June 1, 2013

behind the scenes, travel

A Glimpse of Palawan

Now I know what paradise looks like.

And I also like to share it with you and see it through my lens.


We have spent almost a week traveling to Puerto Princesa and El Nido (we’ll be back for Coron next time) and I had minimal video equipment with me — a very good challenge!

Dax Victorino filming Palawan video using a merlin steadicam

Dax Victorino Filming Locals in Palawan

Among my limited arsenal for the trip, I have used the Merlin Steadicam (seen above) with my Canon T2i (or the 550D) to get a more stabilized video footage.

For my lenses, I used the Tokina 11-16 mm and the Canon 24-70L for my close ups and wide shots.

For the timelapse, I had Magic Lantern software installed on my camera and that took care of the intervalometer setup.

When we got to our beachfront hotel, I left my T2i with my wide lens on a tripod overnight by the balcony and I have it to take pictures every minute until sunrise. The pictures turned out to be pretty good and I was really happy about it!



We went to at least 8 islands (if I can remember correctly) and the one that I remember the most was Snake Island.  You can see the waves meet in the middle of that sand bar — it’s such a sight to see personally!

Should you visit El Nido, I highly recommend doing a combination of any of their island boat tours. There are 5 packages available and we chose Packages A and B which covers the best islands and lagoons that they have in Palawan. This is the best choice because not only you can get to see more islands in one day but also you can get a cheaper price if you go with the combined island tour package!

Here are some of the photos from our stay:

Shawn filming the fish

Taken using Shawn's iPhone 5

Taken using iPhone 5

View from the top of a hill

View from our beach front hotel

View from our hotel room’s balcony where I shot some of the time lapses

Sand bar of Snake Island, my wife's favorite island

Sand bar of Snake Island

Entrance to the Small Lagoon

Entrance to the Small Lagoon

Majestic beauty of Palawan

Words are definitely not enough to describe how magnificent Palawan is so I hope that you guys will never miss a chance to visit it when you’re in the Philippines!

I would definitely go back and stay for MORE than a week! Next time I will take my time to explore more of the place and get some more amazing footage to share with you. But until then, I hope you enjoy the video!

Salamat/Thank You/Mabuhay everyone!!

A big shout out to my friend Shawn Schallman for taking those iPhone 5 underwater footage! The video quality of that phone is AMAZING!

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