Sabang may not have been the most strikingly beautiful place we’ve been to, but definitely it gave me a lot of images to work with. For sure, it’s one of my all-time favorite places, as far as photo output is concerned. Of course, being in a beach resort, I was able to get images from the beach and thereabouts:
And of course our stint over at the Underground River and the Mangrove Tour bore many photos, and here are some of my favorites:
Throughout the trip, one theme emerged prominently as the one I gravitated towards the most: reflections. I didn’t even realize I was capturing different types of reflections until I got home and reviewed the photos. Some trips it’s people portraits, sometimes it’s landscapes, this time it’s all about reflections.
The mangrove gave up great images because the waters were so still that the reflected images are almost exact upside-down copies of the originals. If you stare long enough, you get disoriented with what’s up and what’s down:
Here’s another mangrove shot, but this time, with the sun shining high in the sky, it gave a washed out background to complement the lush green foliage:
Here’s a shot of the resort as reflected on the blue water of the infinity pool:
This one captured the most colorful of the 3 sunsets we witnessed as reflected on the wet sand:
Take a look at this picture:
I took this photo of the leaf from underwater looking up. Because the water was so clear, it ended up sort of looking like I captured it as it fell from the sky. I swear, we could’ve spent an entire day just soaking in the water there.
Now we get to the 2 pictures I was most excited about. The first, is my latest attempt at panoramic photography. This time it took around 15 images of the shoreline, from end to end. Of course, CS3 did all the hard work, as it stitched all the photos into one seamless image. It’s actually very easy, you should try it, in case you’re curious about it.
Of course it ended up having a fish-eye effect, because I took the pictures from one standpoint. It’s so much fun, and it’s so easy, thanks to CS3!
The other picture is the elusive star trails. I’ve posted a couple of attempts through the months, but none really turned out the way I wanted them too. In my humble opinion, of the trick shots that I’ve learned since I started with the hobby, star trails would hands down be the most difficult. Too many factors needed to be ideal to make the shot possible: you should be away from the city, the area shouldn’t be well lit, there shouldn’t be a big moon, it should be a cloudless sky, you should shoot pointing north, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. But I was so happy that I finally got a north shot for the first time, and got the concentric circles that I’ve been trying to capture all these months. Happy!
So that’s it for Sabang, Palawan, the first leg of our long vacation for this year. Next up, our pictures for the 2nd leg, when we stayed in Mandala Spa in Boracay, Aklan. But for sure, we’ll be back in Sabang as soon as our roving feet lead us back there again.