Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dreamy View of Nusa Dua Beach

Dreamy View of Nusa Dua Beach

It took me few moments to take the above picture. Nusa Dua Beach, Bali is always one of the best beaches in the island, in the country, and probably in the world. It has white sand, blue water, and fabulous landscape.

The only problem was that I didn't like to have an empty photo. Beaches are always nice to see but without an object, it will present too much empty feeling and may result on the sadness to appear.

Therefore, I decided to wait for a while until there was something appear to be included as an object.

I was quite lucky that there were few Balinese walking down to my direction. Slowly because it was still early in the morning and those guys might walk to a place where they worked.

After 10 minutes of waiting, I got the gift. One of the guys, wearing a traditional clothes of Bali entering the viewfinder and I pushed the shutter release button,.

I got what I wanted. The beautiful and dreamy view of a sunrise in Bali that was not too empty. The silhouette of the guy looked blended with the nice landscape.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

What A Photography Addicted Person Can Do

What A Photography Addicted Person Can Do
Bukit CImanggu City and Bogor Icon - Bogor City

Addicted to something is something you should avoid because that means more to a bad thing than a good one.

However, I don't care. I admit that I am one of the photography addicted persons in the world. And, I enjoyed it a lot.

It gives me a chance to enjoy my life and fulfill the needs of nowadays people to share about anything. Even though it is only a small thing about our life and perhaps nobody will even care and give a slight glance.

I really don't care.

Because, at least it gives me something to do while waiting from my son coming from his school. The addiction forces me to utilize my ASUS smartphone to try to make a good photo of the housing complex icon where I live in.

The Wearily Smiling Parade Participant

The Wearily Smile of Parade Participant

Waiting is something that is weary to do. Tiring. Boring.

Unfortunately, many times we have to face a situation that need us to be more patient, like when you are "just" a parade participant waiting for your turn to show up and the event is not started yet waiting for the VIP persons to come.

Honestly, even me, the camera holder already feels tired waiting for too long with my Canon 700D which has a bit more than a kilogram. It is unimaginable if I must do that in a costume heavier than 10 times my Canon.

I won't be able to even give a slight smile.

But, this guy still gave me a smile when I direct my lens to him.

A Little Beggar - A Nobody Want to See Part of Life

A Little Beggar - A Nobody Want to See Part of Life
A Little Beggar in Bogor City

Nobody wants to be poor. Nobody dreams to live in poverty. Nobody.

Unfortunately, sometimes, what we "want" is shown in our gesture in daily life that we don't like to see beggars, representing the poverty, in front of us.

Many times we hide behind the rules of public order to eliminate them from our life.

Should I Be Afraid of This Dragon ?

Should I Be Afraid of This Dragon ?

Well, referring to many literature about dragon, I believe we are guided to specific image if we discuss about a dragon.

It should be gallant, ferocious, manly, strong, fierce, and so many other words that emphasize that a dragon is something you should pay a respect. You may even have to be afraid when you think about this mythical animal.

However, in Cap Go Meh Festival, the Lantern Festival, you may find it different from what many literature says.

Dragons are more colorful, cheerful, and cute. You can not avoid that because there are so many colors on their bodies. Yes, it still has a mustache and fangs but those can't get rid of the cuteness created by the bright colors along their bodies.

That;s why my question is "Should I be afraid of this kind of dragon?" . "Should I pay respect?" Because honestly, I will see them at least one a year in Cap Go Meh Bogor or Bogor CGM Street Festival.

So, perhaps you can tell me if I should bow when it crawls in front of me?

Or, I think this is the best idea, to push my shutter release button as usual.

It think the last one is the best.

The Nice View of Borcess Lake - Keep Your Camera on Standby Mode Always

the nice view of Borcess Lake - Keep Your Camera on Standby Mode Always 2

Keep your camera on standby mode, ready to shoot whenever and whereever you go. That's what I learned from the master of street photography, Eric Kim.

It is very true. Because, street photography always relies on the foresight of the camera-man. People who choose this genre never knows what to shoot before the moment is in front of them. They don't make plan who, where, or when to push the shutter release button.

And, I am one of them.

I never expect to shoot anything before the moment is taking place in front of me. Every decision is made instantly within less than a second.

