The Light in the North - 4K Northwest Iceland Time-lapse Film + Behind-the-scenes Vlog

It's finally here! Exploring a place of ever-changing sunsets and strange, beautiful light, THE LIGHT IN THE NORTH is a time-lapse film shot over two months in the transition from autumn to winter in a single remote town between a mountain and the sea in northwest Iceland. Produced during the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

Watch the behind-the-scenes here:


Gear used:

Sony A7RII
Sony 24-240 f/3.5-6.3
Samyang 24mm f/1.4
Samyang 14mm f/2.8
Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8
Sony RX100IV
Edelkrone SliderPlus XL with Action Module
MeFoto RoadTrip Tripod
Varavon Battery Pack for A7 series

Edited using LRTimelapse, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, and FCP X

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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Hyperlapsing around Manila

Here's "Manilapse," my first piece for 2017! Teaching myself to hyperlapse on a day around Manila last year. Turns out it's hard work to shoot and even harder to edit cleanly. Practice, practice!


0:00-0:12 Rizal Park

0:15-0:25 Quiapo

0:26-End Around Manila Bay

All shot on a Sony A7RII with a Canon EF 24-105 L IS on a Metabones adapter and a Sony FE 24-240 f3.5-6.3.

Video Review: 4K Video and Time-lapse on the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

Quickly put this post together before leaving for San Diego for Adobe Max! In this video I share unedited sample 4K video and time-lapse footage from the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe, which I had the chance to try in Batanes last week courtesy of Asus Philippines. I also share my general thoughts and impressions on the quality of the footage and overall usability of the camera on the phone.

For more on the Zenfone 3's camera, check out my post on shooting the Milky Way with the Zenfone 3 Deluxe!

TIME ON EARTH: A Time-Lapse Film

TIME ON EARTH:  A Time-Lapse Film

So excited to finally be able to share this with you all: "Time on Earth" is my first time-lapse film in five years. But more than that, it's a personal meditation on --- and a highlight reel of --- thirty years spent on planet Earth, with footage shot over seven years in ten countries.

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Culture, Cuisine & Kawaii: "Japan Time" Video + Plushie Giveaway

Put together this new video of a short trip last year covering Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, and Tokyo, inspired by JetStar Japan's recent announcement of up to 18 new flights between Manila and Japan.

Some of the sights featured in the video include: Tokyo Skytree, Osaka Aquarium, Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto,  Shin-Kobe Ropeway, Umeda Sky Building and Shinsaibashi Shopping Street in Osaka, Nara Park (where you can feed the deer), and Tsukiji Fish Market and Ginza in Tokyo.

JetStar Japan is going to operate up to seven direct flights a week from Manila to Narita Airport in Tokyo and Chubu Airport in Nagoya starting March 15 and April 1, respectively. Four flights a week between Osaka and Manila start on April 7, to go alongside Jetstar Asia’s existing flights between the two cities.

Two things worth noting for me: they have an extensive network of domestic flights in Japan, which should make transit easier, and they have a lowest fare guarantee: their website states that "if you find a published internet airfare from another airline that is lower than the lowest available comparable Jetstar fare on Jetstar.com, on the same route for a comparable time, we will beat that fare by 10%." Very cool.

Regular fares from Manila to Narita or Nagoya will start from P4,448, while flights to Osaka will start from P4,248. However, according to ads I'm seeing on Facebook lately, they'll be offering slightly lower fares of P4,048 and P3,848 for until the end of the month. Go over to their site and try booking if you like and let me know how it goes. :) As for me, I should be planning a major photo trip to Hokkaido soon!




I'm also giving away this plushie of JetStar's mascot Jetta to a lucky reader! Open to anyone residing in the Philippines. Simply:

1. Share this post on Facebook and tag my page so I can see it.

2. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook on Feb. 28, 2016.

That's it!

Sierra Madre Skies

My spontaneous trip to the Sierra Madre in Quezon last weekend in search of a good shot of the Milky Way shot with my friend, director/cinematographer Dustin Uy, was a success! I'll detail more about the trip and how we shot the images in a future post, but for now, I'd like to share this edit of footage I shot on the trip with everyone, featuring my first attempts at astro time-lapse photography.

Me as I line up another Milky Way shot. Photograph by Dustin Uy.

Seeing all the jaw-dropping imagery shared everyday on the Internet, it's become my ambition over the next few years to create an expansive film composed of stunning imagery from all over the Philippines, in places both known and unknown. The video above is sort of a teaser edit of what that film might look and feel like.

Best in full 2K with good headphones or speakers! Thanks for watching!