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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Who Said Riding Or Driving Faster Than Walking ?

Cars and motorcycles are made with a purpose to make human being can reach their destination faster than if they walk. So, theoretically, riding (a motorcycle) or driving (a car) should be faster than walking.

In actual, it doesn't always happen like that. Many times riding or driving is much slower than when human uses their own foot to walk.

Here are the proof.

Who Said Riding Or Driving Faster Than Walking ?

Who Said Riding Or Driving Faster Than Walking ?

In the modern city, it seems that walking often wins.

(Otista Street, Bogor City, February 2019 . Canon 700D Fix Lens 50 mm f/1.8)
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Umbrella Boys - Looking For Bless Of Rain

The Umbrella Boys - Looking For Bless Of Rain

What pops up in your mind when you read "umbrella boys"? Perhaps, you may imagine that they are the male version of  "umbrella girls" who you always see in the TV protecting Valentino Rossi or Marc Marquez from the sunshine before a MotoGP Race.

Well, you are WRONG.

An umbrella boy refers to an informal job many Indonesian kids and teenager, especially from poor family, to use the opportunity when rain falls to get some income.

When rain comes, they will bring any working umbrella from their home and run to any place where there are crowd, such as shopping mall, station, bus stations. Then, they will rent their umbrella to the ones who forget to bring it.

The Umbrella Boys - Looking For Bless Of Rain

When someone rents their service, the umbrella boy will pass the umbrell to be used by the renter and will accompany them to the destination.

Most of umbrella boys bring only 1 umbrella withour reserve. So, in most case, while the renter is protected from pouring water, the boy must walk under the rain and get heavily wet. Only if the renter has a heart, they will ask the boy to walk under the same umbrella.

The Umbrella Boys - Looking For Bless Of Rain

From their service, the umbrella boys will get few thousands rupiah (around 10-30 US Cents).

The opportunity of the job is sometimes very short. Depending on the length of the rain. If the rain stops, then usually umbrella boys will go home immediately.

That;s why they always pray for very long rain, because they will have more chance to get bigger income.
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Sunday, May 12, 2019

SORA SORA DANCE (Maluku Island/Moluccas) : Welcoming War Heroes When They Return From Battle

Pictures of the performance of Sora-Sora Dance during CGM Bogor Street Festival 2018. Sora-sora dance came from Maluku/Mollucas Island. In the past, the dance was performed to welcome soldiers coming home from a battle. However, nowadays, the energetic dance is used to open a formal ceremony or welcome an important people.

SORA SORA DANCE (Maluku Island/Moluccas) : Welcoming War Heroes When They Return From Battle

SORA SORA DANCE (Maluku Island/Moluccas) : Welcoming War Heroes When They Return From Battle

SORA SORA DANCE (Maluku Island/Moluccas) : Welcoming War Heroes When They Return From Battle

An attractive street performance done by dancers in colorful costume. Lucky that I don't have to fly 4000-5000 Kilometers to Maluku just to see this dance. I can see it in my hometown.

(Cap Go Meh Bogor Street Festival 2018)
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Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Function Of Chair On Jakarta Sidewalks (Besides For Pedestrian Resting Their Leg)

The  Function Of Chair On Jakarta Sidewalks (Besides For Pedestrian Resting Their Leg)

Recently, Jakarta's Government decided to renovate lots of sidewalks. They set up wider and installed with a common facility like in developed country, chairs. For sure, it's intended for pedestrians who are tired walking to rest their legs before continuing their journey.

However, it seems some people find another function of the sidewalk chairs. It's quite convenient to rest their body and mind as well.

(Jakarta, January 2019 OPPO A3s)
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Monday, January 21, 2019

Everybody Needs Me Time - Including Superheroes

Everybody needs time for themselves, to relax, to enjoy their life, and to have fun. Everybody, no exception. This means, people that are included into superhero category are included.

The proofs about this statement could be seen from below pictures taken few days ago in Transport Museum, in Special Region of Malang, Indonesia.

Spiderman was caught on camera while he was having fun dancing on the street with his fellows. He was so hot moving his hips around accompanied by few girls and guys.

Take a look on the below.

Everybody Needs Me Time - Including Superheroes
Everybody Needs Me Time - Including Superheroes

Everybody Needs Me Time - Including Superheroes

Everybody Needs Me Time - Including Superheroes

Everybody Needs Me Time - Including Superheroes

It looks he really enjoyed and had fun.

Something that is understandable considering how hard his serious life. I couldn't imagine everyday you try to prevent crime from happening or helping other people from danger. It must be a hard life to think always about other persons and try to do good thing.

