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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Yesterday was spent being engulfed by the sea, and I’m still in a bit of a high. Good dive, good food, good company… it’s probably my last dive for this year and I couldn’t have had it better. 🙂

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[Shot taken at Moalboal, Philippines. July 2015]

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.

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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!