Light Stalking at Camotes Island with Zenfone Zoom

Luck Favors The Prepared. This is what the great French microbiologist Louis Pasteur said.

Sunrise and sunset photography is a bit tricky. There is a thin margin between luck and success of getting that soft, warm, magical and diffused golden light during the golden hour. Golden hour is the first hour of breathtaking light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset.

The Philippines, being near to the equator has a shorter golden hour. If you plan to go on light stalking, either sunrise or sunset, it is very important to consider the following:

LOCATION is crucial because not everywhere is a good spot to capture that golden light. You should be able to know the place so you wont find hard time with your compositions. Also, don’t literally chase lights, be at your desired location an hour ahead or so.

If you have found the right location, the next thing to consider is your COMPOSITION. There so much you can do during golden hour. It is very important that keep yourself calm and don’t get overwhelmed. Here are a couple of ways of making most of the magical light during golden hour.

  • Back Lighting
  • Front Lighting
  • Haze
  • Bokeh
  • Rim Light
  • Sun Flare
  • Silhouette

Additional Tip
Pay attention to the light throughout the day and watch out for clouds. Although clouds adds impact to your photographs it can also shortens the length of the golden hour.

The island of Camotes is not new to me since I have visited it for a couple of times already and I must say I managed to capture a couple of decent sunset photos. A week ago, me and my family spent a weekend holiday at the Santiago Bay Garden & Resort. As most of us know, the resort is located on a spot where you can get a glimpse of both sunrise and sunset. As much as I am excited to take a dip at the crystal-clear waters of Santiago Bay, I am very thrilled to do some light-stalking.

The weather was just fine and the sea was a bit rough on our way to the island, the sun never failed me as it sets in the horizon in all glory. The breathtaking sunset welcomed us  and I must say it was truly a day of pure satisfaction. 

Light Stalking Camotes Island

Light Stalking Camotes Island

Light Stalking Camotes Island

This was the first time I traveled without my good old Canon DSLR since I decide to go mobile. I guess luck was indeed on my side and the stars have aligned because my dearest #ZenfoneZoom has again, delivered justice to the jaw-dropping sunrise that warmth our early morning stroll. 

The succeeding sunset and sunrise was not good because the weather gone bad but all in all, it was still a fun-filled weekend and really a time well spent with the family. 

Do you like taking photos during golden hour with your smartphone? Do you have any tips to share to those who are into mobile photography? Share below!

This post is part of Drift Stories’ #GoingMobile project.
All photos are captured with an Asus Zenfone Zoom.

Herbert Kikoy
I am a hobbyist photographer who's making a big shift to mobile photography, a frustrated cook and a wanderlust who don't have the luxury of time.