Cadlao

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At 7:09 in the morning, I took this long exposure photo of El Nido’s Cadlao Island. With a hungry stomach, it was a minor miracle I was not impatient in getting a shot in a vantage point that was a bit far from where I was staying. I guess that’s what usually happens when one is in that proverbial zone.

How does one interpret visually a landscape that has been interpreted many times over? Would it even matter? Many times these two questions cross my mind, especially during that moment when the camera is already in the process of creating a long exposure shot.

I left the water’s edge and returned back to where I was billeted with even more questions rather than answers.

Filtered

Back in the days when filters were the trend in post-processing, I had plenty of apps and Photoshop actions that would change how a photo would appear, depending on how the filter was designed. Eventually, I got tired of similar apps taking up space whether on my phone or on the computer. I decided that it would be better to focus instead on finding or creating a filter stack. The photos below, taken on various dates, were subjected to a process full of filters, tweaks, and adjustments, repeated many times until my eyes tell me this is it.

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Quiet

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The afternoon sky comes alive in Corong Corong, El Nido as the last few minutes of daytime puts on its show in various colors. The place is quiet, and the low sea tide made for a clean canvas where the parked tour boats can be seen like they are floating.

I placed my tripod and put on my camera, dialed in the exposure settings, and triggered the remote control for the shutter.

I live for moments like this. 

18mm | ƒ/22 | 1 sec | ISO 100