BNI 46 Tower

Blue Jakarta

Intiland Building

Hectic Jakarta

Bundaran HI, Jakarta

Hi, does this place look familiar to you? Yeap! It’s the Selamat Datang Monument (Selamat Datang is Indonesian for “Welcome”), also known as the Welcome Monument.
Completed in 1962, Selamat Datang Monument is one of the historic landmarks of Jakarta. It is located in the center of a roundabout known as Bundaran Hotel Indonesia or Bundaran HI (Indonesian for “Hotel Indonesia Roundabout”). It is so named because of its proximity to Hotel Indonesia. At its completion, Hotel Indonesia and its roundabout is the gateway for visitors of Jakarta. The roundabout features a pond with fountains. Okay, I think it’s enough about the historical tidbits of this monument.

Now, how did I take this picture? It was 6 pm when I took¬† these shots. Sunset time or golden hours in Jakarta is very damn short. You should come earlier in this place and wait for the perfect moment. Otherwise you will stuck with the 3in1 rule in Sudirman street. It’s a panoramic picture with 6 photos stitched together, each frame is using my 14-24mm lens.

There’s usually one similar question among my friends. It’s ‘Why you do photo stitching? Can’t it simply be taken with 1 frame picture only?’
Okay, lemme try to explain. First of all before you are doing this panoramic picture, you should get to know and familiarize with the location.
Is this a very huge or not that huge area? Does your lens range is wide enough to capture all in one frame or not?
If it can be captured in 1 frame, the next step is to ask yourself about the purpose of this picture.
Because you will probably do some cropping, which could make the picture size smaller than it was originally.

If you just want to display it in your blog or your Facebook, then it will be and should be enough. But If you want to have it printed in a big size then please do the stitching technique.

The next question is the distortion. Distortion sometime have a different way presenting itself in your picture.
For me to capture all these buildings I would try my best to keep all the line in a perfect straight line vertically and horizontally.
I’m using the Multiflexer head on my tripod. It’s easier for me to do leveling and it’s helping me a lot to reduce the distortion.
Or if you have the PC (Perspective Control) lens, sure it will help you to reduce the distortion as well.

The last thing you must consider is about the special effect of photo stitching. Some people don’t realize that photo stitching can produce some unique effects.
To find a foreground in stitching technique will create some unique effect in your picture. Therefore, just give it a try! Have a fun experience, friends :)

Sunset at Le Bridge

Hi, this is the Le Bridge. One of the most famous spots for plenty of wedding photographers and enthusiasts in Jakarta.
From this place you can get both the sunrise and sunset view with this small cafe shop with a unique tent like structure as the point of interest.
This place is usually jam packed, crowded with domestic tourist at the weekend and during public holidays.

In morning time you can meet a lot of people who lived nearby Le Bridge having their exercise by walking, running and cycling.
And during the afternoon time you can spot some couples dating in here too … Haha … :)

By the way, this shot was such a lucky shot. Because I didn’t really prepare much for hunting. I was just passing by this location and luckily it was a very beautiful sunset out there.
I especially like the complexion of the clouds and the colors surrounding the cafe. Hope you like it too :)

Tokyo Tower


I was visiting Japan in this early of December. Chasing to capture the color of autumn season or as Japanese¬† calls it as “Kouyou”. This is my third time to visit Japan. My first time was when I was 17th years old and the second time is at winter time in 2005.

Winter season is one of the great time for coming to Japan, especially for you who loves eating much. Because the fish size is bigger in winter time. They are naturally have to eat a lot before cold season comes and sleeping a lot in winter time.

However, I always have this dream to visit Japan in spring time to see the cherry blossom (Sakura) and off course in autumn time to see the warm colors of the fall foliage. I made a habit to browse plenty of magazines just to see the beauty of Japan in autumn. And in reality it’s absolutely stunning!

Well, this post is not an entry about autumn. Because big city like Tokyo has less of the autumn mood … I promise you I will post the autumn article and photos later :) And for today I want to share with you, the icon of Tokyo…

Yes, it’s Tokyo Tower! Pretty majestic, isn’t it?

The height of Tokyo Tower is 333 meters high and since its opening in 1958, the Tokyo Tower has been the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower. FYI, compared with The Eiffel Tower in Paris is 320 meters high.

I took this picture from the 16th floor Mitsui Garden Hotel in Ginza.

Interested to visit Japan? I did and will always do… haha :)

 

Cityscape of Kuala Lumpur

The Petronas Towers used to be the tallest buildings in the world for around six years, until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004. The height of the towers is measured to the top of their structural components such as spires, but do not include antennas.

Spires are considered actual integral parts of the architectural design of buildings, to which changes would substantially change the appearance and design of the building, whereas antennas may be added or removed without such consequences.

The Petronas Towers still remain the tallest twin buildings in the world, though.

I have been wanting to take a picture of this famous tower for a while now. And it is indeed as majestic and magnificent as I imagined. As you can see from the picture, it really glows in the dark, emitting such brilliant light and towering the Kuala Lumpur City Scape.

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