Monday, June 22, 2015

Misamis Oriental: Skimboarding and Sunset in Opol Beach

I was on a weekend getaway with my family at Apple Tree Resort and Hotel in Opol, Misamis Oriental. After frolicking on the resort's swimming pool, we head on to the beach where my two kids had a grand time playing with the sands and the rolling waves. Moments later, I observed that the sun is about to set on horizon. So I asked my wife to look after the kids and went on to grab my digital camera as I wanted so much to capture the famous sunset of Macajalar Bay.

Three years back, it was also in this same beach where I first captured Macajalar Bay Sunset using my Nikon D3000 DSLR. The photos garnered some wonderful comments when I posted them in this blog. As years passed, I became too lazy to bring my DSLR on my travels. As I love to pack light, I find the camera too bulky and cumbersome.

Since last year, I got contented in bringing my Nikon Coolpix P7100 on my journeys and adventures. The digicam has full manual controls but is smaller and lighter than a DSLR. I am liking its output so far and in this particular afternoon, I am interested if I could still capture beautiful sunset photos using this cheap (bought it for less than 9,000 pesos from an online shop) point-and-shoot. 

In a little while the sun began its descent on the western side of the beach. The blue skies turn into fiery orange hues. I started clicking my camera's shutter right away.

I noticed a local boy skimboarding from a distance so I moved closer to include him in the frame. With his plywood skimboard, he gleefully glides across the water surface. While his skills may be not at par with the Amihan Boys of Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental, I still admire his persistence in practicing the sport. A friend joined him later and as they noticed me taking photos nearby, they took turn in showing off their tricks.

As I played back the images I captured on the camera's display, I am happy to see that I was able to capture some decent shots. I love how its small sensor was able to capture details and colors amid the low light setting. Before it got totally dark, I walked back to Apple Tree Resort and joined my family swimming at the beach.


  1. Nice photo, this place is very near in our place.It's a nice feeling to see this photos in the internet.

  2. Incredible. It says it all. I love to admire the sunset...

  3. hi! may I ask, which online shop did you buy your camera?


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