Bontoc February 2017

Tour Dates: February 17-19, 2015 (3D/2N)

From Mt Kupapey, the terraces of Maligcong beckons, emerging from a sea of clouds each morning.

Walk along the misty rice terraces, stroll into the native villages and immerse with the locals.

Venture beyond the terraces and discover pasture lands around Bontoc.

Pack your bags and join us as we explore the beauty of Bontoc this February.

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Biliran March 2017

Venture to the small island of more than 30 waterfalls.

Enjoy the teeming marine life and picturesque islands of Sambawan, Dalutan and Capinhan.

Join us on our 4 days 3 nights photography tour on Biliran island.

Inclusions:

  • 4D/3N Accommodation (triple sharing)
  • Transportation from Tacloban to Biliran and around Biliran
  • Island Hopping boat transfers
  • Meals and snacks
  • Entrance fees
  • Photography Notes
  • Travel insurance
  • Certificates

Only 8 slots are available.

Kindly send us a private message for the rates if you are interested.

Trip Dates: March  9-12, 2017

Day 1 (Thursday)

Participants meets up at Daniel Z Romualdez Airport in Tacloban. We leave at 9am for Biliran. It is important for participants to get the morning flights. In Biliran, we travel to Almeria. From Talahid Beach our boat will take us to Sambawan Island where we’ll spend the night there for photography.

Day 2 (Friday)

Early morning shoot at Sambawan. Mid-morning we head back to Almeria and stop by two islands, Dalutan and Kapinyahan. Check in at the resort and we’ll visit one waterfall in the afternoon. Sunset at Talahid Beach.

Day 3 (Saturday)

Whole day will be spent chasing waterfalls and visiting other interesting sites in Biliran.

Day 4 (Sunday)

Morning will be a free day for participants. We’ll also close the event with a little program. From Almeria we head back to the airport in the afternoon for our respective flights.

Itinerary is subject to change depending on prevailing weather conditions and events

Suggested Equipment:

  • Camera(s) (DSLR, Mirrorless, Advance Compact, Smartphones)
  • Standard to wide angle lenses, telephoto and portrait lenses
  • Filters: Gradual Neutral Density (GND), Circular Polarizing (CPL) and Neutral Density (ND)
  • Tripod
  • Extra Batteries
  • Laptops or Ipad/tablets for photo sharing

Things to bring:

  • Light and comfortable hiking/walking clothes
  • Swimming clothes
  • Dry bags
  • Jacket for the cold or rain
  • Umbrella
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Good and comfortable hiking shoes or footwear
  • Mobile phones

What is the level of fitness required to join? Are there extensive trekking involved?
While participants of any fitness level are welcome, we do recommend preparedness as there will be some hiking involved. The difficulty is from easy to moderate with hike durations from 30 minutes or more depending on the pace.

Do I have to be a professional to join the tour?
Any one is free to join as long as you are enthusiastic about capturing stunning images for this trip. Whether you shoot using a DSLR, compact camera system, point and shoot or even smartphones, you are welcome to join. Rest assured your skills and knowledge will expand in this photo tour.

I don’t want to share the room. Can I have the room on my own or share with my special someone?
The price is based on triple occupancy. We cannot guarantee individual rooms for individual or couples as there are only limited rooms available. If ever we find a room, there will be additional charges.

What is your method of Payment?
We accept payment via bank deposit through BPI and BDO. Details would be sent to you once you register on our interest list.

Can we extend our stay in Biliran or Tacloban?
Participants are free to come in early or extend their stay in Tacloban or Biliran at their own expense provided they join the activities during the tour.

Something came up and I can’t join the tour. Can I refund?
Please see our refund policy below:

  • Slot is non-refundable but transferable

Deadline for registration is February 24, 2017. First-come, first-serve basis. Payment details will be sent to you once you have submitted the registration form.

Register Here

Batanes Islands May 2017

Join our 2-island Photo Tour and Workshop.
Explore the verdant sights of Batan.
Spend an overnight on serene Sabtang.
Experience Batanes in a new light.

Inclusions:

  • 5D/4N Accommodation (triple/quadruple sharing)
  • Transportation around Batan Island and Sabtang Island
  • Island Hopping boat transfers to Sabtang Island
  • Meals and snacks
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide Fees
  • Photography Notes
  • Travel insurance
  • Certificates

Limited slots are available.

If you are interested, you may sign up here and we’ll send you rates, details, itinerary and payment options.

Register Here

Trip Dates: May  6-10, 2017

Day 1 (Saturday)

Participants meets up at Basco Batanes airport. We’ll check inn at our hotel, rest and have a lecture in the morning. In the afternoon we’ll start our photography tour north of Batan island.

Day 2 (Sunday)

Early wake-up call as we catch the boat to Sabtang Island. We’ll do a tour of Sabtang. Sunset shoot at Nakanmuan and spend the night at Chavayan. Option for night shoot or star trails.

Day 3 (Monday)

Sunrise shoot at Chavayan. A little beach time at a secret beach before heading back to Batan Island. We’ll head back to the hotel to rest and in the afternoon, we’ll do another round of sunset shoot at Chamantad. An optional night shoot at Tayid lighthouse.

