Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Accompanist : Don't Watch Only The Dancers

The Accompanist : Don't Watch Only The Dancers

When you watch a musical performance or drama, it is common that your focus will be put more on the dancer or the cast. If you do this, then it's understandable.

Probably because I am a photographer, or at least an advanced photography enthusiast, what I did was quite different. I still saw the dancer as they were the highlight of the performance, the core of the show but my eyes still scanned the stage from side to side.

It is a bit "bad" habit since my joining the word of capturing moment, unfortunately but I didn't regret it. Even, I feel grateful.

Because, when everybody seemed stunned by the dynamic Bali dance, my eyes could not move from a bunch of people at one corner of stage. They wore traditional Balinese clothes completed with headbands.

They equipped with tarditional music instruments.


They caught my attention for few moments that I forgot, and never remembered the storyline of the show. They looked unique.

I took several shots with my Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR, just a bridge camera. And yeah, I was right because the photo looks good. It implemented my idea about Bali's traditional musicians.

Therefore, I would suggest to everyone who visits any tourist attraction, please spare some time to scan the surrounding. Do not focus on the main show or the main character of a performance. You may fund something interesting and worth to remember from lesser characters or things that may not attract you at the first time.

Our intention to go there is to find something worth remembering right. It doesn't matter it is famous or not as long as we like it and want to remember it, isn't it? So, why should we spend a bit of our time to search not only what is presented to us. Try to seek more what is hidden or not shown.

Like I did with the Accompanists.

  • Location : Desa Kesiman, Bali
  • Year : 2016
  • Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
  • F-Stop : f/5
  • Focal Length :  75 mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1/28 second
  • ISO : 1600
  • Editing : Picasa and Photoscape

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

[Dont Do This At Home] Stabbing Yourselves With Keris like A Must-See Show In Bali

[Dont Do This At Home] Stabbing Yourselves With Keris like A Must-See Show In Bali

First of all, DON'T DO THIS AT HOME. Do not ever try to do similar thing like shown in the above picture. It is dangerous. You will need a very special training and quite long time.

The above photo, taken in 2016 in Bali, was a picture of a man stabbing himself using a "KERIS', a traditional curved blade in Java and Bali's culture. It was not a plastic one but a real one made out from steel. It was a weapon commonly utilized  for war in the past era.

The man in the photo was not so desperate because of his broken heart. I was not sure if he was even already married or not, so the reason was never known until now why he was so dare to pierce himself with such dangerous tool.

The only thing I know was that it was just a part of a show commonly staged in the God Island, Bali. Tourists can find such show in many places around the most favorite tourist destination in Indonesia.

The name of the show was Barong and Keris Dance.

The guy and with his team mate just did a small part actually but it gained most attention of the audience. They just tried to stab themselves many times in front of hundreds of spectators. That's it. Nothing else they did, they didn't dance or spoke.

What made the audiences were overwhelmed was because nobody was harmed. There were not even slight wound in the body of the man, and his mates. The Keris never entered their body.

For Indonesian, such as show is quite common. In West Java, you may hear a name of 'DEBUS', an attraction with similar idea. However, the show should be very fascinating for foreigners. 9I am not sure if Captain America can do the same because he always avoided bullet or any weapaon, which I assume he was not bullet or weapon proof).

To have the immunity of weapon like the man is not easy. Some says it takes years to train and make a human body like a shield. Some other mentions, the show involves a "magic".

I am not sure about that. I never practiced this action. I am just a photographer anyway.

  • Location : Kesiman Village, Bali, Indonesia
  • Year : 2016
  • Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
  • F-stop ; f/4.5
  • Focal Length :  66 mm
  • Shutter Speed :  1/25 second
  • ISO :  1600
  • Editting : Picasa and Photoscape

Those Bali's Puppets Look Like Wearing Javanese Traditional Costume

Those Bali's Puppets Look Like Wearing Javanese Traditional Costume

I understand that a culture will influence other cultures. The interaction among people can not be stopped  and each of them bring their own habit inherited from the culture where they live in. Everyone usually will also, consciously or unconsciously try to lure other to adopt their culture.

This is natural.

Therefore, even though I was quite wondering when staring at the Bali's puppets displayed in one big souvenir store in the island, I immediately realized that perhaps Javanese culture has influenced Bali's people more than what I have ever thought.

The reason for my thought was because the puppets sold in the store were more like Javanese people than Bali. It is not about the face but the costume. The puppets 'wore" a "clothe" (actually it was painted) similar to Javanese traditional costume.

