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 (bobbyw59@yahoo.com) Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.


Monday, January 6, 2014

#260 Of Birds and Lilies

A photographer can only see what he wants to see. And what he sees is what he chooses to photograph.

In my years shooting with friends and pros, that phenomenon rung true. Sports-biased photographers tend to look for subjects in motion. Product and still-life pros can see the world distinct from their backgrounds. Travel photographers' compositions can make you really want to visit a place. And portrait photographers were the first to spot beautiful faces everywhere. Incredible but true.

We were in the Candaba swamplands when I chanced upon this patch of lilies surrounded by lush foliage. In the distance was Mt. Arayat. Since I am inclined to landscapes, I immediately framed my shot, clicked a few, and then walked away. It was only when I got home and on my computer did I see an entire herd of white herons staring back at me from the grasslands just beyond. This was a bird sanctuary after all, and it was in the middle of the migration season, but I didn't see a single bird before I took that shot! Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Photographic myopia isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some specialization is required to eventually develop your own style. But if you're still exploring your options, uncertain what you want to shoot, photographing with others can widen your perspective.)

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