Traveller, Photographer, Mountaineer, Human

Gaspar Island

Gaspar Island is one of the three islands collectively known as “Tres Reyes” (Three Kings), the other two being Melchor and Baltazar (three kings who visited Jesus in Bethlehem).  Of the three islands, Gaspar is the biggest and the only one with a community.  All three islands are rocky (rock cliffs) and the community in the island lives in the only beach wide enough to accommodate houses.

As I said in my previous post, the island is beautiful – very clear waters and very good for snorkeling but not very good for taking pictures (unless underwater).  The beach is fine but no particular foreground item to anchor a landscape photo.  Here are the very few “good” pictures I took in the island.

A boatman. The photo was auto-exposed for the sea but in editing, I found that the clouds are more interesting, so I pulled back the highlights through a graduated filter and used Nik’s Color Efex for detail extraction. The result is one where visible vertical banding is obvious but a more interest photo without the clouds.

Three Kids Playing. These are kids from the community who are living in the island. Shot with the Canon 15-85 and not very very sharp. I had to dial up both clarity and contrast to make it better.

This is a stretch of sand jutting out to sea. The community living there are mostly fisherfolk, hence, the boats.

This is the beach where we camped. I’m not particularly fond of the picture as it has that almost-garish HDR look (through detail extractor, pull back of highlights, graduated filter) but I think it was a necessity considering that the clouds are the most interest part of the pictures.

As for the beach, it was made of mostly dead corals and seashells and a little painful to walk on barefooted.

For this trip, I brought the 7D and 15-85, 10-22 and 50mm 1.4.  I did not bother changing lenses as I was not inspired by the landscape.  Also, the Canon 15-85mm seems to be not as sharp as before.  Pictures don’t seem to have the same amount of details as before.  I’m not sure if the lens elements moved or the camera’s AF has misaligned or I’m seeing better pictures with the Olympus OM-D.

Anyway, Eman had better luck using his Nikon D5200 and Samyang 8mm fisheye (wonderful wonderful lens).

The three kids.  Shot with the fisheye plus popup flash.  Wonderful image.

One of the kids.

 

Our beach camp at night * The clear waters around the island.

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