A ten minute walk from my grandma’s place is another of my favorite place to shoot and hang out during sunset; the expansive Buliran ricefields.
It was drizzling on and off during our first day at Cabanatuan and I wasn’t expecting much for a shoot since it was still pouring come afternoon. So when the rain unexpectedly subsided, I quickly packed my gear off and excused myself for an afternoon at the rice paddies.
The shower actually was a blessing in disguise. Even if the sun was unable to peek through the thick clouds, it did something magical to the grasslands; it made the far-off horizon appear dreamlike with thick white mists emanating from the golden green ground up to the hazy treetops.
Not a few minutes into the shoot however, thick dark rainclouds started rolling in once again signaling the end of the shoot for the day. Good thing there was a sari-sari store with a generous porch near the farm to while away the time waiting for the downpour to stop.
It was actually almost quite perfect; cool weather and dark skies on a quaint store near the fields. Only thing missing was a hot aromatic coffee to compliment the ambience.
Second day was sunnier than the first one and I took off to the fields earlier than usual. I was there by four in the afternoon and the sun was still high up. There were hardly any wind and the air was ultra humid. My skin felt sticky and my shirt was already clinging to my skin.
I decided to wait it out, since the cloud formation looks promising. It looks like it’s gonna be a god-rayed afternoon sunset.
While scouting for a good place to shoot, I came upon a group of cows grazing in the area. They were a bit suspect of me but in time got used to my presence. I was able to take some pretty close shots too, coming as close as the mother cow almost licked my camera lens.
My waiting was well rewarded. As I predicted the heavens did indeed opened up and I got them golden lights streaming down the clouds and into the freshly harvested gold fields. Crepuscular heavens, it was every landscape photographer’s wish!