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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All About Metal Prints! What, Why, and How to Prepare Your Images

Metal prints are one of my favorite ways to display my photos! While traditional paper prints will always be my go-to for maximum consistency and archival quality, metal prints provide me with a modern and striking way to display my work at large sizes. My best and largest metal prints are currently on exhibit at WeCube Inc. and I invite everyone to come check them out, and attend my artist night on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

In this video tutorial, I explain:

  • What metal prints are and how they are made
  • Reasons to consider printing on metal versus doing traditional framed paper prints
  • and how I prepare my images to get the best results for my metal prints.

My two newest 20x30 inch metal prints

For those who want to try metal prints but may be scared of the relatively higher cost, great news:  Photobook Worldwide has given me a discount code for 60% off on metal prints valid until March 31, 2017! Just create your metal prints at, find your local website (I use and input AARONPALABYAB under voucher code.

And don't forget to share your metal prints with me via e-mail or one of my social media channels!

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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La Ruta de la Costa: Road Tripping Across the Entire North-Northwest Coast of Spain

La Ruta de la Costa: Road Tripping Across the Entire North-Northwest Coast of Spain

2600 kilometers. 9 days. 2 random people. 1 little car.

I'm excited to finally be able to share this adventure with you guys: an unforgettable road trip across nearly the entire north-northwestern coast of Spain. This video, "La Ruta de La Costa" ("The Route of the Coast") contains the highlights of a trip full of breathtaking sights and spontaneous detours.

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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!

Gear Post: Carrier Pro ZIG Bag x Organizer for GoPro Cameras

Simple "unboxing" video I made to show everyone my first look at the Carrier Pro ZIG, a unique and well-designed bag/organizer for your GoPros and all their accessories. I really appreciate all the thought that went into the design of this product because traveling with cameras and all their accessories, even one as small as a GoPro, can be a pain and small stuff gets misplaced easily.

Created by Gian Rosales, it is a proudly Philippine-made, crowdfunded product. I'm only too happy to support a world-class product from a homegrown entrepreneur.

Order your own Zig here!

Why We Travel

Why We Travel

Well, for those wondering about what the heck I did during my "mini-retirement," here it is: My heartfelt ode to travel and my fellow travelers. Two months of travel, four countries in Latin America, and a lifetime's worth of unforgettable moments, in four minutes. Dedicated to all travelers, especially the crazy ones who travel solo. 

I hope it's able to remind you of the magic of your own journeys, or inspires you to make your own.

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