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 ( Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.

Monday, June 21, 2010

#72 Return of the King

Every sunrise is a gift: a promise of a brand new day. But don't lose heart if you don't catch it every single time.

It would be our last day on Busuanga Island in Palawan, the last chance to catch the sunrise. The weather had been iffy for the past 3 days. The skies were too overcast, the wind too strong, and the waves rougher than was comfortable. Even though it didn't rain as forecasted, the conditions weren't ideal when you have to be on a boat along the coast. But my first opportunity for a sunrise shoot wasn't due to a lack of trying. When you wake up at four in the morning and don't see any stars above, you know sunrise will be similarly muted. Counting sheep was immensely more appealing.

As a twilight photographer, you know this lack of control over both your light source and your subject is part of the game.  It's a crapshoot of sorts. You show up hoping things come together, but are just as prepared to be disappointed when they fall apart. It's an attitude helpful to the craft, as I hope you agree, it is too in life. After all, art and life, don't they tend to mirror each other? Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: When on vacation with the family, I try not to bring everything I own. My kit is spartan: a wide prime, a short macro, an ultra-light tripod, plus three filter systems every landscape photographer must own: a polarizer, a GND, and an ND8. And don't forget the uber-important gray balance card! Wait, there's more: a good hat to keep the gray matter warm, insect repellant to save on scratching time, and a bar of chocolate for the moments you'd rather shoot than stop for meals.) 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Bobby,

    Thank you for your beautiful photographs and stories. I always look forward to the next one.



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