That's why I always put my camera on standby mode, or ready to shoot mode that when I find something interesting, I can immediately take a photo.

The habit has deeply been ingrained inside me, so when even I don't bring camera, I will keep my smartphone ready. I understand that it's rare and very difficult to capture good photo with a 13 MP old smartphone but I decide that it is better than not taking any photos.

The above photo was one of the photos taken while my Canon 700D is not on my hand. I didn;t bring it because the location was my son's school. I didn't visit the place for photo hunting session.

However, I could not stop to take few shots of the lakes in front of the school, Borcess-Bogor Center School, Bogor City.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Cute Puddle On The Street

Cute Puddle On The Street

This cute puddle on Sudirman Street, Bogor City is really pretty in its bright orange jacket. The owner must be a fashion conscious person that he will not let his beloved pets to appear dirty and filthy in front of public.

The owner should also be a person who understand well that sitting and sleeping in a cage won't be good for his puddle. Like human, animals need exercise as well to avoid them from being too fat.

Besides, this cute puddle can also show you the financial strength of the owner. It won't be cheap to maintain a pet like this puddle. The cost is quite high and can be on the same level of monthly Indonesia minimum wage.

Klara Beach Landscape taken using Smartphone Panorama Feature

Klara Beach Landscape taken using Smartphone Panorama Feature

Do you know how to use Panorama Feature on your smartphone? If you don't, I suggest to learn it immediately.

It's a useful feature in capturing landscape. Like you can see on the above picture of Klara Beach, Lampung Province, Indonesia.

The landscape is too wide to be handled by common camera lens, even the wider smartphone camera. Just make sure there is nothing that block the camera and keep the handling hand as steady as possible to avoid blur.

The camera will take care the rest.

Rabbit Seller in Bogor City

Rabbit Seller in Bogor City

This is the way rabbits are sold in Bogor City, West Java, Indonesia.

The long ear animal are mainly traded more as pets but it is also often consumed. Not too much because Indonesian prefers more chickens or beef but some restaurants offers various menu of dishes with rabbit as ingredients.

The rabbit seller on the picture sells rabbit as pets (even probably, the buyer may think differently).

The View of Tanjung Benoa Port

The View of Tanjung Benoa Port

Tanjung Benoa port is a port used mainly for cruise vessel and tourists only. From this port, tourists will be carried on luxurious boat to several surrounding smaller islands, such as Nusa Lembongan.

It has a great view as also other beaches in the Bali Island, especially when the sun rises or sets.

The View of Bajaj on Jakarta's Street

The View of Bajaj on Jakarta's Street

Bajaj, a motorized three wheeler is one of "main" public transportation in Jakarta, the Capital of Indonesia. It can carry upto 3 passengers that are seated behind the driver. However, sometimes, some stingy people, that don't want to pay more, load it with upto 6 persons.

It now uses gas fuel to reduce air pollution. You need to bargain with the driver about the fare.



The photo of main entry gate of Bogor commuter train station.

Bogor is the last station of the Jabodetabek Commuter Train Service on southern area.

Texting While Riding = Stupidity

Texting While Riding = Stupidity

Sometimes, I wonder what the content of some people's heads are. There should be a "brain" to think , to divide what is wrong and right. There should be because I believe the God presents every human with this organ.

However, it seems to me that many people in Indonesia forget how to utilize the organ when they text while riding a motorcycle.

They should know that it is a dangerous action to do. Not only for themselves but also for other road users.

Riding a motorcycle needs riders to fully concentrate on the ahead road and to make the vehicle kept balanced. Riding while playing with a gadget and do texting will surely cause the concentration distracted and the risk of accidents to happen is increasing.

It is just a simple thing to remember. However, probably because they don't know how to use brain, they don't remember about that.

What makes it worse is that thousands of road users in Indonesia do the action daily. Their attitude put many people life in danger because they don't know how to use brain.

(The photo was taken on the street of Pajajaran Bogor)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Cleaning Leaves of Decorative Plants - Showing Your Commitment

Cleaning Leaves of Decorative Plants - Showing Your Commitment

A commitment is something that can mean that you are willing to do very small things and sometimes silly just to make sure your duty fulfilled. Am I right?

