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Monday, December 27, 2010

#100 A T'boli Canoe

How do you pre-visualize a photograph when it's too far away to see?

We were on a ridge overlooking Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, admiring a distant field of water lilies along its banks. The fishermen and their boats looked like the size of ants from our vantage point, too far away to find any composition of note. But wait, didn't you say you have to first see a composition in your mind's eye before taking a photograph? That's correct. But what if you don't own a monster telephoto lens? Not a problem. Just find a friend who does! Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Luckily, my friend Tim hauled his 9-pound 500mm telephoto lens along with us. Seen through this monster-of-a-lens, which magnifies a scene about 10X normal size, we found lots to compose, including this T'boli canoe called an o'wong parked along a water trail. Thanks Tim.)

Where in the world is the Lake Sebu in South Cotabato?
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  1. The water looks so calm, it's just like a mirror. Breathtaking.

  2. That's one canoe full of character LOL. Happy New Year!


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