Some pictures of beautiful Nagsasa Cove. These were taken at sunset with the sky and hills reflecting on a small pool of water. Taken with Fuji XE1 and the 18-55 kit lens.
Zambales is a province north of Metro Manila. During the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the 1990s, it is one of the most affected provinces. Such deadly eruption, however, gave birth to beautiful beaches in the coves of Zambales. From a jumpoff in the town of San Antonio, you can visit Anawangin, Talisayen, Nagsasa and Silanguin Coves – all made more beautiful by the ash and sand deposited by the volcano.
Two weekends ago, we visited Nagsasa Cove (I’ve visited the nearer cove of Anawangin, 5 years ago). I’ll post the pictures of the beach in another post as I’d want to show just how clear the water here is.
Nagsasa Cove has one of the clearest and cleanest waters of the beaches I’ve been to (Others being Calaguas, Tingloy and the beaches of Coron). Though there aren’t many fish and corals to see in Nagsasa (nearby Camara and Capones Islands have better and more fishes for snorkelers), there are some box fishes and school of small fishes. The sand, however, is fine and the waters oh so clear!
This is one of those photos that I knew would look good. I shot it in raw. When I went home, I opened it in Lightroom and saw that it is indeed looking good but I had trouble in editing it. In color, I was not satisfied with the color/hue of the blue of the sea and the sky so I made it black and white, which in my opinion looks much much better.
For shooting portraits, I usually use a fast and long lens (70mm equivalent or longer). For micro four-thirds, this usually means the 45mm f1.8.
In Potipot, I used the 12-50mm lens almost exclusively. A part of the island has rocks and boulders that are exposed during low tide and it was during that time that we went there. Tiny, of course, was all game for some shots and these are the results. One of the pictures are shot at the wide end of the lens (12mm) while some are at longer lengths. However, because of the very slow aperture of the lens (3.5-5.6) blurring out the background is very very difficult so it has to be included.
One thing I learned with this? Dynamic range’s a bitch. I did not bring the clip on flash and I’m not satisfied with it anyway. Because the sun was almost setting at the back, almost everything was backlit. Pushing shadows and pulling highlights can only do so much so some of the pictures have low contrast.
(Also, Nik’s Color Efex is amazing! The tonal contrast and dynamic skin softener are very good for portraits!).
Probably my most favorite photo of last weekend’s trip. Shot with the OM-D and 12-50mm lens at 12mm (24mm equivalent). I think it would have been more dramatic if I have a much wider lens but I have to make do with what I have.
Another one of those pictures where only the subject’s back is visible (I shoot those a lot).
Potipot Island this time. The swimmers are cloned out through lightroom.
The first outing of my Olympus TG-2 (yes, I’m becoming an Olympus fanboy – Samsung for gadgets, Olympus for cameras). This is how far it goes as far as dynamic range comes (after some Lightroom love of course). Dramatic clouds from the approaching thunderstorm (fortunately, it did not reach us).
This was taken in Potipot Island and probably the first landscape photo I can remember that I consciously converted to sepia.
Taking pictures at midday or directly towards the sun stretches the dynamic range capabilities of any cameras. Details can be recovered by pushing the shadows but this usually results in noisy images. Sometimes, it’s just better to accept the shadows…
These were taken in Lake Mapanuepe using Olympus OM-D and 40-150mm.
The first show the carabaos (water buffalo) seemingly calling out their humans while a dead one lies on the lake. The second one are the herders (or children of the herder). They’re not carrying real firearms but only toys.
Not very easy pictures to take as we were on a boat still a good distance from them and the boat is rocking. The second picture (of the boys) is not in proper focus (visible at high magnification).