Going to and from field work in Oriental Mindoro gave me the chance to appreciate the beauty of Calapan Bay. I was billeted in Calapan Bay hotel, a stone's throw away from Calapan City pier. For the first 3 days, I was disappointed. It was always raining. On the 4th and 5th day of my stay in the hotel, bright sunny mornings greeted me. It was a break from gloomy breakfasts.
Initially, I thought it was just an ordinary daily scene. But then peeping through the grills of the fence that separates the sea and the hotel, I noticed some people gleaning (it was a lowtide). Again, another dramatic scene I always wanted to capture through my lenses. So, I dashed back to my room and grabbed my camera backpack and in minutes, I was shooting the beautiful scenery. Thus for three mornings, what could be better than enjoying morning sun, sniffing the salty sea air, savoring your coffee while admiring this God-given scenery? Lovely, isnt't it?
|The view from Calapan Bay Hotel's rear veranda.|
|A fisherman catching some fish.|
|Wide view of Capalan City Pier.|
|A gleaner, apparently collecting clams and other edibles.|
However, I did not have much chance of capturing Calapan Bay by nightfall. It was either raining at night or too late when I reach the hotel from field work. I had a full week and felt drained and sometimes I would just doze off until dinner time.
When it was dinnertime on my second to the last night in the hotel, a beautiful sunset became a reliever to my worn out body. Again, I ran back to my room to get my camera! (I seem to have a penchant of not bringing my camera with me! Well, it happens. Besides I had to dine and not shoot.).
Thinking that sunsets happen so fast I felt I had to do it again. Unlike my other previous sunset photos, it was not very dramatic, but then, sunsets always fascinates me. I was careful not to have camera shake as I did not have a tripod with me (Yeah, a lame excuse!). I tried on some, but I only made some good shots, especially in some long exposures, and increasing the ISO is the only way to have it fast.
|Sunset in Calapan Bay.|
|Super Cat heading to Batangas Port. Trying on an incandescent white balance.|
Again, I am just happy to share with you some photos of Calapan Bay by day and night. I hope you like what I saw.
For more photos, please visit the Calapan Bay set in Flickr.
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