Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines


Welcome, welcome 'o weary traveler... from where do you cometh? Are you seeking new lands to conquer, perhaps planning a visit to the Philippines? Or are you simply feeling home-sick and hungry for photographs of home? Whatever, feel free to look or share. An adventure awaits.

I try to post new images weekly from my travels across this beautiful land. If you like what you see, please leave a comment or two. Or write me a note, I'd love to hear from where you cometh. Enjoy. Bobby (bobbyw59@yahoo.com) Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.


Monday, March 28, 2016

#315 The Soul of a Place


In my travels, I'm always on the lookout for that one scene that captures the soul of a place. It can be a grand landscape, local folks at work, or portraits of real people. It's a bonus if I can capture two or more of these elements in a single photograph.

Still along the coast in Culasi in Antique, the sun was starting to set, bathing the landscape with a warm and romantic light. On the horizon I can see the sea on one side and the mountains on the other, the signature characteristic of this place. I can see fishing boats strewn everywhere, and in the distance, fishermen are pulling their nets to shore, all suggesting how they live off the sea here. Just then a bare-foot mother and child, in affectionate embrace and engaged in lively banter, walked past me and right into my composition. A gentle people who live off the sea in this beautiful place embraced by water and mountains. Click. Enjoy.

Pixel-peepers: Much had been written about photographing during the golden hours, where the warm sharp colors can make your pictures pop. It's showing every afternoon at a landscape near you, don't miss it.


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Monday, March 21, 2016

#314 Tuba

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Money doesn't grow on trees, but as we discovered, the next best thing does.

We were in Pandan in Antique, marveling at this grove of coconut trees dotting its shore, when this farmer climbed up a tree to harvest coconut wine, or Tuba. It's an apparently simple process. Instead of allowing the tree to flower and bear fruit, they cut the efflorescence and direct the sap into small bottles. Within a day, the bottles will fill with a sweet fermented liquid that pack a light alcoholic punch! If only they can do the same with money. Enjoy.

Pixel-peepers: I don't trust in-camera meters because they are easily fooled by the light, but when you're in a hurry, they actually don't do too badly.


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Monday, March 14, 2016

#313 Cycle of Life


Everyone knows habitats are sustained by the evaporation & precipitation cycle of water, but seeing is believing. 

Along the coast in the town of Culasi in Antique, that cycle was at work. The distant clouds hugging the mountain slopes provide the humidity and rain that nourishes its primary forest cover, before collecting in mountain streams that eventually find its way to the sea. Along the way, the same water irrigate the rice fields we saw earlier, keep wide expanses of thick beach forests possible, before tip-toeing past mangroves and nipa groves along marshes that flush out to sea. Seeing is believing. Enjoy.

Pixel-peepers: The terrain of a landscape is revealed when it's lit by strong horizontal light. Luckily, that occurs twice a day: shortly after sunrise or just before sunset. It's worth the wait.


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Monday, March 7, 2016

#312 One Day Tuyo





Most everyone loves dried fish, but here in Culasi in Antique, I discovered a special type few knew existed.

After joining other villagers in dragging a taksay net ashore, this woman immediately laid-out her share of the catch on a net-lined bamboo tray. She will water them with sea water, and then leave them to air dry overnight along the shore. A key difference in using just-caught fish is that their tiny stomachs will remain intact when dried, unlike traditional tuyo whose stomachs bursts open. And because the fish is fresh, with plain seawater as the only preservative, the final product isn't too salty, allowing more flavour notes to come out. They call them one-day tuyo. Hunt some down and give it a try. A very clean taste. Enjoy.

Pixel-peepers:  To separate your main subject from a cluttered background, try to use the largest aperture opening on your lens. It will direct the viewer's eyes to where you want them to focus.


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Monday, February 29, 2016

#311 Boats of Wood


I recently started to collect native trees, both in an effort to understand why many are under the imminent threat of extinction in the wild, and to do my share in preserving specimens for future generations.

We were documenting the lifestyle of folks along the coast in San Jose in Antique, minding our own business, when we chanced upon this master boat builder at work. With my new eyes and interest in native trees, the type of wood he used for each part of the boat naturally piqued my curiosity. The massive keel is made from half of a huge Antipolo tree's trunk, a relatively soft wood. The ribs jutting out of the keel are mahogany. The horizontal top beam securing all these mahogany ribs together is a single piece of White Lauan, selected for its strength and unusually long length. And the boat's stern is cut from one of the hardest woods available here, the trunk of a full-grown Kaimito tree. Each type of wood had been selected for the properties important for a boat. Naturally. Let's just hope they've been harvested in a sustainable manner. Enjoy.

Pixel-peepers: We spotted them at work shortly after sunset, but it was too dark to achieve a photograph of substance. When the light is less than ideal, you just have to come back to do the story justice.


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Monday, February 22, 2016

#310 A Picturesque Harvest


On the outskirts of San Jose in Antique, we found farmers busy threshing the rice they harvested. Threshing is mechanized in these parts, a welcome dose of progress, not unlike many other places in our country.

In our travels, we spend an inordinate amount of time figuring out what folks do for a living and how they fit into the bigger picture. When they are involved in food production, we try to understand where they belong in the supply chains that eventually bring food to our urban plates. What we didn't expect was for them to be surrounded with such a beautiful landscape, with seemingly manicured hills on one side and the deep blue sea on the other. Somehow, we thought it made food produced here tastier. Joke. Enjoy.

Pixel-peepers: Our main subject was folks at work, but the landscape in the background was too stunning to ignore. On a cloud-filled day when the sun's rays race across the landscape, the sun lit them up intermittently. The secret to exposing both the foreground and background correctly was simply to wait for the moment the sun lit them up at the same time! Even in photography, patience is a virtue.