Day 4 (Tuesday)

We rise early for a sunrise at Valugan beach and do a southern tour of Batan Island. Possible free time in the afternoon for participants to shoot at their own pace. Closing program.

Day 5 (Wednesday)

We fly back to Manila.

Itinerary is subject to change depending on prevailing weather conditions and events

Suggested Equipment:

  • Camera(s) (DSLR, Mirrorless, Advance Compact, Smartphones)
  • Standard to wide angle lenses, telephoto and portrait lenses
  • Filters: Gradual Neutral Density (GND), Circular Polarizing (CPL) and Neutral Density (ND)
  • Tripod
  • Extra Batteries
  • Laptops or Ipad/tablets for photo sharing

Things to bring:

  • Light and comfortable hiking/walking clothes
  • Swimming clothes
  • Dry bags
  • Jacket for the cold or rain
  • Umbrella
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Good and comfortable hiking shoes or footwear
  • Mobile phones

Is the flight inclusive in the photo tour fee?
Our photo tour fee does not include flights. We like to give our participants to book on their preferred airline and dates as long as they fit in our itinerary. We can also book the flight at your convenience and add them up to the photo tour fee.

What is the level of fitness required to join? Are there extensive trekking involved?
While participants of any fitness level are welcome, we do recommend preparedness as there will be a little hiking involved but nothing too difficult.

Do I have to be a professional to join the tour?
Any one is free to join as long as you are enthusiastic about capturing stunning images for this trip. Whether you shoot using a DSLR, compact camera system, point and shoot or even smartphones, you are welcome to join. Rest assured your skills and knowledge will expand in this photo tour.

I don’t want to share the room. Can I have the room on my own or share with my special someone?
The price is based on triple/quadruple occupancy. We cannot guarantee individual rooms for individual or couples as there are only limited rooms available. If ever we find a room, there will be additional charges.

What is your method of Payment?
We accept payment via bank deposit through BPI and BDO. Details would be sent to you once you register on our interest list.

Can we extend our stay in Batanes?
Participants are free to come in early or extend their stay in Batanes at their own expense provided they join the activities during the tour.

Something came up and I can’t join the tour. Can I refund?
Please see our refund policy below:

  • Slot is non-refundable but transferable

Deadline for registration is March 17, 2017. First-come, first-serve basis. Payment details will be sent to you once you have submitted the registration form.

Register Here

Maligcong Photo Tour Video and 2016 1st Quarter Schedule

We have concluded our Backpack Photography Maligcong last month of October. 11 participants, 2 summits, 2 sunrise, over 30,000 steps, hundreds of photos. Backpack Photography says a big thank you to our participants for 3 days of adventure, fun and photography in Maligcong.

Now we’re moving on to the line-up for the first quarter of the year. The dates are already set but we’re finalizing the details still.

  • Burias Island Masbate (January 8-10, 2016)
  • Batanes (February 6-10, 2016)
  • El Nido, Palawan (March 23-27, 2016)
  • Maligcong Bontoc Festival Edition (April 2016)

We’re hoping to open registration by mid-November.

Keep shooting!

2014 Backpack Photography Schedule

Yes we’ve been hibernating for a while, the rainy season has kept us from pushing through with our plans. But we’re back come 2014 and this time we’re bringing you to El Nido as our first destination. It’s one of my favorite places in the country and to add to the natural wonders we’re coinciding it with the Ati-atihan festival on the little known town of Barotuan in El Nido. It would surely add more photo opportunities for you guys. So check the details and sign up here guys!

In the line up for 2014 Backpack Photography Schedule is Batanes and the 3-years in the making Imbayah Festival in Banaue both for April. We’ll be having the registration page for Batanes up within the week. Hope to see you in one of our photo tours.

Welcome to the New Backpack Photography

 

It took us a while but we’re back in circulation. I hope you like our new logo and web design.

Check out our first Photo Tour this year, it’s exploring the natural wonders of El Nido Palawan. Check out the El Nido Photo Tour page. It’s for August 24-28, 2013.

We’ll soon be rolling out the rest of the rest of the Photo Tours until early 2014. If you do have any suggestions do drop us a line.

Happy Heads with the Headware in Batanes!

We just concluded our Backpack Photography Photo Tour Batanes last  Holy Week and under the sunny and windswept landscape of Batanes, Backpack Photography is thankful to The Headware for providing each of the participants a Headware they can use. Strong winds? No problem! As the headware is tight and secure enough to fit anyone’s head where an occasional cap would easily be blown out. Some girls used it for hair protection to avoid it getting sticky from dust after a long day’s journey. I for one is happy to keep the beads of sweat from trickling down my face while hiking. It can also be used to wipe out some dirt on our lenses from occacional salt water splashes. It’s a very versatile outdoor wear!

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Backpack Photography Guesting at ANC Shoptalk

On the set of ANC ShopTalk
On the set of ANC ShopTalk

Backpack Photography wishes to thank ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) Shoptalk for inviting us to guest in their afternoon talkshow. As one of the co-founders, I was able to sit down with host Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo to talk about our specialized Photo Tours and Workshops. It was an interesting 11minutes+ conversation live on air. Here are some set snaps along with the video interview.

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