It is a common thought that once you get the chance to visit the province of Aurora, you should at least get to the surfing capital of the Pacific north—Baler!
Popularly known as the surfers’ playground, Baler also boasts a long coastline of fine black sand called Sabang Beach. With the strip of hotels, resorts, and restaurants that flank along the coast, vacations can be very convenient.
Needless to say, big waves enthusiasts take a long trip to Baler for its strong cool winds coming from the Pacific. Aside from surfers and water sports enthusiasts, content creators also find Sabang Beach in Baler a common place of interest for a different kind of adventure—photo ops.
Photo Ops for Content Creators
Because of its strategic location facing the east, photography is splendid during the sunrise before vacationists and tourists flock to the area. Right then, you could witness the magical transformation of the Pacific lights come in contact with the Philippine coast lines. You could barely see people in the area and all you can enjoy is the view of the morning haze that covers the Pacific lines.
The color is magical when light strikes the mountains from the east. You can make use of the few surfers who start battling the waves early in the morning as sprightly subjects to show contrast and depth if you are taking a snap of the ocean during sunrise.
Time-lapse can be very excellent focusing on half of the mountains and the sea where the clouds’ transition is very visible plus the sun rays bringing dramatic change in hue and colors.
Actions come alive before high noon when waves are perfect for surfers and the color of the skies far in the Pacific is clear, or cloudy depending on the weather, but the lighting is perfect for a good footage with action cams. Action time-lapse at the beach is best before high noon where you could take shots of people from all ages enjoying different activities at the beach with clarity and full color.
Some great parts for photo ops are at the far ends of Sabang Beach. The north part is a where you could see Ampere Beach in Dipaculao, Aurora, a more serene and secluded place. The pinkish-white sand beach and the scenic view of the ocean brings a perfect tropical capture in the area.
The southern part has rock formations called Aniao Islets which is a haven for photographers for slow shutter speed photography during the night when skies are clear and stars are fairly bright and visible. Post production is a little necessary to enhance lighting especially when the night is dark because the area has little or no structures that bring artificial light.
Small waves are perfect for slow shutter speed shots creating a smooth texture on the image. Big waves slamming the rocks are great for fast shutter speed photography. Some photographers use a human subject to show contrast and depth of the picture and setting.
There have been a number of photographers who chill at the lifeguard’s post and nipa huts for tropical vibes production. You can create a more artistic sense of travel memories by parking your car or van near the beach which can be a good backdrop for taking portraits.
If you’re a more adventurous type of traveler, you can hike on top of a hill or mountain to take a panorama or a selfie with the beach. There’s not a good number of drone photos around the area so making your way up on the hills and the mountains might be a surprise for a better bird’s eye view shot.