Photo Diaries

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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Shooting the Supermoon! (with no moon)

No super blood wolf moon in the Philippines, but a supermoon is always worth shooting for! Today Angelo and I rendezvous in Quezon City and try to figure out if we can find a good spot to catch what could be an epic full moonrise despite the very cloudy conditions.

Our previous all-night astrophotography adventure in Zambales: https://youtu.be/XVz5ax20iRw

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Gear used:

Sony A7RII

Sony FE 24-240 f/3.5-6.3

MeFoto Roadtrip Aluminum Tripod

Vlog shot on iPhone X

Edited on FCP X

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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All Night Astrophotography Adventure in Zambales!

An all-night astrophotography adventure in search of great night skies in Zambales to practice shooting with my new star tracker, the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini. Photographer Angelo Mendoza and I explore more areas of San Felipe and Botolan for landscape photography, starry landscapes, and time-lapse.

Mobile astrophotography stacking tutorial

Our previous photography road trip to Zambales

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Gear used:

Vlog shot on iPhone X

Edited on FCP X

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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A Time-lapse and Landscape Photography Trip to Zambales!

Behind-the-scenes vlog of a landscape photography and time-lapse road trip with photographer Angelo Mendoza in Zambales, Philippines, in search of spots for sunset, astro landscapes, and sunrise. We explore the area and I share some insights and shooting tips along the way!

Find Angelo's amazing work at http://instagram.com/angelomendo

Special thanks to Sorrento Sunwear for sponsoring my sunnies. I'm impressed with their high quality but affordable HD polarized sunglasses that I've traveled with a lot over the past few months. In this video I'm wearing their Jetsetters. Find them here:

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My gear in this video:

  • Sony A7RII

  • Sony 24-240 f/3.5-6.3

  • Samyang 24mm f/1.4

  • Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8

  • MePhoto RoadTrip tripod

  • Formatt Hitech Firecrest 10-stop ND Filter

  • Rode Videomic (2nd gen)

  • iPhone X

  • Boya BY-MM1 mini shotgun mic

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72 Hours in Armenia

72 Hours in Armenia

Prior to doing the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, we went on a whirlwind three-day tour of Armenia. Like most people from this part of the world, I had very little, if any, preconceptions about Armenia, and what I found is a country with a deep, ancient history, fierce pride, and beautiful people. I hope to have captured some of that experience in the video above.

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