Commission: Wily & Vivi Maternity Session

It’s been awhile since the last time I posted something here. (I’m afraid I always start my post with sentence like this). Anyway, recently I did a commission work for my friends, Wily and Vivi. They’re expecting their baby soon by the end of this February or in the beginning of March 2019. It’s quite cute though. I remember years ago when Wily was still approaching Vivi, which was not an easy process, but it turned out they ended up as an item. I’ve followed along their journey and it’s amazing that they will have a little baby very soon.

I’m glad I could be part of their joy by assisting them in getting a good documentation of the maternity time. Wily said, “It’s not my thing, but Vivi asked me for this. Well, gotta do what a man should do.” Yes, Wily is not a fan of getting himself photographed, but he knows that this is an important milestone for him and his wife as a family.

Even though we live in the same city, we don’t meet occasionally. We always keep in touch through group chat, but the last time I met him in person was last year. So, it took me by surprise when he reached me out and asked about this maternity shot. “Really, Wily? I never thought you want to do this kind of thing! Hahaha”. But they did.

Anyway, I hope you like the results of the quick photo shoot in the backyard. I personally kinda like it. You guys are cute couple! With a new family member coming soon, I hope they’ll grow as a happy family as always!

Spending a Morning at Chinatown of Semarang

One of the well-known street photography site in many places of the world is the Chinatown. The same goes to Semarang City in Indonesia. Locally known as Pecinan, people usually visit this long alley in the evening, especially from Friday to Sunday because these three days are the time for street food sellers lining up to serve the culinary hunter in the city. You should try!

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This time, I went there in the morning where I found several interesting activities with old ambiance and vintage character that I managed to capture. While I always visit Pecinan Semarang during weekend night, I never know that this site has a lot of interesting scenes in the morning. You can find people riding their bikes and people going short distance using pedicabs. Since it’s also located near traditional market, you can also definitely do street photography in the market itself. My personal favorite is scene of a man unloading some stuffs in the alley for market supplies. It gives a warm natural light because I took the picture around 7 or 8 am.

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If you walk a bit farther, there are  some Chinese temples in the area. You can definitely  explore the Chinatown while adoring the architectural and the culture aspect. All in all, exploring this area can give you this traveling-back-time kind of feeling. While it’s a must to visit this area during evening for your Saturday night time, you should also try to check this place other times in the morning and see how this place has different things to offer.

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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