I was not a Balinese expert but having seen several shows of Bali's dance, also having met people from the island, and having read quite  a lot book about culture in Indonesia, the puppets seems not quite representing Balinese.

That was what made me wondering for few moments before taking the picture.

Eventually, the thought disappeared from my mind as another thought raised. It was "if the buyer, mostly tourists were happy with them, then there should be no problem".

Besides, the puppets can be created based on  Bali people who wear Javanese suits. This is a modern world and it should not be a problem if people from one culture wear clothes from another culture.

am I right?

  • Location : Kuta, Bali Island, Indonesia
  • Year : 2016
  • Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35exr
  • F-Stop : f/2.8
  • Focal Length : 4 mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1/10 second
  • ISO ;  200
  • Editting : Picasa and Photoscape

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This Giant Pill Will Make You Sick If You Try To Swallow it

This Giant Pill Will Make You Sick If You Try To Swallow it

It is a certainty, no doubt, that the giant pill as shown in the photo will make you sick. Definitely, it won't g through your throat and your stomach will be too full. Too big.

Luckily, there won't be any doctors that will give you prescription for such giant pill.

The above scene was just a part of Barong and Keris Dance in Kesiman Village, Bali.

In the show, there are several funny moments acted by funny figures to make the audience laugh and not boring while they were watching the show.

Those scenes were successful in inviting laugh. Even, when the giant pill was handed over, many spectators could not help to laugh out loud. I was too busy to capture the moment with my camera but I believe there was broad grin in my face seeing the giant pill.

It is beyond my imagination if my doctor asked me to swallow that pill. I may be fainted instantly.

  • Location : Kesiman Village, Bali, Indonesia
  • Year : 2016
  • Camera : fujifilm Finepix HS 35exr
  • F-Stop : f/5
  • Focal Length ; 75 mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1/27 second
  • ISO :  1600

Anti Smoking Ads On Jakarta Bus

Anti Smoking Ads On Jakarta Bus

The lady on the ads seen on the rear windows of one Jakarta buses says :

" If you want to propose me, quit smoking please"
This is one of anti Smoking Anti Smoking ads launched by Jakata's government to reduce the number of smokers in the city.

For sure, with more than 60 millions active smokers in the country, the government should be worried. Especially, finally it will burden the National Health Security system when diseases caused by smoking catch people.

Anti Smoking Ads On Jakarta Bus

It is quite an attractive and creative advertisement. Many people should see it because Transjakarta, the bus on which the ads attached is one of the most favorite public transportation.

I am not quite sure the effectiveness because Indonesians are known for their stubbornness and ignorance.

  • Location : Thamrin Street, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Year :  2017
  • Camera ; Samsung galaxy a6
  • F-stop : f/2.2
  • Shutter Speed : 1/706 second
  • ISO : 50
  • Focal Length : 3 mm

One Bad Habit a Photography Enthusiast Usually Has

One Bad Habit a Photography Enthusiast Usually Has
Rangda - The symbol og eveil in Barong Dance Show, Bali
It is quite true. Very trua actually. A camera brings one bad habit, especially for anyone who decides to include themselves into photography enhtusiast category.

The bad habit is that they can't enjoy anything by seeing directly but must be through the viewfinder or LCD monitor of their camera. They don't seem to feel the life without a chance to push the shutter release button.

In many occasions, I found myself on those kind of situation, not only when I am hunting for moments but almost anytime. My eyes will always scan surroundings to find a good background and potential object to capture with any camera on my hand.

That's really bad.

Because, I finally, my brain don't record any memory. I was too busy to think about composition of possible photo, or pay to much attention to find good camera setting, or to do more related to taking photo than enjoying what was presented.

Last year, when I visited Bali, we, my friends and I, were brought to a show of Barong and Keris Dance in Kesiman Village. The show was one of the must see one by tourist when they came to Bali.

Well, indeed, it was interesting. The costume, the stage, the dance, the energic dancers. All were attractive, very attractive. We were given a paper explaining about the story of the show.

After around 1 hour, the show was over and everybody talked about "this" and "that" of the performance, about the role of Barong and Rangda. All but me.

I didn't even remember the plot and the storyline. I was too busy capturing photo with my Fujifilm Finepx HS 35EXR.

That's one example what addiction to photography can create. The only memory I brought home were in the form of photos of the show. One of them is in this writing.

Probably, this is the way how a photography enthusiast enjoys their life, using their camera to memorize something. And I definitely enjoy it.

