Of Sand and Stars

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with photography. I started handling film cameras as a kid, but never progressed beyond taking pictures on special occasions or vacations, until recently. 

I guess it all started when I met this one guy, the one who got me into adventure cycling and bikepacking, the one and only, John Buno (lol). Seeing his adventure shots rekindled my interest in photography, and since then met a couple more friends who shared two common passions: cycling and photography.

And here I am, one year on, taking pictures of anything and everything that captures my interest. It’s been a blast learning new things, shooting hundreds, thousands of pictures yet only managed to get a couple of halfway decent shots. It’s a challenge but as my mentors say, shoot lang ng shoot (just keep shooting)!

SAM_3927On this particular night at Amihan sa Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental, we were not really expecting anything out of the ordinary. We were taking some time out after dinner and cleanup, when my friend called my attention. Lo and behold, we see part of the Milky Way!

We then hurried to find a good spot, setup our camera gear and prepared to shoot. It was an exciting time for me as it was the first time I had a chance to shoot in such conditions, so I hurried to take a couple of test shots, then got the S.O. and friends to pose for a few pictures.

milky solo BW-1With that done, I had some time to experiment. Star Trail shots always fascinated me, and this moment provided me with the perfect opportunity. I managed to get a couple of shots before people started trickling in to the beach to setup their tents for the night.

And so I leave you with this image, as I bid you goodnight.


Happy Trails!


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About franciscolme

I've had fantasies of touring all the 7,107 islands (well, I guess not ALL of them) of the Philippines on a bike ever since I was introduced to riding folding bikes over a year ago; it sure has opened up a whole new world, or rather, a new perspective in seeing the places I used to frequent. Touring on a bicycle has shown me sights I rarely see when riding in any other means of transportation. It allows me to take time and absorb the sights and sounds each place has to offer.

One response to “Of Sand and Stars”

  1. danna says :

    love it Ko! interesting read. Keep ’em coming.

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