Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, August 9, 2010

#79 A Farmers Market

You have to look hard to find a Farmers Market in a big city, but here in Sagada in the Mountain Province, it's everywhere. I like poking around them, if only to see what's for sale, because that tells me a lot about the place and the people who live there. (Like what? Like what grows in the hills around them, like what they eat and what their cost of living looks like, etc.) I only saw two stalls selling red meat so I'm guessing the local diet is quite healthy. In the photograph, I counted 12 different types of fruits and vegetables, in a state far fresher than what you and I can find at our local produce market... ah... what we give up for our urban lifestyles... Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: This market stall was partially shaded, creating a range of brightness exceeding the capacity of my digital camera's sensor. When in doubt, I normally expose for the brightest areas even if it means part of the scene melts into the shadows. Good raw conversion software can recover up to one full stop of shadow detail without destroying the photograph's tonality. Now, if only we were shooting film...)

Where in the world is Sagada in the Mountain Province?

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