  • Location : Kesiman Village, Bali
  • Year : 2016
  • F-Stop : f/5
  • Focal Length : 33 mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1/27 second
  • ISO : 1600
  • Editting : Picasa and Photoscape

Photography Is For Everybody

Photography Is For Everybody

Despite of what many people believe that photography is just for the ones who learn it for artistic purpose, I do believe that photography is for everybody.

Anyone who can use a camera deserves to have a title of "photographer" attached to them.


Photography is a term that can't be owned by someone or anyone. No one should ever claim that the term is theirs, not even Andreas Kaufmann, Leica's boss or famous photographers. Not any of them has a right to prevent others to be called a photographer.

This is a free world and photography is free term. Everyone can use it, as long as they have a camera and use it to capture moment, whatever moment.

  • Location : Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia
  • Year : 2016
  • F-Stop : f/3.6
  • Focal Length : 11 mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1/1000
  • ISO :  800
  • Editting : Picasa and Photoscape

Monday, November 27, 2017

Becak Driver Waiting For Passenger

Becak Driver Waiting For Passenger

Knowing the fact about the fate of becak, which is near the end, I can't help wondering what was in the mind of the driver. He was sitting inside becak's cabin staring at something which I didn't know what.

Is it possible that he was thinking about his fate that was cornered by the appearance of apps-based transportation like Grab-Bike, Go-Car, or Uber? Is it possible that he was trying to understand why the Bogor Government prohibit them from operating on main roads? Is it possible that he actually wanted to argue with passenger that often asked for cheaper fare/

Or probably, he was just thinking how to pay for school fee and the raise of staple goods which has been steadily increasing day by day.

Really not sure.

But, I think it is possible that he might just think to thank the God for all bless that HE has given to him.

I am not sure.

The only thing that I am certain that I feel grateful and blessed with my condition now. I am not rich but I am not in poverty. I still could play with a camera that costs, probably 4-5 times of the monthly income of the becak's driver.
  • Location : Abesin Street, Bogor City, West Java, Indonesia
  • Year : 2017
  • Camera : Canon EOS 700D
  • F-Stop f/6.3
  • Focal Length : 229 mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1/200 second
  • ISO : 200

Sunday, November 26, 2017

How Smartphone Changes My Shopping Life

How Smartphone Changes My Shopping Life

I don't like shopping. Tiring and it drains my wallet so fast. It can make my monthly salary reaches critical level too early and cause headache.

Many times, I am faced with difficult condition because my wife, of course a woman, likes it a lot. It is quite often that I am in a situation that going for shopping is the only choice to do, unless I want to see grumpy face of my wife for whole week, something that I don't want to experience.

Thank God to a person who invented a smartphone.

Since every smartphone has a camera inside, then, my shopping life changes a lot.

It doesn't mean I have become a shopping addict. Far from that because I am still a shopping hater. it still cause my wallet empty. However, it makes shopping is no longer like a torture for me.

Since I am a photography enthusiast, a photographer, the smartphone camera allows me to do my hobby while going to shopping malls or even traditional markets. I can travel inside trying to look for something to shoot with the camera.

By doing this, at least, I can accompany my wife going for shopping with a lighter heart and do not grumble all the time. She can still go buying something that sometimes I don't know its function and feel her husband in her company. At the same time, I am still able to do what I like, even in limited space of a mall.

That's how smartphone changes my shopping life.

  • Location : Giant Hypermarket, Bogor City, West Jawa, Indonesia.
  • Year : 2015
  • Camera : An Xperia M camera (smartphone)
  • Editting : Picasa

Traffic Jam Doesn't Always Mean Bad It Can Mean Also An Opportunity

Traffic jam is two words that will make road users immediately feel stressed and annoyed. Most of them will start immediately grumbling and accusing government for not doing their job properly.

Traffic jam can also mean that we will hear another long yet cliche speech about how important discipline is for the progress of our career. Those words also can mean some people may have their wage or benefit cut as they can not meet the min requirement of performance stipulated by the employer.

Those two words are frightening many people and can cause them decide to break laws, just to make sure they are able to immediately escape or avoid the situation.

However, some people are wont afraid of those two words, even they expect and may pray that everyday is full with traffic jams.

For them, traffic jam can mean people have to spend some time sitting uselessly inside their cars. traffic jam can mean many people will feel hungry. Traffic jam can mean an opportunity to make sales and gain profit, or at least to earn a living.

