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Boracay the Third | A Tripod-less Getaway

Boracay the Third | A Tripod-less Getaway

I was under the impression that it would be dead straight boring. Hitting Boracay for the third time that is. I thought I am finally done with the place after having been there twice. But lo and behold, I was there again a couple of weeks ago with the family.

Don’t get me wrong with that first statement. It does not in one way or another pertain to the fact that the trip was with the family but it points out more on the photographic side of the story. Boring! There’s nothing left in there to shoot and add to the already stagnant Boracay portfolio.

Or so I thought.

Ready, Set, Sail!

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I decided not to bring along a tripod on this trip as I didn’t have much intention on doing landscapes since this was supposed to be an R&R and not some random photo safari. Besides, I have done enough of that rock. And forcing myself to shoot it once again at this point would necessitate a Photoshop upgrade from my end to clone out every tourist in the frame via the content aware fill. I am still living in the past by the way with the crappy CS3 version.

The Other Side

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Going back, this was the first time I left the tripod at home. Other than not having an intention to do some serious landscapes, I also took it as an opportunity to further explore myself outside the landscape territory.

By the Shore
I wished there was a fourth person and pedestrian lane markings crossing their path.

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As with any other genre, challenging, but rewarding nonetheless. It’s been a while and I have to admit that I missed hearing that 1/100 shutter sound and the fact that I don’t have to worry about setting up the tripod and various filters prior to taking the shots.

Hanging by a Moment

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The joy of which has been fully felt on 2 occasions. The first one was when I was lazily sipping a glass of Banana Mocha shake along the beachfront…

The Beach

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…and the second was when we finally got the chance to visit what they call as D’ Talipapa (temporary fish market for my non-Filipino friends). We decided to have our dinner in this place one night to satisfy our seafood cravings. The protocol is plain and simple. You buy them fresh seafood, go to a restaurant of your choice within the vicinity and ask the crew to cook them to your liking for a fee. But at the back of my head while in transit, I was already doing some pre-viz on some potential shots. In an instant, I was firing like there is no tomorrow. Like how a 10 year old kid would hoard toys the first time he enters Toy Kingdom.

Price Negotiations #1

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Price Negotiations #2

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Price Negotiations #3

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Worth the penny with all that cooking charges?

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Yes and it’s surprisingly Delicious!

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Our fourth day came by and we got over it quickly. Contrary to my initial statement, it was never at all boring. I got enough decent images to share and write about anyway. Of course, the obligatory sunset image shall not pass. Yes?

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Sunset Minus the Rock

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Hold on. Did I just say this was a tripod-less getaway? Well, someone behind me brought along her Benro. And it’s a lightweight one. ?

On a lighter note, could this be the finale of an Aklan visit? Am I gonna leave the place for good?

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I don’t think so.I shall return; probably to do a second installment of the tripod-less getaway via the east side of the island.

Thanks for dropping by.

— SIGS —

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