Darkness represents nighttime, 

But the city is different,

So many lights help color the night,

And it gives the extended life,

To the city that never sleep. 

(Jakarta, 2016)

Fotografi, Landscape, Street Photography

Colors Of The Night

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Look out to the skies and see the emptiness,

Look deep down your heart and bring happiness there. 

Do not be disturbed by what is out there. 

Nothing is worth more than another day passing by, filled with joy and gratefulness.  Be happy!

(Jakarta, 2016)

Belajar Fotografi, Landscape

Another Day Passed

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CItiscape Fujifilm HDR

This photo was shot during an early dinner at a mall facing the office building block across. It was lucky that I got a window side table so I can take some shots, about 150 frames actually. Starting from when it was still bright upto blue hour and darkness took over.

Photo was shot at base ISO of 200 on my Fujifilm Xt1 camera, 3 brackets – with a stop difference each. Since it is slow exposure the dining table was used as base for stability, and some covers provided to eliminate reflections at the window glass.

(The technical part will be written in Indonesian language)

My other HDR photos ..

HDR Dengan Kamera Fujifilm XT1

Ini adalah citiscape HDR pertama yang saya buat dengan kamera Fujifilm XT1, menggunakan lensa Fujinon 10-24mm. Kelemahan kamera ini untuk HDR adalah cuma bisa melakukan bracketing exposure maksimum 3 frame dengan rentang 1 stop, tidak bisa lebih baik jumlah frame atau selisih stopnya. Tahapan yang dilakukan sama seperti membuat HDR lainnya:

  • Memotret dengan menggunakan file RAW, dalam hal ini ekstensi RAF.
  • Atur kamera ke fungsi exposure bracketing dengan selisih satu exposure.
  • Stabilisasi kamera dengan meja, dan atur komposisi. Pastikan horizon lurus pada live view.
  • Cari titik fokus (setting pada tombol AF-L adalah untuk lock setelah focus diperoleh jadi tidak berubah lagi)
  • Cari eksposure yang tepat, karena ISO dan aperture fix maka kecepatan yang dicocokkan.
  • Gunakan timer untuk mengurangi getaran berhubung tidak pakai shutter release. Saya setel pada 2 detik.
  • Usahakan tidak ada getaran lain selama proses memotret.
  • Buka file pada Lightroom dan pilih ketiga exposure yang ada, ekspor ke Photomatix untuk pengolahan HDR.
  • Pada Photomatix pilih preset yang sesuai dan disesuaikan detailnya dengan selera kita. Saya gunakan salah satu preset Fusion yang ada, karena kelihatan sangat natural untuk foto ini.
  • Hasil Photomatix dikembalikan ke Lightroom dan diberikan sentuhan akhir sebelum diekspor langsung ke Flickr.

Demikian sharing saya membuat foto HDR ini dengan Fujifilm, Photomatix dan Lightroom.

HDR

Blue Hour Citiscape

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Wing In The Air

The wing of a plane,

Surrounded by a million lights,

Up in the air,

Down to the ground.

[Jogjakarta 2013]

Dedicated to MH17 and all the passengers in it

Snapshot, Transportasi

A Million Lights And The Wing

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Fatahillah Park - Iksa Menajang

People relaxing

Strolling around the park

Chit-chat one to another

Day dreaming.

Others fill the time

To earn a living

From those who visits

The park of the old town.

[Batavia, 2013]

See also:

Black & White

Just An Ordinary Day At The Park

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Light Leak - Iksa Menajang

Slow and long exposure photography could give us pleasant results if done properly. And this is a part of photography that I love to learn more, and practice more because there are so many things to learn. Even the easiest thing, the technical side sometimes still being overlooked and not done properly. So there is no other thing to say then keep on learning and sharing. As for the technique I will make another post, but here I will share one simple mistake that could ruin the day for you.

