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Monday, January 10, 2011

#102 Dawn on the Lake

If any of my photographs successfully captured how life really was like on Lake Seloton in South Cotabato, I thought this was it.

Lake Seloton is blanketed with tilapia fish pens, the biggest source of protein for the locals there. Someone told me there weren't any 30 years ago, and wondered aloud if we should've dis-figured the lake in this manner? But every coin has two sides. The population has grown all these years. And with more mouths feed... what is a people to do? For twilight photographers... our job is simply to travel to the far edges of our beautiful country... to capture these moments at twilight... for posterity. The thorny questions, we'll leave them to you! Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Photographing in the dark, you could be surprised at the results. It was pitch black at 4:30am, but I knew fishermen would be at work by this time, tending nets and collecting breakfast from drift-nets they'd cast the night before. I also knew that taking a longer exposure at very high ISO will allow me to see what the human eye can't. Pointing the camera towards the direction of sunrise, and estimating the fisherman's location from the gentle splashing sounds he was making, one of my shots caught him in the act, and the birth of a faint dawn glowing just below the horizon. f/8, 1/15s, ISO 1600)

Where in the world is the Lake Sebu in South Cotabato?
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  1. is this dawn or sunrise?

  2. It was dawn, before sunrise.

    From wikipedia:

    Dawn is the time that marks the beginning of the twilight before sunrise. It is recognized by the presence of weak sunlight, while the sun itself is still below the horizon. Dawn should not be confused with sunrise, which is the moment when the leading edge of the sun itself appears above the horizon.


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