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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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December 31, 2012

lantaw final frames for 2012


A Clear Path

As the end of the year draws near, my time was split between school reunions, family gatherings, endless Christmas and end of year preparations, and simply spending some quality time with the family. But the photo enthusiast in me could not let this year end without a few photo shoots here and there.

Even before my plane landed in General Santos Airport, plans were already made to visit one of my favorite spots in the coastal town of Maasim in Sarangani province. This pristine, unspoiled and undeveloped beach lined with beautiful mangroves has become sort of our "playground". So at 4AM on my first vacation morning I headed there together with a few close friends to shoot the sunrise.

The colors we were hoping for were not there but it did not keep up from shooting moody mono images.Though without colors, its undeniable that the light was too great to pass up.

Mono Sunrise
mangrove roots in mono

Next up was a (very short) visit to Lake Sebu: my province's popular summer destination and a travel/landscape photographer's mecca. I shifted from taking landscape shots to taking portraits.

Ubo Kids
kids from the Ubo tribe

T'boli Kid
T'boli kid on dugout canoe

Once a landscape photographer, always a landscape photographer. Whether we are on some dream destination or just in the backyard prepping up the grill for the family dinner, we have our eyes to the sky once sunset draws near. The rice field shown below is the nearest location I can run to whenever the sky looks promising.

Another Powerline Sunset
another powerline sunset

The yearly high school homecoming celebration provided some opportunities to shoot fireworks.

Homecoming  Fireworks 3

Homecoming Fireworks 5

My last sunrise shoot for 2012 was taken in Maasim again, leaving our house at 3AM to catch the first light (it should be no wonder as I always gravitate to this place whenever I'm home for vacation)

Going Strong
going strong

There are still a number items on the wish list and a lot of places to visit on the bucket list, but overall I think I had a good run this year. Looking forward to a brand new year.

Thank you friends for sharing the passion
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pinaytunay said...

thank you for the relentless inspiration and enduring passion to capture and share the beauty of our world, allan. your captures overwhelm the soul which sends immeasurable gratitude to the One who created them...i specially like the portrait of that t'boli girl on a boat. i feel her emotion in the midst of the serenity that surrounds her. that pictures me. and the last pic- i am wordless as usual! great job, man!

bertN said...

You had a good run last year, I'm sure you'll have a better one this year. Keep on shooting, you're good and getting better. Happy New Year!

Lantaw said...

@pinaytunay, thanks! It is my pleasure to share the world around me :). I hope you enjoy your stay in Lake Sebu. Happy New Year!

@bertN, Happy New Year too! I hope we all have a good 2013.

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