This time it is about light leaks, yes it is really stray light leaking from sources that made it to the camera sensor during the photo taking process. Long exposures take a long time and the small leaks must be accounted for, as it will create problem. The most common problem is forgetting to close the eye view finder during. On my full frame camera the eye view finder have a slider for closing the view and preventing light from leaking, so it is easy to do. But on my APSC/DX camera the eye view finder are not equipped with the slider, and  it have a separate view finder blocker to be attached, so most of the time it is easier to have a piece of cloth closing the view finder.

Another important factor that added the light leak is the direction of sun towards the view finder. With the sun coming from the side and/or behind of camera, there will be more light leaking as photo above. The result is so obvious, the light leaked so bad that its pink color totally ruined the photo. But just remember this, because sometimes out on the field things could be so confusing when we are not aware that it is light leak not color cast from the filter being used.

When the direction of sun is coming from the front of the camera, the light leak could be very weak that could go unnoticed. For example, see the photo below from this post. The leak is not so visible, but we can see it at the rocks in the middle of the photo. It looks like an ordinary colored rock, but it is a leak.

So for this post conclusion is that never forget close the rear eye view finder while you are doing slow or long exposure, either by sliding the eye view finder lever or using cloth to protect light from entering the view finder. Or use both if possible.

See also:

Legon Pari - Iksa Menajang

Belajar Fotografi, Landscape

Light Leaks: Mistake Done Not Intentionally – A Learning In Slow And Long Exposure Photography

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Foto 3 - Final

Foto 3 – Final

Bukittinggi

The city up the hills

In fact the city has a lot of hills

At one of the hills is

Where the mayor’s office resides

A place with beatiful scenery

Where you sit down and imagine good things

Then you have all the energy to work

I hope this brings the best

For the people of Bukittinggi

[Bukittinggi Adventures 2013]

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Teknis Fotografi

Foto dibuat HDR dari 9 frame dengan exposure dasar ISO 100, f/11, 1/350 @14mm (+/- 4 x @1stop).

  1. Kamera menggunakan tripod, pengaturan agak rendah agar bagian bawah gedung tersamar oleh papan kantor walikota.
  2. Bracketing diatur auto bracket 9 exposure dari normal, under, dan over.
  3. Pemotretan menggunakan selftimer 10 detik dan 9 frame selisih 0.5 detik.
  4. Fokus menggunakan live view, dengan titik fokus yang dikehendaki ada pada bagian papan nama. Dengan diafragma pada f/11 maka cukup untuk mendapatkan bidang tajam yang luas.
  5. Exposure berdasarkan metering pada kamera.

Beberapa kendala yang dihadapi dalam pengolahan: adanya matahari dalam frame dan kesulitan pada bidang langit dan awan.

Untuk eksperimen mendapatkan warna yang lebih natural maka foto diolah sebagai berikut:

  • Foto 1, diolah dari 9 frame menggunakan Photomatix Pro. Proses yang digunakan adalah Contrast Optimizer Tone mapping dengan strength dan tone maksimum, sedangkan white, black dan midtone clipping di atur cukup rendah.
Foto 1 - HDR

Foto 1 – HDR

  • Foto 2, dari hasil olahan HDR diolah kembali dengan Silver Efex Pro, untuk mendapatkan file HDR hitam putih.
Foto 2 - Black & White

Foto 2 – Black & White

  • Foto 3, pada Photoshop dibuat dua layer, masing-masing dari Foto 1 (HDR awal, berwarna) dan Foto 2 (BW dari HDR), layer ke dua sebagai overlay dan dengan 50% opacity. Sebetulnya perubahan yang diperoleh hanya sedikit tetapi lebih menyenangkan dilihat.
  • Silahkan membandingkan ketiganya.

Silahkan baca lebih lanjut mengenai HDR  pada halaman ini, pada hasil pencarian HDR di blog ini.

HDR, Post Processing

The Office Of Bukittinggi’s Mayor

HDR photo is created from 9 frames with a base exposure of ISO 100, f/11, 1/350 @ 14mm.
Final image created with Photomatix Pro, Silver Efex Pro and using Photoshop.

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