Tag Archives: Sunset

The best posts with photography of sunsets will be included in this section.

Sunset Silhouettes – Boracay Beaches

Sunset Silhouettes!

Imagine visiting a place where every afternoon was the most amazing sunset you’ve ever seen…until the next day. Boracay island might be paradise, and made for some amazing sunset silhouettes.  Loved it!

Sunset Silhouettes - Boracay Beach Paradise!
this is one of my favorite photos from Boracay – I want to go back!

Boracay was easily my favorite part of the Philippines. We saw some of the most amazing sunsets – this post has some of my favorites.

Sunset Silhouettes - Boracay Beach Kodak Moment, Philippines
definately a “Kodak moment!”

Nearly every day in Boracay finished with one of the most beautiful sunsets I’d ever seen!

Frisbee Silhouettes! The Boracay beaches were fairly empty until around 5pm, when the sun began to set
Frisbee Silhouettes! The Boracay beaches were fairly empty until around 5pm, when the sun began to set

the gorgeous sky made for some awesome sunset silhouettes in Boracay Philippines

The gorgeous Boracay sky turned orange, red and purple, and made for some awesome sunset silhouettes.

Sunset Silhouettes - Boracay Beach -008
These kids were adorable!

capturing the sunburst in my hand

There’s nothing quite like experiencing a breathtaking sunset.

Julian captures the Boracay sunset with his SLR
My friend Julian captures the Boracay sunset with his SLR. We couldn’t get enough of these

Want more sunsets? I’ve put together all the sunset posts on Visit50.com at this link.
Julian enjoys the sunset in Boracay

How to photograph silhouettes

Assuming you work in Auto mode, turn your flash off. The key to photographing silhouettes is to meter on the background sky, instead of the subject. Most cameras autofocus as soon as you press the shutter halfway. Aim at the bright part of the sky, then press and hold your shutter halfway. Keep it pressed halfway as you adjust to what you want in your frame. When you’re ready to take the photo squeeze the shutter fully. Bam!

Want more sunset silhouettes?

I also put together some of our favorite jumping photo sunset silhouettes in Boracay with red and orange sky backdrops.

By popular demand, I’ve started to organize the series of Sunset Silhouettes at this link. Enjoy!

7 Jumping sunset silhouettes

The sunsets were gorgeous in  BoracayPhilippines, and made a great setting for an impromptu photo shoot of sunset silhouette jumping pics!

Just before a sunset silhouette jumping pic in Boracay, Philippines
Just before a sunset silhouette jumping pic…
The sky was beautiful and gradually changed colors as the sun set
The sky was beautiful and gradually changed colors as the sunset
Air Todd - I'm flying!
Air Todd – I’m flying!

Jumping in the Philippines

Jumping pics - Boracay sunset

Jumping sunset silhouette pics in Boracay, Philippines, with kids jumping in the background
Notice the kids in the background joining in as I jump
The Boracay sunset was such an interesting mix of colors
The Boracay sunset was such an interesting mix of vibrant colors

Is Boracay too touristy?

Boracay Too Touristy?

Is Boracay too touristy and overcrowded? That’s all perspective.  That’s what local Filipinos say about it, but that certainly doesn’t apply to their gorgeous beaches. While Boracay is the most popular tourist destination in the Philippines, it seems like half the tourists are  focused on avoiding  the sun. When I was there, the beaches were wide open when the sun was out, 10am – 4pm.
Here are photos of Boracay at different times of the day – it was completely empty at 1pm. By 5pm people start coming out, and by 6pm people are out to enjoy the sunset and post-sunset.

Boracay at 5:56 PM [17:58]

Boracay has some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen. Amazing!
Beautiful Boracay
This is as crowded as I ever saw it in Boracay – people waited until the sun set and the clouds covered the sky to come out and enjoy.
Boracay at 1:14 PM:
does this look overcrowded?
This photo may look like it was taken of a private beach, but it’s actually beautiful Boracay in the Philippines. It didn’t get much more crowded than this… 
Boracay too touristy and overcrowded? No way! This is a 1pm in the afternoon
Boracay’s beautiful empty beaches

Boracay at 6:08 AM / 6:08:

At 6am for sunrise, young people are just getting back home from the bars after a night of dancing.

Boracay too touristy and overcrowded? No way!  It's the Philippines' crown jewel
Sunrise in Boracay – one of the few times we spotted others on the beach (but just a few).

The nightlife is awesome, among the best of any town in Asia. The “crowded” label likely is referring to the nightlife (with that said, it’s still less crowded than a lot of the bars we frequent at home in New York City). The beaches… I thought it was some sort of holiday or my area was semi-private since so few people were outside, but others pointed out that many of the tourists are coming for the parties. Many are coming from eastern Asia and thus less interested in being out during the sun’s warmest rays.

Is Boracay too touristy and overcrowded? Nope!

I strongly disagree with all of the advice I received.  Boracay is wonderful and fairly quiet beaches during the day. Don’t let anybody convince you that Boracay’s overcrowded. Perhaps that refers to the Boracay nightlife, but not the beaches.

Philippine Sunrise Sunsets – Bohol, Boracay, & Malapascua

Boracay, Bohol, and Malapascua, Philippines – some of the best sunsets from my trip were in the Philippines – here’s three from the beach at three different popular islands in the Philippines. Vote for your favorite paradise in the Philippines!

Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol

Bohol sunset - Philippines - Visit50
My last sunset in Bohol - the views in the Philippines got even better from here

Boracay sunsets had intense, vibrant colors, nearly every day I was there. Here’s one taken from the beach at station two:

Boracay sunset - Philippines
I have tons of better Boracay sunsets - almost every day people would gather to watch the sky's brilliant colors


Malapascua – brilliant purple sky!