Perhaps, it is the interpretation that Indonesia commuter train company believe. Really a good one.

This picture taken in Bogor Station, West Java probably is one of the best example of the commitment.

The company has promised that they will be more passengers friendly and it has been proved in many ways, indeed. One of them is to keep their passengers feel convenient. They put many decorative plants, in pots, in all of stations under their administration.

However, putting them in open area can mean also let dust and other dirt attached to the plants. For sure it will make the plants become dirty and unsightly.

Therefore, they assign their janitor with one additional task, something unusual. It is to clean the leaves of the decorative plants periodically.

The janitor brings a bucket of water and a brush. Then, he/she cleans one by one the plant leaves.

This is quite unusual but it should show you how far the interpretation of "a commitment" of the train company.

Inside Commuter Train in Indonesia - When It Is Near Last Station

Inside Commuter Train in Indonesia - When It Is Near Last Station

The photo was captured few months ago, 2017 when I tried to join a photo contest held by the commuter train company in Indonesia.

It shows the interior of a passenger cabin on one of the commuter train.

The picture was not sent for the contest and never intended to. The only reason for me taking the picture was because there was a funny feeling inside my stomach seeing empty situation.

The commuter train had become one of favorite transportation around Greater Jakarta as it is cheap and fast. Compared to using private cars, it is more efficient in term of money and also time. No wonder that it is almost crowded.

That's why I felt so funny to see that many seats were idle and you can even sleep on the couch if you want. The situation is on contrary to its normal situation, especially on peak hours that even to stand up straight is already a difficult task.

Besides, it can also show anybody who has never utilized public transportation and have a bad image about our commuter train to change their mind. It has changed a lot during the last few years and it has become more and more passenger friendly, convenient.

Another Example of What Smartphone Camera Can Do - Klara Beach, Lampung Province

Another Example of What Smartphone Camera Can Do - Klara Beach, Lampung Province

The above picture is just an example of what smartphone camera can do. Many people may think that photography is owned by people who can pay big sum of money for a DSLR or Mirrorless camera but actually it is 50% incorrect.

Photography is everyone's. Including they are who can make photos using their smartphone camera.

The landscape of Klara Beach, Lampung Province was just captured by ASUS T00N, a smartphone camera with 13 MP. Its lens has too many limitation. However, the picture can be considered as really nice one and in accordance with several basic rules of photography, such as Rules of Thirds or KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).

The picture shows that even with a smartphone only, as long as the person behind the camera understand how to take a photo, then the result should be good and worth to see.

The skill, my friend, the skill is the key point of photography, not the gear.

Not RIO CARNIVAL - Just Lantern Festival in My Hometown

Not RIO ARNIVAL - Just Lantern Festival in My Hometown

Definitely and I am sure 100% that the above picture was not captured at the famous RIO CARNIVAL. I have never been to the country from where Neymar came. I don't have enough fund to do that.

He wa snot also an angel came down from heaven. He was just a parade participant.

The above picture was taken in 2016 on Suryakencana Street, at my hometown, Bogor City.

Every year, there is always a Lantern Festival, or in Indonesia it is known as Cap Go Meh Festival.

Although, Chinese ethnic is not majority in the country but they have been given freedom to express their culture and tradition. Even, many cities in the country has adopted this Chinese tradition as the society's event.

The costume used didn't also represent the Chinese traditional costume. I am sure it was adopted by someone who had ever seen the RIO Carnival, probably from television.

The appearance of the participant was quite unique and caused thousands of eyes of spectators stared at him during the parade.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Photography Shows Me More Beauties Than Before

Photography Shows Me More Beauties Than Before
Rice Field Terrace in Mount Salacca Bogor
Unavoidable. As a photographer, I would always like people to see from one side, a bright side. I always try to present photos that I think beautiful. I want to share the happiness enjoyed during capturing the photo.

No matter bad the object is, I will always search for an angle that can show the object in their bright form, best form and not the worst form. I try to extract beauty from any of my object.

That is the curse of being a photographer, a single minded person when a camera is on our hand. Really sorry for that.

Due to the nature of being a photographer, I thank God also because probably I saw more beauties in my life than many other person. The habit to always look for beautiful thing from a mundane thing have been developed inside me.

