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?

Commission: Putra & Karima Prewedding Session

Putra is my coworkers at the office. We get along pretty well as friends beyond office life. This good relationship led me to my first ever pre-wedding photo session. So, I know Karima, Putra’s girlfriend at that time. They decided to go gambling by asking me, a non-professional in photography, to take their pre-wedding photos.

I took the risk. So did they.

Deep down inside, I’m nervous. I’m afraid I couldn’t deliver something that they use on their wedding day. But hey, the time I attended their wedding ceremony, I saw with my own eyes all the pictures that I’ve prepared for them.

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There’s this proud feeling I couldn’t deny. “Hmm, not bad.” I said to myself. It can be better though, I hope Putra and Karima don’t mind. There’s always room for improvement and I’m glad that I’ve been given the chance to start.

For those who haven’t been able to find the chance, once you have it, make sure you’re ready to grab that challenge and turn it into a precious experience!

So, thank you Putra and Karima. Have a happy marriage for you.