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Monday, September 5, 2011

#135 An Explosion of Light

How useful is someone talking in his sleep?

It rained all night and into the wee hours of dawn. Our spartan rest home in Hungduan in Ifugao didn't have much of a ceiling, so we probably heard every single raindrop that fell during the night. I woke up several times to check the time, but didn't think a visible sunrise was in the offing, so went back to sleep. Most of the time I would be right. But not today. 

I was jolted out of my slumber by the sound of someone muttering to himself. The walls are paper-thin so every snore and squeak was shared with everyone. I glanced out the window and saw an orange sky. Could it be? Quickly, I zipped-up and rush out to the balcony with my gear. I was within minutes, maybe seconds, of peak light. And there could be no time to waste. I quickly took a panorama of shots across the dawn sky which eventually became this week's postcard. This is the most color I ever managed over the last five years traveling across Ifugao. And in the rain! Sometimes when you least expect something, it just happens. Thank God for people talking in their sleep! Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: There was no visible foreground from my second floor vantage point. It was raining pretty hard so walking the grounds to search for one was out of the question. Besides, peak light was at hand. I had to find a composition based on what was before me, just the emerging forms in the clouds. I thought a panorama was my best bet. Done.) 

Where in the world is Hungduan in Ifugao?
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