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Siargao Night Light (Philippines) 4K

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Siargao ’Night Light’ is part 3 of my Siargao timelapse trilogy. This timelapse movie shows the beauty of lightning shot at Siargao. It starts with a Milky Way shot at Cloud 9 and then shows a couple of lightning storms shot at Siargao and Guyam island. My favorite is the shot where you see the Milky Way with the lightning storm.

Capturing the Milky Way isn’t easy by itself, capturing lightning even harder, but capturing both at the same time is a challenge like no other. First of all because you can only shoot the milky during a few weeks a year (around new moon), having lightning at that time takes a lot of luck. But the main problem (rain is another) is the extreme difference in lighting, the milky way being really dark and the lightning being really light (long exposure at high iso vs short exposure at low iso). So one will likely be completely over- or underexposed. Here I had the lightning storm at the perfect distance, hanging in the same location for hours. One of those rare moments where everything is just right, me being at the right place and the right time. I could not have been happier!

Almost all footage was actually shot within the first few months of my trip. And storm season still had to start, promising even more and crazier storms! That alone was reason enough me to stick around for the 6 month storm season. Disappointing enough I never even got anything close to what I shot in the beginning. Worse than that, a strong gust of wind knocked over my tripod and ruined my D700 with my 14-24mm, thanks to a few seconds in a few cm of low-tide ‘salt’ water...

Shot with a Nikon D700, D750, D800 (28-300 & 14-24) and Sony RX100iv. Edited with Photoshop, Lightroom, LRTimelapse and After Effects. Photopills app used for planning, QDSLRDashboard app for doing timelapses.

Music: ‘Scorpio’ by Simon Wilkinson, thebluemask.com

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