After a tough and rough election process, a President is elected for the 2014 – 2019 term:

Pak Joko Widodo – President
Pak Jusuf Kalla – Vice President

Looking forward to October, the day you will be sworn to office.

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We Have An Elected President!

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Creative Commons On This Blog

Creative Commons

I don’t make a living of the photos shared in this blog, and felt that placing a All Reserved Copyright notification is not appropriate.  Some of you that choose to explore this blog will find that in the main widget used there is a sign of Creative Commons licensing like the picture below.

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So please use any photos of mine here on your blog, or other mediums, as long as you give proper credits to me, but please do not use it for commercial purpose it or make any derivatives of it for distribution. Some of the older photos are print ready actually. Most of the new ones are watermark free.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1

A baby

Still crawling not walking or running

Still eating soft foods

Sleeping, eating and playing

Is how a baby spend time

Words mumbled not understood by adults

Still every baby has their own charm.

[Jakarta, Baby and Batik – 2014]

* Still is photographed using the Fujifilm X Pro-1

This marks the 500th post in the blog. Still a baby as the picture above. This is hope and prayer for the future.

Thank you very much to:

  • Those who followed this blog through WordPress reader or mail, or other readers.
  • Also for those who are exposed through Facebook Pages, Twitter, Linked-In , Path, Instagram and all other media.
  • Or those who visited from my other blogs.
  • Or those referred from communities mailing lists I joined.

For those who have liked the posts in the blog I thank you very much for the appreciation.

For those who nominated awards for this blog, thank you very much. But until now I am not able respond in distributing them.

For those who have commented in this blog, thank you very much…..

Here the top commentators from the dashboard:

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Sreejith Nair

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Emanuel Setio Dewo

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See you all again and once again thank you for the support.

Portrait, Uncategorized

Post #500 Still A Baby

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Fotografi, Uncategorized

Display Calibration Using Spyder 4 Elite

All this time I am only using the notebook monitor as it is, meaning that calibration only using the facility provided by the operating system to calibrate the monitor for best use. All could be found in the Control Panel, in the Display or Color Management icons. But for photographs actually it is not sufficient to get the intended actual color, either for printing or for web display. So all of the viewer here have to forgive my posts prior to this if the color of the photos is not correct or not as intended. Either it is the detail, saturation, color and others that relate to it.

Spyder4Elite - Iksa Menajang

Last Sunday I had access to the Spyder 4 Elite display calibration unit and used it to calibrate my notebook’s display. The process is very easy, just install the software provided and follow the step by step instructions from the software. Than the notebook display is fully calibrated and analysed. Since my notebook is not the high end type which is fully adjustable, at least it is still able to be calibrated. Well for those who uses Apple products such as iMac, Mac Book etc, might not have the same problem as Windows based PC’s in color management so the urgency to calibrate is not so much.

Calibrating - Iksa Menajang

The result is striking, at least from the photos in the web from professional photographers which is really looking different now. I hope that my photo processing now will get the actual intended colors, not as previously. Fortunately it is not missing by very much, so most of it are still acceptable.

Here is a preview of the calibration process and tools:

Kalibrasi Monitor

Untuk kebutuhan fotografi kita menginginkan hasil dengan warna yang sesuai dengan saat kita memotret, terutama saat berinteraksi dengan manusia misalnya untuk pembuatan portrait, ataupun liputan event-event. Juga saat memotret produk secara komersial, reproduksi warna yang akurat merupakan syarat utama. Dalam hal ini dibutuhkan sarana kerja yang terkalibrasi dengan baik supaya menghasilkan warna yang akurat dan stabil. Salah satu alat yang perlu untuk dikalibrasi adalah display monitor komputer kita.

Menggunakan Spyder 4 Elite proses kalibrasi sangat mudah, tinggal mengikuti saja langkah-langkah panduan pada piranti lunak yang disertakan.

Untuk detail silahkan klik Data Color Spyder 4 Elite

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Making The Jump

Black

Starting new

From idea to execution

Finding ways to make ends meet

Doing the best

Click the darkness to unveil ……..