Purple Sky -- Malapascua sunset (Philippines)
Malapascua was a surprising gem on my trip.

Which sunset (or sunrise) from the Philippines did you like best?

At sunset, the monkeys take over

I just love this photo of a silhouetted macaque (monkey) on the dock of the island of Bako as the sun sets over the mountains in Borneo (Sarawak, Malaysia). It capped a wonderful day of wildlife photography.

At sunset, the monkeys take over. Bako National Park, Borneo, Malaysia

I’m always very critical of my work so I can improve. This isn’t a great technical photo (above) – the lighting and focus aren’t quite how I’d like them, but I just love it. Maybe you will too

Photos of these silhouetted macaque monkeys were from Malaysian Borneo, in the impressive Bako National Park.

Photos: Impressive Borneo Sunsets

After a full day of hiking and wildlife photography, I paused to appreciate the impressive Malaysian Borneo sunset, which kept getting better each time I looked.

The Borneo sun sets over the Red Sky - gorgeous panoramic vista - Sunset in Bako National Park, Malaysia

The sunsets from the island in Bako National Park in Malaysian Borneo was one of my new favorite from the trip. It was even better than the ones I saw in Mabul, and on the same level as the stunning views from the Dead Sea (and from the Dead Sea highway just after visiting) and the desert of Wadi Rum (both in Jordan). My favorite photos of sunsets from my trip will be found at this sunsets link.

Wow. Gorgeous. Like many photos, it was even better in person. After a day of hiking and photographing wildlife, I had just put down my camera to relax, but this view got more impressive every 5min, starting with about this point. I wanna go back!

What a View! Borneo Sunset in Bako National Park, Malaysia
I could look at that view all day

Beautiful sky in Borneo Sunset in Bako National Park, Malaysia

Panoramic Vista in Borneo Sunset in Bako National Park, MalaysiaBorneo Sunset in Bako National Park, Malaysia

Rainforests, wildlife, waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, & beaches in Borneo’s Bako

Hiking through Bako National Park turned out to be an unexpected highlight of my trip.  It’s a 10.5 square mile island with rainforests, secluded beaches with sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, jungle streams, and lots of wildlife (including about 150 of the aforementioned rare proboscis monkeys).

The coast line was beautiful – millions of years of erosion of the sandstone have created a coastline of steep cliffs with brilliant colored patterns formed by iron deposition.

Monkeys were everywhere – mostly Long-tailed macaques and silver leaf monkeys. And of course the highlight was seeing rare probiscos monkeys . We also saw lizards and bearded pigs.


Bako National Park also has nearly every type of vegetation found in Borneo (25 distinct types). In a couple of days of trekking through the jungle trails, you can see “Beach vegetation, Cliff vegetation, Kerangas or heath Forest, Mangrove Forest, Mixed Dipterocarp Forest, Padang or Grasslands Vegetation and Peat Swamp Forest,” according to the official site.

Consider this a sneak preview of the sunsets I saw in Borneo – the ones in the next few posts were even better!

Mabul Island diving

My base for diving in the Semporna Archipelago was Mabul Island, a tiny little island. I really loved my time there. Like any island in a beautiful region they have pricey luxury resorts, but they also had SCUBA diving backpacker hostels and bungalows with a great community, and the rest is the local village that’s built on stilts.

You could spend $300 USD per night at the luxury resort and get a beautiful place with privacy, or you can spend $30 with meals included in a great community. I chose the latter. I stayed with “SCUBA-Junkie” and really loved the community of divers.  Pictured below are some of my friends from Denmark, Sweden, and Canada. I kept meeting such great people.

I also spent a night in the village amongst the local community in a “longhouse” hostel – a basic room on stilts for 45 ringgit (~$15) per night.

The diving was impressive and certainly the best I’ve done, but even besides that, the people are what made it a highlight of my trip, and some of my favorite days so far.

Wadi Rum’s breathtaking views

Beautiful Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

We went hiking and camping in the desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan – I never thought a desert could be beautiful until visiting Wadi Rum. Here’s a small sampling of the breathtaking views and scenery:

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum is a desert valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan, in the Middle East.

The view of the sunset, and the sunrise the next morning was incredible, one of the best I’ve ever seen. The amber colors made for some wonderful photo sessions.

Wadi Rum, Jordan
Views like this make coming back with great photos easy

Wadi Rum, Jordan playing in the desert in Jordan

Wadi Rum is a Unesco Heritage Site – here’s why:

It features a varied desert landscape consisting of a range of narrow gorges, natural arches, towering cliffs, ramps, massive landslides and caverns. Petroglyphs, inscriptions and archaeological remains in the site testify to 12,000 years of human occupation and interaction with the natural environment. The combination of 25,000 rock carvings with 20,000 inscriptions trace the evolution of human thought and the early development of the alphabet. The site illustrates the evolution of pastoral, agricultural and urban activity in the region.

the beautiful desert in Jordan

Lawrence of Arabia was about British army officer T.E. Lawrence’s journey through Wadi Rum. David Lean filmed much of this 1962 film on location.

There were a million stars out, lighting up the sky.  I Iive in New York City, so seeing this many stars is a treat I sometimes forget about.

We camped overnight with a small group with the Bedouin people in the Wadi Rum village.

The village of Wadi Rum consists of several hundred Bedouin inhabitants. Mohammad was our guide, and we learned he’s also quite the musician as well.

For more on the Wadi Rum experience – check out these travel blog posts from Adventurous Kate, PlanetD, and ALA,