After several attempts over the years, photographer Raymund Sarmiento was able to perfectly capture a silhouette photo of the Bataan Cross on top of Mount Samat inside the disk of sunset. The timely photo for the Holy Week has been trending and getting a lot of attention from netizens.
According to the photographer, it was a challenging shot to take because he only had two chances to get the shot at the designated shooting location due to the progression of earth’s rotation around the sun, not to mention weather conditions.
In an interview with the Inquirer, Sarmiento said he was learning the course of the sun through an astronomical diagram called analemma.
Raymond was only using a handheld DSLR camera and had to make adjustments to the alignment because he didn’t have a tripod at that time.
He was able to take the shot of Mount Samat’s cross at sunset back in 2013. But this was an improvement from the previous photo.
He gives advice to aspiring photographers on when and where to take the exact shot of the cross inside the sun based on his experience.
“Take note parehong March 13 from the same QC location so it means pretty much consistent ‘yung Earth’s orbit around the sun. It will be a different date and time if you are shooting the sunset from a different location,” he explains.
Sarmiento said it was an interesting subject that challenged his skills, it even it took him 10 years to getting the perfect shot. It was worth the perseverance.
“It’s a very interesting configuration. I am hoping sana that Bataan will put two more crosses beside it portraying the three Crosses ng Mt. Calvary/Golgotha…” He said.
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