Throwback Thursday: Moalboal Sardine Run

Because happy month of the ocean! This sardine bowl was crazy beautiful and was the most challenging underwater shoot but also a ton of fun. It’s a stupendous sight to witness millions of tiny little fishes swimming in the same direction but will part like the red sea when you attempt to get closer. I’m so glad I have friends who patiently dive over and over while I struggle to frame both diver and sardines in the position I want. I’m ecstatic with the results though! Moalboal is definitely a place to return to; can’t wait to go back!

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[photos taken July 2015]

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Throwback Thursday: Whale Shark at Pintuyan, Southern Leyte

Since it’s Shark Week, this is a relevant throwback post. Behold my first film-captured Pintuyan whale shark!

Whale Shark at Pintuyan, Southern Leyte

This is the only picture I managed to capture, given that the shark swam into the deep seconds after we dove in. Still, free-swimming whale sharks are always a sight to behold, and Pintuyan is the ideal place for that. Steve de Neef, my favorite conservation photographer, explains what makes it awesome: Southern Leyte, a perfect example of eco-tourism

Hours passed and sadly, we didn’t encounter another one. That’s nature for you! Wanting to make the most of our 3-hour session, my brother decided he wanted to learn to skin-dive instead, so I happily obliged him with a lesson. Our mother joined us for some snorkelling.

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

Little Film Blog Fuji Superia Xtra 400

This was the first time I used the Nikonos in the ocean! Scary, but I’m glad to say it performed as expected. The 15mm is a dream, really. 🙂 Can’t wait to go take it out again for a swim!

Throwback Thursday: Birdwatching at LPPCHEA

Around this time of the year last 2013, I joined Haribon Foundation for a birdwalk at the Las Pinas- Paranaque Critical Habitat (LPPCHEA). It has been my long-time dream to explore Metro Manila’s ‘last coastal frontier‘ (see link for awesome video!), and I’m glad it came true: We saw egrets, kingfishers, and Philippine ducks among others. I was excited to share this experience with Haribon and members of a high school student club, which Haribon gave a seminar to about the importance of migratory birds and wetlands.

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See those little white dots in the distance? Egrets! 🙂

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Group photo! When they left, the other Haribon members and staff went deeper into the the woods to catch a glimpse of the elusive Philippine duck.

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We settled by a lake, trusting the bushes to hide our presence.

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Instead, we saw this black-winged stilt:

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Sexylegs upon closer inspection, via a spotting scope:

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We were about to give up when out of nowhere, we heard a ruffle of feathers and a flock of Philippine ducks descended to the lake, so momentarily that as as soon as they touched the calm surface, they flew away again. We were all so stunned I don’t think anyone managed to take a picture.

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No Philippine ducks in the pic, but I swear it happened! :p

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I cannot decide which one I like better: the vibrant hues of Kodak Ektar or the pastelly tones of Fuji Superia 400. It’s like choosing between your children T_T

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Obligatory group picture!

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Haribon Foundation is going to LPPCHEA again on Jan. 10, come join!

Happy New Year!

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This was last year’s fireworks galore over Marikina. New year goal: Develop and scan my own C-41 films! Even just black and white at first. I’ve been thinking of diy-ing the whole process for a while now but I just end up purchasing more film instead of developing equipment and a decent scanner. But this has to happen this 2015. There I said it! No more dillydallying; I will haul my ass to Hidalgo the next free day I get 🙂

Happy new year, everyone! Cheers to another year of shooting! x

A film photographer’s nightmare

I have ran out of film!!! Wait, is that ‘have run out’ or ‘have ran out’?? Quick google search: past participle of run is run. Boops. So let me reiterate: I have run out of film!!!

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Ok so it’s not really a nightmare since film is still pretty much available where I am. But my favorite film supplier The Online Warehouse no longer have stocks of my favorite cheap consumer film, Fuji Superia Xtra 400. The other alternative, Snapnook‘s superia is quite expensive, and super expired. I’m looking for an alternative 400iso film that costs 50pesos or less, any ideas? I don’t quite like DNP Centuria…

Maybe I should not scrimp and just order the expensive superia. It’s almost double the price for what I pay for normally though. However if anyone wants to donate me film, I would love you forever and will throw you internet hugs. Please please?? Ask and you shall receive right?? Right?? Hahahaha lack of film is making me crazy and making me question why the hell I’m sticking to film. And then I remember this.

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With a little tweaking in Lightroom I can now get colors I want. 🙂 In digital I used to spend a lot more time bringing skin tones to my liking. This was shot using an expired Superia Xtra 400 kindly sold to me by April of Grewlegs. I love it. And I need more of it! I need film security. Film is food. Without it, I turn hangry. Yup, it’s totally in the bottom of my hierarchy of needs hahahaha. I shall now end this post with a gnawing emptiness in my heart. Chos, ang drama! (Oh, the drama.)

Horses

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Holy shit the colors are spot-on, it’s like film is made especially for horses @_@ I now regret that I took only two shots, similar ones at that so only one made the cut.
Need to haul my ass back to Tagaytay and shoot these lovely creatures!