Mike Alegado

Making the world more magical
Posted on 11, September 2014 September 11 2014 2014年9月11日 by mikealegado

Taal Volcano photo trip!

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So I have decided to Hijack turn my Tumblr into a blog, in which I would post about adventures and random stuff instead of making another account in Wordpress because there’s a limit to the social media I can handle all at once.

A few weeks ago, a group of photographers and I went to Tagaytay to shoot at a few locations we had planned. I was so excited that I’d be shooting with other photographers since it’s rare that I get to be with other people that share the same passion that I have. I’ve been looking forward to the trip and have thought of a few shots that I can do since I have already been to the locations before. We all met up and and on the ride to the location everybody got acquainted with each other. Our first location was a waterfall that I had gone to before, But when we arrived there the place was closed off to the public already and is now a private property and probably setting up a resort over it. The waterfall isn’t that great but the river upstream is a nice place so we headed there. 

I had brought almost all of my props to share with everybody(try to imagine me walking around with a big hiking bag full of props). I led them to the spot I knew where the scenery was better but the way there had been severely overgrown by plants so the path s barely seen. We had to cross some broken bamboo logs like some kind of obstacle course while dodging really sharp thorns from the plants. I even stepped in a thorn that was 2 inches long! I felt under my feet but it didn’t cut me though so that was a relief. When we got there I immediately looked for spots to do my concept and also told them that they are free to borrow the props I had for whatever concept they come up with. A few jokes here and there everyone was quite comfortable already thanks to the 1 and half hour drive to the location.

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This is Nicey one of the photographers with us, taking photos of the surroundings!

The day before I prepared the props I was going to use for the concept I had in mind. Those were the paper flowers, I had to prepare them just before the shoot because transporting them fully bloomed would be quite hard.

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This is Payton Our model for the day and this is my setup.

When I got the shot that I wanted I put the big flowers on the water and see how it would look. I was a bit careless and slipped on the mud on the rock and fell in the water. Only my feet got wet though so it was fine I just removed my shoes, socks and pants and went to the flowers to move them around on the water, but slipped again on the mud and fell on my butt. I got mud on me but what the heck right!?

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This is me all muddy and wet!

Finished photo:

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We had other places to go to so we decided to go on ahead and continue on but before going to the next location we stopped to eat lunch at Tagaytay. We had more time to talk about each other but time was running out so we set out to get a boat going to Taal Volcano. It took around 1 hour to go to the port then another 45 mins. for the boat ride.

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This is Priscilla, She bought some coffee in starbucks and the person spelled her name “Fri” instead of “Pri” which was already easier than Priscilla.

While hiking up the mountain, there were tourists that were going up and down the path to the top. Most were riding horses that looked really weak and wont even support me so we chose to hike up to the top. It’s not even that hard to go up the top and it only takes 45 minutes! 

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This cool guy is Nicholai, he organized the whole thing. I did help of course, maybe a little. LOL

I wanted to do a self portrait at this location because of the amazing framing it would do for a subject. But then I didn’t have a concept for the location so I though of a good one for 5 minutes and looked around my bag of props if there was anything I could use. I saw the feathers that I had and came up with a concept. I laid out the feathers on the floor and did a few preparations. I let the others go on ahead because I didn’t want to hold anyone back because I was shooting a self-portrait.

Another thing that I realized was my camera bag was with Pri and my remote inside! So I was in a tight situation, I couldn’t go after them now since it’s already been awhile. So I just decided to do a 10 sec timer and make a run for the pose. The most horrible thing was that the path was literally made out of horseshit and dust. Running on barefoot on probably super fertilized dusty soil isn’t the most pleasant but it surely felt soft on the toes! But that didn’t stop me from getting my shot!

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There were a lot of people passing by so it took awhile to get a proper shot. I had to wait for them to pass by before I can get a shot. I would get the weirdest looks from people and I didn’t even care. Some even wondered why there were feathers on the ground lol!

Finished photo:

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After I finished taking photos and was satisfied with what I got, I immediately pack all my stuff and hurriedly caught up with the others. Time was against me since it was already in the afternoon and the sun is quickly going down. I found them just below the highest point and  rejoined them going to the top. 

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When we arrived we took a breather then everybody took their photos of the lake. It was certainly a breath-taking view. This was my second time coming here and just like the last time it’s magnificent and much more since we were there during sunset! The colors on the sky and surrounding were much more colorful and beautiful!

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This is Christian sitting in this wooden platform while taking photos.

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We went to a spot at the top which they called the red rock because as the name states it’s a big red rock at the top that you can see the lake from and enjoy the view.

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This is Chis, short for Christian. It’s a long story, so don’t bother asking. lol

We stayed there for awhile to take a few shots and then I thought that the skirt that I made from black tulle that I had with me would look nice here so I asked the the model with us to wear it and pose for me. This is the result of that.

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There is smoke coming out from the rock!! But I couldn’t get it in the photo easily.

Finished photo:

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