Last weekend was two fun days of sun, sea, and sand with a group of enthusiastic photographers in a workshop about outdoor photography. The venue: the scenic coastal barangays of Osmena and Tambobong in Dasol Pangasinan.
I welcomed the chance to visit the beautiful town of Dasol, a place whose rustic beauty, unspoilt beaches, and friendly folks earned a special place in my heart. The chance to share the place with kindred spirits and at the same time impart my own humble knowledge on outdoor photography was too good a chance to pass up.
A golden sunrise greeting us in Tambobong after 6 hours of travel. The stress of the midnight drive suddenly went away as my bare feet touched the fine sand of the beach. The morning air was surprisingly cool; it was a great relief from the hot and humid air of the city. We got right down to business and captured the first light of the day.
the group in Balinmanok (by Mac Centeno)
Our first destination after freshening up (read: lecture + breakfast) was Balinmanok, one of the small coves along the shores of Tambobong.
The workshop was designed to let the participants enjoy the place too, aside from practicing shooting techniques. There we discussed possible compositions and techniques that we will later use for shooting the sunset. With some workshop participants as willing models, an outdoor portraiture session soon ensued while some enjoyed the crystal clear waters.
By late afternoon we proceeded to the northern most tip of Tambobong beach to a place called Cabacungan cove. Its a great place for shooting the sunset, with lots of stuff that can be used for foregrounds (i.e. rocks, coastal shrubs and plants, etc). The trip there entails a boat ride plus a short hike ("short" by my standards, as one of the participants jokingly remarked). The sharp rocks and the thorny shrubs are all worth it as soon as we reached the cove. It was pure and raw coastal beauty.
The participants were able to capture an amazing set of images that afternoon (too many to feature here in this entry, you can view some of their work in this flickr thread. ). Different techniques in shooting sunsets (or sunrises) such as effective use of silhouettes were employed. Some of the participants finally realized (for the first time) that having the right tools (i.e CPLs and graduated neutral density filters) makes a lot of difference in getting your shot right in the camera. We did not stop shooting until the last colorful light of the day finally vanished.
We got another chance to shoot sunrise the next day. Although our plan to make the 4AM trip to Colibra island did not push through ( the cold weather made it more difficult for me to wake up everybody :D ), our alternative location proved sufficient.
By mid morning we were on the outrigger boats again enroute to Colibra island. This small uninhabited island is just 45 minutes away from Tambobong beach and is a perfect place for beach bumming.
The shooting pace was more relaxed time this time as some opted to enjoy the beach. But as soon as the models were ready and the reflectors positioned, everyone picked up a camera again and started shooting :D.
We left Tambobong late in the afternoon, as late as we can afford to. Believe me, it was hard saying good bye to such a beautiful place.
On the way back to the main highway in Burgos, we made several stops to shoot rural scenes in the warm glow of the setting sun. It was amazing to see creative juices still flowing after two straight days of shooting.
It was a superb weekend, the interaction was dynamic and we all learned a lot from one another. But the best thing about workshops like this is the strong bond that is formed between each member. We parted ways with a promise what we will have another trip soon (oh if you only only see read facebook threads haha).
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Thanks Kuya Jessie Calaustro for your hospitality.
Thanks Mac for being a boy scout, always willing to whip out his D90 even if the water is chest deep. I'm sure Abby's impressed.
Thanks Shena for the endless supply of liempo. We all gained several pounds after the workshop.
Thank you Mr. Joel (our driver) for leaving some of the participants at the gasoline station in Alaminos. I was really hoping no one has a cellphone in that group. LOL!
Thanks Kuya Buboy for the assistance.
Thank you all for the great fun!