A big reason I took up photography was my awe whenever I saw those Microsoft Windows desktop wallpapers featuring fantastic landscape photos. I loved looking at them while telling myself, "I'd like to take photos like these myself." So I studied using the camera and photography and made sure to enroll in a topnotch landscape photography workshop (Chasing Light of Edwin Martinez and Jay Jallorina).
I learned a lot, but honestly it doesn't amount to much if you don't put it to actual use. Then the Chasing Light mantra comes in. Landscape photography is not for the lazy. It does not reward excuses. So true. With all due respect to the other genres, I sincerely believe landscapes is the most challenging field. You have to learn the intricacies of landscape photography, get a dedicated lens and different filters, a tripod and other accessories. You have to research and plan your shoots and make sure the weather has a good chance of cooperating. You have to travel for hours, then trek for maybe hours more. You expose yourself to the elements and getting a sunburn is highly probable. You wait for the right (sun)light. You have to scan the surroundings and get your angle. Getting to that shooting spot is no easy task - you can slip, fall, have your gear damaged, et cetera. Then of course after you think everything's in place for the shot, the weather can suddenly mess with you by bringing unexpected or unforeseen rain or clouds. You're at the mercy of nature. You can go through all these hassles (and more) and still not get the shot. That's how cruel it could be.
But if you nail the shot you want, you feel everything was worth it. It's that gratifying. It's a different high from shooting models, places of travel, street, macro, or other things. The process in taking a true landscape photo is much more complicated. That's why I love it although recently it just doesn't show.
Yesterday, finally, I was able to go out there again to shoot landscapes. Together with some friends from Bataan Light Catchers, we settled into a cove in Mariveles to shoot some infrared and then sunset landscapes. I was definitely rusty, not having shot landscapes for more than a year, so I definitely welcomed the reacquaintance. The scene wasn't that ideal with a lot of people swimming and getting into the frame, plus water plants not exactly making the water look that majestic, but we made do with what we had. At the end, it was an exhausting yet fun shoot.
One word : bitin. Can't wait to do it again. My co-shooters were planning on continuing through the night, but I had to get home to the kid and the wife. Next time I'll get overnight permission. Thanks to friends from BLC, John Mark Isidro, Jay Cee de Belen, and Geb Bunado, for the company. Till next time!