MPC_May_TondoAs Earth spins under the sky, the stars appear to move. When a camera captures that movement, that’s called a Star Trail. Star Trails are the continuous paths created by stars, produced during long time exposure photographs. Just like capturing the Milky Way, Star Trails are really really hard to capture in a place full of light pollution. Because of persistence, I attempted the improbable. After shooting for 3 consecutive mornings (1AM-4AM) and various experimentation of camera settings, I got the exposure that I wanted. I used an Inverted GND to control the highlights of the city lights and Intervalometer to automate the shutter release intervals.

This image is composed of 350 shots (stacked) in 25 seconds f4 or a total of 2 hours and 43 minutes exposure.


I’ve been missing the beautiful sunset the few days. The weather is acting up weird the past few days. My plan on camping at our rooftop will not likely to happen until there is a sign of favorable state of the atmosphere.

I searched my archives of photos, looking for a good sunset shoot inspiration. I stumbled upon this photo folder containing Manila Bay images that I took more than 2 years ago. As far I remember, that was day when I challenged myself to shoot landscape using a telephoto lens, instead of the usual UWA lens.

The photo above was created with 10 photos vertically stitched. You can view the full photo here.

Where and When: Manila Bay – April 30, 2011
Gears: Nikon D80 + Nikkor 70-300mm + GND Filter
Settings: 70mm, 1/50 secs, f4, ISO 100


I’ve been to Mt. Pulag a lot of times, 8 to be exact. I started climbing Luzon’s highest peak in 2003 and from then on, I found myself trekking it almost every year. I already tried scaling it via the 2 most popular routes; 5 times in Akiki notoriously known as the Killer Trail and 3 times in Ambangeg which they call the Executive trail. I like Akiki trail more, not that I am a hardcore climber, but  a hardcore nature lover.  though it is more difficult and have longer trekking days than Ambangeg, it offers a more majestic scenery. The mighty Eddet River with the suspended bridge is one of them. I find the climb boring using the same route ascending and descending. I must enjoy the best of both worlds.

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Sampaloc Lake is the biggest and most popular lake of San Pablo City.  It is considered as one of the premier tourist spot of the city.  Aside from that, aquaculture like fish culture in floating cages has become a growing industry here. At present, the shore of the lake is being developed as park.

The Tagaytay like weather in the morning is perfect while eating breakfast in one the restaurants around the lake.  We usually go here to shoot sunrise because of its picturesque view with Mt Banahaw in the background. But the feeling of calmness of the lake in the morning is what I like most.

Where and When: San Pablo, Laguna – September 17, 2011
Gears: Nikon D80 + Nikkor 70-300mm
Settings: 145mm, 1/160 secs, f5.6, ISO 100


I am a photography enthusiast. I have two cameras a DSLR and a point & shoot. Basically, my DSLR is my main camera. It is my primary weapon in shooting travels and concerts, most especially if it is an assignment or paid gig. I just can’t just shoot with only a DSLR body; I also need to bring the lenses. Sometimes I also need to include filters, tripod, remote trigger / intervalometer, extra batteries and extra memory cards. To think, I am a moody shooter. Sometimes, I don’t shoot if don’t feel like to, even the subject is there. Most of the time, I go home with just 15 to 20 photos maximum.

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