By now I’m sure you’ve caught on to the fact that these ‘Snapshots of…’ posts are simply a way for me to share the abundance of photos I inevitably end up taking while traveling that don’t quite fit into any of my other articles. I usually only create these for our city trips since, for whatever reason, those are the ones where I take the most photos, but all of the downtime we had in Boracay meant I came home with a heck of a lot more photos than I usually do on a non-city trip. (Because for me, apparently, downtime just means more time to take photos.) And so, Snapshots of Boracay is happening.
I take close to 100 photos per day when we travel. Which is insane, obviously. No one needs to take that many photos. But I’m one of those people who can’t just experience. I have to experience + document. It’s how I’m wired. I recently read an article that claimed our excessive photographing of events and daily life is impairing our ability to actually remember these things properly. Well, that’s pretty scary, right? I don’t know about you, but part of the reason I take so many photos is so I can remember things properly. This new bit of information bothered me for quite some time until I realized it’s complete and utter crap. Ten years ago in 2008, I took 217 photos the entire year. That’s it. And how much of 2008 can I actually remember? Shockingly little. If I’m destined to forget everything regardless of whether I’m taking photos or not, I’d rather have my photos than nothing at all.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Besides being a way for me to share a few extra favorites from our travels, these snapshots posts are also where I feel the most comfortable playing around with new editing techniques. Editing is my weakest area in photography. I can compose a photo fairly well and shoot in manual, but when it comes to using Lightroom and Photoshop, it’s like the equivalent of sitting my nearly 90-year-old grandmother in front of the computer and asking her to research the theory of quantum entanglement and then make a 10-slide PowerPoint presentation. I just can’t figure it out.
Since the outcome is rarely ever what I actually intended, the only time I venture outside the basic panel in Lightroom is when I’m editing photos for posts, like this one, that I don’t think many people will see. (Ha!) For these, I did a fair amount of desaturating and played around with using the tone curve to create darker tones, which is probably the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to do with sunny beach photos, but whatever.
Despite unknowingly arriving in Boracay during the height of algae season, I still managed to come home with a memory card full of photos I’ll treasure forever. Boracay is spectacularly beautiful. And a great place to visit if you’re looking to chill out and do absolutely nothing for a few days. Finding a new beach to relax on every day was about the full extent of our physical activity in Boracay, and it was pure bliss. Most of the images below are just personal snapshots from our trip. If you’re looking for photos showing off Boracay’s best beaches + travel tips to plan your own trip, just follow the link below!
I promise, even this one is desaturated. Sunsets in Boracay are crazy colorful.
Oh, you know. Just a little light beach reading…
Just when I thought Boracay couldn’t get any better, we discovered a pen full of puppies.
Everyone should be so lucky to have a travel partner this awesome.
We will call this one ‘Layers of the Sea: An underwater abstract’ and pretend I meant for it to turn out like this.
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