A Photo and Time-lapse Journey Through the CORDILLERAS

For five days, travel photographer Angelo Mendoza and I explored the Philippine Cordilleras, going off the beaten path in search of grand but unseen views and waiting to catch the most amazing light. In the process, we had one of the most incredible travel experiences of our lives, right up there with my most memorable adventures abroad.

CORDILLERA MOUNTAIN LIGHT is the time-lapse film that came of it, also including footage shot over the past year in Benguet, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Kalinga.

The first two episodes of our PHOTOGRAPHERS EXPLORE series documents our unforgettable journey in search of those shots.

In part 1, we explore along the Halsema Highway, following it across Benguet and into Mountain Province, fall in love with Mt. Mogao in Tadian, and eventually stumble upon the most spectacular, unforgettable sunset.

In part 2, we move on from Tadian into the lesser-known Central Cordillera of Ilocos Sur, starting with the town of Cervantes. From there, we head up and explore up and down the dramatic, steeply-rising Tagudin-Cervantes-Sabangan Road, with its majestic views of the valley in Cervantes and the mountains of Mountain Province. We visit Bessang Pass and search for viewpoints while dealing with erratic weather, and finally drive all the way down west to the coast, seeing some of the most beautiful little-known mountain roads of the Cordillera along the way.

CREDITS

Produced by Angelo Mendoza & Aaron Palabyab

Shot and edited by Aaron Palabyab

Still Photography by Angelo Mendoza

Aerial and time-lapse photography by Aaron Palabyab

Additional videography and time-lapse by Angelo Mendoza

Additional Still Photography by Aaron Palabyab

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FIND YOURSELF through VISUAL STORYTELLING - Workshop Series in LA UNION

My weekend at MOUNTING STORIES, a 2-day visual storytelling workshop in San Juan, La Union organized by Open House. Participants were guided on a journey of self-rediscovery through Photography, Videography, Writing, and Illustration.

SUBTITLES AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH - turn on CC in toolbar to access them.

Workshops included: The Story and The Telling by Camille Pilar

IG: https://instagram.com/camillepilar

Doodling For Self-Discovery by Guada Tagalog

IG: https://instagram.com/guadatagalog

Photography as a Means of Exploration by me

Visual Storytelling: Videography by Chino Nero

IG: https://instagram.com/lachinoheat and https://instagram.com/kurrent.ink

Special thanks to Mara Andres and Open House for the invitation to participate and facilitate! Visit https://www.openhouseph.com/ for information on current and future events.

Gear used:

  • Sony A6300

  • Sony 16-50mm kit lens

  • Sony A7RII

  • Sony 24-240mm

  • Rode Videomic v2

  • DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

  • Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

Edited in FCP X

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INSTANTLY IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY By Fixing These 10 BEGINNER MISTAKES

Back with another in-depth tutorial this week for beginners! Here's my take on the 10 Beginner Mistakes video, with instant fixes and concepts that will help you get from total newbie to pretty decent.

Feel free to share any additional tips or ask more questions in the comments!

Gear used for tutorial:

  • Sony A7RII

  • Sony Zeiss FE 55 f/1.8

  • Sony A6300

  • Benro Aero 2 Travel Angel tripod

  • Saramonic UwMic9

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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How to SHOOT THE MILKY WAY - COMPLETE BEGINNER'S GUIDE

Get your first good shot of the Milky Way! This week’s video is a complete beginner's guide on how to shoot the Milky Way, covering gear, planning, shooting, and editing in Adobe Lightroom.

CONTENTS:

  • 0:22 GEAR

  • 3:09 PLANNING

  • 7:36 SHOOTING

  • 13:51 POST-PROCESSING

Shooting the Milky Way with a mobile phone: https://youtu.be/wToXZHpUwUc

LINKS TO GEAR AND APPS (Lazada links for PH viewers are affiliate links, the rest are normal links)

LENSES (2019)

CAMERA (2019, selection only)

TRIPODS

APPS AND WEBSITES

Gear used for tutorial:

  • Sony A6300

  • Sony Zeiss FE 55 f/1.8

  • MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod

  • Saramonic UwMic9

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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ABOVE - Zambales Time-lapse Film

Watching the sun, sky, and stars move over the Earth, shot over three trips to Zambales while exploring with photographer Angelo Mendoza.