That makes me see the world more beautiful than before. It's more cheerful and colorful. Because even common things for me can be the most interesting and attractive thing in the world when I see through my viewfinder.

Location : Mount Salacca, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
Year : 2015
Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
F-Stop : F/4.5
Focal Length : 19 mm
Shutter Speed : 1/300
ISO : 100
Editting : Picasa and Photoscape

Photography Teaches Me How To Appreciate Small Things

Photography Teaches Me How To Appreciate Small Thing 2

It is undeniable that I learned a lot of things after throwing myself into photography world. One of them is that I am attracted more often by small things, such as a cup, a little kid, a flower and many other little things.

It can be because as a photographer, I work on a "small frame" of my camera. So, I must calculate any object to fit in the frame for my photo. Bigger things have more difficulties to manage and more complicated.

Bigger size objects need more distance to shoot. Bigger size means also, it will occupy too much space in my frame and leave a little for other object.

Also, I found it astonishing the beauty inside small things. Their size may cause them overlooked but my eyes are always trying to search something special inside those small things.

I am not sure if any other photographers have the same experience like me and I don't even care if they don't have.

However, this is one reason of mine that it teaches me how to appreciate small things

Location : Bogor City
Year : 2016
Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
F-Stop : f/6.4
Focal Length : 126 mm
Shutter Speed : 1/320 second
ISO : 100
Editing : Picasa and Photoscape

Thursday, December 7, 2017

This Candy Box Shows How Low Environment Consciousness

This Candy Box Shows How Low Environment Consciousness

It is just a candy box. Empty. A small thing. There is nothing special about an empty candy box. If there are some candies inside, it may have some value.

Unfortunately, this empty candy box shows quite a big thing. It is about how low environmental consciousness among Indonesians.

This empty box was only 3 meters away of a trash bin. The size is also small enough for any pocket human's clothes have. However, I found it on one wall in Gondangdia Train Station, Jakarta, Indonesia.

What does that mean?

That means whoever had this candy box is someone who is either too lazy to walk to nearest trash bin or stupid enough that he or she didn't know where to place this empty candy box.

This is just one example from thousands of example seen in daily life in Indonesia. It really represents the way of thinking of many Indonesians. Littering is somehow considered normal for such small things.

A small thing but a big thing for environment because without the consciousness about what danger such small thing can create to our environment, then it can be a big thing and trouble for society.

Location : Gondangdia Train Station, Jakarta
Year : 2017
Camera : Asus T00N
F-Stop : f/2
Focal Length : 4 mm
Shutter Speed : 1/20 second
ISO : 200

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Don't Have To Go To Cybertron Just To Meet Transformers

Don't Have To Go To Cybertron Just To Meet Transformers

I assure you. We don't have to go to Cybertron just to meet Transformers. Definitely, if the only reason for you to meet one of them, then we can do it somewhere else.

It won't be cheap. I am not sure also there is an airline having a flight route to the planet. It will take also too much time, we can already be grandparents even before arriving there.

Trust me. It will be a very painful trip if we go there.

If you want only meet face to face with at least one of them, then there is a cheaper way and nearer than Cybertron.

Just take a look at the picture. I didn't capture it in the planet as I didn't have enough money to buy to a ticket. The picture of a transformer hiding behind a tree was captured on earth.

So, just go there, the place where the picture was taken. They will be easy to spot although they may try to hide behind trees but leaves can't hide their bulky body. They are also not dangerous like Megatron, as I am sure they can't move for even an inch.

I will give a clue about the location. It was Eco Art Park, Bogor City, West Java, Indonesia. I guarantee that you will find a transformer there but don't ask me his/her name (not sure if transformer have a gender). He/she didn't answer me.

Location : Eco Art Park, Bogor City, West Java, Indonesia
Year : 2016
Camera : Fujifilm Finepix HS 35EXR
F-stop : F/3.6
Focal Length : 10 mm
Shutter Speed : 1/200 second
ISO : 400
Editing : Picasa and Photoscape

Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Two Favorite Object - Nymphaea Rubra and Bogor Palace

My Two Favorite Object - Nymphaea Rubra and Bogor Palace

There are two objects that can be said as my favorite as a photographer (well, I am in confident mood today). Both are coming from my hometown, Bogor City, a city 60 kilometer southern Jakarta the capital.

