Playing with Lights and Shadows Around Juanda, Jakarta

If you’re looking for an alternative street photography site in Jakarta, try to stroll around Juanda area. One of the landmark of this area is the famous ‘Pasar Baru’. Usually, people go here for textile and fabric shopping.  There are two options for you. Come a little bit in the afternoon and you may get a crowded scenes that might looks interesting as you can capture the hustle of people spending their time scanning a lot of items available there. This time, I picked the other option. I went there early in the morning and had the empty and calm side of Pasar Baru, Juanda.

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I found out that Pasar Baru in the morning has several spots where you can play along with lights and shadows. Walking down the corridor of the market around 7 or 8 am, you may see how morning light intruding into the gaps of the buildings and creates a beautiful contrast. You may also search through some spots outside of the main corridor. Look at some small alleys in this area, wait until a vehicle or someone coming out or coming in, and you may get some great moments there.

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Try to take some walk outside of Pasar Baru. Maybe you want to try to take the route to the Juanda Train Station which is not really far from there. You can meet some street vendors along the way, a Starbucks Coffee with an old-school style architecture, the European style Antara News building, etc. So, a lot of things that you can get by strolling around Juanda. Want to try?

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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Finding Peace at Ranca Upas, Bandung

Sometimes we need to discover a space to find peace. Take a look at my pictures during my trip with FujifilmXseries community to Ranca Upas, Bandung.

Discovering Colombo, the Heart of Sri Lanka

Despite its small size just 37.31 km² Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, offers a varying selection of experience to discover excitements of Asia. My impression on Colombo the first time I discovered the city is totally different from my expectation. Not expecting much of moving around the downtown, but it turned out to become a worthy exploration in its own right. And once again, the diverse culture of Asia always fascinates me in its own way.

Take a Closer Look to Your Surroundings

I’m always fascinated with details. There’s a beauty in simple things that we might miss when we just look at it in a glance.

Technically, I shoot using my Fujifilm XT10 camera with XF35mm f1.4 lens attached most of the time. I really love how this fix lens can deliver a sharp and clear image, especially when you take a close up shot.

For me, there’s an art of ‘notice the unnoticed‘ in photography. We tend to ignore a lot of things around us because they are not extraordinary for us. It’s very different when we travel somewhere, to outdoor nature for example. The beauty of landscape will be something that instantly please our eyes.

However, if we want to look at those ‘not-so-interesting’ things differently, we might be able to get something nice from them. For example, a cup of coffee, flowers in your garden, your toy collection, your watch, raindrops on your car window, pile of books on your desk, anything. If you adjust your angle right, or if you can adjust their placement right as well, you will get something different from those ordinary, orthodox things.

Even though we might not always be able to turn every single regular stuffs into pretty things just like magic, looking at details of objects that we see in everyday life might be able to train our sensitivity towards ‘photography-material’ scenes.

I still remember there’s this one time I uploaded a pic that focuses on a pair of sneakers that were worn by someone on a train. “It’s only a picture of shoes, but why does it look pretty?” said someone in my instagram comment box.

It’s an exercise for me, especially for the eyes. This helps me to think, what angle that works for different objects.

Taking this into philosophical approach, to see things closer means we force ourselves to understand things better and to see things from a different perspective. The question is, do we want to look closer to our surroundings?