Woke up early I was just the only one at the beach that morning. I took my first coastal dawn seascape image at Luna, La Union.
When shooting at dawn, the morning ambient lighting conditions will require the use of a tripod and for me personally, it’s a must have/use. It was an exposure shot and a neutral density lens filter and a handheld cable trigger came handy.
I noticed some locals at the distance gathering beach stones. Good thing is i brought along with me a short range telephoto, a fixed 100mm cum macro lens and I was able to take candid isolation images, a portrait – landscape. As a detached observer, I continued taking their images. I didn’t bother talking to them and disturbing in their private space since I was a new visitor to the place.
Luna “Stone Gatherers” a term I coined to described the act they were doing. Later, when I asked one of the locals at the place I stayed that stone gathering is a local coastal livelihood.
An averaged sized water bucket filled up with carefully selected beach stones. Fill then pour then repeat again.I did some research and that Luna’s stones come from the Amburayan River and the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) coastal waves helps making these stones beautiful as they are.
Stone gathers keep moving from one place along the beach to another area in search for the variety of stones they are looking for. Patience is their mastered virtue.
That’s my casted shadow whilst I was photo documenting.
Here we find mounds of different kinds of coastal stones of the stone gatherers.
Not only men who compose predominantly Luna Stone gatherers but also women.
This is my personal appreciation and a humble attempt to do a photo documentation to hard working local coastal people of Luna, La Union for my personal livelihood album.