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: Black and white film scan

This was taken around 8 years ago when I was taking up a black-and-white film photography class:

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Pity I wasn’t crazy about film photography back then, when I had access to a good lab. Since June last year I have been dreaming of doing my own developing and I can’t believe it actually took me half a year to complete my dev kit. I blame procrastination. :)) Now I have chemicals, equipment, and exposed black and white film; all that’s left to do is to actually develop them.

I’m scared. But way more thrilled!
Hope it goes well! 😀

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!