How many ways have you photographed sunset?
We were on Kapispisan Island in Tangalan, Aklan, the site of a major mangrove reforestation effort. We arrived just in time for low tide, very low tide. A footbridge that connected neighboring islands was now perched on dry land. And around it, random puddles of water is interspersed among isolated stands of mangrove. I instinctively glanced westward and saw the sun had begun to set behind a row of mangroves. We're going to miss this one, I thought.
It helped that we decided not to leave for a better vantage point. The ultra-low tide meant our boat could be beached on the way to the other side. The only recourse was to find a way to see the colors of sunset in spite of the mangroves, and that's when we saw the puddles of water turn a deep orange as light streamed through the undergrowth. I had been chasing twilight for over five years now. This was a first. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: I could see the water turn orange, but without my trusty light-meter I could not determine the precise exposure to faithfully record the orange glow. In our film days, you'd bracket your exposures around what you thought was the right one, and one of them was bound to be correct. High-five!)
Where in the world is Tangalan, Aklan?
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