I'll fast forward to our trip to Gaspar islet, the only inhabited islet of Tres Reyes Islets. I was dead tired from our non-stop trip: the bus ride from Manila, the ferry ride, then a jeepney ride around the island to visit the old churches and the falls (will post photos of these soon). Though pretty much exhausted, I was still looking forward to our 4AM jump off to Gaspar the next morning to shoot the sunrise. I live for the sunrise and sunsets.
After a hearty dinner, we took a quick dip in the resort's pool and decided to hit the sack early. I was planning to take some night shots but Oggie declared he is going to take a rain check on it. Guess who was the first to take his tripod and camera out when the moon shone brightly amidst interesting cloud formations :). We all ended up going to the beach and taking long exposure shots of the moon and the sky.
We woke up at 3:30AM that morning. Still sleepy-eyed, we went straight to the beach after packing our gears. The boat was late (Filipino time?) so I decided to setup my tripod and took a shot of the moonlit beach.
The boat ride to Gaspar was uneventful, the sea was calm and there was no wind. After about 30 minutes we reached the sand bar on the eastern side. It was a good thing we stayed at a resort directly fronting the Tres Reyes Islets (thanks Ferdz!).
We wasted no time scouting for a nice spot to catch the first rays of the day from. The folks there were still asleep so we practically had that part of the islet to ourselves.
The first sunset colors were subdued and pastel like. It was a good thing there was not much of a wind. I remembered the time I was in Capones Island in Zambales at 5AM shooting the sunrise, I could hear the wind whistling.
The colors got real intense a few seconds before the sun finally went up the horizon. The cloud patterns got interesting too.
Time fly fast when you are shooting sunrises or sunsets. The shooting window is just a couple of minutes.
When we finished shooting, the village was already up and about. A group of curious kids began to gather around. I went to join Oggie and Ferdz who found their spot several meters from my position. Oggie was already full steam ahead with his jokes (never a dull moment) and was obviously pleased with his "[OG] shot of the day".
- Its best to stay in Gasan, particulary in Brgy Pinggan, if you want an early tour of the Tres Reyes Islets
- You can stay in Club Marinduque (photos soon) or Casa de Azul if you are in Pinggan.
- Look for Kiko in Club Marinduque for boat arrangements. He knows the folks in Gaspar as he is their village electrician
- Boat fare is Php 1,500 for a tour of the 3 islets