My mission that weekend: photograph a waterfalls, no hiking/camping, day trip only, on a shoestring budget. Its rainy season again and its the ideal time for shooting waterfalls.
Balagbag Falls is a perfect candidate for what I wanted. Its just a 3-hour ride from Manila, and its practically near the side of the road (no hiking!). Surprisingly, not a lot of folks go there, so the place is quite pristine - unusual for a waterfalls that is so accessible. I've been there last year and enjoyed the trip so much that I figured its worth another visit.
Weather was (initially) perfect that morning: overcast skies and it drizzled every now and then. Fog still hang around as we snaked our way through the Sierra Madre mountain range. Several friends decided to tag along, excited on seeing Balagbag falls up close for the first time.
But Nature often throws curve balls. As we headed down the Sierra Madre to the coastal town of Real, the sky cleared and the sun shone brightly! Sunny weather and shooting waterfalls do not exactly go well together.
Balagbag on a sunny day
I was able to shoot when passing clouds momentarily blocked the sun, but it was a sun shiny day most of the time. Balagbag falls has a twin cascade configuration but I concentrated on the primary falls to leave out the sky in my composition.
It was a wait and see game. But good thing we had an "alternative" to pass the time while waiting for the perfect moment to shoot the falls :).