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, November 24, 2014

#306 Spectacle in the Sky


In golf, it's called a hole-in-one.  In baseball, a home run. And in basketball, a decisive three-pointer just before the closing bell. But for twilight photographers, today's postcard was all of the above.

We were in Sorsogon City, much too late to get to our vantage point at sunset. We have to stop somewhere or we'll miss it, I thought. Soon we chanced upon a rice field with paddies filled with water. That will multiply the light in the sky. It's worth a try. The ground was much too soft and muddy, so there was only a few places where we can plant our feet and tripods. But in the end, it was enough to score a hole-in-one, a home run, and a three-pointer all at the same time, before all light disappeared from the sky. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: When the horizon is clear enough to allow the departing sun to light-up the underside of clouds in the sky, dusk will be most interesting.)  


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For those who've inquired about buying prints of my postcards, you may purchase them directly from master printmaker Arnel Murillo (murilloarnel@yahoo.com), 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 aldrinsuan@yahoo.com of the Vincentian Missionaries in the Philippines. As always, thanks and enjoy.)

Monday, November 17, 2014

#305 A Tug-O-War


At twilight, just as in life, there are always bigger forces at play.

We found ourselves in a rice field on the outskirts of Sorsogon City at dusk. The sun's departure is almost complete, leaving just vestiges of light over a landscape that has been swallowed by the dark. Except for the sky, everything else is cloaked in shadows. So why are we still standing around gazing in the direction of the light? Because when the forces of light battle the hordes of darkness, opportunities abound. Just as in life. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: The twilight photographer's toolbox: a good tripod, a promising vantage point, and an unrelenting optimism that luck favours the prepared mind.)


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Monday, November 10, 2014

#304 A Magical Moment


A few postcards back, I talked about the wonder that is the Subterranean River in Puerto Princesa. After the cruise and while mulling a composition worthy of the place, I saw this boatman rowing towards the cave's entrance. He will pass the entrance to the underground river, from right to left, I whispered to myself. But there's a constant stream of boats taking tourists in and out of the cave's entrance. Will I be able to isolate him for just one moment, without the other boats in the picture? It's a thought process that we go through all the time when trying to capture the moment, to freeze the composition in our minds. Know that it doesn't always work out. But this time I got lucky. Whew! Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: With an overhead sun, the water and boatman will be adequately lit, but the limestone cliffs will be hidden in the shadows. Sometimes it's a trade-off you'll just have to accept.)


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Monday, November 3, 2014

#303 Jump for Joy


Unless I win the lottery, you're unlikely to see me jump like that.

But in barrangay Barra in Roxas City, kids were more than happy to oblige. It's a make-shift community that we had to drive through to get to the sunset coast. Once there, we were surrounded by kids wondering what we were up to. What better way to get them out of our landscape compositions than to make them our focal point? Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Twilight is essentially too dark to be taking photographs. The landscape lacks form and detail. And you likely will need a sturdy tripod. But if you can find something that stands out, like an interesting foreground or a silhouette, it may just be worth your while.)


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For those who've inquired about buying prints of my postcards, you may purchase them directly from master printmaker Arnel Murillo (murilloarnel@yahoo.com), 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 aldrinsuan@yahoo.com of the Vincentian Missionaries in the Philippines. As always, thanks and enjoy.)

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