DENISON TAN | Photography

Green Lantern's Light

Aurora lighthouse During our trip, we checked the Aurora forecast every night. It was as predictable as it was unpredictable... so they say. We weren’t expecting anything special this night as the forecast wasn’t good. But this night was the craziest we’ve experienced! Northern lights with different magnitude and colors were showing up everywhere... on every corner! We started shooting as early as 10:00pm... we hiked up this lighthouse... we drove to the cliffs, then we went shooting the coasts... and when we were tired, the light show got even more intense! It was wild... it was ef-ing magnificent! It was a unique experience. This was shot in Reykjanes Peninsula, west of Iceland

Ice slippers

Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Breaking Through

Tasman Sea We only had one day here… one chance. The tides were no good… at 2.7meters, it was too dangerous. As our tour guide Christian would say, “give it an hour, and the tides would definitely go down”. We waited and the sun was already up high. We decided to just climb up the big and sharp rocks while the waves hit far in to the shores inconsistently up to waist level, just to be able to get a better perspective of the sea stacks. We were able to capture a couple of photos before the morning light lost its warm color. During our 1km walk back to the parking area, the tides went down. Two thumbs up! We almost went home zero… thanks to my friends Loy and Patrick for the courageous scouting of the area!

Ghastly Shades of Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is the 10th largest lake in New Zealand, with an area of 83 sqkm. But it is the highest large lake in the country, with an elevation of 710 meters above sea level. It is parrallel to Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau. It houses 2 large hydroelectric facility, called Tekapo A and Tekapo B. Today, it produces 160GWh annually, from a 25.2 MW capacity generator. Lake Tekapo is a very popular destination for both local and international tourists. Several hotels and restaurants are located at the southern end of the lake. It is a must to visit this lake during your stay in New Zealand. The lake is very picturesque, with its turquoise blue waters and southern alps surrounding it. During summer, it is surrounded by several hectares of Russell Lupines in eye-candy shades of pink and purple. Rabbits and possums are abundant, but considered pests of the first degree and are controlled vigorously. On our first morning here, after commuting for 4hrs by the sea followed by 6hr drive, we were greeted with almost opaque fog with near zero visibility. This was my first trip to the south island, well NZ for that matter… so I was excited even if there was no light. I scouted the place for a while and saw a bit of reflection of the trees on the turquoise blue lake. This is my only decent shot of this place that morning. Fortunately, we were greeted with awesome sunrise and dramatic clouds the next morning. More of photos of Lake Tekapo to follow. Even on a weather like this, Lake Tekapo still looks effortlessly magnificent. Hope you like this simple perspective that I was able to salvage from a foggy morning.

Lake Mapourika

Lake Mapourika on a rainy afternoon A quick stopover at Lake Mapourika. We hardcore landscape enthusiasts cannot be stopped, even if it’s raining hard… still was able to take a moody rendition of this small, calm, and secluded lake. At the parking lot, a sign says, Daily Limit: 4 Brown Trout, 2 Quinnat Salmon Season Duration: Brown Trout - All Year; Quinnat salmon - Oct 1 - March 31

Light of Dawn Heralds Fujisan

Finally able to see and capture the beauty of Fujisan in its ideal form... snow-capped. Mt. Fuji is surrounded by 5 lakes. This shot was taken in Lake Kawaguchiko... 2nd largest among the 5 lakes. The lake has an altitude of 800 meters, which gives it a relatively cool temperature during hot summers. It is the most developed (infrastructure-wise) among the 5 lakes and is the starting point for those who want to climb the mountain. Although Mt Fuji can be seen in the busy urban Tokyo (and couple of high altitude viewpoint around the city), it is in no comparison to view it during sunrise in one of the lakes. A little tip to those first time visitors: Sight of Mt Fuji is perfect between 6am - 9am. After that, it becomes hazy and cloudy. At night, it is blurry and hazy and you can barely see the outline. There are several hotels facing Mt. Fuji so you can wake up with that perfect view of it. But nothing beats a stroll by the cemented walk-path around the lake before sunrise and watch Mount Fuji glow pink before the first light hits it. This was taken 5:39am, just before sunrise.

Batanes Balugan Boulder Beach

Kirkjufell, Iceland

One of the most iconic spots in Iceland!

Light above my roof

Aurora Borealis over our small cottage in northwest Iceland.

Yamashita's Treasure

Yamashita's Treasure Lake Tekapo, South Island During our trip, in one of the long drives, we were talking about lost treasures. I forgot what triggered the topic but we reached the story of Marcos' lost Yamashita Treasures. Out of nowhere, I sang the word "Yamashita" to the tune of "Mamacita". i didn't know why I did that... but the funniest thing happened right after that... my good friends Raymond and Doc Glenn, synchronously sang "donde esta santa claus" That joke went on for the entire trip!!! I just wanted to document it here so I will remember it next time I open this album and see this photo!

