Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines


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Monday, June 20, 2011

#124 Inner Peace



Inner peace. Inner peace.  Shades of Master Sifu and Po?




I had been struggling for a grand composition all day, for a single photograph to embody my maiden journey to the province of Aklan. It must include part of the land and sky, I thought, and let's not forget its people. I combed the Buruanga shore for potential, until I stumbled upon this calm reflecting pool separated from the raging surf by a sand bar. The smooth still surface is like an inner sanctuary of peace, inner peace. It will become a mirror at dusk, I thought, multiplying the light in the sky. But what about the missing human element? Fingers crossed. 

When the sun finally set, and with the sun's dying light still splashed across the sky, a family of beachcombers set off for home, which meant walking over the sandbar, and right into my composition. In an instant, my composition came together, and at another level, transformed my struggle into a state of inner peace. Enjoy. 

(Pixel-peepers: This was my first try with a shift-lens, taking three adjacent shots in rapid succession, and then blending them together in photoshop. It's not as difficult as it sounds. You just have to watch out for moving objects, like these Aklanons walking across the sandbar at dusk, else some of them may appear in your frame more than once!) 


Where in the world is Buruanga in Aklan?
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