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.
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.
kids from the Ubo tribe
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
The yearly high school homecoming celebration provided some opportunities to shoot fireworks.
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)
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