Watch the behind-the-scenes vlogs here:

Part 1 - https://youtu.be/_dEmEhCb05s

Part 2 - https://youtu.be/XVz5ax20iRw

And follow Angelo to see his amazing shots from these trips: https://www.instagram.com/angelomendo

Shot and edited by Aaron Palabyab

GEAR

  • Sony A7RII

  • Sony 24-240 f/3.5-6.3

  • Samyang 24mm f/1.4 (EF mount)

  • Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8

  • Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini

  • MeFoto RoadTrip Tripod

  • Varavon A7 Battery Pack

EDITED IN

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

  • LRTimelapse 4

  • FCP X

MUSIC

“A Place of Refuge” by Dustin Lau

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Watch more of my time-lapse work: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAoL430ePuoOJsxbeUMBbAt6zQTQJdxgw

Beach Volleyball Republic Dumaguete Open 2019

Mini-movie featuring highlights from the 2019 BVR On Tour Dumaguete Open!

Watch the previous BVR On Tour highlights from Puerto Galera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fhXI...

Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) was founded in 2015 by volleyball players Bea Tan, Charo Soriano, Dzi Gervacio, Gretchen Ho, and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano. Their goal is to make the Philippines Asia's Hub for Beach Volleyball offering high-level competition and breathtaking beach destinations.

Follow them here:

Shot, edited, and narrated by Aaron Palabyab

Made possible by Beach Volleyball Republic with the LGU of Dumaguete Cit

Special thanks to Bea Tan, Alexa Arabejo, and CJ Salvador

Announcer: Alexine Sy

Photographer (thumbnail images): Kevin Prudon

Thanks to Sorrento Sunwear for my HD polarized Waves sunnies https://sorrentosunwear.com/

MUSIC

“Rachel” by Particle House

“Priddy” by Fashion “Wait Till the Summer” by Origo

Licensed via Epidemic Sound

“Oh My My” by Summer Kennedy

“Real Good Feeling” by Oh The Larceny

100% Clearance through Musicbed

Thumbnail photo by Cherry Yao https://www.instagram.com/cherisseyao/

GEAR

  • Sony A7RII

  • Sony A6300

  • Sony 24-240 f/3.5-6.3

  • Sony 16-50 f/3.5-5.6

  • Sony 18-105 f/4

  • Zhiyun Crane V2

  • Boya BY-MM1 Mini Shotgun Mic

  • RODE VideoMic

  • Feelworld F6 Field Monitor

  • MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod

  • iPhone X

Edited in FCP X

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Eco-friendly Hotels For Weekend Getaways from Manila!

Checking out Villas by Eco Hotel, Cabins by Eco Hotel, and Containers by Eco Hotel! These properties are each just a few hours drive from Manila and are interesting options for weekend getaways from the Metro.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & BOOKINGS: https://ecohotels.com.ph/ (not affiliated)

Jump ahead:

0:05 Villas by Eco Hotel, Batangas

2:03 Cabins by Eco Hotel, Tagaytay

3:09 Containers by Eco Hotel, Tagaytay

4:17 Roofdeck Camping and Grilling at Containers by Eco Hotel

I was invited by Eco Hotel Philippines for their Bloggers Day event where they took a group of us around their Batangas and Tagaytay properties. They run a chain of "green service hotels" that apply "green principles to its structure and practices in order to minimize its impact on the environment." Their websites states that "As one of the top eco-friendly hotels in the Philippines, we set a benchmark for our establishments through a series of concrete environmental initiatives. Our practices go beyond ensuring the lights are off when not in use. We apply waste reduction practices wherever and whenever possible. We also have a recycling program integrated throughout the hotels. We reduce carbon emissions and energy use with low-energy generators and highly efficient cooling systems."

With sustainable practices a critical shortcoming in most of the local tourism industry in the Philippines, I decided it would be good to see if and how they lived up to their word while also delivering a compelling experience for guests.

Eco Hotel Philippines May 2019 Bloggers Day Event. Photo: Eco Hotel Philippines

#iAManEcoWarrior | #EcoFriendly | #WeLoveNature | #TravelResponsibly | #ILoveEcoHotels

Gear:

  • Sony A6300

  • Sony 18-105 f/4 G

  • DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

  • Rode Videomic

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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Trying out My Dream Travel Cameras! At the #VlogWithSony PH Launch

Checking out my dream travel cameras at the #VlogWithSony event and the official Philippine launch of the Sony RX 0 II! And even got to see the #1 lightweight lens on my wishlist!