Kirkjufell

One of the most iconic spots in Iceland is this small mountain called Kirkjufell - found along the northern coasts of Snæfellsnes peninsula, west of Iceland. It is a free standing and relatively symmetric mountain. The name means ‘church mountain’ because of its shape. This scenic spot is near very the town of Grundarfjörður... which makes it a very popular destination for tourists and photographers!

Batanes

Grand Northern Lights over glacier

Iceland

Lóndrangar

Lóndrangar features a pair of sharp and steep cliffs, or volcanic plugs of basalt, that have been formed by softer surrounding rocks due to erosion. They are remnants of a bigger volcanic crater, which was eroded with time. They stood as high as 75 meters and you can see them even just along the road. It is located on the southern coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula, west of Iceland.

Caliraya Water Tower Laguna

Raging Tasman

Raging Tasman We only had one day here… one chance. The tides were no good… at 2.7meters, it was too dangerous. As our tour guide would say, “give it an hour, and the tides would definitely go down”. We waited and the sun was already up high. We decided to just climb up the big and sharp rocks while the waves hit far in to the shores inconsistently up to waist level, just to be able to get a better perspective of the sea stacks. We were able to capture a couple of photos before the morning light lost its warm color. During our 1km walk back to the parking area, the tides went down. Two thumbs up! We almost went home zero… thanks to my comrades for the courageous scouting of the area!

Seljalandsfoss

‘Foss’ means falls. Seljalandsfoss is one of the of the popular falls in Iceland. It is situated between Selfoss and Skógafoss. It stands 200 feet (60 meters) high. Tourists would usually go behind the falls, where they can have a unique view of the city with the falls and sun setting in front of them. I had to shoot this on the side to get the most out of the rainbow’s length. I was 50 meters away from it. From where I stood, I was getting a lot of water spray, as if I am standing in the middle of the rain. I took several exposures because of the harsh mid-day sun, so I had to wipe the lens and filters big time. But nothing I can’t handle as we are used to doing that here anyways.

Subliminal

South Island New Zealand is composed of two major islands, north and south. South island is the bigger one, by 33% larger, but the north is more populous - around 77% of the entire 4.4m NZ population. South island is a more popular destination for outdoor sports and vacation by both locals and foreign visitors, because of its diverse and uninhabited landscapes. This photo was taken just along the road going to Lake Tekapo. After a foggy morning in Tekapo, clouds started to clear and blue skies started to show. It was my first glimpse of the southern Alps of New Zealand!

Caliraya Laguna

Crystal Mines

"Crystal Mines" Jökulsárlón beach Opposite and connected to the glacier lagoon is the Jökulsárlón beach. During midnight, big ice boulders parade the black sand beach. Imagine a kilometer stretch beach covered with ice boulders... as big as a car! When morning comes, they will melt and float to the sea. You won’t see them during mid day. They start to populate again late afternoon and full attendance during midnight! The first time I stepped on this beach, I was speechless for 5secs... then I started shouting and cursing. This phenomenon is a must-see for nature lovers! And of course... we shot these ice with northern lights above! It was our first night to experience the light show... more on that later.

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Jökulsárlón is on the south coast of Iceland and hosts a lot of glacier mountains. One of the most attractive spots are the glacier lagoons. This particular lagoon flows out to the southern coast and is around 1km long. It hosts floating ice blocks as small as an eraser to as huge as your house! We got to shoot sunrise here. With the cool morning breeze, warm yellowish sunlight enveloping the blue ice boulders - it’s an amazing feeling just to be here! This scene is so picturesque and so calm! The only sound you can hear are the breaking ice boulders kilometers away!

3's a crowd

Just along the road from Jokulsarlon to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor Island

Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor Island, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Hooker's Serenity

a small pond along Hooker Valley trail to Mt. Cook, New Zealand.

Somewhere in South Island, NZ

Payong Payong Point, Nasugbu, Batangas

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Tip

Mt Cook National Park We trekked for more than an hour at the hooker valley, in Mt. Cook National Park to reach this spot. During this trek, we got separated after the twilight shoot along the trail. I hurried, hoping to still get some morning light touching the tip of Mt. Cook. But unfortunately, it is the wrong season of the year because the sun rises behind it. Funny thing is, I got lost along the way. My friends drew a big arrow using rocks and left one of our radio handset along the trail, but I have missed it. I went on the longer trail but end up at the same lake either way.

Green Trail

Iceland

Bedrock

Sunrise at lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Batad Rice Terraces

Batanes Rolling Hills

Ice on Beach!

