Shooting cascades in Papa-a

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Shooting cascades in Papa-a

Papa-a is another backyard nature wonder I have visited in Brgy. Mangangan I, Baco, Oriental Mindoro.  It was just a good 50 meters hike from my friend's house!  Again, they are just so lucky to have this in their own backyard!

As soon as we arrived, I prepared my photography gears and headed to this rocky stream.  There are no big falls to see (or perhaps further upstream, I never asked) but as soon as I stepped on it, I was simply awed by its cool and clean water!

There was a looming rain, and I thought it might be dangerous to trek as there would be a possibility of a flash flood coming from the mountain.  I was told, this stream can go high at 10 feet during a continuous and strong downpour.  But then, the sun shone brightly in between cumulus clouds.  Besides, it was a break from a week of work in Calapan City and I had to unwind even just for a day and negative thoughts can't just defeat this overwhelming natural beauty right before my eyes.

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The cascade that flows between the mag-asawang bato.

As soon as I saw small cascades running down the stream, I immediately thought it would be good to do long exposures.    It was just disappointing that I did not bring my tripod [again!].  However, with a wardrobe good for a week, heavy documents and laptop in tow, it was cumbersome to bring a tripod on your official trips.  Again, I had to improvise.  Despite the shutter lag in my camera, plus the strong sunshine, which made it difficult for me to time and expose correctly, I was able to get some usable photos.

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Mag-asawang Bato [twin rock].  The water is so cool and clear you can see the rocks below.

The main attraction in this stream is called mag-asawang bato [a twin rock].  It has a waist level pool in between. As soon as we arrived, I was already dying to plunge.  But then, I had to accomplish my main agenda in coming here--to photograph.

After doing my photography, and although not pleased with what I have taken, I thought it was time for me to plunge!  It was just frustrating having a camera that does not cooperate. Besides, I was soaking in sweat and the cool water was just inviting and irresistible!  So I took the plunge!

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Taking the plunge!

After I was refreshed, I looked for more cascades to shoot upstream and found a well-shaded spot and got lucky to have these shots. (It is advisable to have long exposures under overcast skies or under a shade).  Having no tripod was just challenging!  I had to prop myself on top of rocks just so I can have these taken.

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Definitely, this visit was worth the not-so-bumpy trip.  It was just refreshing and definitely a break from a heavy work week.  If I were to describe it in one word, literally or figuratively--COOL!

For more photos, see Shooting cascades in Papa-a set on 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.


Pordoy Palaboy said...

ive never been to mindoro and sana me time next year.

Ayos kuha mo kahita walang tripod.

Admin/Author said...

Salamat, My Nomadic Habits!

Edmar Guquib said...

Ang sarap maligo! Nakakaexcite for summer.

Admin/Author said...

Wen ngarud, Edmar!