After posting several pics taken underwater or using super close macro, I am now posting above water regular photos taken with Olympus TG4. Acceptable quality if taken at low ISOs and because of raw, sharpening and noise reduction is given to the user. Photos of Oyet and Felix in Punta Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas.
After my losing the charger for my Panasonic TS3, then having my Olympus TG2 flooded (the door suddenly opened) and the TS3 suddenly stopped working (after buying an alternate charger), I bought an Olympus TG4. The biggest thing about this underwater compact is its ability to record raw files.
One of the coolest thing I found about this compact is its super macro mode. I guess the TG2 also have this but I never explored this. Anyway, here are some pictures of my body parts. In order to achieve these pictures, the camera have to be really really close to the subject. The pictures are not very clear (especially when ISO is bumped up), however, because of the pictures are shot in raw, it can be sharpened and edited much better than a jpeg shot.
And as I said, this post is not for everyone, especially those who feel iffy about body hair.
Pinto Art Museum has this type of bed scattered around its ground. The bed’s design and location made me think of an old haunted sanitarium. This type of picture immediately went into my mind. I think I nailed it though the buildings in the background sort of ruined the effect.
On our last day in Moalboal, Cebu, we did something we haven’t tried before – scuba! We’ve snorkled and freedove on several beaches, but this is our first time to actually use scuba gear.
Main reason why we haven’t done scuba before is the cost. Whereas freediving costs include mainly transportation and bringing our freediving/snorkling gears (mask, snorkel and fins), scuba costs a lot more – gear rentals, instructors, boat to scuba site, certification, etc.
It was amazing! Depths we haven’t been down to (16 meters in my case) at longer times (about 45 mins compared to just minutes in freediving). At first, I felt claustrophobic being strapped to a tank, vest and others and just breathing under water but once I got to breathing normally, it was fun. Since this is a non-certification dive for beginner, each of us has a guide who takes care of the BCD and all we have to do is look and fin.
My friend, Felix, and I went to Baguio City last month just to tour this city. I’ve been there before and though I don’t find it particularly to my taste (I like beaches and sea more), he’s never gone around the city (and he’s not a water person).
Baguio is a city situated in the mountainous part of Luzon and due to its high altitude, climate is much cooler than the other towns and cities. It is also for this reason that it is a favorite haunt of those who want to escape the heat of Metro Manila. It is also famous for its flowers (celebrated annually with the Flower Festival).
We arrived early and after breakfast, we went around Burnham Park. This park is designed to have lots of flowers and since we were early, I was able to capture dew drops on the flowers.
It has been several months since my last post here in my blog. As a return, I feature our latest underwater adventure in Moalboal,Cebu. Moalboal is one of the towns in the province (and island) of Cebu. It is very famous for its underwater marine life treasures. Lots of our people (particularly foreigners) come here to dive (freedive and scuba).
This was our second time in Moalboal. The first time we went there, only Elaine knew how to freedive. The rest of us were either wearing lifevests or are just floating on the surface. This time, fortunately, most of us know how to float and freedive.
Moalboal is really filled with beautiful underwater treasures. There is a huge group of sardines just swimming a few steps from the shore. There is a cliff drop just a few steps from the shore and perhaps from this feature allows nutrients from the bottom to rise providing food to the school of sardines.
There is also a marine turtle sanctuary. It is a place where sighting of sea turtles is almost always a guarantee. In both of our trips there, we were able to see several turtles swimming and sleeping and feeding. The turtle sanctuary also features a drop off. The top part (about 5-6 meters in most of the area) is filled with hard corals and lots of reef fishes. After this comes a cliff dropping off to probably 30 meters of more. The side of this cliff is also filled with marine wildlife.
Another diving destination in the town is Pescador Island. One side of the island has a small strip of shallow coral reefs (about 3-5 meters). After this is another cliff drop much deeper than that in marine turtle sanctuary. Most of the pictures here were taken from this side. The other side (we went there last time but not on this trip) is a much larger area of corals on shallow waters. The current, however, is much stronger, and people on lifevests are easy prey to being dragged with the current.
Another area for diving is Zaragosa Island but this is probably mostly for open-water scuba divers. We have not been to this place yet. The dive maps of Moalboal indicates that there are whale sharks, thresher sharks, manta rays and other sea creatures here.
The group includes myself, Eman, Oyet, Elaine, Myra and her sister Maji. Elaine’s friend, Bea, joined us there. Except for Myra and Maji, all of us are already comfortable in the sea and can make do without lifevests, just a mask, snorkel and fins. On our third and last day, Myra was finally able to snorkel without vests. A few more sea trips and she’ll be under the surface with us.
Moalboal is really a beautiful place and we were very very happy that we decided to come back here when we were able to appreciate more the things that the sea offers below its surface.
I’ve not posted in quite a while and I’ve also not climbed in almost a year. Luckily, two weekends ago, I got to exercise my legs and climbed a relatively benign mountain trail of Gulugod Baboy (Pig’s Spine) to see this beautiful scenery.
I’ve always liked slightly overexposed photos, one where majority of the details can be seen. However, this year, it seems that I’ve taken a liking to darker and moodier photos. This picture is one of those photos. A very simple picture of the roof of the charming chapel on top of a hill in Batanes. A very simple photo processed to look more dramatic.
Oh, and I’m missing travelling already.
This post has been in my saved drafts for a long time and only now do I get to publish it. It shows Ellidel under the sea in Fortune Island. This is one of the deeper dives we’ve been to (around 8m) and probably second only to El Nido. For scuba diving and experienced freedivers, 8m is shallow but for us, it is already lung-busting.