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My obligatory Boracay. This is the famous white beach that goes on for several miles on Boracay Island in the Visayas, the central group of islands of the Philippines. Photographing the beach on a sunny day is a challenge because the sugar-white powdery sand is blinding and without filters, the photographs that come out look washed out.

Even with thousands of visitors present on the island and with lots of hotels on the white beach (thankfully hidden and blending with the vegetation), there are still moments when the beach looks deserted and you can have a stretch of the beach to yourself to fulfill your fantasy of being a castaway on a coral island. This was taken early in the morning when hotel workers had just had cleaned the beach of trash from the previous night's debauchery and the beach is just starting to stir. It is really that cosmic. I've been visiting this island since 1975 (my hometown is just across the island on Panay) when there were only two resthouses on the island. The progress has been amazing but the people have been, for the most part, taking care of their special manna.

Photograph was scanned from an Ektachrome slide in high resolution, processed in Photoshop (dust and scratches to remove dirt and some of the grain), resized, then sharpened.

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