Perhaps, there is a wild side that was hidden waiting for the moment to be released.

I don't think attendance cared too much about this because it looked also they enjoyed seeing the wild side of the Spiderman.

Don't ask me how he could reach Indonesia. Perhaps, he hitchhiked a budget airline to arrive to this country. Anyway, I don't care. He did a good think even when his wild side surfaced by giving me a big smile and grin seeing him in action, dancing.

(Photographer : Arya Fatin Krisnansyah. Camera Canon 700D)


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Friday, November 23, 2018

Look Through Your Viewfinder and Be Thankful for Your Life

Settlement Near Ciliwung River, Bogor 2018
Honestly, having been an amateur in photography, I gained almost nothing. Not even ten thousands rupiahs were gained from capturing moments. In fact, I spent quite lots of money, not only to buy the new camera or lens but also to make a little travel inside my hometown, Bogor.

The only benefit produced is always abundance of photos of any corner of the city. People, vehicle, and so many other things since I like to take photos of evetything.

No material gain.

However, I can't stop taking look through my Canon EOS 700D's viewfinder. I am addicted of taking photos, may be. But, not only because of that.

There is a feeling that I can not waive away that the more I look through the viewfinder, the more I feel thankful for anything I get and have.

I am not rich, even since I was born and until now. My camera was bought with 6 month installments to keep my family cashflow undisturbed. However, I still could buy it. Even, I still pay this domain that I only use occasionally to write my thought. Yeah, I still have such privilege.

My viewfinder shows and teaches me a lot that there are still many people who even don't know what to do. They just sit idly without doing anything and just think if they can have food for tonight.

The viewfinder of a low level camera is like a reminder what leisure has been blessed to me and my family. That I should be thankful for the way of life given to me.



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Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Suggestion for Beginners In Photography

A Suggestion for Beginners In Photography
Lantern Festival, Suryakencana Street, Bogor City 2018
I am not sure there will be anyone asking for my suggestion in making good photos. I didn't have a "big name" nor also a professional. Even, I categorized myself as a newbie in photography world.

Having just jumped into this world, accidentally, as my blogs need to have actual photos, I self-taught myself how to capture moments with cameras basing on tutorials provided by internet. I started with a smartphone of mine at that time, an Xperia M, low-end smartphone but immediately decided to switch to a bridge camera, Fujifilm Finepix HS35EXR. Only after two years with the prosumer, I was able to buy an APSC DSLR, Canon EOS 700D with two lenses, the kit lenses 18-55 mm and zoom lens 55-250 mm, also a low end one.

So, probably I should not consider myself as eligible to give anyone an advice.

However, I dare myself to give anyone who would like to learn photography a little advice. Just a very small thing that no one may get it from advanced photographers, or professional ones. Because, I think it is very important and may be the basis for anyone's progress.

The only suggestion I would like to give is "Forget about money and fame when you start your journey in photography world".

Yes, it is my suggestion.

Many of beginners jumped into photography world because they are inspired by more famous photographers. The names like Henri Cartier Bresson, Bruce Gilden, or Erik Kim are often mentioned as the muses.

Beginners often immediately dream that they can copy the success and be famous as well, and eventually, they can earn a living with their camera.

Honestly, thinking that way may immediately give beginners a big burden. They push themselves too hard to practice and to follow all guidance and tutorials given by the successful photographers.

I don't think it is a wise thing to do when you start something. Too much burden mean you can not run fast. Nobody can run as Usain Bolt, especially with 100 kilograms on their back.

For beginners, the best thing is to enjoy photography itself, the excitement of capturing moments and making photographs, and to make mistakes. Definitely, beginners make mistakes and proffesional photographers still make mistakes too.

By giving ourselves too much burden, we can't enjoy anything and if we don't enjoy it, then there will be no passion born. Without passion, the journey in the world will be a short one and it doesn't match with what successful photographers have experienced. They became famous because they have traveled their long journey.

Years they spent to learn and to master their camera, predicting moment, exploring ideas, and so many others. It is a long journey and nobody can endure it without passion in their heart.

Therefore, the most important thing beginners must learn to become a good/decent photographer is by put aside their ambition, their dream about being famous and about the idea of making money with their camera.

Beginner must keep their heart light with very minimum burden.

This is to make sure that they can move forward at the early stage.

I know this suggestion sounds silly and stupid but that makes me enjoying the world and it lets me advanced a bit more. I believe I have become a better photographer compared to 4 years ago. That's because, I immediately realized that I shouldn't dream too much and give myself too much burden.

This is a suggestion I would like to convey to all beginners in photography world.
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