Traveller, Photographer, Mountaineer, Human

Calaguas – Square Photos

Third time in Calaguas.  Though the beauty of the island and the beach seemed to remain the same, I felt not inspired to shoot pictures.  In fact, I shot only about 145 photos and a good number of those are bursts shots so that brings the total to about a hundred or so – very small number considering that on some location I could take about 500 (even more than a thousand frames in Batanes).

Strewn straw hat.

A straw beach hat strewn in the beach.  To achieve this look (contrast between hat and the sand), I used a Lightroom B&W filter (blue high contrast filter) as the sand is really white (but slightly orangey) and doesn’t contrast much to the white hat in terms of plain luminance.

Camping tents underneath trees.

Mahabang Buhangin (Long Sand) Beach in Calaguas is a beach for camping.  In fact, until less than a year ago, there wasn’t a resort or room located here.  Today, despite the presence of a resort, most people who go to the island still camp (partly because the hotel is expensive).

Turquoise sea, white sand and boat.

One of the very few boat pictures I took in Calaguas.  It’s not that the scene isn’t beautiful.  It’s just that over the course of more than a year of travelling to different beaches, I’ve taken hundreds, if not thousands of pictures of boats on the sea that I don’t find it exciting anymore (the rough boat ride is another level of excitement/anxiety though).

Resort Cottages.

These are the new resort cottages in the island.  They are located on the left side of the beach (if approaching from the sea).  They look nice but somehow spoils the whole pristine beach thing that Calaguas has.  Also, they are expensive (someone told me the room costs Php6000 per night for a room for 6 people and Php4000 per night for a room for 4 people).

I’m sure other resorts will follow in Calaguas and I’m really glad that I was able to visit the island (twice!) before development started.

Venus of Willendorf sandman/woman.

A sand sculpture I found while walking on the beach (with torn styrofoam cup for eyes, nose and mouth).  While most people would think of Olaf (that lovable snowman from Frozen), the first thing that came to my mind was the Venus figurines from prehistoric times, particularly the Venus of Willendorf, with their more than ample bosoms and prominent hips.

Yellow leaf on the sand.

One of those pictures that is full of negative space.  This one was part of a much larger picture involving an out of focus sea, beach and sky.  The horizon was much too tilted for correction (the leaf would have been cut) so I just removed everything from the picture except for the leaf and the sand.  A good picture to be used for one of those inspiration quotes.

Kids on the beach.

One of the few pictures of strangers I took in the beach, this picture was shot with a 28mm equivalent lens and I had to get closer to the kids (cropped most of the empty sand below the pic).

That’s most of my pics in Calaguas.  As I said, I wasn’t much inspired to shoot.  Perhaps it’s the ennui of having seen it before, the not so great light (either sun too strong or sky too monotonously gray during our first day).  I brought my new fisheye lens but took less than 15 pics with it.  Maybe next time I’ll just bring a phone (Samsung Note 3) so I’ll be more inspired to take pictures (limitations of the camera and lens is really something).

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