Shellfish Gatherers of Santa Cruz

Shellfish Gatherer. Copyright Jessie T. Ponce 2011

Santa Cruz is a coastal town in the Province of Davao del Sur, Philippines.  It lies between the cities of Davao and General Santos and thus is a perfect place for a break during the 3-hour drive between these two major cities in Mindanao.

Shellfish Gatherers. Copyright Jessie T. Ponce 2011

The beach in this area is not that fantastic but still it offers good photo opportunities from time to time.  I captured these images of ladies gathering seashells on the rocky beach during a recent stopover and thought of applying the texture effects of my photo editor on them.  I’ve never tried this editing feature before but I quite like the result particularly in this set of photos because it seems to balance the “noise” created by the beach stones and peebles that occupy a lot of space in the pictures.

Shellfish Gatherers. Copyright Jessie T. Ponce 2011

Shellfish Gatherers. Copyright Jessie T. Ponce 2011

Shellfish Gatherer. Copyright Jessie T. Ponce 2011

Of course there are pros and cons to applying the texture effect on photos and I initially entertained the idea of posting a parallel set of photos without the effect to allow for comparison but decided otherwise.  As I said, I think the effect worked well in these photos. What do you think?

Will go back to churches and monasteries on my next post. 🙂

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