Siargao Through My Eyes

Siargao Through My Eyes

We spent two weeks on Siargao Island. It's called the surfing capital of Philippines, but it's great to visit even if you don't surf! There's lots of great beaches, beautiful landscapes and empty roads that wait for you to take a bike and go on an adventure.

River in Siargao

Funny thing is that it seems that there's no motorbike helmets there at all, which was very unusual for me. It felt kind of unsafe and also my hair always got super messy because of that. I really don't understand why some people prefer to ride motorbikes without helmets. Anyway, I enjoyed riding around the island very much. There was a new beautiful landscape after every turn of the road! Like that river view from some bridge we came across.

Village on a river in Siargao

And here's a village on the other side of that bridge. Looks really peaceful. There's a lot of small villages on the island and life seems to be pretty simple in general

Colorful Jeepney

It was also the first time I got a nice photo of one of those colourful jeepneys! Philippino paint the old US army jeeps really pretty

Church in village

Another thing that was unusual for me to see was christian churches surrounded by palm trees. I know it's not the only country with jungles and churches, it's just was the first one for me.

Cloud 9 boardwalk

We often went to visit Cloud 9 Boardwalk - meant for surfers and really good to watch them surf! And also good to just hang out and watch the waves

Beach in Siargao

That's a beach just around a corner from the boardwalk

Surfers going to beach

I can't surf, but I can take tons of pictures of surfers!

Artur walking between palm trees

On our way... between the palm trees

Beach in Siargao

And that's a beach in front of our hotel, Viento del Mar - it was perfect at the time of this photo, I'd say even better than the famous Boracay (cause there's no people here and there's tons of tourists in Boracay) but on low tide the water goes like a kilometer away. Don't worry though, there is a solution to that problem - rent a boat for Island Hopping (link will be here later) and it's like 10 minutes to a small island nearby where water is always perfect

Horse riding on beach in Siargao

There's also guys who organize horse riding on the same beach - the horses live just next door. I couldn't ride myself, unfortunately, because I burned my leg with a hot motorbike pipe (beware, bike passengers!). So I just took pictures this time...

Girl on a balcony overlooking ocean

Our balcony with the seaview! I always wanted such a chair for some reason... We also had floor-to-ceiling windows and I could watch the waves right from my bed in the morning, very relaxing start of the day, I must say!

Girl in lounge overlooking ocean and beach and palm trees

Cozy lounge with a perfect view

Girl riding a carabao

And just before leaving the island we went for Drunken Carabao party finally! I was thinking about it since the day I saw it on the internet! It's really simple: you get drunk, grab a bottle and get on a carabao and up to a hill where you can do more drinking and riding. Recommended for people who like to ride animals!

All in all, Siargao is a great place to chill out and unwind - especially for those who is tired of big cities and traffic jams. People are friendly here and mangoes are tasty!

Check out our video about Siargao or photos of Island Hopping!

Our equipment

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King of low light

Sony a7s & carl zeiss 24-70

Filming at night by candlelight? Easy! Ultra-high sensitivity up to 409600 ISO allows to catch even the weakest light source and get good results! The camera is equipped with Carl Zeiss 24-70 Lens. It gives great sharp image and details without artefacts.
We use S-Log2 gamma curve to record our videos. That and high quality polarizing filters give us great raw footage ready for post-processing.

 


 

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No more static shots

Edelkrone slider plus

Long time ago video consisted of boring static shots for the most part, but everything changed with creation of camera sliders. Besides creative use of this tool, using sliders in video also allows us to hold the viewer's attention to a shot that would have been static before.

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Smooth moving shots

Came-tv Argo

Nobody likes shaky shots, and it's especially unacceptable in promotional videos. Now 3-axis camera gimbal allows us to film while running, riding a motorbike or a car. The most long and smooth shots is not a problem for your video now! You can see how it all works in our short demo.

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Breathtaking aerial shots

dji phantom 3

Even the most interesting and beautiful video can be better if you add at least a little bit of aerial footage. Using DJI Phantom allows to film perfect establishing shots, show an epic location from the air or show a builiding and its territory from an interesting angle.

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More color... even more color!

post production

On Post-production stage we do color grading for the S-Log 2 profile bringing back all the colors, then retouch details, add sounds and effects. Colors of sky and greenery are carefully picked and adjusted for every video. The best way to see the result of post-processing is to watch our demo.

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Led light panels, Go Pro 4...

...and a lot of staff for any occasion!

We also have lots of basic equipment (both old and new) for every situation.
Want to film beautiful corals in your location in 4K? Not a problem - we have GoPRO 4 Black Ed. for that!
Some scene is too dark and cold? We have led light panels with control of brightness and light temperature.
There's almost no task that we cannot do with our equipment!

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