September 7, 2009 in Travel
While captioning some photos for our Ilocos story which will be included in the 4th Quarter 09 issue of Asian Traveler, I figured it would be great to add another photo which they didn’t get to choose.
One of our stops during last month’s Ilocos trip included the Paoay Church, which is one of the few UNESCO heritage churches in the Philippines. We we’re supposed to be here the day before but the rains slowed us down and so had to postpone it to the next day. It would have been great to be there during sun down since the warm cast of the sun complimented the stone facade. Sometimes we don’t get what we want at the same moment we want it – some life’s twists as we may say. Read the rest of this entry →
August 23, 2009 in Travel
Ive been to Ilocos a few times before but I never got up close and personal with the towering windmills of the north. I’ve admired these structures from afar whenever we pass by the town of Bangui, Ilocos Norte on our way to Pagudpud. I’ve always wished I could get photos from 100 meters away but never really got a chance.
“Be careful what you wish for”, people would say. In this last trip I got what I wanted – a chance to get these windmills into close frame.
Six towers to the left and fourteen to the right facing South China Sea, strong foamy sea waves, water mist in the air, strong light at 3 in the afternoon, bright gray sand, clutter here, clutter there, tourists left and right – this is the scene from where we were. This may well be the scene for most weekends, and probably even some weekdays.
When you’re a travel photographer, given an hour to take photos at this hour, it may turn out to be a nightmare. I can argue about the time and the clutter, plus I have limits to horizontal perspective since each windmill is probably a good 30-minute walk apart. In these situations we simply just have to make the most out of what we can. I’d definitely go back for more personal art capture at a time where light is most beautiful.
I took a lot of people photos and the windmills served as an interesting background, this place may well be a haven for first timers who admire roller coaster rides and skyscrapers. Its an interesting experience for photographers too. Scriptwriters may find good stories here. And for beach lovers like myself, I’d stay for 30 minutes at most for getting into the water is a joke.. or ill just wear my photographer’s hat and start searching for angles other photographers may have missed.
Photo above shows the six windmills to our right. The SUV to at the bottom, a few meters from the nearest tower serves as a perfect scale to show how large and high are the windmills. This is also slightly post processed with contrast and sepia to show a little bit of texture in the sky.
August 22, 2009 in Travel
Vigan is well known for cobblestone streets, heritage houses, pottery, bagnet, pinakbet pizza and lots and lots of calesas. The textured environment and a variety of interesting subjects makes Vigan photographer friendly. Things can be challenging though once a downpour starts. The difficulty of shooting under dark clouds can make bright colorful streets dull and lifeless. Light was super dim, colors were bland, plus rain made shooting angles difficult to accomplish. You would hope you could get the clouds to cooperate with you but more often than not, you will get them all gray and untextured. Read the rest of this entry →
August 17, 2009 in Travel
After a long break from doing nothing but taking photos, traveling, and taking naps in between, I took my trusty Nikon once more off the not-so-rugged trail to Ilocos for a weekend of shutter galore. It has been almost 3 weeks since I got back from that trip. Everytime I look at the photos, I’m reminded of bits and pieces of what could have been a disastrous photographic ordeal and yet an absolutely worthwhile personal experience. I could still see the rainclouds and hear the downpour of rain as it falls onto the cobblestone roads of Vigan, a taste of fresh-air, and a delightful serving of royal bibingka or double double empanada special with Sukang Iloko. I could still hear the cycling of machines as it weaves threads together and transform it into masterpieces that tell of culture and history. I could still feel the power of the waves as it plunges down shore amid some twenty towering windmills. (null)