Friday, January 5, 2018

Do You Know The Function of An Eel? Name One, Please? An Eel Race!

Do You Know The Function of An Eel? Name One, Please?

I don't think it is necessary to explain about what an eel is. I believe majority of people know about this slim, slippery animal living in mud of river or rice field (at least in Indonesia). It looks like a snake but without a head because its head is connected seamlessly with its body. Its color usually brownish dark grey.

An eel, for many people has only one function which is as a part of their dishes. It's crunchy if you fry it, the common way of cooking an eel. Its small size is too small to make your stomach full, it will take a plate full of fried eel to make you feel full. That's why many prefers take eels as snack than main dishes, unless you combine them with steak or chicken.

It is its main function for Indonesians.

However, few days before Indonesia Independence Day, actually an eel has been assigned another function. It's yearly duty. Eel and its family, if they are still alive during the process can live longer and evade from being fried on frying pan.

The special and specifi function is to make Indonesians laugh.

With additional tools, like a bucket and a glass bottle, eels can make thousands of Indonesian laugh happily and freely, forgetting about their difficult life and no money situation.

Once a year, during the day of Independence, Indonesians usually hold many types of races, just for fun. One of them is "an eel race. No, the race is not like dog race that a dog races with others. It is just a simple race moving an eel from the bucket full of eels and put an eel into the glass bottle.

Easy.. It looks like but it is not. The slippery body of an eel is an obstacle. If you add the tickle in your stomach while you have an eel on your hand, then it can end to a very difficult job to do,

I won't tell you in details. I am not a tutorial bloggers. If you want to know how it feels to join an eel race, just come here in August every year. You will know another function of an eel that can make you burst unstoppable laugh.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Available Object

Available Object

As a street photographer, I rely on my sharp eyes to find objects, or the combination of objects to make a photo. I can not ask anyone to pose just for me, especially because I don't know them and it won't be polite to ask strangers, even if I do it in the most polite manner, to stand in front of my camera and allow me to capture their picture.

Well, I knew Eric Kim did it sometomes, but I really don't have a gut to copy such move during my time on streets. I haven't reached such level yet.

So, it is safe to say that I am just waiting or looking for available objects that can be captured with or without their permission.

However, sometimes, either I am lucky or unlucky, I met many people who are more than willing to become my objects. Even, without asking whether they are suitable or workable for me, they act like a supermodel in front of my camera.

Like the girl in the picture. Honestly, I just needed her shape to accomplish my idea about "big frame" in Bogor Botanical Gardens, Indonesia. That was why I tried to take a picture quite far away using my longest zoom. It was enough.

Unfortunately, she found me capturing her and eventually, asked me to take more her pictures more than what I was willing to do. But, since, she had helped me realizing my idea, then, as a civilized person, I spared her some shoots, even though finally, I didn't know how to use the photos. I didn't know her and she was not pretty either.

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Fabulous Landscape of Astrid Garden - Bogor Botanical Garden

The Fabulous Landscape of Astrid Garden - Bogor Botanical Garden

I have only a cropped sensor camera, a Canon EOS 700D, an entry level one only. However, I feel blessed to be able to buy one.

It costed me some chunks of my salary everymonth for 6 month installments for a body and two basic lenses, a standard 18-55 mm and 55-250 mm. Well, not the kinds of lenses a professional will buy but those were the only ones I could afford without causing my monthly budget disrupted.

Although, it is not a sophisticated camera, the Canon has been a good tool to allow me capturing many beauties in the world, and show them to many people, like this fabulous view of Astrid Garden in Bogor Botanical Garden, the first Botanic Garden in Asia.

This garden was set up in 1920's. It was made specially to welcome the beautiful Queen of Belgium ata that time, Queen Astrid. Inspired by her beauty, the administrator of Lands Plantentuin, the ancestor of Bogor botanical Garden, decided to make a garden that consisted of 3 parts, the pond, the yard, and the avenue.

Now, the garden still exists and has become one of the most beautiful place in the Great Garden.

The yellowish green of grass, the vast land, never fails to catch visitors eyes. With addition of Channa Hybrida flower that oftem blossoms the whole year, the Astrid Garden always provides freshness to the eyes of everyone who stop by.

The garden has also felt me blessed, even though only a cheap camera on my hand, I can captured the beauty and show it to you.

That's one of the camera's function, isn't it?