Photo Favorite: Cave Waterfall in Sagada, Philippines

By Mark Wiens 33 Comments
Sagada Cave Waterfall
Cave Waterfall, Sagada, Philippines

Location: Sumaging Cave – Sagada, Philippines

Illuminated by the shaky lantern of the guide, I ventured into a dark whole; little did I know, it was the entrance to hidden beauty. The Sumaging cave complex near Sagada, Philippines is a very well preserved and all around magical place.



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  • Federico

    6 years ago

    Great pic with the long exposure…I read you used a gorillapod to take it?

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Federico, I guess my version of the tripod is not quite as fancy as this (a cheap tripod from Hong Kong), but that gorillapod looks pretty cool – I want to get one!

  • Scott – Ordinary Traveler

    6 years ago

    Very cool! I love how the water flows down the smooth rock face, carving out all the small bumps and crevices.

  • Norbert

    6 years ago

    I love the look of the water under the long exposure. Great shot! It is definitely a beautiful waterfall.

  • Lorna – the roamantics

    6 years ago

    gorgeous mark! is it bad that all i can think of is how fun it would be to slide down?

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Climbing around it was awesome! Not bad at all!

  • John in France

    6 years ago

    This looks like a stage set – amazing!

  • adventureswithben

    6 years ago

    That is a great waterfall!

  • jamie – cloud people adventures

    6 years ago

    score!
    great shot. love the slow shutter speed.
    looks like a cool spot too. much exploration?

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Yah Jamie, it was a really cool cave! Despite the flow of water over the rocks – they were completely slip-free, no slime being able to grow with the lack of natural light. It was an awesome cave exploration!

  • Cathy Sweeney

    6 years ago

    You really used the right word — magical! This looks like such a beautiful place. You got a great shot!

  • Roy | cruisesurfingz

    6 years ago

    Wow, gorgeous shot!

  • David @ MalaysiaAsia

    6 years ago

    Very nice shot of the cave Mark. Love the effect. Did you have a stand for this?

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Yah, I carried one of those 4 inch tripods with me so I could set my camera on a rock and get the shot.

  • ayngelina

    6 years ago

    Love the long exposure here, makes it look so peaceful.

  • Michael Figueiredo

    6 years ago

    Wow! That’s a beautiful photo! I need to play with my camera’s shutter speed the next time I’m near a waterfall too 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Yes, it can make the water blend together and look pretty cool!

  • Jeruen

    6 years ago

    Awesome shot! Did you do the cave connector route? I did it last summer and regretted the fact that I was too busy scrambling that I forgot I had a camera with me!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      No, I met some Filipino locals while I was there and they didn’t want to do the full connection (we shared a guide), so we just did the single cave. It was incredible, and luckily there was a bit of time (before the lantern started flickering) to snap some shots!

  • jade

    6 years ago

    So cool! slow shutter… wow!

  • Christy @ Technosyncratic

    6 years ago

    Awesome shot – the water looks so soft and silky.

  • Jeremy B

    6 years ago

    Love the slow shutter speed to capture the water!

  • Raymond

    6 years ago

    Wow! That looks like something from another world. I spent 5 months in the Philippines and never made it to Sagada. Sheesh.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Caves really are another world! Cool, 5 months is great, I’m sure you were able to visit all kinds of awesome places in the Philippines!