December 15, 2009

Sunset Cave
sunset as seen from inside a cave in Igang

Imagine this: a great cavern, facing the sunset, a few steps from your villa. Its cool crystal clear waters soothing your tired and sunburnt body after a day of island hopping.

We found just that in Villa Igang in Guimaras. I noticed this huge cave on the way back to our resort after visiting some of the islets on the western side of Guimaras. Several outrigger boats were at the mouth of the cave and folks were obviously enjoying the emerald waters inside.

I soon discovered that there was another a small entrance on the side of a hill,  enough to fit person if he/she crawls through it, besides the one facing the sea. It was a few steps from our room, down the stairs that leads to the beach. It was practically just in front of where we were staying!

So off we go exploring the cave as the sun dips low on the horizon. It has two chambers, the larger one can be accessed by wading through waist deep waters or through a small hole. Inside the larger chamber is a rock platform with a great view of the western sky.

spicing up the emerald pool

So what to do in a cave with a great pool while waiting for the sunset? Shoot! One of my photographer friends found herself in front of the lens this time. The light coming in from the cave's entrance proved to be great as an added "strobe" or for shooting silhouettes against the warm sunset tones.

Is that you Tink?
silhouette play

The best tones finally came out after the sun went down. Our "model" reverted to her photographer role and we all went around to find our POVs. Mine was on top of a submerged flat rock near the division of the two chambers, with the water increasingly rising above my waist. My wife is always a good sport, holding some of my gears for me (i.e. filters).

Igang Sunset Cave
final blast

I was able to get a several long exposure shots before the water became chest deep. The last one proved to be a keeper.

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