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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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November 18, 2008

catching the sunrise in gaspar islet

Sunrise colors in Gaspar

I'll fast forward to our trip to Gaspar islet, the only inhabited islet of Tres Reyes Islets. I was dead tired from our non-stop trip: the bus ride from Manila, the ferry ride, then a jeepney ride around the island to visit the old churches and the falls (will post photos of these soon). Though pretty much exhausted, I was still looking forward to our 4AM jump off to Gaspar the next morning to shoot the sunrise. I live for the sunrise and sunsets.

After a hearty dinner, we took a quick dip in the resort's pool and decided to hit the sack early. I was planning to take some night shots but Oggie declared he is going to take a rain check on it. Guess who was the first to take his tripod and camera out when the moon shone brightly amidst interesting cloud formations :). We all ended up going to the beach and taking long exposure shots of the moon and the sky.

We woke up at 3:30AM that morning. Still sleepy-eyed, we went straight to the beach after packing our gears. The boat was late (Filipino time?) so I decided to setup my tripod and took a shot of the moonlit beach.

moonlit shores of Pinggan

The boat ride to Gaspar was uneventful, the sea was calm and there was no wind. After about 30 minutes we reached the sand bar on the eastern side. It was a good thing we stayed at a resort directly fronting the Tres Reyes Islets (thanks Ferdz!).

Gaspar islet

We wasted no time scouting for a nice spot to catch the first rays of the day from. The folks there were still asleep so we practically had that part of the islet to ourselves.

silent night at Gaspar

The first sunset colors were subdued and pastel like. It was a good thing there was not much of a wind. I remembered the time I was in Capones Island in Zambales at 5AM shooting the sunrise, I could hear the wind whistling.

rocks and sunrise, with Mt. Malindig in the background

The colors got real intense a few seconds before the sun finally went up the horizon. The cloud patterns got interesting too.

with Mt. Malindig and Elephant Island in the distant

Time fly fast when you are shooting sunrises or sunsets. The shooting window is just a couple of minutes.

sun's finally up the horizon

When we finished shooting, the village was already up and about. A group of curious kids began to gather around. I went to join Oggie and Ferdz who found their spot several meters from my position. Oggie was already full steam ahead with his jokes (never a dull moment) and was obviously pleased with his "[OG] shot of the day".

  • Its best to stay in Gasan, particulary in Brgy Pinggan, if you want an early tour of the Tres Reyes Islets
  • You can stay in Club Marinduque (photos soon) or Casa de Azul if you are in Pinggan.
  • Look for Kiko in Club Marinduque for boat arrangements. He knows the folks in Gaspar as he is their village electrician
  • Boat fare is Php 1,500 for a tour of the 3 islets
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atto aryo said...

those shots were magical!

Lantaw said...

@r-yo - thanks bro! come back for more soon

Oman said...

napanganga na lang ako sa mga photos. ang gaganda. nasa isip ko tuloy "pano mo nagawa yon?" galing.

lagal[og] said...

hala, lumalabas na ang mga obras ni master allan :D. i'm not much of a sunrise person but i loved the sunrise shots bai. paturo naman :)

Lantaw said...

@oman - the technique bro is to stay close to THE [OG] and to the Wulf and hope their magic rubs off on you hehe. na swerte lang na maganda ang weather bro. the day before the light was really flat.

@oggie - master ka dyan! these are nothing compared to THE [OG] (tm) shots :D. Been waiting for your sunset shots sa Gasan :)

Anonymous said...

Ayan na! Lumabas na mga works ni Allan. Great images and love the pre-dawn colors. Natuwa rin ako sa moon shots! Galing talaga!

Sidney said...

Stunning pictures... but except shooting sunrise and sunsets there is not much you can do in Gaspar ;-)

I linked you in my blog under photo blogs (PH). I now noticed that your two friends are linked under blogs (PH). I will transfer your two friends so that you can stay together ;-)

Lantaw said...

@ferdz - thanks bai! walang akong matinong nakuha the night before so bumawi lang sa morning hehe. wished longer yung exposure nung the one in Gaspar

@sidney - haha you are right, nothing much to do there except watch the sunrise and sunset (I could do this for several days hehe), and maybe explore the fish sanctuary area near the islet. thanks for the visit and for the link up.

ms firefly said...

beautiful pictures!!!
this is the first time i heard of this island, the pictures are just fabulous, beyond words!

kasimanwa gali kita?!

escape said...

when it comes to landscape shots. i say you're a genius! galing mo allan. paano ba to ginagawa?

escape said...

i forgot to say that photo 2 and 4 are my favorite in this set though all the photos are really really good.

Lantaw said...

@dom - thanks bro! sometimes we just get lucky with the light :). hayaan mo bro pag nagkasabay tayo byahe turo ko sa iyo some techniques. basically you just need a sturdy tripod :)

@ms firefly - ey thanks for dropping by. taga marbel ka man?

Anonymous said...

Love your photos bro. Sunrise colors in Gaspar is just awesome.
Kung maka hapit ka dri sa amon sa Gensan, lagaw man ta di :)

Lantaw said...

@Leonard - thanks for the visit bro! sige a december ari ko dira sa gensan :)

pusangkalye said...

I think you are a good artist....another talent that the Philippines cannot afford to lose.... keep those beautiful pictures comin....

Lantaw said...

@Pusang-gala - thank you very much. thats very heart-warming. I'll do my best to keep the photos coming :)

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