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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mad Attempt at a Decent Underwater Photograph


An underwater camera is a 'must bring' in Coron because the sights below the water is as scenic as the ones above it. Divers spent most of the time below than above whenever they visit Coron. However, for us who have never experienced diving, we had to make do with trying to go as deep as we could just to get a decent and "post-able" photograph underwater, though it resulted into an endless array of hilarious images.

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In salt water, I found out that no matter how hard you try to go below the water it's hard to do so since the water will always push you back to the surface. Still - I never attempted much without my life vest since I'm not good with floating (even though one automatically floats at sea). Just like Jen in the next photo, she keeps on trying to go deep to no avail that Grace has to shove her down and as the camera caught it - it looks like Grace was on the process of drowning Jen with a few fishes lounging around as witnesses.

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The next photo shows me holding a part of the hull of a sunken Japanese gun boat located in a shallow part making it clearly visible even to the eyes of those snorkeling above it. The ship has tilted to its side making its one side clear and going to the other side you will see the other part which lies deeper into the darker spots of the sea. The skeletal remains of the gunboat has now become a giant coral residence of an abundance of fish species ranging from different colors and sizes.

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Our boatman's co-captain Fredo (not the brother of Michael Corleone) took this shot at Kayangan Lake by diving deep and then snapping a shot at us floating above. It was a fairly decent shot given the hard circumstances of focusing on a subject when you're underwater and without a breathing apparatus. It was indeed a 'Muro-ami'-esque effort from his part.

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This one was taken at Banana Island - located near Malcapuya Island and is surrounded by coral reefs making it an ideal snorkeling destination. This part is deep enough for humans not to step foot on the corals but by floating above it one can clearly see everything and it makes even better if you bring in some bread to attract the fishes to gather around you like rockers attending a music festival they'll form a crowded circle and swim over the other like bodies flying on a mosh pit - but this time they're just after the bread feeding frenzy.

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Of the five of us only Anne was able to swim further below the waters - she is an experienced swimmer and it was a joy to watch her flow swiftly underneath like a modern day Dyesebel and those long legs of hers kicking and arms flailing gracefully like an underwater version of Natalie Portman in the film Black Swan.

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Here are some of the hilarious photographs (there are more - but are deemed "un-postable" - they'd kill me if I post those).          
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So remember, when in Coron - be sure not only to check out what's above the water because underwater lies many hidden wonders as well.                                                                                                              

24 comments:

lakwatsera de primera said...

I have to agree with you dude, the wonders of Coron this time can all be found underwater ;)

Markyramone said...

Tama Claire, kaya gusto ko na try mg dive sa lalong madaling panahon. I'm saving up for it :)

Grace said...

I think I know why you brought the underwater camera. Bwahahahaha! Did you guys go to Barracuda Lake? It was so creepy when we were swimming around. We were the only ones there and it felt like there was an underwater monster lurking around!

Markyramone said...

@grace sirit? haha we skipped that lake, though it feels the same when you;re swimming at Kayangan lake was thinking if a Lochness monster will come out of the water.

JOBERT BALBASTRO said...

Heard of treasure stories when you were there in Coron? I heard some when I was there. From gold to platinum kept by a native. =)

sunworshipper said...

marky, i hate you for the last part!!! but those "un-postable"/indecent underwater pics makes this trip worth remembering... just keep those pics safe on you file hehe now i am more interested in underwater photography

journeyingjames said...

kulit ng kwento mo pre!

pandelicious said...

Hey where did you get your cam? I saw one at olympic village and i remember it was yellow and pink and had a funny way of saying "No focus" as a selling point it was around 700Pesos, I mean i can't really ziplock my camera and pray. But he shots are good and candid and it looks like fun! You make drowning and murder look like fun :D

tina said...

an sad nga ng walang underwater cam pg pumunta ng coron, so sa pgbalik ko, I will make sure me dala na ko :)

Markyramone said...

@Jobert - nakwento nga sa amin nung boatman na may nakakuha ng mga gold bars and antique jars/china wares sa ibang shipwrecks.

@Anna - haha I wont dare post Grace's "statue on an aquarium" photo baka patayin ako

@james - salamat James, ka-sense of humor talaga kita haha

@Lauren - Not my camera, it was my friend's camera - there's cheap point and shoot na underwater camera about 7k na.

Markyramone said...

@Tina - make it sure you bring an underwater camera, sabi nga ni Claire magaganda ren yung nasa ilalim ng tubig sa Coron :)

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

sobrang nakakarelate ako. hahaha! madalas lahat ng underwater shots ko, sa isangdaan nun, sampu lang ang matino. It's really difficult sa dagat kasi ang sakit sa mata. E chaka naman pag hindi ka ng tanggal ng goggles. Baka magduda pa makakita na ikaw nga yun. Nakakatawa tong post na to. inspiring. hahahaha! puro bloopers

Batang Lakwatsero said...

puro babae. haha

Cedric said...

Nice photos, especially the subjects. I haven't experienced this part of Coron, though. Besides, I'm a little scared of diving underwater even though I know how to swim. Hehe.

Markyramone said...

@Cedric- ako ren natakot dun sa may shipwreck kasi may part na biglang dilim. I can go scuba diving cguro pag maraming kasama haha.

lakwatsera de primera said...

With this post, I strongly agree with you on where to find the hidden wonders of Coron ;)

Markyramone said...

dive na tayo Claire :) tama gusto ko explore ung ibang shipwrecks pati...and the dive spots sa Coron

lifeisacelebration said...

Will just "dive" vicariously by reading ur well-written, well-photographed, sometimes funny blogs :)) Takot din ako. Maski snorkeling, I can't seem to do it properly. I'm hopeless.

Markyramone said...

Thanks Tita Mamu, but you should give it a try someday, snorkeling or better diving. Lots of divers in PTB, lets join them sometime, I wanna try it to soon.

Marco said...

ayos to!

Aleah said...

Marky, you should really learn to scuba na. Then we can dive together! Wala pa akong dive buddy eh hehe

Markyramone said...

@kuracha and Aleah - underwater photography is better when diving, tara na lets dive. Yun ren target ko magawa sana by next year.

WeekendHaven said...

Beautiful photos. :) Amazing that you feature a different side of Coron, underwater. you nailed it. :) I'm contemplating to try diving too.

Markyramone said...

Join us when we finally decide to go diving - we're just saving up for it hehe

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