I was actually stalking the Basco Cathedral to catch how its white facade would pick up the sun's fire when I realized that way farther, in the west, at the hills of Naidi, was the outline of the Basco lighthouse against the falling sun.


So let me share a phototip. In instances when the steep background is above the horizon, a sun's outline can be still be recreated. This was after all taken at 5:47PM, about 10 minutes before sundown and the sky was still well-lit and not this dark. I took at least 12 shots of different compositions and exposures and the most severely underexposed one, for me, showed the biggest bang. The underexposure is -2eV or six stops in my dSLR.


Warning: Do not stare at the sun as it can damage your eyes' lens as much as it can damage a camera's lens. In this photo, I focused on the lighthouse. Do your shots quick, preferably as near the real time of the sunset.


the Basco lighthouse at Naidi Hills, Basco town, the capital of Batanes, the Philippines


(currently the most interesting pic with the tag Batanes)


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Taken on April 22, 2006