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Monday, February 15, 2016

#309 Taksay at Dusk


Heave... Heave... Heave...

Much like many other places in our country where the coastline is shallow, fishermen carefully lower a long floating net in a circular arc across the bay. A team of villagers would then slowly heave both ends of the long net until it is completely pulled ashore. This is called Taksay here in Antique, aptly named after the net that is used.

In Culasi in Antique, up to 10 teams work the shore every day. On good days, they'll fill up to 7 pails of small fish. This evening, most teams collected only five each. Not too shabby for a few hours work. Life is simple here. And they will be back at it tomorrow. Enjoy.

Pixel-peepers: When it isn't bright enough to take a photograph, try switching vantage points and shoot directly into the light, rendering your subjects as silhouettes.



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Monday, February 8, 2016

#308 Holy Cows!



Those unfazed by inclement weather must be prepared to accept a sunset sky without a clear view of the horizon.  Sure, the sun's crepuscular rays found their way to earth, but we needed more than that. We needed an interesting foreground. We needed a miracle.

We were in the town of San Roque in Antique. It had rained all week prior. Heck it was still drizzling the morning we flew in. "Don't expect to see the sky, our host warned." Yet try we must, as we found our way to our sunset point with a prayer in our hearts. But just as the sun started its descent, spreading its crepusculars like a peacock's tail, a couple of herdsmen led their cows right into our compositions. Holy cows! Enjoy.

Pixel-peepers: It's not enough to silhouette folks and cows walking across your composition. To perfect the illusion of motion, you need to carefully watch their feet, to wait and click at exactly the right moment, when their legs are spread apart, in obvious motion. And then the herder's too. Click.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

#307 Morning Boats


A cool morning breeze... the musty scent of salt in the air... the soft and gentle glow of a resurgent sun... these are just some of my favorite things when photographing along our coasts. But like a tune you can't get out of your head... they haunt you no end... in your dreams and daydreams... until you capitulate and find your way back... to re-live the moment and surrender to its siren call. I'm back.

We were in San Jose de Buenavista in Antique, a narrow spit of a place trapped between a mountain range and the Sulu sea. We came to photograph her rugged landscape and the folks along her coasts. Tag along with me as I explore this land for the first time. Enjoy.

Pixel-peepers: A west-facing coastline usually meant dawns would be uneventful, because morning light would come too late, with none of the warm colors of the wee hours. But not here. I did say it was a narrow spit of land. I wasn't kidding.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

#306 Spectacle in the Sky


In golf, it's called a hole-in-one.  In baseball, a home run. And in basketball, a decisive three-pointer just before the closing bell. But for twilight photographers, today's postcard was all of the above.

We were in Sorsogon City, much too late to get to our vantage point at sunset. We have to stop somewhere or we'll miss it, I thought. Soon we chanced upon a rice field with paddies filled with water. That will multiply the light in the sky. It's worth a try. The ground was much too soft and muddy, so there was only a few places where we can plant our feet and tripods. But in the end, it was enough to score a hole-in-one, a home run, and a three-pointer all at the same time, before all light disappeared from the sky. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: When the horizon is clear enough to allow the departing sun to light-up the underside of clouds in the sky, dusk will be most interesting.)  


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Monday, November 17, 2014

#305 A Tug-O-War


At twilight, just as in life, there are always bigger forces at play.

We found ourselves in a rice field on the outskirts of Sorsogon City at dusk. The sun's departure is almost complete, leaving just vestiges of light over a landscape that has been swallowed by the dark. Except for the sky, everything else is cloaked in shadows. So why are we still standing around gazing in the direction of the light? Because when the forces of light battle the hordes of darkness, opportunities abound. Just as in life. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: The twilight photographer's toolbox: a good tripod, a promising vantage point, and an unrelenting optimism that luck favours the prepared mind.)


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Monday, November 10, 2014

#304 A Magical Moment


A few postcards back, I talked about the wonder that is the Subterranean River in Puerto Princesa. After the cruise and while mulling a composition worthy of the place, I saw this boatman rowing towards the cave's entrance. He will pass the entrance to the underground river, from right to left, I whispered to myself. But there's a constant stream of boats taking tourists in and out of the cave's entrance. Will I be able to isolate him for just one moment, without the other boats in the picture? It's a thought process that we go through all the time when trying to capture the moment, to freeze the composition in our minds. Know that it doesn't always work out. But this time I got lucky. Whew! Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: With an overhead sun, the water and boatman will be adequately lit, but the limestone cliffs will be hidden in the shadows. Sometimes it's a trade-off you'll just have to accept.)


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Monday, November 3, 2014

#303 Jump for Joy


Unless I win the lottery, you're unlikely to see me jump like that.

But in barrangay Barra in Roxas City, kids were more than happy to oblige. It's a make-shift community that we had to drive through to get to the sunset coast. Once there, we were surrounded by kids wondering what we were up to. What better way to get them out of our landscape compositions than to make them our focal point? Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Twilight is essentially too dark to be taking photographs. The landscape lacks form and detail. And you likely will need a sturdy tripod. But if you can find something that stands out, like an interesting foreground or a silhouette, it may just be worth your while.)


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Monday, October 27, 2014

#302 The Grand Dames


Unlike the historic Church in Cagsawa, Daraga Church sat atop a hill thus survived the devastating eruption that claimed the former exactly 200 years ago. Today, it's a major tourist stop-over featuring two grand dames: Our Lady of the Gate, and in the distance the majestic volcano that is Mayon. Enjoy. 

(Pixel-peepers-peepers: To catch both the church's facade and the volcano in the best light, plan to shoot before noon. But do patiently wait for the cloud cover to occasionally reveal the volcano's perfection before you take your shot.)


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