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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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January 3, 2013

lantaw: 2012 in photos (part 2 of 2)

Imugan Falls after sunrise
Imugan Falls

The journey continues. Here are more of my favorite photos from 2012 (you may want to check out part 1 of this post as well).

I took a breather in the month of June, but was back on traveling by July.  This time I headed to the chilly mountain community of Imugan with some of my closest travel buddies.


Verdant stream (around Imugan Falls)
verdant stream in Imugan

No traffic, no cellphone signals, no emails, no crowds. I was happy to be rid of the things most folks consider “essential”, even for just a weekend.

Being a "waterfalls guy", it was a dream come true to be able to visit Bislig (Surigao del Sur in eastern Mindanao) and shoot the famous Tinuy-an Falls.

Tinuy-an After Sunrise
Tinuy-an Falls after sunrise

Tinuy-an Upper Layers before Sunset
upper layers

A side trip to the Enchanted River in the nearby Hinatuan (adjacent town) made the trip even more worthwhile.

Hinatuan's Enchanted River
amazingly clear waters of Enchanted River

Before heading back to Manila for work, I swung by my favorite spot in Maasim, Sarangani for a sunrise shoot. It was an overcast sunrise, but I love the shots I was able to get.

Perfect Sunrise :)
moody and overcast sunrise in Maasim

Its more waterfalls hunting in September. This time its a pristine and undeveloped (thank goodness!) spot in Majayjay (Laguna) called Bukal Falls.

Bukal/Bucal Falls aka Kilangin Falls

The adjacent town of Liliw also lay claim to the area. Its not really a big wonder why. The place is just so unbelievable untouched, for now anyway.

Its another off-the-beaten track in October. The sleepy town of Concepcion in northern Iloilo is the gateway to small beautiful islands in that part of Panay. One of my favorites is the Bulubadiangan/Bolobadiangan island with its long sandbar.

Bulubadiangan Sand bar
Bulubadiangan's sandbar

We were also blessed with beautiful sunset and sunrise colors during our short stay on the island.

Bulubadiangan Seaweeds Lowtide Sunset
seaweeds and sunset

Things are started to get busy for the holidays (in the Philippines, preparation for the Christmas season starts as early as September). I had the opportunity to come home for the Todos Los Santos (All Saints' Day) after so many years of missing it.

Todos los Santos Lights 1
Todos los Santos lights

A visit to Manila bay reminded me that you don't have to visit some far flung exotic location to catch good light. Sometimes its just right at your doorstep.

Manila Bay Sunset - Nov 17 (Manila Yacht Club)
Manila Bay sunset

The light show at the Ayala Triangle gardens in Makati is one of favorite events to shoot during the holiday season. Its accessible and it offers the opportunity to shoot in Makati (at least in that general area of the garden) without requiring a permit.

Ayala Lights 35
Enchanting Lights and Sound show

The holiday season is in full swing, and its difficult to schedule a trip. In between reunions, Christmas parties, and other holiday preparations, I managed to squeeze in a few quick shoots here and there.

Mono Sunrise
mono sunrise in Sarangani

Going Strong
last sunrise for the year

Last Sunset for 2012
last sunset of 2012

A trip back home would not be complete without a visit to Lake Sebu.

T'boli Kid
T'boli kid on dugout canoe

In hindsight, 2012 was good year. There were bumps on the road, but what's important is that we have managed to get past them.

A Clear Path Through
there is always a path through

I wish everyone the best of luck in 2013!
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red said...

wow! your pics made me speechless. Its my 1st time to be in ur blog. Pinoy ka rin right? I have 2 words to describe your photos: clean & meaty (yes, meaty!) Great job! Keep it up! Btw, can I ask what's your camera??

Lantaw said...

@Gongzhu, I am proudly Pinoy :D. Glad you liked my photos, I'm using Nikon system (D70, D80, D7000)

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

nakakaiyak sa ganda! great year sir Allan! Didn't know you shoot using Nikons by the way :)

Lantaw said...

@Christian, thanks bro! Oo Nikon ang equipment ko. I use what's available, just so happened it was a Nikon camera first landed on my hands :D

adventurousfeet said...

ang ganda naman sir grabe idol ko po talaga kayo hahaha. kahit medyo late na tong post ko :)

Lantaw said...

better late than never :D. Thanks so much :)

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