Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, December 13, 2010

#97 Simmering Mist

It's a scene you don't see everyday.

Just before the sun made its dramatic entrance, we positioned our cameras on the banks of the placid Lake Seloton, a small freshwater lake downstream from the larger Lake Sebu after which the town is also named. It must have been due to the cold damp night. Just as the first rays of sunlight touched the water's surface, a gentle mist started to simmer.  Soon a veiled fog completely enveloped the valley lake formed by the surrounding mountains. Every now and then, a T'boli fisherman would zip past us, busily tending nets and/or collecting his breakfast. It was a dreamy scene so brief that it ended before we knew what happened. Being up-and-about... and in the vicinity of our country's wilderness at this hour of the day... is a gift few accept. Someone had to do it. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: The misty fog looked much like steam rising from water on the verge of boiling. Caught off-guard while still trying to record the dying colors of a muted dawn, I struggled to find the correct exposure that would preserve the fog's wispy details without blowing-out the brightening sky. In the end, bracketing exposures saved the day. When in doubt, spread your risks!)

Where in the world is the Lake Sebu in South Cotabato?
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