Holy Week is one of the biggest and most-celebrated holidays in the Philippines. And if you’re from the Philippines, chances are, you knew that Filipinos spend Holy Week in many different ways. You could spend it on beach with your friends and families; join the “station of the cross” (procession) and pray the rosary on every station; watch or join a “sinakulo” (play) showing Jesus Christ’s sufferings; stretching your vocal chords by joining “pasyon” – an act of reading in a singsong manner; fasting; “Visita Iglesia” where you visit different churches in a day; self-flagellation/carrying a cross/crucifixion (yes, you read it right); and hiking. So to repent for our sins, we went hiking.
Armed with the Nokia Lumia 1020, we reached Mt. Gulugod Baboy just in time for sunrise. Located at Anilao, Batangas, Philippines and approximately 525 meters above sea-level, the view from the top was just breath-taking! I was blown away by the scenic, 360 view of nearby cities, which made this trekking adventure a perfect experience away from the busy streets of the metro.
What made this trekking adventure unique though was the camera used to capture the (stunning) views. While this is not the first time that I brought my Nokia Lumia 1020 for an outdoor or in this case, trekking shoot, this was the longest time I spent with this beastie device with 41 megapixel shooter!
If you’re following either my Flickr, Twitter or Instragram feeds, then you’ll know that I’m a sucker for sunsets. This adventure however was a showcase of sunrise to sunset and different capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020. I will now let these photos speak for themselves.
The latter part of the day was spent at the beach and what better way to end the day is thru the beautiful sunset (and a timelapse video).
You can click on the photos to view the hi-res (and the details within) untouched and unedited jpeg photos.
The king has risen!
Overseeing Balayan Bay and Sombrero Island.
An astonishing view of the mist covering the sun.
It was really cold up there because of the mist and strong wind.
The clouds and the sun, fighting it out…
And the clouds prevails…
It is also perfect for wedding proposals…
Race to top!
Yet another nostalgic shot of the sun covered by mist!
The sun and the mist still at it…
The sun finally shining through…
I know it’s blue: sea + sky
One last shot before leaving Mt. Gulugod Baboy. I hate goodbyes…
And now, to the beach…
Up for a challenge? Zoom in! No, that’s not a shark… Someone’s sailing…
Ending the day with a beautiful sunset by the beach perfectly captured by Nokia Cinemagraph!
But wait, there’s more! I’m bad at planning, I know! I initially thought of filming the sunset (through a time-lapse video) but I wasn’t prepared yet. Or maybe, blame it to my high school classmate that I bumped into (the odds of meeting your classmate that you haven’t seen for more than 10 years) that’s why I totally forgot it and I only realized when I’m taking shot of the sunset. So, I decided to film “the golden hour”.
Here’s a time-lapse video that I’m really proud of. Filmed with the Nokia Lumia 1020 with an improvised tripod (I don’t have camera grip yet so the whole filming was really challenging but nevertheless, FUN!). This was also my first attempt to do a time-lapse video so any comments and suggestions will be highly appreciated!
All photos Copyright by Hethler De Chavez.