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One More Time Boracay

The Boracay Beach in Malay, Aklan PHILIPPINES.

We are going back to Boracay this coming September.  I think it is the best month to go there.  It’s the rainy season.  Hahaha!

The place won’t be teeming with tourists as in the peak months which is from November to July.  For someone who puts a premium in big spaces,  that simply means I have a lot of space to move around.  A bigger space to cover and capture.  I’ll be having a great time.

Can’t wait to go back there.  I am posting these photos of my last visit in Boracay in anticipation of our next vacation.

I love capturing the early morning beach vibe.
The early morning beach vibe.
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The fiery horizon.
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Those sailboats that looked like toys.
And of course the beautiful sunset like no other.
And of course the beautiful sunset like no other.
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And everything in between.

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From Dusk Till Noon in Saud Beach

The SAUD BEACH

LOCATION:  Pagudpud.  Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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We arrived in Saud at almost 6pm and dusk has already set in.  I rushed to the beach to get a short glimpse (and some shots) of the sunset.  It was beautiful.  The waves are perfect for a number of surfing dudes who were having the time of their lives that day.  The wind was fierce, thus the sound of the waves and the splashes on the rocks by the seashore sounded like rolling thunder.

The next day, I woke up at 5am to watch the sunrise.  It was so cold and I had a hard time setting up my camera and focusing it.  The mist kept my lens blurry, thus, I can’t focus my lens.  I decided to just marvel at the scene and take a few snaps once in a while.  We left before noon and I managed to take a few more shots under the scorching sun.

I like the vibe here.  It is warm and personal, and I felt safe.  The locals and the tourists seem to connect with you in a pleasant and personal way.  You feel welcome but your are also respected in your own personal space.

To say that Saud Beach is the Boracay of the North does not give honor to any of these two beaches.  Each has its own enigma far different from each other.

This is my kind of beach.  I want to go back to this place.  And I wouldn’t mind going back again and again and again.

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Boracay Now

LOCATION:  BORACAY BEACH, Malay, Aklan Philippines

For a landscape photographer, the best time to shoot is the hour before sunrise and the hour during sunset.  Thus, I ventured much in the island at those select hours with my camera and shoot as much as I want.  In between those hours, I didn’t shoot much.  I simply enjoyed the sun and the beach which was teeming with people who are just having their sweet time.  I also took it as an opportunity to explore the strip and tasted it’s magic while clicking my camera once in a while.

This is Boracay today.  Some of its allure is now gone but it is still mystifying.  Like a woman who is past her prime, but is still captivating and attractive.  You just can’t ignore it. (You may click any of the thumbnail to see the larger version of the image)

Boracay Sunset Romance

LOCATION:  BORACAY BEACH, Malay Aklan, Philippines

My romance with the sunset started at the pier.  The island was just a glimpse away.  But the boat that would bring us to the island will be late for about 30 minutes.  Oh Boracay … so near yet so far.

Even at the pier alone, one could not ignore the temptation of the beauty and passion of the sun as it starts to set for the day.  Amidst the backdrop of the island, the boats, the cargo vessel, the passengers, and the calm sea, I marveled at nature’s beauty.  I didn’t let it pass, I fired my camera away.  When I saw my first shot on the LCD monitor of the camera, I knew, I’m gonna be having a great romance with the island.

And the next two days proved that I was right.  For two days, as the sun was about to give its final performance for the day, there I was, walking down the whole strip marveling at its mystery and swallowing its beauty.  As the minutes passed, the vibe changes from fun, to awesome, to dramatic, to intense, to jawdropping, and finally, to gratitude.  The experience would take about an hour for each day, and it was enough.  As darkness starts to envelop the island and the lights are being lit in the establishments along the strip, I would take one last glance at the horizon and whisper, “Thank you God for that awesome experience.”

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3 Mornings in Boracay

LOCATION:  BORACAY BEACH, Malay Aklan, Philippines

It was my first time to be in what was considered for years as “the Best Beach in the World”.

Of course, I had high expectations.   And the view didn’t fail me.  For 3 mornings, I would wake up early just to have a glimpse of the sun brushing its light to the giant canvass in front of me.  The boats, vendors and the early risers, including the dogs added to the texture of this one giant masterpiece.

It’s a magnificent sight to behold and capture.  In minutes, the drama and the story change as I stare at nature’s ultimate canvass, the sky and the sea.  The sunlight playing with the clouds, the horizon, the waves, the boat, the early swimmers, the trees, the sand … oh! breathtaking.

Fortunately, I was aware of the camera in my hand.  Thus, I was able to capture some beautiful images of my 3 mornings in Boracay.

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