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Mistakes Could Really Be Due To Force Majeur

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Last week we had an assignment in Indramayu, a town about 4 hours drive from Jakarta where I live. The schedule is to leave on Friday morning, so we can rest a bit at the afternoon. The next morning is a whole day wedding event starting early in the morning. And the plan is to return on Sunday noon time after a bit sight seeing and have lunch in order for us to reach Jakarta before night.

Monday to Wednesday, we already have another assignment schedule in Jakarta. A corporate job, making portraits of employees of an international market research company.

If all went as planned, the schedule is tiring but manageable and just normal. Also that it is just a normal car ride in a main national road. But a force majeur condition made it a disaster for us and many others.

Continuous heavy rain for several days along the north coast of Java Island, resulting in flood along the main road to Jakarta. Some areas even had about 2 meters of water, making even the trucks could not pass. And it happened on the day we planned to go back to Jakarta.

Then we start to look for alternative road, going up through the mountains avoiding the flood. It was a good plan. And we thought it will add only 2-3 hours of travel.

In the beginning everything seems okay. But after we are already on the mountain road, then we are just stuck there for hours. It seems that all traffic was directed to this road. And resulting a very slow progress for us there, moving just a little each time. And it is for both direction.

In the end it took us 15 hours drive to reach Jakarta and home. An additional 10 hours from the plan. And it means reaching home at 3 am.

Luckily we are able to negotiate a half day rescheduling for the corporate assignment. Which started a bit late as well due to traffic jams in the city due to flood conditions. But as duty calls, we have to perform well no matter what happened.

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My Reflections: The Year 2013 In This Blog

The year of 2013 is going to pass soon. The clock is ticking, and as this post is in writing it is less than 45 hours away from entering 2014 in my timezone. It is time to see what has been done this year.

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2012 was closed with a posting of The Borobudur Temple (Edge Of 2012), and this year end we still have another posting from Borobudur near the end of the year. But posting in the blog did not begin until mid of February, and it started with this post of Railway Station In Cirebon dated 11-02-2013, a sunset photo. Then posts start flowing again on and off, during the time. Until 21 August 2013 when the blog achieved 300 posting since the first post in 03 September 2009, a long 4 years off posting as and when possible. But as of today already achieved 432 posts in the blog, meaning that the last few months has been quite productive. [Note: this blog contributes more than 430 posts from the agregate 1000+ posts accumulated from all of my blogs active and inactive ones, see the agregator here >> Makan Lagi .. all free blogs from wordpress except for one]

On language, up to October my posts in the blog was in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language), but started with this Sunrise photo on 17 October 2013 I started posting in English, mixing both language at times. I only posted in Indonesian for sharing photography techniques and details, since I am sure there has been an abundance of writing in English on photography. This is another learning for me, as I live in a non English speaking community, and not working in an English speaking community as well.

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This year of 2013 also marked my learning in HDR Technique in photography, and I write quite a lot of the learning process in my HDR posts. You can read from the Pages regarding HDR or from posts on HDR category/tag search.  Another one learned this year is the Lightpainting technique, but frankly it is difficult to do outdoors around the city where I lived, so not much is posted and discussed. Other techniques such as slow exposure, long exposure, macro/close-up, photography, is already common so normally it is not much discussed even though quite regularly posted.

On post processing, all these years I only use Lightroom for post processing my photos. But the need for advancement required me to learn other post processing skills, such as with Photoshop. And fortunately this is much helped by the availability of single aplication subscription at Adobe Cloud, which made Photoshop CC affordable; and even cheaper for the Photography bundle which have Lightroom 5 + Photoshop CC with very low monthly subscription. Click for the tag Photoshop CC.

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One more important thing regarding this blog is as of 19 November 2013, I decided it is time to use the domain upgrade option from WordPress, so the blog is official iksamenajang.com and not iksamenajang.wordpress.com anymore. Another yearly payment to make, but with wordpress everything is smooth and easy and not as difficult as self hosting option.

So this is 2013 on http://iksamenajang.com/ a blog focusing on photography words that goes with it ….

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Thank you so much to all who follows this blog, and to all reader, commentator, and those who liked my posts … This year has been great, and I am sure we will have a better year in 2014 ….

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