This is a very wide (21 : 9) picture of Burot Beach that I took the first time I went there. The locals are gathering sea urchins (or sea weeds) while the background are of stranded ships (they were moved when the tide went higher).
The inspiration for a super wide panorama came from Ming Thein (a noted Malaysian blogger). As for the picture, I like this as this was taken on my first trip there, when the place still held magic for me. This was taken with Canon 7D and Tamron 70-300 VC at 300mm (hence, the compression of distance).
Another infrared picture of Burot Beach.
Last October 5-6 was my third time in Burot. This time, I finally have an infrared camera with me. During a lull in activity (too hot and sunny to take a dip in the water), I took my Panasonic GX1 (590nm infrared) and Canon 7D to take photos. This is one of the infrared shots.
I like this one because it’s more natural than my other shots. The colors could have been real if we’re living in a temperate climate and it’s summer going autumn, with leaves turning yellow. Blue skies and sea add to the naturalness.
This was taken last weekend in Burot Beach. I brought paper bag and candles for our night (an idea I got from a resort in Cebu). The effect was so pretty that most of us had our solo pictures taken. It was so dark that even with a f1.4 aperture (50mm), the exposure required ISO 6400 with shutter speeds that risk blurring.
When it came to Tiny, one thing led to another until the poses got more daring. On previous pictures, she was sitting and facing the candles that illuminate her face. In this picture, the light from the candles can no longer illuminate her face so we had to improvise. Eman held one paperbag light above her and Ellidel held an improvised reflector (the silvery foam used to insulate roofs that Oyet brings to sleep on inside the tent) to her side to reflect light.
The shot went really well but editing was difficult due to the noise at ISO 6400 and the selective dodging and burning that sometimes increased noise.
A very nice picture for me and I’m really proud of our work!
Personally for me, 24mm equivalent is too wide for general or walk around shooting. It is nice to have but to wide for everyday photos. Even 28mm equivalent (found in most kit lenses and in cellphones) is too wide for everyday. I’d prefer 35mm up for the usual stuff. 24mm equivalent view is too wide that it includes a lot of things in the pictures, most don’t add anything but distraction, especially for small-sensored cameras. Also, I find that 24mm FOV generates too much distortion (not barrel distortion but the normal distortion of wide view).
However, this field of view comes of much use for landscapes. I would prefer a much wider field of view for landscapes (such as 16mm equivalent) but 24mm is wide enough. The wide field of view shows a different perspective and emphasizes foreground or the distance between foreground and main subject. Such is the case for this photo which was taken at 12mm of the kit lens.
Burot Beach, floating boat on a calm sea during sunset.
When we first visited Burot, the sunset was beautiful. The sun was large and you can clearly see the sun disc. Back then, I carried my Canon 7D complete with an ultrawide, standard and telephoto zooms, tripod and wired remote so I was able to set up for long exposures.
This time, all I had was the OM-D and a very small unstable gorilla pod so the pictures were taken handheld. I also moved a lot during the golden hours, hence, the various viewpoints (other pics not yet posted). The sun was still magnificent but there were lots of clouds in the west partly obscuring the sun and providing more drama. Also, the longest that my lens can get is 100mm equiv. compared to 480mm last time so the size of the sun is not that big in the pictures.
Here are the pictures, two guys who were there before us. The others are of Elaine, Eman and Elllidel setting their tripods.
One of the best things I like about Burot Beach is the strong sunlight (twice I’ve been there, twice the sun was shining brightly). Though this makes landscape photos at midday very high dynamic range, it provides a strong light for closeup pictures. The strong sunlight provides enough light so that closeups are shot at low ISOs. When the sun goes slightly down, the backlighting it provides is also very good.
Here are two pictures taken there. These are pictures of grasses that looks like grain. Shot with Olympus OM-D and 12-50mm, which provides a magnification of up to .36x. The quality is not on par with a true macro lens but pretty good already.
This was taken in Burot. Burot Beach is near a mangrove forest (I don’t know what will happen to the mangroves once development of the area proceeds). Near the beach is a body of water that is surrounded by some landmass (I’m sure there’s an entry and exit for the water though). On the day we went there, the sun was bright but there were clouds in the sky. The protection from the wind provided by the surrounding land and the trees afforded an almost still water that reflected the sky.
Last weekend, we went to Burot Beach (my favorite beach when it comes to photographic subjects). Below are two interpretations of a shot that I made of the boats near several houses built directly on mangroves.
The first is converted to black and white using Nik’s Silver Efex (I’m beginning to love Nik’s plugins) I think using the high structure and/or full dynamic range filters. The second one is treated with Nik’s Color Efex using the Indian Summer filter (I love the warm colors of this one).
Tell me guys which one you like better.