Ever since Sony announced the RX 0 II, it's been constantly at the top of my wishlist. At time of posting (mid-2019), there's nothing on the market that matches its unprecedented combination of a larger 1" sensor, flip out screen, action-camera like 4-way "proofing" (waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and crushproof), internal 4K, mic input jack, and advanced features like a built-in intervalometer, all in an extremely small and light body that's truly pocketable. I need to really get hands-on with it to give a balanced, detailed review, and to see if the reportedly short battery life (just over 30mins) is really a problem.

Aside from that, I was also able to check out another camera high on my wishlist, the Sony A6400. Its headline features are its flip out screen and advanced Real-Time Tracking autofocus, which are geared squarely towards vloggers, but it also has improved overheating performance and eliminates the 30min recording limit that previous iterations had.

Finally, I was also very happy to have finally gotten my hands on the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM, which is at the very top of my lens wishlist. This shockingly small and light lens (compared to other 24mm f/1.4s on the market) may be the best wide (not ultrawide) astro landscape lens currently available--at a price to match.

All in all, it was very interesting to see how Sony's new push into the the vlogging and content creator market, with lightweight cameras that offer features and accessories (like the Sony grip that offers electronic zoom and shutter control) specifically thought out to aid selfie-style shooting. As a filmmaker who's recently gotten into vlogging, I think the combination of their heritage of advanced pro and prosumer camera features along with features designed to appeal to vloggers is nearly perfect for me, at the very least, as an owner of two Sony Alpha cameras already.

Gear used:

  • Sony A7RII (crop mode)

  • Sony 18-105 f4

  • Rode Videomic

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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₱2,300 ($44) Canvas Camera Bag from Lazada! Is it a good buy?

A vintage-style canvas camera shoulder bag for only ₱2,300 ($44)?! Is it any good?

Giving my impressions on the "Canvas Cow Leather DSLR Vintage Camera Shoulder Messenger Bag with Waterproof Shockproof Insert" from Lazada!

Lazada link [affiliate]: https://c.lazada.com.ph/t/c.bZKM

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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Discovering Amazing Puerto Galera with Beach Volleyball Republic!

Discover the sights and enjoy the highlights of Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour in Puerto Galera!

In a previous vlog, I happened to meet Bea Tan, one of the co-founders of BVR, current Perlas Spiker, and former Ateneo Lady Eagle from the 2014 UAAP champion team. Four days later, I was along for the ride for the Dreamwave Open in Puerto Galera for an amazing weekend of sports and tourism!

Founded in 2015 by volleyball players Bea Tan, Charo Soriano, Dzi Gervacio, Gretchen Ho, and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, BVR’s goal is to make the Philippines Asia's Hub for Beach Volleyball offering high-level competition and breathtaking beach destinations.

Follow them here:

Shot, edited, and narrated by Aaron Palabyab

Special thanks to Bea Tan, CJ Salvador, and Alexa Arabejo

Underwater footage by Bea Tan, CJ Salvador, and Alexine Sy

Made possible by Beach Volleyball Republic and the LGU of Puerto Galera

Thanks to Sorrento Sunwear for my HD polarized Waves sunnies https://sorrentosunwear.com/

MUSIC

  • “Fresh” by Cass XQ

  • “Future Hit” by Louis II

  • “Wild Calling” by Virgil Arles

  • “I Got Moves” by Monako Davis

  • “Think Fast” by SharkPuppy

  • “Super Bloom” by Airplanes

  • 100% Clearance through Musicbed

  • Licensed via Epidemic Sound:

  • “Inspirited” by Clarence Reed

  • “Roads of Italy” by Trabant 33

  • “Into the Silence” by In Dawn

Thumbnail photo by Cherry Yao https://www.instagram.com/cherisseyao/

GEAR

  • Sony A7RII

  • Sony A6300

  • Sony 24-240 f/3.5-6.3

  • Sony 16-50 f/3.5-5.6

  • Sony 18-105 f/4

  • Zhiyun Crane V2

  • Boya BY-MM1 Mini Shotgun Mic

  • RODE VideoMic

  • Feelworld F6 Field Monitor

  • MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod

  • iPhone X

  • Yi 1080p Action Camera

Edited in FCP X

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