Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Roxas trip, Day 5 – Finding Moro Tower

What the Barangay Nipa folks weren’t able to point out to us, Hannibal was able to lead us to. The Moro Tower may be in ruins, with vegetation threatening to totally obscure whatever little remains of the structure, but the cliff offers a magnificent view of the two coves that fringe it. The statue of the Christ built on top of the cliff seems to bid seafarers bon voyage. Heard that the cliff land is up for sale and I thought out loudly that it would make an excellent, small bed and breakfast, notwithstanding the climb along the trail overgrown with grass. 

We came back later in the evening to try and nightshoot there in lieu of the pier (not allowed without permission of the Coast Guard) but of all nights, it turned out to be very cloudy. Oh well. but I’m not one to complain as I’ve made a friend of my habal-habal driver, Mang Ped, who used to take up photography in school. We made a lot of kwentos – from aswangs to photography – while waiting for my camera to process the long-exposure images, right there on top of the cliff, unmindful of the darkness and the mosquitoes. If only for that, the extra trip was worth it.

6 comments:

arlene said...

Sorry for my innocence, but how is "while waiting for my camera to process the long-exposure images, right there on top of the cliff" done?

lagal[og] said...

hi arlene! you beat everyone to the comments ah! hahaha. anyway, it takes an awfully long time for the camera's processing engine/computer to process long exposure images especially when it's a cloudy night when there's less illumination. we do long exposures at night because there's simply less light that reaches the camera sensor. the longer the exposure and the lesser the available light, the longer it would take for the camera's computer to process the image.

for example, my 4-5 minute exposures would take my d200 around 5-10 minutes to process so we would stand or sit around in the dark, making small talk :-)

arlene said...

oh i see. so that is why most of my dark shots are well, aside from dark, are blurred =)

lagal[og] said...

to get the clearest, possible image, a tripod is a must, also a shutter release cable or a remote switch to minimize shake.

tapos use an aperture about midway of the range of your lens. then experiment on the length of your exposure. just bring extra batteries because they're really draining on energy

Random Ramblings said...

you mean you shot this pic at night? galing! parang day!

oggie, can my 400D with 18-55mm kitlens possibly take a shot of the moon's face?

i already bought a tripod and rc shutter release. trying to get serious in photography... =)

lagal[og] said...

thanks arlene!

that shot was taken at around noon but i have a night shot that looked like it was taken during daytime :-) given sufficient exposure time and certain levels of ambient light, a nighttime scene can look bright like a daytime shot.

re: 400d, i read it in pop photo that you need a minimum focal length of 300 to get a decent image of the moon; longer if you want a good enough size for reproduction. not to fret naman because you can always try night photography kasi you have a tripod and remote shutter release na :-D the 400d is a very good camera (it's the one i use in the office), very light and handy. if i were a canon user, i wouldn't mind having it on trips.

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