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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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August 25, 2010

balagbag falls: a weekend escape

Balagbag Cascade
a fuller Balagbag falls

My mission that weekend: photograph a waterfalls, no hiking/camping, day trip only, on a shoestring budget. Its rainy season again and its the ideal time for shooting waterfalls.

Balagbag Falls is a perfect candidate for what I wanted. Its just a 3-hour ride from Manila, and its practically near the side of the road (no hiking!). Surprisingly, not a lot of folks go there, so the place is quite pristine - unusual for a waterfalls that is so accessible. I've been there last year and enjoyed the trip so much that I figured its worth another visit.

approaching Balagbag

Weather was (initially) perfect that morning: overcast skies and it drizzled every now and then. Fog still hang around as we snaked our way through the Sierra Madre mountain range. Several friends decided to tag along, excited on seeing Balagbag falls up close for the first time.

pristine Balagbag

But Nature often throws curve balls. As we headed down the Sierra Madre to the coastal town of Real, the sky cleared and the sun shone brightly! Sunny weather and shooting waterfalls do not exactly go well together.

Balagbag Falls
Balagbag on a sunny day

I was able to shoot when passing clouds momentarily blocked the sun, but it was a sun shiny day most of the time. Balagbag falls has a twin cascade configuration but I concentrated on the primary falls to leave out the sky in my composition.

Kimono Ann
not exactly landscape, but outdoor nonetheless :)

It was a wait and see game. But good thing we had an "alternative" to pass the time while waiting for the perfect moment to shoot the falls :).
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journeyingjames said...

seems refreshing! makapunta nga dito..lapit n=lng pala sa amin nito. thanks!

Lantaw said...

@journeyingjames, yup, its a very nice place.

Ishmael F. Ahab said...

Really. It is so accessible and no one flock to visit the place. That is weird for a fall that is so accessible. Maybe there are other place that attracts visitors other than the falls.

Anonymous said...

bigla ko napaisip if it's the same waterfalls that i've been to early this month, ang ganda kase ng picture ng falls mo :)

Lantaw said...

@buhayprinsesa, thanks! timing na malaki ang tubig kaya lalong gumanda ang Balagbag Falls :)

Lianne said...

wow, beautiful!


Lantaw said...

@ishmael, hinde lang talaga puntahin ng mga tourista ang Real

Simon said...

You visited some awesome falls and took fantastic photos. Did you see the Cambugahay Falls on Siquijor already?

Lantaw said...

@simon, not yet, but soon :)

Anonymous said...

we plan to go there.. dec..18

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