The first is the historical place not only for Bogor but also Indonesia because it was once the center of the government of Dutch East Indie centuries ago, the Bogor Palace.

The second one is a flower. No, it is not Rose or Orchid. I like cheaper flower. It is the nymphaea, especially the Rubra, the pink one. It looks gorgeous and in a photograph, it provides active color and definitely a beauty.

It is also cheap because I don't have to plant it in front of my house. When I want to see it, then I just go to Bogor Botanical Garden as there are lots of nymphaea on one of the ponds.

Hopw about if both of them are put into the same photo? Can the photo provide the same beauty as if it is taken individually?

Well, you can find the answer on the above picture.

(Note : If you want to know further my city, please just type LOVELY BOGOR inside the search box of Google or any other search engine. You should find my other blog. Choose the English Edition from the menu)

Location : Bogor Botanical Garden, Bogor City, West Java, Indonesia
Year : 2017
Camera : Canon 700D
F-Stop : f/4
Focal Length : 28 mm
Shutter Speed : 1/320 second
ISO : 100
Editing : Picasa and Photoscape

Friday, December 1, 2017

Which One Do You Choose Automatic Ticket Machine or Manual Ticket Counter ?

which one do you choose automatic ticket machine or manual ticket counter

Good evening, folks!

May I ask you a question. I believe many of you are commuters traveling everyday from your home to your office using train or other public transportation. Am I right?

For each travel, for sure you must pay some fare and buy a ticket, msun't you?

The question is if you have an option to buy through an automatic ticket machine or buy it through ticket counter, which one do you choose?

Everybody knows that in most of cases, automatic ticket machine can provide the ticker faster than the counter. Well, we must admit that machines can do more efficiently and quicker than human for this duty. It has also less possibility in making mistake.

Many of you will surely choose the ticket machine for the above reason. That's why technology is born for, to make human life more efficient and save more time that is enable human to live more comfortably.

I do too. I prefer to use the automatic machine for the same reasons.

However, many others may think differently. I don't know the reasons behind their choosing manual ticket counter than the automatic ticket machine. It feels strange that they don't take what technology can offer if it can make their life better.

Probably, they are accustomed to be served by human being which the machine can't provide. Some people, mostly, old people prefer this way as they can talk or chat a little.

Or, this is most likely, they just don't know how to use the machine and too lazy to learn.

Just probably, perhaps.

Location : Gondangdia Train Station, Jakarta, Indonesia
Year : 2017
Camera : Asus T00N (Smartphone)
F-Stop : f/2
Focal Length : 4 mm
Shutter Speed : 1/20 second
ISO : 200

Are Most Indonesians Color Blind?

Are Most Indonesians Color Blind?
Wahid Hasyim Street Traffic Light
Honestly, I am not mocking Indonesians. As I am Indonesian since I was born 47 years ago. My mother and father are also Indonesians. However, I can't help to have a guess that most Indonesians are color blind.

They may suffer a kind of disease that make them unable to recognize some specific colors.

This guess was based on what I look on many streets in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Many road users seemed to me to fail to follow a simple instruction which was already taught since they were in kindergarten.

Absolutely, they should have learned three specific colors while they ride, i.e.

  • - Green : You can go
  • - Yellow : Slow down and be careful
  • - Red : Stop
Those color symbol are common, not only in Indonesia, but also worldwide. It is quite difficult to understand why they often interpret the colors becoming :

  • - Green : You can go
  • - Yellow : Press the accelerator as hard as you can, there is still 1-2 second
  • - Red : Just go, but please be careful of police officers
Many motorcyclist and also driver also failed to meet the requirement to stop behind the white bar on traffic light. It looks likely, they can't not see also white color.

Based on this, I assumed many, if not most, Indonesian are color blind. It can be temporary when they are on streets.

Or, perhaps, they have another kind of disease, it may not be color blindness. What do you think? Another option is a bad mentality?

Which one do you think most likely?

  • Location : Wahid Hasyim Street, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Year : 2017
  • Camera : Asus T00N (Smartphone)
  • F-Stop : F/2
  • Focal Length : 4 mm
  • Shutter Speed : 1 second
  • ISO : 200