Pasar Lama Tangerang – April 2017

Pasar Lama Tangerang (Tangerang Old Market) is a traditional street market situated at Tangerang, Banten. It is a small complex, rich with Chinese-Indonesian history, so we could probably call it Tangerang’s China Town. Some of the shops has been opened for several generations. It has a wide varieties of delicious culinary treats.

All Pictures are taken with X-T10 and XF35mmF2.0

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Waiting – Pasar Lama Tangerang, Indonesia, 2017
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Reading the News – Pasar Lama Tangerang, Indonesia, 2017
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Fish Market – Pasar Lama Tangerang, Indonesia, 2017
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Let’s Play – Pasar Lama Tangerang, Indonesia, 2017
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Going Through – Pasar Lama Tangerang, Indonesia, 2017
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Exhausted – Pasar Lama Tangerang, Indonesia, 2017

The first two pictures are my personal all time favorite pictures. What do you think? Feel free to leave comments and inputs on the comment section!

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Kalijodo Skate Park – 2017

Kalijodo Skate Park is a public park that used to be a shanty town, it is located at North Jakarta. It was the first time I visited the park, since it is located fairly far from where I live (around 45 minutes drive). Here are some pictures that I took during my visit, all pictures were taken using X-T10 and XF35mmF2.0.

There were lots of kids playing around the park, mini Becaks (Cycle Rickshaw) were available for rent for children to use.

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Mini Becak – Kalijodo Skate Park, Jakarta, 2017
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Here We Go – Kalijodo Skate Park, Jakarta, 2017

Some extreme sport enthusiasts were also there, showing off their biking skills.

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This boy here was actually working, remember the mini becaks that were available for rent? He was the one that maintaining them and collecting the fee for the rent.

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Germany – Prague, December 2016

Here are some shots taken during my trip to Germany and Prague in 2016, all shots were taken using Fujifilm X-T10 + XF35mmF2.0.

This particular picture is one of my favorite, it was a fairly cold winter but this energetic pair was out playing soccer.

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Free Kick – Bonn, Germany, 2016

The following shots were taken during my visit to Köln, it was a nostalgic visit, since I used to spend sometimes in the North Rhein-Westphalia during my college years.

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Family Photo – Köln, Germany, 2016
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Altitude – Köln, Germany, 2016
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Street Performers – Köln, Germany, 2016

This particular shot was taken during my transit in Dresden before continuing to Prague.

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Cross the Road – Dresden, Germany 2016

Prague has always had a special place in my heart. I personally think it’s a very beautiful city.

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Castle Guard – Prague, Czech Rep. 2016
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Soap Bubble – Prague, Czech Rep. 2016
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Prague, Czech Rep. 2016
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Prague, Czech Rep. 2016
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Lady in Red – Prague, Czech Rep. 2016

They are shots taken during the early days of my photography hobby. Please tell me what you think about them! I will post some of my latest work eventually, because I will try to post all my work throughout the years chronologically in this Blog.

The Lens of My Life

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Yeah! We all love bokkeh!

I started to shoot using Fuji’s kit lens, the Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS. It’s a great lens, but like many other new photographer I wanted to have that bokkeh! So I did some research, and was torn between XF23mmF2.0 or XF35mmF2.0. After further research, Google told me that traditionally people agree that for street photography 35mm Focal Length is king. Therefore I decided to buy the XF35mmF2.0, it is an amazing lens – small, fast AF, sharp, and of course amazing bokkeh!

And yes, before any of you starts complaining, only after I spend sometimes with the lens and learn further about photography, I came to a realization that my camera has APSC sensor, which means the 35mm lens that I use is actually a 50mm equivalent. Yet since this actually is my first prime, this does not bother me at all. I personally think this is the beauty of photography, I think there are no boundaries or fix set of rules in photography. You can do pretty much anything you want, and if it works for you, it works.

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Waiting – Tangerang Old Market, 2017

After a while around mid 2017, a friend of mine brought a Voigtländer Nokton 35mmF1.2. I gave it a try and fell in love, I love how it renders colors and it has a nice creamy bokkeh. This is the lens that I use nowadays.

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Newsreading – Tangerang Old Market, 2017

So, since the first time I use a 50mm equivalent focal length lens on my camera, I never, ever, change it for any other focal length lenses. I love the Focal Length so so much that I basically use it for everything. Although many say that the 50mm is too tight compared to 35mm for street photography, it suits my style, since it allows me to isolate my subject, while maintaining enough context in the background.

So, I know it is probably still too early to say this, but I will say it anyway. I think I’ve found the lens of my life.

Why Did I Start Photography?

My relationship with photography is not a “fell on the first sight” type of relationship. In fact the first time I obtained my camera, it was more of an annoyance for me.

The camera I currently use (Fujifilm X-T10) is actually my mom’s. She bought it during our trip to Japan on October 2016. I was actually pretty much against it, since I felt that it was such a waste of money to spend $1000++ for a camera. Because I know her, and I know she won’t use it for serious photography.

My fear was proven to be true. Once we went back from Japan, the camera was rarely used. Spending most of its time inside the cupboard. Because I feel it is such a waste to leave such an expensive camera unused, one day I decided to take it for a landscape photo session with my friend who is a photography enthusiast. But this did not impress me, I did not feel engaged at all, it bored me.

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Jakarta, 2016

So the camera spent most of its time yet again unused. Until one day another friend of mine introduced me to “street photography”. Capturing moments, emotions, raw expressions of people, no choreography, strangers in their natural elements, all these things, they simply excite me. The anticipation, the fact that every moment is a fleeting moment that cannot be replayed once you missed them, it makes me feel challenged. In short I fell in love with this genre of photography.

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Jakarta, 2016

So I started to routinely go out and take pictures, any picture that catch my interest. Although if you start to follow my work, you will notice that a lot of them have an element of human interest within them.

In the end, the thousand dollars that my mother spent didn’t go in vain. And to my benefit I acquired a very good system, for free! Everything happens for a reason, I guess?

It’s been a while since I started photography, and now it has become an integral part of my life. It brings excitement into my life, it refreshes my soul, it makes me aware and appreciate small things around me, it makes me feel truly alive.

Hello World

So, this is supposed to be my first blog post?

Hello World… I guess.

I will be posting some introductory posts and some of my work as soon as possible. For the overall blog content, I still have no clear idea to be honest. I will post some of my work (for sure), and maybe some contents regarding my perspective and thoughts of photography.

Feel free to leave comments and suggestions you think I can incorporate!

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Yeah, it’s me