Traveller, Photographer, Mountaineer, Human

Photography

I’m Back! Singapore Chinese Garden

After 2 long years of not updating this blog, I finally have the time and will to do another post.

The picture below is one of the bridges in Singapore Chinese Garden.  This was taken last year when I went to Singapore.  I just love that bridge and I think I did a pretty decent job of editing it to bring out the contrast and a certain mood.

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Singapore is my first travel abroad.  First time I finally have my passport stamped.

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Now that I’m back, I hope and intend to have the time and the will to do more of a regular update on this site.

Thanks!

and…

BELATED MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

 

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Olympus Tough TG4 Above Water

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.










Body Parts (Not for Everyone)

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.

My left thumb.

A mosquito bite.

The mole on my right forearm.

My knee.

Left knuckles, the knuckle at the base of the fingers.

The skin on the back of my left elbow / Skin on knuckles


Pinto Art Museum – Sanitarium Bed

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.


Callao Cave


Our First Time Scuba Diving

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.

Elaine, holding her breath while underwater (shot by Oyet).

Eman and his guide following a turtle with Oyet snorkling above.

Myra and her guide with a group of squid.

Eman and his guide on the way back to the boat.

Maji, Elain, Eman and a guide being a papparazi and fans to a turtle.


Flowers and Dew

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.

 


Green Fields

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.

 


The Roof

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.


Ellidel Underwater

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.freedive fortune island