This was shot around midnight... when the moon was shining brightly and illuminating our foreground. During midnight, these ice blocks/boulders would parade from the glacial lagoon and populate this black sand beach, making this a breathtaking scenery!

Moke Lake

Moke Lake This lake is just 15mins drive from Queenstown. It's a beautiful scenic spot framed by mountains and popular among locals/tourists for its walking (2hrs) and cycling trails. It also has camping sites. Locals say, even at its busiest day, Moke Lake still looks serene.

Taiwan

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines

Payong Payong Point, Nasugbu, Batangas

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines

Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace Region, North Eastern France. It was an independent region in the 16th century. French owned it in 17th century. German got it in 19th century. After the defeat of Germans in WW1, it got its brief independence as French got it back in 1919 through the Treaty of Versailles. German got it back in WW2 (Fall of France 1940). French got it back in 1944. Strasbourg's Culture, Food and Architecture are mixed German and French due to this history. But one thing didn't change... the Christmas market/village tradition continued on since it started in 1570 despite the turnovers, wars, and religious conflicts.

Auckland Lights

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. But Auckland is the largest and most populated city in the country, with 1.5m citizens constituting 34% of the country's population. In Maori, Auckland is called "Tāmaki Makaurau" - sounds japanese right? This was taken at the Viaduct Basin at the Auckland Harbour. Formerly a commercial harbour, but now turned to development of upscale apartments, office spaces and restaurants.

Auckland - Spaghetti Junction

Central Motorway Junction, or the locals call it Speghetti Junction, is located just south of central business district of Auckland. Designed in 1960s and finished around 1970, Central Motorway Junction is a complicated, multi-layered series of steel and concrete intersecting state highways 1 and 16. During its construction, 15,000 affected residential houses were forcibly demolished causing 50,000 citizens to move away. Among those affected are 2 Catholic schools and Karangahape Road Shopping area. Around 200,000 cars pass by this junction everyday. The term ‘spaghetti junction’ was first given to a complex interchange in Birmingham, UK, by a journalist Roy Smith in 1965. Since then ‘spaghetti junction’ has been used in many countries, referring to complex interchanges - a lot in the US. This shot was taken around 9:30pm on a rainy evening, facing CBD of Auckland.

Bahong, La Trinidad, Philippines

Coined as the Rose Garden of the Philippines, the town of Bahong houses the biggest plantation of roses, mums and other flowers in the Philippines.

Laguna - Dingin Quarry site

Kalayaan Twin Falls, Laguna, Philippines

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines

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Dingalan, Aurora Province, Philippines

Taken at the shore of Dingalan town, Province of Aurora, Philippines during one unlucky sunrise

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Taiwan

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines

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Laguna - Dingin Quarry site

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Batad Rice Terraces

Batad Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces Panoramic View

From the highest viewpoint of the Banaue Rice Terraces

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines

Frozen Swan

Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines

Batad Rice Terraces

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines

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Cambodia Palace

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Taiwan cemetery

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Star Trail @ Mount Pulag - Benguet Philippines

The 2nd highest peak in the Philippines, Mount Pulag stands 2,922masl. Due to its popularity, local government have made it easy for tourist to go up Mt. Pulag. Just 4hours ride from Baguio and another 2hrs easy hike to the camp site. Another 1 hour to the summit. This photo took around 90mins to finish. The red light in the middle was a thunderstorm at the far end of the mountain ranges, which lasted for more than 2hours!

Lake Tekapo @ Night

9 photos stitched. Took this at the balcony of my hotel room while drinking beer!

Cloudy Glenorchy

A cloudy day at Glenorchy, NZ.

Lone Willow

Willow tree in Glenorchy, New Zealand

Courtesy Bridge

This one way bridge near hooker valley is very picturesque even during cloudy weather.

The two faces of Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown

Willow Trees of Glenorchy

Queenstown

Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko Lake, View of Mount Fuji on a chilly morning. Mt. Fuji is surrounded by 5 lakes. This shot was taken in Lake Kawaguchiko... 2nd largest among the 5 lakes. The lake has an altitude of 800 meters, which gives it a relatively cool temperature during hot summers. It is the most developed (infrastructure-wise) among the 5 lakes and is the starting point for those who want to climb the mountain. Although Mt Fuji can be seen in the busy urban Tokyo (and couple of high altitude viewpoint around the city), it is in no comparison to view it during sunrise in one of the lakes. A little tip to those first time visitors: Sight of Mt Fuji is perfect between 6am - 9am. After that, it becomes hazy and cloudy. At night, it is blurry and hazy and you can barely see the outline. There are several hotels facing Mt. Fuji so you can wake up with that perfect view of it. But nothing beats a stroll by the cemented walk-path around the lake before sunrise and watch Mount Fuji glow pink before the first light hits it. This was taken 5:39am, just before sunrise.