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September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage, Mt. Samat Cross in Bataan As Seen From Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay
My one week pilgrimage to Manila Bay during the rainy season. This is my favorite photo yet. I even made it as cover photo for my blog and FB pages, and the longstanding intro to my videos.

25 November 2016: Date Published
12 March 2016: Deleted most of the photos, abridged the post


From September 9 to 16, 2016 -- I have embarked on a week of pilgrimage to our beloved Manila Bay. It was mostly rainy and without sunset throughout my pilgrimage. I was fortunate there were 2 days of clear skies for the sunset. Something unexpected and awesome unraveled itself to me -- one could see a silhouette of the gigantic Mt. Samat Cross from Bataan as the sun sinks behind the mountains.

There were days when I went there with only my Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm f/8. For wide angle shots, there's why not use my Lenovo A7000+. There's only 1 digital SLR around, so I can't video and photograph at the same time, right?

I have decided to revise this post and remove half of the photos to keep it short. You can still find my other shots in this link: https://flic.kr/s/aHskFnrMXY









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September 9

Today is DAY 1 in my search for the perfect sunset. It turned out to be a rainy day. From our neighborhood, up to Sta. Cruz, then to Manila Bay... I was fortunate enough to arrive when the weather has cleared. The sun looks beautifully weird, hiding behind a veil of mist and haze, but then there was no sunset at 6 PM.


Tefnon 75-300mm f/5.6 Macro
Around the neighborhood, looking for 'textures'.
https://flic.kr/s/aHskH8D89p


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Tamron Adaptall SP 60-300mm f/3.8-5.4 Macro (23A)
Still around the neighborhood, looking to test the macro.
https://flic.kr/s/aHskH8N8tK


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Later at Lawton, near Manila Post Office. Now it's raining!
Tamron 60-300mm

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Crossing the footbridge on my way to the shore.
Tamron 60-300mm

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Makinon 28mm f/2.8 in Contax/Yashica Mount
https://flic.kr/s/aHskymBMJN


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Tefnon 75-300mm f/5.6 Macro

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)
60mm


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)
300mm

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September 10

Day 2 of my quest for the perfect sunset... suddenly, something revealed itself to me. Using my 500mm lens revealed a cross sitting on the top of the mountain. When I got home, I researched until landing on some information about the Mt. Samat Cross from Bataan. This is probably the best sunset I've ever filmed, and I don't think I can ever repeat that again. Even if I wanted to squeeze out about 10 more minutes from the scene, I'm already very grateful for the few minutes of footage that I have.


Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm f/8
My best sunset yet is coming out in a few minutes...

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)
Oh, that's the Mt. Samat Cross in Bataan. In a few minutes, the sun will sink behind it.

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)
It's coming out!

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)
But I was from the wrong standpoint... the Mt. Samat Cross is off-axis, it's somewhat left of the sun, instead of in front of the sun.

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Tamron 60-300mm
This is no low light lens, but nothing is
too dark if you get the settings right.

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

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September 11

As a child, my parents would often bring me to Rizal Park and Manila Bay. (Which is why I still love to visit these places after 30 years.) At the end of the trip, we would often pass along Taft Avenue, seeing the iconic Clock Tower on our way home.

While trying to get a fantasy landscape shot of the clock tower, I came across a group of loyal supporters celebrating the day of Mr. Ferdinand Marcos.


Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D Macro (1996)
https://flic.kr/s/aHskHCmA4M

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Lenovo A7000+

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm f/8

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Sigma 28-80mm
At the end of the day, when darkness falls.

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

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September 12-14

Thinking to myself: "What else to do?" So maybe I could think of a challenge and brought only one lens for the next 3 days... the Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm f/8. A 500mm for street photography? Why not! Let's see what we got... #Experiment


September 13

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)
That bitch ran after me!!


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



September 14

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



September 15

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)
Lost in contemplation along the shore.

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

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September 15.

The weather is much better today and the sky is clear compared to other days. Finally, another sunset! It wasn't as good as the one I filmed on the 10th, but I was able to film the sun sinking behind the mountain AND behind the Mt. Samat Cross in Bataan. I will use this footage as the intro to all my videos from now on.


Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm f/8

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

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September 16, Friday.

Today is the last day that I'm using words. They've gone out, lost their meaning...

Still hopeful that something nice would come up before I close the project. It's been mostly rainy or drizzling throughout the whole pilgrimage. There's no sunset yet again, but at least, there was a full moon at the end of the day. A fitting end to the story, right? Let's call it a day, folks.

The only lens I used throughout the day was a Tokina AT-X 28-135mm f/4-4.6 in Pentax K mount (freelensing), which was teemed with fungus and the aperture was permanently stuck at f/4.


September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)

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Nikon D5200 Settings

Exposure Mode - Manual
Size - 1080i 60fps
Photo Size - Basic/Small
White Balance - Preset
Picture Profile - SD (Standard), MC (Monochrome)
HDR/ADL/Flash/Noise Reduction - Off

All photos are unedited.

Most of the days in this pilgrimage were cloudy and overcast.

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Lenses Used

Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm f/8 

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Kenko MC7 2x Tele Plus
September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Tamron Adaptall SP 60-300mm f/3.8-5.4 Macro (23A)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Tefnon 75-300mm f/5.6 Macro

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D Macro (1996)

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)



Tokina AT-X 28-135mm f/4-4.6

September 9-16, 2016: Pilgrimage For The Perfect Sunset in Manila Bay (featuring Nikkor, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Tefnon, Kenko)


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LINKS

Greetings From Our Nigerian Friends (Manila Bay)

First (Botched) Attempt at Star Trail

World's Smallest Full Moon

Manila Bay Sunset - May 2016

Manila Bay Sunset - August 2016


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1 comments :

  1. Amazing. I truly adore and admire your patience, creativity and talent in photography and videography. This is so YOU- I am glad that you find happiness in simplest things- sunset, moon, the streets of manila, the rain and the poor kitten. You've got so go on and make your dreams come true through photography. BTW, the time lapse was awesome but I truly enjoyed the video stitching and how perfectly sync they were with your music. Hail to the queen!

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