Commission: Benino & Elisa Prewedding Session

Benino is one of my lifetime pal. We met during university time and became a very good friends since then. It’s quite funny to realize that we’re always together witnessing how we’re maturing in life, including meeting our each own life partner in the end. So, he knows the history of me and my wife. So do I towards him. I know who he has been with since the university until finally he found the true love of his life.

“I want to marry her.” I still remember Benino said that to me during a phone call when he’s away, at his on-job training site in Kalimantan. He introduced me already to this woman named Elisa, or Lisa in short. I can really tell why Benino is in love with Lisa that owns a funny and outgoing personality.

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And there it goes. I ended up taking their pre-wedding photo shoot session, fulfilling their request. Of course it’s my pleasure to do so. I’m glad that I can contribute to their milestone as a couple. “I’ll treat you pizza,” said Benino when he asked me to help photograph him and Lisa. Yeah, right. Nice offer, Ben.

So, I hope I’ve delivered something that they can always look at and remember how beautiful their journey is.

Have a wonderful marriage, Benino and Elisa. Be happy, always.

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A Life Reflection from Railway Station

“If you think about it, sometimes life is like a railway station. People come and go all the time, but there are those people waiting for the same train with you. There are people that come along together heading to the same direction as you do. And at some point, there will come a time that your train will get to its final stop. Maybe, that’s only a transit trip before you continue your journey with another train. Maybe this time with different companies.”

– Jakarta, 10 December 2016

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Well, aside from trying to be philosophical about train and its station, I always love taking pictures in train station. In Jakarta, you can try to go to Manggarai Station and Jakarta Kota Station. Those two are my top picks if you ask me. I would totally recommend you to go here and try to do some photo hunting. But don’t look too visible with your camera because sometimes the station security officers are not really fan of photography. Up until now, I don’t really have a clear information whether or not it’s (formally) allowed to take pictures in the train station. But why not?

Update on 2017: It’s allowed to take pictures in train station as long as it’s not for commercial use. If it’s for commercial or professional purpose, you need permission to do so.

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Try to capture some night scenes to get some good light effects. For example, shoot the carriage from outside to get an interesting contrast. Also look at the architecture and pay attention to the leading lines. With the right angle, you can get some interesting shots here. Avoid commuting hour if you want to do street photography in the Jakarta Commuter Line. Try go above 8 pm. Empty look of the train or station can deliver some sentimental pictures. If you travel heading to Jakarta Kota, you may get some shots of empty train when everyone has gotten off from the train (because Jakarta Kota is the last station). On the other side, if you’re intention is to capture the hustle of people, then follow along the time of most people going to the office or going back home.

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