Boracay is an island of the Philippines approximately 315 Kms south of Manila and 2 Kms off the the northwest tip of the island of Panay in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is politically within the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Malay, Province of Aklan and is under the admininstrative control of the Philippine Tourism Authority in coordination with the Provincial Government of Aklan. (Wikipedia)
I spent one weekend in the paradise island of Boracay with my friends and being my first time visit, I was really awestruck by the white sandy beaches, blue water, and clear blue skies of Boracay as shown in the picture above. However, the island slowly changes its character when the sun begins to retire until the break of a new day. For this blog, I will just focus on the sunset and write about Boracay’s nightlife in another blog.
At around 5:00PM, tricycles and hotel shuttles start to bring loads of people at D’ Mall and people start to converge along the White Beach area to witness a spectacular show called SUNSET.
Taking a snapshot of thise breath-taking sunset entails some careful adjustments in your camera settings. Take note that the sun is so bright that it can easily overexpose your shot. You have to take a lot of shots with different exposure settings. You will find out soon that changing your settings can give your photo a different output from what you see with your naked eyes.
Crimson skies may look attractive using our naked eyes but sometimes it may just be an ordinary shot of clouds with orange color. Make your photo more interesting by taking a silhouette of an object as your focal point. Some possible objects are, sailboat, person, a lighthouse, a ship, etc.
Try to avoid the Auto White Balance setting because it will deprive you of the chance to capture the warm golden tones of sunset. What you can do is to select cloudy or shade in your white balance so the camera will react by warming things up in your shots. You may also use a warm filter. On using filters, please remove any filter before attaching the warm filter. In my haste to catch the fast setting sun, I just screwed the wam filter on top of my neutral filter and so the effect became visible only when I viewed the pictures on my laptop. There was a clone of the sun from the reflection of the neutral filter bouncing into the warm filter.
Don’t stop shooting when the sun is gone, sometimes that’s when the magical color shift comes in. You no longer have the bright sun so you have all the time focusing on the colorful orange/yellow clouds and the warm blue skies.
The sun is a very strong source of light. Although it’s so nice to look at, avoid looking at the sun too long because it can damage your eyes.