Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

Welcome, welcome 'o weary traveler... from where do you cometh? Are you seeking new lands to conquer, perhaps planning a visit to the Philippines? Or are you simply feeling home-sick and hungry for photographs of home? Whatever, feel free to look or share. An adventure awaits.

I try to post new images weekly from my travels across this beautiful land. If you like what you see, please leave a comment or two. Or write me a note, I'd love to hear from where you cometh. Enjoy. Bobby ( Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.

Monday, November 7, 2011

#144 Leap of Faith

Was it a leap of faith?
We were photographing harvest in the Hapao country-side, in Hungduan, Ifugao. The land is mostly mountainous so rice is grown on terraces cut in concentric rings along their slopes. The fields are golden & awaiting harvest, but to get there, you have to balance yourself on narrow earthen dikes that eventually lead to the edge of a cliff, overlooking a ravine over a hundred feet deep. 
I had dreamt of following the farmers to the fields and photographing them while they harvested, but the terrain was too difficult. So I opted for the next best thing: shoot with a telephoto lens from a more comfortable vantage point. I saw this farmer jump over several gaps on the trail, right on the edge of the ravine, so I looked ahead to find the next gap, in an effort to catch her in mid-leap. A leap of faith. I eventually did. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: This shot is so sharp it can cut! The usual rule of thumb is to use a shutter speed that is equivalent to the focal length of your lens. Unfortunately, that is incorrect for today’s digital captures. That’s because we look at our photographs at 100% magnification nowadays, and in my experience, a better rule would be to use two times the focal length. E.g, for a 200mm lens, use 1/400th of a second. Are you sure? It works for me. But you still have to support your camera properly and learn how to squeeze the trigger with ease. Or you can simply use a tripod. Most of my shots were taken on one anyway.)

Where in the world is Hungduan in Ifugao?
Sign-up to receive new postcards weekly by email 
Past postcards at
But wait, there's more...
For those who've inquired about buying prints of my postcards, you may purchase them directly from master printmaker Arnel Murillo (, one of the country's foremost fine-art printmakers.  Arnel uses archival inks and museum-grade paper to ensure his prints will not fade. You will not be disappointed. (All my images are provided gratis to help showcase the beauty of our country. But if you feel generous, help me uplift the lives of the Children of Payatas.  No donation is too big or too small. Get in touch with Fr. Aldrin Suan at of the Vincentian Missionaries in the Philippines. As always, thanks and enjoy.)

1 comment:

  1. That is one cool shot. I went to this place with a friend last year and it's really beautiful. I really hope that the government and the people there will go hand in hand in preserving this beautiful place.


Blog Archive