Saturday, June 14, 2014

Banceuy 1920 vs 2014

This is a little exercise for my GIMP skill. As I wrote here, I intent to make a "me too" attempt of Shawn Clover excellent works, using my hometown as subject matter. Here I choose the Banceuy scene as target. The original shot is nearly impossible to retake today, fortunately we can still have a glimpse of that dome that preserve its signature.

courtesy of Troppenmuseum
D700 - Nikkor 50mm f/2 AI
ISO 800 - f/8 - 1/250

The perspective of my shot is not completely match the original. Compare the size of people from each photograph. Maybe I should move a few steps closer into the scene. Never mind, it's good enough for now.

Take a look at the power line. We modern people are crazy enough to hang two pairs of shoes on it.

14 Jun 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Contact Sheet : Bread Talk Tamini Square

I was at the lobby of Tamini Square, waiting for the driver to pick me up. I've visited this place many times before, always in a time tight business situation. That evening, I just finished all my work activities and have few more minutes before go back to Bandung. Then I saw these parallel lines on the floor is very inviting to take a picture. The only camera I have is my smartphone. So with full hope for luck I play again with this slowish laggish camera shutter.

I took 11 shots and found three of them to be good enough, capturing the move of walking people in relation to those parallel lines. At the end, I like the below image the most. It shows the pattern clearly and directs the eye to the dark clothed woman walking on the middle ground. Not bad for three minutes photo session using the better-than-nothing camera.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Urban Shape #12

This is a re-shot of Urban Shape #6, taken from the other side. I positioned myself higher to make a strong line from the curve of the bench. I'm aware about the busy traffic on the background, contrasting with the restful atmosphere of the bench. Out of luck, a little girl show up while I'm still composing the frame. I snap the shot right away, got her candid expression right at the tip of the bench.

The light was good, it was a warm sunny evening. The sun was low enough on the west, creating a nice shadow on the ground. I even took a beautiful selfie that day :)

1 Jun 2014
Nikon D700
Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI
ISO 400 - f/8 - 1/250

Urban Shape #11

I took this shot at Bandung Zoo. I purposely came here to practice my sense of visual design, especially about the curve line. After Urban Shape #10, I specifically search for something curvy and try to make a good picture out of that. Then I found this circle paving near the entrance gate. It's not the best urban curve shape, but the rectangular elements of the paving that build the curve make an interesting combination. A curve built from rectangle. Isn't that magic ?

So I have the stage set, now I need the actor. Visitors pass by in random direction, doesn't inline with the curve. After waiting a few minutes, the crowd starts to ceased, then a little child show up near the turn of circle paving, with a women and another child on the background. Actually I prefer the background to be clean, leaving the child as a solo actor. But mother nature doesn't like that. I waited several more minutes wishing for another luck, nothing comes up. This is the best I could get from this spot.

1 Jun 2014
Nikon D700
Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI
ISO 400 - f/8 - 1/125