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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Valugan Boulder Beach, Batanes

I call this image "Breath of the Ancients." This 8-second exposure was taken on one of Batanes's signature boulder beaches, and the technique makes the water crashing onto the rocks seem like smoke. Batanes is the remote northernmost island group of the Philippines, closer to Taiwan than Manila, and home to many surreal landscapes such as this.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2016
Date Uploaded: 09.2016
Photo Location: Basco, Philippines
Camera: ILCE-7RM2
Copyright: © Aaron Rufino Palabyab