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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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May 14, 2009

nagsasa cove: colors and moods

Nagsasa Cove: Late Afternoon at the Rocks
late afternoon at the rocks

In my short stay there in Nagsasa Cove (2 days), I was able to see much of the cove's colors and moods. It was mostly sunny the whole day (on our first day) but fast moving rain clouds invaded the cove when sunset was nearing. The light was so dynamic that the 15 pictures I took of the same scene (above photo) all looked different.

Nagsasa Cove: Gateway Sunset
gateway sunset

I was already back in the camp, resigned that the clouds have ruined any chances of getting sunset colors, when the sky opened up for a moment. My photo buddy and I ran to our pre-selected locations and set up our gears.

Nagsasa Cove: Twilight's Fading Colors
twilight's fading colors

Since I was taking long exposure shots, I wasn't able to take many before the colors faded and the sea and sky turned a moody steel blue in color. The challenge in outdoor photography is that often times the light changes so fast that you only have one shot - one chance to capture the scene.

Second Chance
a second chance

I woke up early dawn the next day. Headed to the river at the back of the camp to see the day's first display of light.

sunrise shapes

The sun rose above the mountains at the back of the cove. There was not much color but the river bank bathed in warm sunlight looked surreal. The golden light seem to make the patterns on the sand pop out. I decided to take another photo that emphasizes the shapes of the mountains, and monochrome treatment seemed to best suit the mood.

Nagsasa Cove: Lake Panorama
serene lake

By midday, the cove evoked another mood: that of absolute serenity. One could sit all morning by the lake side and watch the clouds pass by, or snooze under the pine trees by the banks.

Heavenly Hand
heavenly hands

I cannot get enough of Nagsasa Cove, everywhere you look it always has something special to show you. I think the magic of Nagsasa lies in the fact that its still not as popular as the nearby cove of Anawangin, thus you can experience and enjoy the cove without the (huge) crowd. Hopefully it'll stay that way for many more months to come. Yes, I give it months only.

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Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...

God, these are gorgeous photos!!!!!!!

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...

How do you make your photos so tack sharp?

Garando said...

Beautiful photos as always! Ohhh! How long do you set for a long exposure shot? I have that setting in my camera but I haven't really played around with it yet.
Oh and another thing... why months? Is there something threatening the place?

Lantaw said...

jen, short answer: you have to know where to focus.

long answer: every lens has its sweet spot in aperture setting. combine that with its hyperfocal distance and you get a DOF from half behind the focus point to infinity. everything that falls within that DOF is of acceptable sharpness. So if you get the hyperfocal distance correctly, everything from a few feet away from you to infinity will be tack sharp. whew! hahaha

Lantaw said...

garando, my setting ranges from a few seconds to a few hundred seconds, depending on the light and how the overall scene is lighted (i.e. evenly lighted or with spots of light, etc).

why months? hmmm, a TV show called Pinaka (Most) just featured Nagsasa as the #1 destination in Zambales. Anawangin is just #4. Anawangin now is a tent city, and too crowded. Nagsasa is beginning to get more and more attention. Guess where every is going next? :)

This weekend ill be going there with 2 groups: one a group of 13 and the other a group of 18, all photographers.

Anonymous said...

lantaw never ceases to capture such amazing photos.

Photo Cache said...

Outstanding images. It's simply delightful how you manage to capture the different nuances in the lighting. I love it. Great job.

atto aryo said...

huwaw! these are great pics!

Tin said...

And you always get that one chance to capture it perfectly. Nice colors! And I love the Heavenly Hands shot. It really looks like a hand protecting the land.

SandyCarlson said...

These are really stunning. Just perfect. Thanks for sharing this glimpse of perfection.

bw said...

the pictures are awesome ! They're calendar quality indeed :) What camera are you using ?

Anonymous said...

Hi Scotty,

Wow pasimple ka pa ha. I'm sooo mesmerized by your photos. They look very serene and dramatic. You are an artist! Looking at them makes me want to be in love again. Haha. Ayos! ;-)

Jasper said...

wow!! beautiful sceneries of nagsasa!

Lantaw said...

jess, thanks!

Photo Cache, thanks! takes a bit of patience but it surely pays off :)

r-yo thanks bro!

Lantaw said...

Tin, luck played a big part :) thanks!

Sandy, thanks for the visit!

bw, i'm using a Nikon D50. thanks!

Nen, ey thanks for dropping by!

jasper, thanks!

Oman said...

the first photo seem like a shot from the fantasy world. so, magical bro.

btw, i would take that "land of falls" trip anytime.

Lantaw said...

Oman, sige bro i schedule natin...

SandyCarlson said...

Your photos stop time, and I am grateful. I am glad you are here.

Sylvia K said...

These are some of the most gorgeous photos ever! The colors, the composition! Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great week!

JEP said...

ang galing ng mga kuha sir, iba't-iba talaga ang kulay ng kalikasan pati na rin yung formation ng ulap lalo na yung "heavenly hands".

Jenn said...

Grabe talaga that Nagsasa falls! It's super awesome. I already shared this with some of my friends. Looks like they will beat me to the place!! :-(

Anonymous said...

Stunning photos! You've really captured the moods and colours. Wonderful.

Jane Hards Photography said...

Incredibly beautiful part ff the world.

erin said...

absolutely stunning captures each and every one. just love your work.

Arija said...

Your photos are always a joy to behold! Thank you or sharing your talent with us.

A Scattering said...

My first visit to your blog - your photos are stunning! I'll be back.

Shey said...

All are breathtaking! You always deliver magnificent angles and light. WOWOWOW!

Marites said...

huwaw!! hurot akong bilib nimo oy...stunning!! you make me proud for being Pinoy!!

Gaelyn said...

Absolutely amazing. You certainly captured the sky's story over those two days. Excellent! I want to be there, someday.

cpsanti said...

huwaw. the colors are amazing! they seem almost unreal. love love your work! ;-)

Lantaw said...

Thank you all for the visit and your kind words!

Unknown said...

Simply beautiful is all I can say. Speechless na!

Lantaw said...

Thank you Pacey!

FlairCandy said...

gorgeous! amazing photos!!! it got me inspired!!! lovely!!! keep on clicking!

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