I am not sure what Guava seller thought when I pushed the shutter release button on the roadside of Soleh Iskandar Road, Bogor City, Indonesia. Perhaps, they think like that, but there is also probability that they didn't think anything.

  • Location : Bogor City, West Java, Indonesia
  • Year : 2017
  • Camera : Canon EOS 700D
  • F-Stop : f/8
  • Focal :Length : 55 mm
  • Shutter Speed :  1/160 second
  • ISO : 100

Expect The Unexpected

Expect The Unexpected

Having been a street photograhy enthusiast for more than three years and crawling many streets in my hometown or other cities, I learned to expect the unexpected to come.

The nature of street photography itself, which relies on nothing but only your eyes to find a "good" moment to capture and how quick you react, provides me with only very short time to check detail.

That's why I must prepare myself to be disappointed after shutter release buttong was pushed, or happy, or even laugh. Many times, the results are far away from the idea on my mind, and it can be caused by anything. It's not also seldom, that the photos taken are even better than what I thought.

That's why street photography attracts me a lot, because I can only expect the unexpected. That is the challenge.

Last, Saturday, when I was walking on Ciliwung Riverside in my hometown, seeing how people live there, I noticed three kids playing on the receding river. They looked like fishing. I was not sure if there are fished living under the brown and polluted water but the action of the kids would be a perfect object for my Canon 700D.

I took several shots and from the LCD, everything looks good and perfect. The photos should be also perfect if I want later make editted versions (with Picasa or Photoscape).

When I closely looked after arriving at home, I suddenly laughed. The photos are still good for me and even, it can be more attractive to audience and causing curiosity. The reason is that there is an additional object, unwanted and unexpected. I never realized that there was the 4th kid behind, around 20 meters.

For me, the photos became more accurate with the unexpected object. They become more realistic and representing the actual situation of living on riverside. I laughed, and am happy.

Can you find what the 4th kid (in the above photo only three are shown including the 4th kid)? If not, I have put a red square as your guidance.

  • Location : Ciliwung River, Bogor, West, Java, Indonesia
  • Year : 2017
  • Camera : Canon EOS 700D with 55-250 mm Lens
  • F-Stops : f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed : 1/250 secod
  • ISO : 100
  • Focal Length : 179 MM

(If you still can not find or understand why I laugh, you can just ask me by leaving a message in comment box)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What a Current Smartphone Camera Can Do - Bogor Palace

Bogor Palace - Leica's owner, Andreas Kaufmann may say that all camera inside currently produced smartphone are not good enough and has ruined photography. Did you believe that?

I don't.

A smartphone camera may not be as sharp as DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)'s photos. It is still not in such level yet but we can hope few years later, it will be. However, that doesn't mean that it can not give something to the world.

It has given a lot.

It gives people a chance to record their precious moment, or to express themselves, or to let people know about their idea, and for sure to tell the world about their own stories.

A smartphone camera never kills photography. It just expand photography. It breaks the barrier made by people who for decades think that photography is just for their own, who have financial muscle to buy expensive cameras.

It may sacrifice the ego of a community called themselves "photographers" but it will be for good of the world. A people now can tell anyone about their idea, thought, stories, news through their own creation without having to ask for the service of "photographers". Everybody is now a photographer.

  • Location : Bogor Palace, Indonesia
  • Year : 2017
  • Camera : Asus T00N
  • F-Stop : f/2
  • Focal Length : 4mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1/4000 second
  • ISO : 200

Old AMX 13 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier)

Old AMX 13 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier)

Usually after 20-30 years, each country will have some armaments not usable anymore due to its age or because it doesn't function properlu anymore. It can be also that the maker do not produce the spare parts for some types anymore.

Then, what should we do with old weapons. Scrap them? Sold them?

Yes, for sure it is one good way to avoid them using too much space and become useless scrap. At least, some small amount can be recovered from the sales.

However, we should still keep some for education for next generation. Like what Indonesia Army do with this vehicle, AMX 13 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier). This French made vehicle served the Army for more than 40 years, since 1970's and some of them were no longer able to be repaired.

It should show younger generation about one part of history of Indonesia Army. The AMX 13 has taken parts of some historical moments in this country.

  • Location : PETA Museum, Bogor City
  • Year : 2015
  • Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
  • F-stop : F/4
  • Focal Length : 16 MM
  • Shutter Speed : 1/150 second
  • ISO : 100

Friday, November 24, 2017

Smartphone Makes Everybody A Photographer

Smartphone Makes Everybody A Photographer

It used to be an exclusive community filtered by how strong the financial muscle someone has. Photography was not cheap. A beginner level DSLR caamera could cost at least few hundreds/thousand dollars that was not easy for many people.

