotis)

Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/30s f/5.6 at 100.0mm iso800
March 20, 2019 8:39am

Blue-headed fantail (Rhipidura cyaniceps)
Sony Alpha α7R II , Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 C + TC 1.4x
1/50s f11.0 at 660mm iso1600
May 11, 2020 3:46pm

Brown-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon gularis)
Sony Alpha α7R II , Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 C + TC 1.4x
1/1600s f11.0 at 840mm iso1600
March 10, 2020 10:57am

Elegant tit (Periparus elegans)

Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/250s f/8.0 at 400.0mm iso1600 EV-1.33
May 26, 2019 1:25pm

Yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Sony Alpha α7R II , Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 C + TC 1.4x
1/500s f10.0 at 592mm iso1600
October 28, 2020 7:32am

Turquoise flycatcher (Eumyias panayensis)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/30s f/9 at 280.0mm iso800
May 10, 2020 8:37am

Scale-feathered malkoha (Dasylophus cumingi)
Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3
1/250s f/9 at 400.0mm iso800
April 16, 2021 8:04am

Large-billed crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)

Panasonic DC-G9, Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3

1/100s f/10 at 400.0mm iso800

July 9, 2020 1:35pm

Bicolored flowerpecker (Dicaeum bicolor)
Sony Alpha α7R II , Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 C + TC 1.4x
1/640s f11.0 at 840mm iso800
March 13, 2020 10:38am

Profile

Roberto “Boy” E. Yñiguez (b. 1951, Malolos, Bulacan) is a photographer and an award-winning cinematographer based in Lucnab, Baguio. His composition, whether in his photos or films, embodies Henri Cartier-Bresson’s philosophy of intuitively capturing the “decisive moment” and showing deep respect for natural light. His images record “the everyday,” adhering to the humanist principles of photography. 

 

His interest in photography started in childhood as his father, Marcos T. Yñiguez Jr., frequently took photos of their family in La Union when they lived there in the 1950s. When Boy was a teenager, he received a Kodak Brownie 127 from his father, who eventually handed over his camera collection to Boy before he passed away. 

 

Boy stayed in Manila for college to study BS Architecture at UP Diliman where he had one class on photography. Two weeks after graduating in 1974, he started working at the Development Academy of the Philippines at Tagaytay where he and artist Santiago “Santi” Bose took photos and designed their publication layouts. In 1976, both joined the Ermita monthly paper with Alfred “Krip” A. Yuson at the editorial helm. His photograph of the musical Mass by Leonard Bernstein performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines was featured on the front page of Ermita’s 6th issue. His portrait of Abelardo G. Semonte was also a front-page feature in UP Gazette in their October-December 1978 issue. In the late 70s, Boy also helped in the photography and layout of Handumanan: La Salle Bacolod Silver Jubilee Yearbook, working again with Krip Yuson under Peque Gallaga.

 

After his time in Ermita in 1976, he worked at UP Film Center as a cinematographer for documentaries until 1980. In 1981, he and his wife, restaurateur Mitos Benitez-Yñiguez, decided to move to Baguio to start a family. Coincidentally, it was also a time when an artist community was emerging in Baguio. Boy then became integrated into the Baguio art scene along with Kidlat Tahimik, BenCab, Santi Bose, Wig Tysmans, Tommy Hafalla, Roberto Villanueva, Mannix Santos and others.


Boy had to shuttle from Baguio to Manila for cinematography work. With a film career spanning over four decades, he worked with various directors such as Kidlat Tahimik, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, and Loy Arcenas. He won Best Cinematography for Tuhog (2001), Imbisibol (2015), and Ang Larawan (2018) among others. Apart from feature films, he also shot television commercials for products like Cream Silk, Skin White, and Nescafé.


As a photographer, he participated in the following group exhibitions: Pangatawanan Mo Nah! (2009) at UP Vargas Museum, and several ones in Baguio namely Positive Negativity: Silver Gelatin Prints (2010), Us There:

Images of America (2014), and Black & White: Film Photograph (2015). He also participated in Art Fair Philippines 2018 where he put up side-by-side photos of locations in Baguio from the 1980s and the present, calling the changes “uglification.” The year after, for the Not Visual Noise exhibit at Ateneo Art Gallery, he installed a long line of sequential images of Berlin’s subway to illustrate “the continuity of time and its effect on space.” Decay and destruction over time are also themes in his Busted Marcos Bust series.

 

In 2016 he got into bird photography, naturally drifting to it owing to the forests surrounding their home. He joined Baguio-Benguet Birders (BBB) and had his avian photos included in BBB group exhibitions at Bell House (2018), Porta Vaga (2019), Teachers’ Camp (2019), and Baguio City Hall (2022). BBB also collaborated with Luzviminda on the online and onsite exhibit The Colorful World of Birds Captured Through the Lens for Art Fair Philippines 2022.

 

Now semi-retired, he hopes to go back to Paris in the winter to revisit the places he shot in 1985. He also continues to capture photos daily for Arawang Larawan, a series he started in 2006. (Lk Rigor)

 

References: 

 

Arts Monthly, vol. IV, no. 1, pp. 3, Office of the President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Jan. 1984.

 

Ermita, Yuson, Alfred A., editor, vol. 1, no. 1-9, Mushroom Media, Inc. Jan.-Oct. 1976.

 

Espiritu, Johann Vladimir J. “Yñiguez, Roberto.” CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art Digital Edition, edited by Elmer L. Gatchalian, 2020 Nov. 18. epa-culturalcenter-gov-ph.eu1.proxy.openathens.net/4/26/4739.

 

Floresca, Jocelyn Alberto. Curriculum vitae. cs.upb.edu.ph/images/pdfs/faculty/hkp/CS HKP FLORESCA J. A. CV.pdf.

 

UP Gazette, vol. IX, no. 6, Oct.-Dec. 1978, pp. 149. Office of the Secretary of the University, osu.up.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/gazette/1978.pdf.

 

Yñiguez, Boy. Phone interview. 11 July 2022.

 

Yuson, Alfred A. “Farewell to Peque.” Philstar, 18 May 2020, philstar.com/lifestyle/arts-and-culture/2020/05/18/2014660/farewell-peque. Accessed 16 June 2022.

 

Yuson, Alfred A., editor. Espiritu Santi: The Strange Life and Even Stranger Legacy of Santiago Bose. Water Dragon Inc., 2004.