That's Taal Lake in Batangas. Salty, you say?
It's a fresh water lake today, but it hasn't always been. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors actually sailed their galleons up here through a sea channel that connected it to Balayan Bay. Fish and sea snakes found in the lake have adapted to fresh water after volcanic eruptions in the 1700's sealed this channel. It's an amazing piece of trivia, and those whose interest I've piqued should dig deeper. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: In the early hours of the day, the light is directional. The landscape can be very bright but also filled with shadows. Expose for the brightest parts of the scene and allow the darker areas to go into shadow. After all, that's how it looks in real life.)
But wait, there's more...
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