Trek For Hope Philippines. Mount Ugo & Mount Pulag. / by yi

After 3 years I finally embarked on this meaningful trek with SANL. Being tasked the event photographer along with another trek mate, it is really a good way to improve by keep shooting. 

Children playing at Domolpos Elementary School. Silhouette. Shooting into the light.  

Children playing at Domolpos Elementary School. Silhouette. Shooting into the light.  

Indeed, in the age of Digital Photography, quantity triumph quality. The more you shooting the more likely you be able to get better photos. Even if the photos turn out mediocre. It is serve a good learning lesson for future shoot and able to keep them as memento. I was using my wide angle and telephoto lens mainly to shoot. Changing lens in the field is still something I don't quite like to do. That is why having two cropped camera bodies helps. But being trigger happy means lots of photos to be screen and edit.  

Elementary School Child. I enjoy taking photos that are unstaged. 

Elementary School Child. I enjoy taking photos that are unstaged. 

Orchid. Shoot thru elements in the surroundings. 

Orchid. Shoot thru elements in the surroundings. 

We trekked through a mountain range to reach the village and had a small scale play session with the children. Singing some songs, playing simple memory card game. Initially, it was 25 cards and pick 2 similar ones. But I think it was too difficult for them to remember as they were queuing one by one to play. So I suggested to change to just 5 cards with 2 pairs inside. Actually is to give the children something but we didn't want to do it too easily. 

We also gave the children chocolates and sweets. To be frank I still wonder whether it is an appropriate thing to do. Some children simply throw the wrappers on the ground after eating. 

Frisbee. Behind there was a blue water dispenser. Clone the grass to remove it. Capture at high shutter speed to freeze motion. 

Frisbee. Behind there was a blue water dispenser. Clone the grass to remove it. Capture at high shutter speed to freeze motion. 

After the school visit and a night rest, we proceed to Lusod Village for another night before descend down where we will catch a ride on the Jeepney to Pulag start point. The first night at the Elementary school, I caught a minor headache and little feverish as I was running around without a windbreaker. Glad I recovered after a fever patch and sleep. 

Sunrise. 

Sunrise. 

Rules of nine. Using more negative space to emphasize on the vastness. 

Rules of nine. Using more negative space to emphasize on the vastness. 

Unable to use my ND filters as this is a trekking trip. Not so much a photography one. 

Unable to use my ND filters as this is a trekking trip. Not so much a photography one. 

Blessed to see Milky Way in horizontal. I attempted my first night panorama. 9 shots merged using PS Photomerge. F/2.8 15 Sec ISO 6400. 11mm Tokina Nikon D7100.  

Blessed to see Milky Way in horizontal. I attempted my first night panorama. 9 shots merged using PS Photomerge. F/2.8 15 Sec ISO 6400. 11mm Tokina Nikon D7100.