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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 17, 2011

silanguin cove: glorious colors on a stormy weekend

Silanguin Cove Afterglow
Silanguin's sunset colors

I had the chance to revisit Zambales' grand cove. This time with a group of outdoor photography enthusiasts from the company I work for (yup, I too have a day job).

I decided to skip Nagsasa (one of my favorites also) and instead head to Silanguin. I knew how packed  Nagsasa cove would get in the peak of summer. Silanguin, on the other hand, remained crowd-free, thanks to its remoteness. Its a good 1 hour boat ride to the mouth of the cove from Pundaquit, and another 20 minutes or so before you hit the inner beach. That weekend we had the entire cove (the biggest of the 4 in Zambales) all to ourselves - all 4 km of beautiful beach

My favorite part of the cove is its southern end - full of interesting rock formations and photographic opportunities. Its a good 2-km hike from our campsite but its worth the trouble. The summer heat had turned the nearby hills golden and brown making the scenery looked like it was autumn.

Silanguin Sunset Pool
painted sky

Its was an overcast afternoon but the clouds began to break just as sunset was nearing. I did not know that a typhoon is already brewing on the country's eastern side and it is raining hard back in Manila.

Silanguin Cove Anti-Sunset Fire
anti-sunset colors

The drama that unfolded right after the sun went down as overwhelming. Suddenly the sky all around us lit up in color. A huge expanse of the eastern sky was ablaze in warm tones of orange which then turned to crimson.

Silanguin Sunset Pool
Silanguin pastel colors

Everywhere you turn there's a glowing cloud in shades of orange, yellow, pink, and red. It was a feast for the eyes.

It was already dark when we packed up our gears. The stars hid behind a blanket of clouds evening. The stormy weather finally caught up with us.

Silanguin Cove Outdoor Photogs
photographers at work

Sunrise the next morning was cloudy but we managed to squeeze a few usable shots before heading back to camp for breakfast. I have not finished preparing our meal when I heard the unmistakable sound of an incoming boat. Our boatman decided to fetch us early as the waves are getting bigger and dark clouds are looming. We hurriedly broke camp, stuffed our food into containers, and hopped into the outrigger boat. The first few minutes of the ride was indicative of what's in store for us outside of the cove.

Silanguin Tree Stump
pine tree stump

It was the longest 2-hour boat ride I've ever been in. Our boat pitched, lurched, and bucked too many times to count. If our boat had been the usual 4-person boat, I swore the waves would have turned it into pieces of floating wood.

Most of us were drenched by the time we reached Pundaquit but still thankful we made it back in one piece. It felt like Silanguin had compensated us in advance with the colors of sunset the previous day for what would be a rough boat ride the next morning.
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sheng said...

Nice pictures, as always!

Peter said...

Zambales looks so calm and peaceful in this picture... not a hint about an upcoming storm.

Burky said...

Very nice brod as always. One thing brod, are you using cokin filter on these shots?

Lantaw said...

@all, thanks
@burky, I'm using hitech filters

January Roads said...

I hope to bust a weekend in these places. Nice shots!

Is a 24-105mm lens enough to capture similar shots or do I need even wider angles?

Thanks for sharing.

Lantaw said...

10mm would be best so that you can capture wide expanses. However 24-105mm would also be useful for some intimate captures :)

Aya said...

Your shots are enough to describe a place, beautifully taken as always! More!

Manny N said...

very nice sir.. in pictures 1, 2 & 4 the color casts were quite extreme :) maybe because of the nd filter....

Lantaw said...

@manny, could be. But they are actually not that extreme, if you've seen the actual scene. Clouds acted like giant softboxes and everything seemed to glow warmly as they reflect the colors overhead

pinaytunay said...

did you only shoot in san antonio, zambales?

Lantaw said...

@pinaytunay, mostly just capones and the 4 coves there. I'm sure there are great locations further inland

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