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, September 13, 2010

#84 The View from Mt. Talama

When you find yourself some place new, how do you decide where to shoot? Elementary Watson... just follow the water. Say that again? Follow the water.

When we get to a place for the first time, like in Tabuk in the province of Kalinga, one of the first questions we ask is if there is a river nearby. Why a river? You see, rivers occupy a special place in human society. That's where people live, fish, or farm their crops. It's also the gateway to travel in mountainous terrain. Interested in photographing the local lifestyle? Find a river and follow it. The locals, and how they live, will not be far behind. Enjoy.

(Pixel-Peepers: Rivers have a tendency to wind, and if get yourself to a high-enough vantage point, you will see exactly what that means. The best time to shoot a winding river is early in the morning, when there's still a little mist in the air and when the water reflects the sky above. Don't forget to take your polarizer off because those are the few times you want the water to reflect! 28mm at f/8.)

Where in the world is Tabuk in Kalinga?
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