More often than not, when development invades a place, it is the natural resources that are left to suffer when people started building structures. It’s a good thing that community developers now know the importance between the balance of nature and community. Anvaya Cove at Morong, Bataan is one such community concerned with environmental sustainability. They created the AEFI (Anvaya Environmental Foundation, Inc) and I got a chance to be part of their maiden project last December 5, 2009, which is the Clam Seeding for Reeforestation.
Challenging biking trails in Bataan
Last Sunday, April 2, culminating the Araw ng Kagitingan in Bataan. Another 1st in the mountain biking enthusiast was held – the Padyakan sa Bataan 2006, organized by the Bataan Trail Riders in cooperation with the local tourism of Bataan. Since early morning, throngs of cyclist gather from different areas, even from Manila to join this exciting event.
Racers test their speed and skill at the 1st Padyakan sa Bataan
I’ve always been fascinated by Mountain Biking. But after seeing these enthusiast test their mettle under the heat of the sun, pushing their bikes on rough terrains, sweating it all out and going beyond their limit. Ayoko na! Hehehe! I’d rather not go with this sport. Tama na sa akin mag mountain climbing. Kasi ang gears sa mountain biking umaabot ng 150,000 pesos! I think I can’t afford to spend that much unless I make it my career.
Quinawan Point, Bataan
I decided to add a new category on this blog that would focus more on how the shots were taken and other technicalities.
Tech Data: Olympus C750 UZ (Semi-SLR), Handheld, Aperture Priority, 1/500 shutterspeed, f/6.3 Aperture, ISO 100, White Balance set at Manual, Tokina Circular Polarizer, Cokin Gradual Grey Medium (ND4) Filter
This was shot in Quinawan Bataan, I thought the two bamboo pillars looked picturesque with the human silhouettes and grass blades from afar. The tricky parts in shooting this landscapes with the lightsource in front is evening out the foreground and the sky. If you focus on the sky the foreground/ land becomes darker and becomes shadow, but if you shoot the foreground the sky would overexpose and blow up the highlights leaving the sky dull. To even out the sky I focused and metered on the foreground to keep its detail, used a Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filter on the sky to reveal its color.
Post-processing done in photoshop was to colorize it in Hue/Saturazion for the Sepia look, which I think was more appropriate for the picture. Below is the original raw picture out of the camera.
By the beach on a carabao’s back
I saw these kids on board a Carabao by the beach in Quinawan, Bataan. It’s not often I get to see one by the beach and to add to that these two kids riding it.
Stretch of white sand beach at Quinawan Point
I didn’t know Bataan has so much to offer beyond the Mount Samat and Tarak Mariveles mountain range as well as its historical markers. Last week, I got a chance to explore an off-the-beaten path destination, known only to local explorers and mountain bikers of Bataan. Thanks for the invitation from my friend M at Total and his wacko of a group of budding explorers from his office led by a member of Bataan Trailriders and Boss J from their Bataan Terminal office.
Amazing view of the South China Seas and cliffs during the trek to Quinawan Point
After at least 3 hours drive to Bataan, we were shuttled of to another vehicle and drove less than a couple of hours to our jump-off point in Bagac. Unfortunately I can’t tell you where this place is since most of the trail we passed by here are Private Property. But not to worry I will tell you how to get to our end destination by another means.