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Vigan City's Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Vigan Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains

The first time that I visited Vigan City and photo document the Plaza Salcedo (Dancing Fountain) was kinda untimely since the Local Government was conducting a scheduled cleaning/maintenance and testing routine of the fountains.  I did not lose heart but instead made use of my time wisely and inquired who was in charge of the fountain maintenance. With proper due diligence, I was granted access to the upper viewing area.This was the first productive image that I took which is a semblance of a “dance rehearsal” which was actually the duo of the colorful setting sun and the fountain with exposed lighting/pumping systems.




Visitors can use this time to get to learn more about Vigan by interacting with the locals in the plazas. One can start in Plaza Salcedo, by relaxing near the fountain and taking night-time pictures.

The Dancing Lights of Vigan is located at Plaza Salcedo, a public park so it's 100% free to visit. There’s definitely no entrance fee. One has just to arrive early as the place tends to become jam packed before the daily fountain light show which starts at 7pm.

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If you plan to shoot fountains, make sure to have a dry lens cloth/paper, tripod and remote cable/wireless release.

1 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
This image was before the beginning of the laser lights and fountain spout test. All images were acquired with the use of a camera tripod.
2 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
The light maintenance test begins.
3 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
The light show without color.
4 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
Fountain light testing continues with blues and greens.
5 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
The side fountains get activated.
6 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
Change of lights to blues and violets.
7 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
Testing of fountain spout height with fountain lights.
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9 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains


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11 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
Don't be deceived of the beauty of the fountain lights as the higher the fountain spout goes the more water spray that will start hitting you and your camera. Now remember that the fountain water is treated with chlorinated chemicals that this can have damaging effects to a camera.
12 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
Every time, the fountain water subsides, I wipe my camera filter with camera paper/cloth. I also put the camera cloth on top of my camera to prevent the chlorinated fountain water from hitting it. It's my habit to subscribe erring to the side of safety.
13 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains


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16 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
So she sings the blues.
17 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains
Laser gets activated and interacts with the fountain waterspout and fountain lights.
18 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains

19 Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains

Vigan City Plaza Salcedo Fountain Laser Lights
Laser lights testing without the fountain spouts.
Vigan City's Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains

This first visit that I did unfold smoothly without a hitch since I have access to the best views without the viewing public around since the fountains were undergoing its scheduled maintenance/testing.

Till next blog. 



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