It was so limited circle.

Now everything has changed. The boundaries has been torn down by the appearance of a gadget named "smartphone".

This gadget allows people not only doing communication things, such as making a phone call or chatting with someone, it also provides the users with a toll to capture moments, a camera. Since then, everybody can call themselves as photographers. Yeah, like rot based on Merriam-Webster, a photographer is someone who use a camera to capture moments.

The exclusivity of a community consist of only rich people who can buy camera is destroyed. Everybody nows has always a camera with them. No smartphones is without camera. None. Zero. Nada.

With a little bit practice about photography theory, like Rules of Thirds, Various Angles, etc, everybody can compete with professional photographers.

Like the above picture which was taken by my son with his Asus T00N. Without seeing the exif data no one will care if it was only captured by a smartphone camera. The only thing that they may say is that the picture is quite nice to see. That's it.

  • Location : Borcess Lake, Bogor City

Preparation of Cock Fighting For Tourist in Bali

Two men in a stone circle painted in yellow. Each one helds a cock. What did they do?

Well, they were members of a guide team in Nusa Lembongan, Bali. They had a duty to show one way of old culture of Balinese, a cock fighting.

A cock fighting has been known widely as inseparable part of Balinese way of living in the past. People may hold it on special occasions. but they do it also when they have too much spare time.

Now, most of travel agencies in Bali will propose this cock fighting habit as one of an attraction for tourism. Visitors are often asked, not only to watch and being spectators, but also to join by putting their money (not big amount) on one of the cock.

Quite different from the past cock fighting, where the cocks will fight until one of them are dead and when their legs was equipped with a sharp blade, the winner or loser are now decided by seeing which cock crosses the yellow circle.

It's just a tourist show but it shows a bit part of Balinese Culture. Quite attractive, especially when you win.

  • Location : Nusa Lembongan, Bali
  • Year : 2016
  • Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
  • F-stop : f/3.2
  • Focal Length : 3 mm
  • Shutter Speed :  1/80 second
  • ISO :  200

Having A Picnic With Friends Always Fun

Good Morning..

Always. Unless you go for a picnic with your most hated friends, then any picmic with friends always promise fun.

You may argue and have a quarrel with them at the office or any other places but when you all go together to have fun. It is always a much better option to choose than solo traveling. Perhaps, many people like to go alone like a lone ranger to a place but definitely, it won't be my choice.

Even for an introvert photography enthusiast like me, it is always better to have a company with me when I want to have a picnic. Of course it will be different if the purpose of the travel is to hunt for photos or moments. In this case, I prefer to go alone that I can concentrate more on my camera.

Going for a picnic always mean that we are searching for happy moments, or at least to also feel the warmth of friendship.  Going alone is even less attractive for me than having a meditation or yoga. Too quiet.

Another reason, from the angle of a photographer, is that at least I will have enough object to capture by a camera. Many silly moments occur and this situation makes my camera function more like a camera than just an accessory of a traveler.

  • Location : Nusa Dua Beach, Bali
  • Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
  • F-Stop : f/7.1
  • Focal Length : 6 mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1/900 second
  • ISO :  200
  • Editting : Picasa and Photoscape

Thursday, November 23, 2017

This Photo Of Becak Should Show Hidden and Common Problem Of Indonesia Culture

This Photo Of Becak Should Show Hidden and Common Problem Of Indonesia Cultur

Bringing your camera everywhere will give you a chance to record something that reflexes a life of people.

This photo of Becak, one of old transportation means in Indonesia, actually shows one hidden "big" problem in Indonesia's society. Foreigners may wonder what is wrong with the three wheeler and even many Indonesians may have the same thought.

The photo was captured few weeks ago on Sudirman Street, one of main road in my hometown, Bogor. From several Becaks, I took some photos. Most of them were intended to train my capability in photography but later, I found that the photo can be utilized to tell the people about how is the living of Indonesian, at least a small fragment of them.

The hidden problem is because in some cities, like Jakarta and Bogor, becak has been "banned" from main roads. They are not allowed to operate and make a pass the road. Yes, there are laws that prohibit them from doing that.

In reality, it is still quite easy to find the three wheeler crawling slowly on many main roads.

This shows that law enforcement are still not effective. A quite common attitude in this still developing country.

I am not against becak drivers who try to earn living. However, they should also live their life following the rules.

