Calapan Bay by day and night

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Calapan Bay by day and night

Going to and from fieldwork 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 low tide).  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 the morning sun, sniffing the salty sea air, savoring your coffee while admiring this God-given scenery?  Lovely, isn't it?

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The view from Calapan Bay Hotel's rear veranda.

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A fisherman catching some fish.

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Wide view of Calapan City Pier.

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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 fieldwork.  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 for 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 fascinate 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.

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Sunset in Calapan Bay.

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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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Aside from my day job, I love photography and storytelling. Going places--be it a cliche destination or the far side of the road--stoke and free my soul. I dig deeper into the people’s psyche, culture and ethnicity, and heritage. I love to observe how they thrive and build social institutions, preserve their culture and traditions.


AJ said...

First time to see photos of Calapan. Beautiful shots you got there. And I must say you captured that sunset quite wonderfully. So please, next time always have your camera with you. :))

Admin/Author said...

Thanks, AJ! Yeah, I should make it a point to bring a camera with me anywhere I go...LOL!

Aleah | said...

Our office is in Puerto Galera so sometimes I go to Calapan. Never saw it (yet) like you did though. Wonderful pics! Just love your header. Hope I'll learn to take good pics as well :D

Admin/Author said...

Aleah, thanks! I miss PG also.

Henry said...

I was amazed by the sunset shot, I like the sky color combination.

Bonzenti [Con Tour] said...

Ding. I loved all the shots on this post. I learned also about the long exposure and increase the ISO when taking a shot on sunsets. Thanks bro. :-).

Edmar Guquib said...

Hala, nakaka-ignite gumala ulit. My last major trip was June... Inggit ako sa Calapan mo, nak Puerto Galera ka rin?

Admin/Author said...

@henry, Thanks!
@Bonz, up to 400 ISO lang puwede. Grainy na masyado if more than that
@Edmaration, go na! Hindi na ako nakapunta PG. Out of the way eh.

Chris E said...

Beautiful pictures! What camera do you use?

Admin/Author said...

@Chris, Thanks! I use Olympus E-510.

Arlene @Pinay Travels said...

Beautiful shots! I love sky much to love about the sky.

I wish someday, I can make it there. :)

Admin/Author said...

Thank you, Arlene! Mindoro Oriental has a lot more to offer!

Tal | ThePinayWanderer said...

I am a Mindorena by heart and your photos bring back a lot of memories, esp. the fourth and fifth ones. I used to live in Pola (Mdo. Or.) but it's been years since my last visit. Hope to visit the province again soon. :)

Admin/Author said...

PinayWanderer, I went to Pola too! Nice quaint town!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Sunsets always, always fascinate me as well! I love the photo of the fisherman catching fish, and how the water reflects his image.