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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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February 26, 2010

silanguin cove: revealing her true colors

Star Bright
starburst at sunset

You cannot really see the magic of a place unless you wake up early for its sunrise, or stay out late for its sunset. It is in these fleeting moments that a place will reveal its true self.

At first I thought that Silanguin is going to be just "another cove" in Zambales: a stretch of white/gray volcanic sand beach and pine trees, just like the other two more popular coves (Anawangin and Nagsasa). But Silanguin proved me wrong; she did have those ... and more.

I let my first sunrise on the cove pass without shooting. I was dead tired from the midnight bus ride and the early morning boat trip. But by mid afternoon, I was ready to explore. We trekked to the southern end of the cove, a good 45 minutes away from our camp site, in search for a good place to shoot the sunset.

Stillness of Silanguin
stillness of Silanguin

The beach there was rocky and we came upon this silent crystal pool beside a small hill. From the distance I could see more rocks, huge ones, and a karst-like rock formation that tapered sharply at its top end. It is in places like these that you can hear nature speak, and it's saying: "you ain't seen nothin' yet".

Silanguin Mono Textures
light and shade

Everything turned golden an hour or so before the sunset. The fast moving clouds made the lighting even more dynamic, changing by the second. One of the photos I took suited a black and white processing. Devoid of colors, it can show more effectively how dynamic the tones (light and dark) were that afternoon.

Choco Rocks
choco rocks

The location we selected had an unobstructed view of the sunset. There also was a good variety of rocks to use as foreground. I fancied one that looked like blocks of chocolate, and another one that has a peculiar "sea monster" shape. I did my best to make efficient use of the few minutes of amazing light and capture a fraction of Silanguin's moods and colors.


We were blessed with a gorgeous the sunset that afternoon. We were able to see the cove, or more precisely a part of it, in a beautiful light. I know we were just starting to scratch the surface as I viewed what my companions were able to capture that afternoon. Each of the photos was totally unique, even when the spots we had selected were just several meters away from each other.

Dawn Breaks
dawn breaks

Dawn the next morning was an epitome of serenity. Nothing stirred; everything took its time before coming to life.

Lighted Mountain
lighted mountain

I walked by the beach north of our campsite as the first rays of the day hit a distant hill. The sight was nothing short of grand. Even when the mountains on the east blocked the sunrise, the cove had a way of showing great light.

See my other photos of Silanguin here. The cove definitely has more to offer, and I hope be back there soon. 
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Ogie said...

the best gid ya idol!

Unknown said...

i am gushing here...these are brilliant and breathtaking! the first photo is beyond words.

Jenn said...

Beautiful set of photos and the BW is incredible -- parang di Pinas, it reminded me of the Rockies of Canada. MUST get myself here one of these days!

jean barredo said...

wow nice pics honey. it's really fantastic especially the first one. i love it.

Sylvia K said...

Every week that I see your photos, Allan, I think they can't get any better than these and every week you do just that! Breathtakingly beautiful, mesmerizing, gorgeous colors! I always feel as if I have been there. You have a wonderful eye and you are very talented! Thank you for sharing your world with us. And thank you for you kind comments, they're always appreciated! Have a great week!


January Zelene said...

my jaw dropped! Sobrang ganda! ingit ako to the max!

January Zelene said...

I love the first phot most..Ano po camera setting nyan? thanks..

Lantaw said...

Thanks Gie and luna!

jenn, I would be glad to show you around Silanguin :)

jean, camp ta didto sweetie? :)

Sylvia, always my pleasure to share :)

January, thanks! you can view the photo's EXIF here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/allanbarredo/4378274604/meta/

Shey said...

You really bring me to a very magical place and for that: THANK YOU! :)

Photo Cache said...

another superb set of images. you really should put out your own calendar next year.


Anonymous said...

Nature is one of the most wonderful blessings to mankind. To capture its beauty and transform it into a stunning photo is a skill. Your photos are impressive that could beguile viewers to visit the places you have featured, albeit the blog needs to be proof read before posting. Keep up the good work. You have a remarkable talent, a gift to be honed, go on and discover beyond what you have now for you're a clever in your craft, lantaw. Goodluck and GOD bless...

Lantaw said...

You are welcome Shey! ^^

Photo Cache, thanks, I'll try :)

Anonymous, Thanks for the tip, im too lazy to proofread :D. somebody should do it for me

LadyFi said...

The beauty of your shots is just amazing!

Jenn said...

I'll take you up on that!! Hehe! BTW, we were in Lake Sebu last Christmas break. Haven't posted yet... yeah I'm that far off in my posts, but enjoyed the homestay (thanks to you!). :-)

Lantaw said...

LadyFi, thank you!

Sure Jenn :). Btw there is nice mountain lodge in Lake Sebu I've been meaning to feature. Hopefully I'd be able to go there this summer. It has a great view of the lake below.

dodong flores 도동 플로오리스 said...

Superb photos as always, Bai. For some unknown reason, the sixth photo is my favorite. I remember I have the same composition of a similar scene before :)

Lantaw said...

Dodong, thanks bai! one of my faves din yang 6th, very serene. Congratulations nga pala sa new baby :)

Sidney said...

Breathtaking images... you outdid yourself !
WOW...I am speechless !

Lantaw said...

Thanks Sidney!

Happy Trails said...

I love love love the first photo! it tells a story! Your blog reflects your skill and passion for photography. Simply WOW!

Lantaw said...

thanks Happy Trails!

Edcel M. Balicusto said...

Your pictures are wonderful. You got eyes for photography. I am a fan now!

Edcel M. Balicusto said...

Your pictures are awesome! Everything looks like a work of art. I am huge fan!

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