Travel And Photography





I think it’s inevitable that when one starts dabbling in a travel related blog or website, photography almost always follows suit. Which is what exactly happened to me. I started this blog to show off some parts of the Philippines that are not usually highlighted in most websites or publications owing to either issues with proximity, or issues with safety. Along the way, I had to take pictures to show how beautiful these off the beaten path places are.

My pet province so far has been Surigao. And though certain parts of this province has received international attention, Siargao immediately comes to mind, the rest of the local tourist spots have been suffering in silence, relegated to playing second or third fiddle to their more marketed neighbor. Which is such a shame really considering that these places are really, really awesome and could give some of the more popular Philippines tourist spots a run for their money.

But back to photography. I started taking pictures of my travels using a 3.5 megapixel Kodak digital camera. I thought it was the bomb back then, though now this is certainly laughable considering that that camera can’t even be re-charged! I had to buy 2 triple A batteries overtime I think about using it. Still those were the fun days. You know, taking pictures just for the sake of the moment. The pictures were taken merely for documentation purposes, you know, just to show that you were really there and not just blowing smoke.

After a visit to Singapore, I decided to go a little more high-tech (though not as high-tech as I should have) and go for the more sophisticated Sony Cybershot DSC-H7. I didn’t really care for DSLRs back then, thinking that those digital monsters are way beyond my budget. Ironically the cost of the Sony Cybershot DSC-H7 would have purchased an entry-level DSLR had I given it a little thought. But no matter, the H7 was portable, packed a mean 18x zoom and makes a nice little Sony sound. :)

I got disenchanted with it when I started photographing action shots. I found that I’m always left behind, courtesy of slow shutter-speed and all that. I tried photographing wakeboarding maniacs once and my photographs were left showing mist and blue skies. It just couldn’t keep up!

It took me a whole year, well almost a year, to finally land a really nice prosumer camera, the Canon EOS 7D. A really, really sweet piece of equipment but built like a tank. Everything about it is perfect. From the sound that it makes to the strength needed to hold it up for a day. It is one beautiful monster.

Now I’m seeing a marked improvement in my pictures. But really, when your baseline is the floor, there’s really no way to go but up.

Hopefully, I will be able to seamlessly integrate posts related to photography here in this decidedly travel blog. I may just have to restrain myself from putting it up as a featured post. Well, unless there’s one really cool picture associated with it.

9 Comments… add one

  • TanGengHui Jan 24, 2010

    It's always an interesting read & following of the many beautiful destinations in Philippines that are off the beaten track & I hope to visit them & capture them on photos !

    Congrats on Canon EOS 7D !! It's an awesome DSLR !!

    Looking fwd to more wonderful pics !!

    JH
    http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv

  • Voyage Montreal Jan 24, 2010

    I love taking pictures when traveling. It also helps when you look back..

  • blog me is back Jan 27, 2010

    hi…my friend
    is my first time to visiting in here, i hope we can make a friends with dropper….wow ur blog is very very interesting blog, maybe someday i'll found something to make me rich about anything, can we link x-change my friends?,

  • garry riky Jan 28, 2010

    Canon EOS 7D works really well when it comes to Professional Photography and i always prefer to take this one on my every tour.

  • Kirhat Feb 4, 2010

    Taking photos while on vacation is one of the most common practice, but I think nobody should do it to the extreme and lost sight of the reason why one is taking a vacation in the first place.

    Seek No More

  • Sunglasses Feb 21, 2010

    Why is this post tagged with Hong Kong Disneyland (which I love to death)? I thought you were maybe going to have some photo's from there or something!!!

  • Travel Australia Mar 15, 2010

    While you are traveling it must be you done your photography, it encourage you when you see the photographs of your adventure travel…

    References: http://www.travelamerica360.com

  • Birk@Book Hotel Tallinn Mar 23, 2010

    I have gone through some posts here and seems very interesting.

    The fact that your going to get us some photos of places what are off from usual tourist route sounds very nice.

    Looking foward to check in back here and take a look what you have posted.

    B.

  • ahgarcera May 24, 2010

    You’re such a pro photographer… Great shots.

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