Photographer captures star trails on majestic Mt. Pulag

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Posted at Apr 22 2019 10:05 PM | Updated as of Apr 22 2019 11:17 PM

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For photographer Ralph Anthony Valderrama, or RA as he is called, to go back again and again to a certain spot where he wants the perfect landscape photo is par for the course.

From his cityscape shots from atop buildings in Metro Manila to twilight photos capturing the grandeur of Mt. Mayon in Bicol, Valderrama has invested time and effort only to get the shot that he wanted.

For Mt. Pulag, he has scaled the mountain six times before, but an injury in 2016 prevented him from going back to capture the star trails from the tallest mountain in Luzon.

This year, he summited Pulag for the seventh time, and this time he got the shot as he had planned.

On March 5, he climbed the peak after a night at Camp 2, with two cameras tow. The first camera to do a Milky Way time-lapse and the second camera pointed at the north star (Polaris) to show the rotation. That 7-second video now featured here, capturing the rotation and star trails, took 2 hours to shoot via time-lapse.

For Valderrama, the ultimate prize is when you see the finished product of hours of labor. 

"Landscape photography is not for the lazy, it does not reward excuses," so goes a saying he frequently quotes with the photographs that he posts.