Another black and white photo taken in Boracay. For this one, I removed some people in the upper right side using Lightroom’s clone and heal stamps.
A recent photo I took in Boracay. She’s wearing yellow (though the photo is in black and white). This one was taken with the Fuji XE1 and the 18-55 kit lens. To my eyes, the Fuji files are very very good in black and white but much too saturated in color. Also, the photos seem to be not very sharp, even compared to the Olympus EM5 with its less superior 12-50mm kit lens. This could perhaps be due to smearing as a result of the x-trans sensor whose output is not yet properly demosaiced by Adobe.
Last weekend, my parents, my sister and I went to Boracay. This is our second time this year in Boracay. There were only 4 of us, however, compared to our first time there where the whole family (including my brother and his family).
As my parents are already old (my father’s already 78 and my mother 63), we can no longer do most of the water activities there. Instead, we rented a boat and went around the island. We just stopped in one area, the snorkeling site and had our fill of the wonderful fishes there.
With me of course is my Olympus TG2 camera. An underwater camera I’ve been using for about a year now (after I lost the charger of my Panasonic TS5 and couldn’t find a replacement). I’m quite ok with this camera. It has a wide view lens (25mm equivalent) which is wonderful for taking pictures underwater. It also has a nice 2.0 aperture (at the wide end) resulting in pictures taken at lower ISO. However, I dislike that it doesn’t record raw files (limiting the post processing that can be done). This lack of raw recording makes it very difficult to correct white balance should I or the camera get it wrong.
Anyway, onto the pictures of fishes, fishes, fishes.
And lastly, me! This year has been an amazing year for me as I finally learned how to be in the sea without a lifevest. I just need to have a snorkel, mask and fins and I can spend time in the sea, even in deeper waters (though without them, I’d surely drown). I’m also just learning to freedive (albeit at the very beginning stage still).
Firedancers have been a fixture and institution in Boracay, much like the blue-sail boats, banana boats and all-you-can-eat buffets. There are several groups of firedancers in Boracay (some performing in the customer-only bars and restos) but the most famous group perhaps is the Boracay Phoenix Firedancers. They are a group of gays (some in women’s costume others in men’s costume) perform in the beach in station 2.
I’ve seen them before when I first went to Boracay but the amazement didn’t go away when I saw them again. They are a group I’d happily fork over money even if it is not required (some members go around with a basket asking voluntarily for money. I’m not a too keen on giving money to public performers but they are too good and amazing not to give money to.
Another photo taken in Boracay. This is my father frolicking in the beach.
I overexposed this photo intentionally (I wanted to use f1.8) and thought I’d do exposure correction in post. However, I did not know that I accidentally set the camera to JPEG only by fumbling through the flash setting the previous night. I could not recover the correct color of the highlights! (hence, the conversion to black and white).
Another activity you can do in the island paradise of Boracay – paddlesurfing (with a paraglider way way back in the background).
Another picture taken in Boracay. This one is of a couple kissing in the beach. Had to remove some distractions (people) from the picture.
Last weekend, my family and I went to Boracay. This is my second time there but the first time I truly appreciated its beauty (no algae on the water).