I was pretty beat that day (from all the island hopping and snorkeling), and frustrated. We had to head back to the port in Coron's public market before the tide gets too low and the boat will not be able to dock near the port. I was hoping to find a better POV for shooting the sunset, say a mangrove area. But I don't relish the idea of wading through the murky water near the market if our bangka got stuck. There won't be any sunset shoot that day, or so I thought.
I did not really expect a "show of colors" that afternoon. I found a spot near the shore in front of moored out-trigger boats, and took shots of that I thought was mediocre scenery while my wife went to the nearby wet market to find something for dinner. I kept telling myself: "this is the worse place to shoot the sunset". A friendly American tourist joined me and we chatted about how beautiful the islands of Coron (and Cullion) are. I agreed with him, but I silently told myself: "yeah beautiful islands, but not much for a sunset".
Soon I noticed that light started to get golden, something which I was not expecting since there were thick clouds looming over the western sky. I was stuck with one POV but it did not seem to matter any more, the light was changing fast.
Within the span of a few minutes we were treated to any amazing show of colors and light. The light changed as the sun hide and peek through the clouds as it goes down the horizon. An ordinary scene (you know how areas near public markets look like) was totally transformed.
It was not only the light that changed, the cloud patterns transformed too. In the end we had streaking red orange clouds, bands of pink and magenta, and hues of blues. It was simply magical.
While I was packing my gears, I could almost hear the islands asking me: "so what do you think now? Not much of a place to shoot the sunset?". I think my ear to ear grin could pass as a reply.