Nature and its wonders really leave us in awe with its beauty and rare phenomena that don’t really happen every day. When occurrences like these arise, admit it – documenting is the first idea that comes to your head! That’s exactly what Raymund Sarmiento did when he wanted to capture the sunset from Quezon City, with the foreground of Bataan Cross on top of Mount Samat.
He also indicates in his post that an individual only has “two chances per year to achieve such shot when shooting from a fixed location” because of the “earth’s orbit around the sun”.
“I was pretty much thrilled because I’ve been trying it for a long time and finally nakakakuha ako ng opportunity. At dahil nag cooperate yung weather,” Sarmiento tells WHEN IN MANILA. “The color of the sun is somewhat pinkish red because of the pollution and the smog on the horizon.”
He shares with us the equipment he used: a Canon 7DMKII with a Canon 400mm prime focus lens.
“The shot was done with a 400mm telephoto lens from a building in Timog, Quezon City. I’ve been trying to capture such shot for the last ten years, and twice lang ako naging successful.”
Sarmiento does photography as a hobby. He is also interested in astronomy. As a member of the Astronomical League of the Philippines, he gets the opportunity “to shoot photos of the night sky using a tracking telescope”.
“My first attempt was last March 13, 2013. The second was exactly five years later, March 13, 2018. Take note, both are March 13’s. Which means, consistent March 13’s yung Cross plus the sunset from my location. It would be a different date if captured from a different location,” he shares. “Somehow, I am actually prepared to take the shot. It actually also depended with the weather conditions on that day.”
“The phenomenon analemma is where the sunset location in the horizon changes every day. It is also the reason why is it moving or shifting every day,” he clarifies. “Astrophotography is what I did, which is basically long exposure shots of the night sky with a tracking telescope.
Sarmiento tells WHEN IN MANILA that this is the reason why his camera and lens is always ready to capture astronomical phenomena. He also said that the same equipment he used to capture the Bataan cross sunset are the exact same ones he used when he documented the recent lunar eclipse last January 31, 2018.
He gives advice for those who are also interested in documenting astronomical events, even those who are interested in just astronomy or photography.
“Astronomy or photography as hobbies may be a little expensive because of the equipment required, that’s why there’s a club. For example, they offer free public viewing of the moon/sun and other deep sky objects using the telescopes of the members just to boost the public’s interest with astronomy,” he shares.
“Also, expensive DSLR cameras at some point may not be needed in the near future if you want to take scenic shots because installed cameras in mobile phones are evolving as well. I use a phone that has a Leica style lense where you can sometimes get a widefield scenic shot that could also be compared to those taken with a DLSR.”
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