Laws, rules, regulations are made to make sure orderliness in a society. The disobedience can create problems and clutter.

The photo is simple, normal, and only one activity of people in my city but behind it, the photo shows what problem Indonesia people are facing. Quite a big problem

  • Location : Sudirman Street, Bogor City
  • Camera : Canon EOS 700D
  • F-Stop : F/5.6
  • Focal Length : 131 mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1/320 second
  • ISO : 100

Stunning Views From an Aisle of Grand Nikko Hotel Nusa Dua Bali

Stunning Views From an Aisle of Grand Nikko Hotel Nusa Dua Bali

It was not the aisle of church as I didn't come to Bali for a marriage. The aisle was a connecting corridor in the Grand Nikko Bali, the hotel that was now, referring to my colleague, renamed to Hilton Hotel.

It was really stunning view that can make their guests understand why the rate was not cheap. Besides, the luxury accommodation provided, they also serve the guests with plenty of beautiful landscapes that make sure their staying worth to remember.

The photo was only a picture of the backyard of the hotel. The architect and the gardened has done their job really well to make the human made garden blended well with the nature of Bali's Nusa Dua beach.

It provides with everybody such a calm and refreshing feeling just by taking a look at the landscape.

The only regret for me was that the camera on my hand was only a Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR which was only a low end bridge camera. I wish I was rich enough to buy a full frame camera with more sophisticated lens. I believed that if the DSLR camera was on my hand the photo should be much sharper.

However, I was still thankful. I was given a chance to see such stunning views and capture it that I can tell anybody who stop by to this blog, a beauty that Bali could provide.

I hope you agree with me.

  • Location : Grand Nikko Nusa Dua Bali (Hilton)
  • Year : 2016
  • Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
  • Focal Length :  7 mm
  • F-Stop : F/3.6
  • Shutter Speed : 1/1000 second
  • ISO :  800

[DELMAN] Horse Carts Near Kuta Beach Bali

[DELMAN]  Horse Carts Near Kuta Beach Bali

Almost. I almost didn't push the shutter release. I was almost hit by a motorcycle when I took this picture.

The object was not attractive and the background was too crowded. I wasn't also quite close to the object as a heavy road separating the object and myself.

Finally I pushed the button and got this picture. It was not quite an attractive object at least for me as Indonesian. You can find Delman, how this horse cart is called by Indonesians, almost everywhere, except Jakarta, the Capital.

However, the idea to show people about one alternative transportation in Bali came across my mind. It may be useful for someone who has planned to come to the island and is wondering what transportation could be used to explore. Yes, of course there is taxi or motorcycle taxi, and now application based transportation but they are not unique and too fast.

This old transportation using the power of horse to drag it will provide quite unique experience. It is slow, indeed, but it provides you more time to enjoy your trip. You are in vacation not business trip, so you should relax and leave the hustle bustle of business.

It is quite nice.

Just one tip before using, be a negotiator as you must bargain with the coachman.

  • Location : Kuta, Bali
  • Year : 2016
  • Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
  • Focal Length : 8 mm
  • F-Stop : F/4
  • Speed : 1/420 second
  • ISO : 200

Quiet Nusa Dua Beach

Quite Nusa Dua Beach

For sure the Nusa Dua Beach, one of the loveliest beach in Bali, the Island of God was not as quiet as the above picture showed. People staying in the nearest hotels or hostels often visited the beach to see sunrise or sunset or just having fun playing.

However, at some specific times, such as early in the morning, when hotel guests don't wake up yet, the beach was really quite. It is almost empty without a single human seen.

Empty is the key. Every photographer loves "emptiness". It makes their life easier to take a shooting. Remember KISS? A slogan that must always be kept in photographers' mind because the simplest photo is likely the best photo they take. That's why most of photographers will sacrifice their sleeping just to come to a location where they want to make photos as early as possible to avoid crowd.

It was lucky for me. Because, I could try my luck to take a photo with an idea of "empty" or "quietness". This photo for me is quite OK considering it was taken by a prosumer Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR, cheap camera and not a professional one.

The photo should also tell you a story about a beach, one of the most favorite beach in the Island. It is easier to show this than writing a thousand words article to describe how beautiful the Nusa Dua Beach looks like.

What do you think?

  • Location : Busa Dua Beach behind Grand NIkko Hotel (It was renamed to Hilton)
  • Year : 2016
  • Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
  • Focal Length : 5 MM
  • F-Stop : F/7.1
  • Speed :  1/900 second
  • ISO : 200