Lampu Taman

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Malam merayakan sepi
Taman kota menjadi semacam oase
Dan diam adalah bahasa yang kita mengerti
Karena kata hanya menjadikannya klise
Pada debu jalanan
Pada rumput yang masih basah
Pada detik yang berhenti
Kita adalah sebuah kata yang tak relevan

Ada yang menjelang mati
Atau sekedar stagnan
Ada yang menjelang pergi
Atau sekedar mencari jalan
Dan mungkin satu yang tak akan pulang
Aku bisa jadi ada di antaranya

Apa yang bisa memberi pasti?

Malam merayakan sepi
Taman kota menjadi semacam panggung
Seandainya manusia bisa membaca hati
Mungkin kita bisa mengerti walau saling mematung
Pada rasa yang menggantung di lidah
Pada mimpi yang tersimpan rapat
Pada rahasia-rahasia yang pahit
Pada rindu yang tersembunyi

Aku ingin pulang
Dan hilang
Dan melayang
Dan terbang
Biar lupa

Menari di tengah rumput basah
Atau berpendar bersama lampu taman
Lupa pada resah
Dan kamu kutinggalkan

Mungkin taman kota akan menjadi lebih meriah

A Note from Yogyakarta: Ullen Sentalu

Ullen Sentalu is a private museum located on Jalan Kaliurang, Yogyakarta – Indonesia. The museum is initiated by Haryono family and now is managed by Ulating Blencong Foundation. I forgot what Ulating Blencong stands for  but as far as I remember the foundation was also founded by the family.

We can reach the museum from Yogyakarta by using public transportation, but the bus is rarely come. I suggest you to just rent a car to get there. It only took you 45-60 minutes to go to Ullen Sentalu from Yogya. The museum located on high land, hence it kinda remind you of Puncak, but it’s better than Puncak.

To enter the museum you have to pay IDR 25k per person. Also, you have to queueing since to enter you have to be in team consist of 15 to 20 persons and guided by 1 tour guide. The interval per team is approximately 10 to 15 minutes, therefore, after you buy the ticket, I suggest you to stay on the line. You know… because some people has no manner and won’t bother to cut off the line when there is a chance.

Please ensure you follow all the rules at the Ullen Sentalu Museum:

– no photo

– no video

– no food or snack

– don’t touch anything in the museum

In the museum, as i told you before, you will be guided by 1 person. The tour guide will explain you the history and the philosophy of the heritages in the museum. The tour took 30-45 minutes per round. At the end of the tour, you will get to taste a special drink from the museum. Why is it so special? Because they said the drink was formulated years a go by the ancestors and believed can make you stay young. I only took a sip of the drink because some greedy person took more glass than he or she has to. I was busy taking picture (that was the only room where you allowed to take picture) and when i got back to the table, all the glasses were already empty (-____-) Anyway, the taste was like a beras kencur herb drink.

Langit-langit ruangan rekreasi, satu-satunya area yang boleh difoto
You will see this pond at the closing of the museum tour
Artificial lake
Picasso-styled tiles – as told by the tour guide
You can buy souvenirs in this building
The back side of Beukenhof Restaurant

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A note from Yogyakarta: Borobudur on Vesak Day

Kenapa kamu ingin ke Borobudur saat perayaan Waisak? Apakah kamu seorang Buddhist? Reporter? Fotografer? Atau termasuk golongan orang yang terpesona pada scene pelepasan lampion di film Arisan atau Tangled? Saya termasuk golongan terakhir. Saya sangat ingin menghadiri acara Waisak di Borobudur dan ingin mengabadikan momen pelepasan lampion. Mungkin itu sebuah alasan yang dangkal sekali, mengingat heboh-hebohan kekurangajaran para pengunjung upacara Waisak di Borobudur yang sempat ramai di social media.

Tapi saya dan teman-teman saya datang dengan niat baik. Kami mencari tahu peraturan dan tata tertib yang perlu dituruti di lokasi sebelum berangkat ke Yogya. Secara spesifik, saya mencari aturan bagi pehobi fotografi dan fotografer beneran; berpakaian sopan karena acara tersebut merupakan upacara keagamaan, tidak memakai blitz, tidak membuang sampah, tidak merokok, tidak mengganggu jalannya upacara.

Karena itu, kalau ada yang menganggap saya sama saja dengan para alay-alay atau anak orang kayak bermodal DLSR atau iPhone yang datang ke sana untuk sekedar mengikuti trend, saya nggak mau 😐 Saya dan teman-teman saya berusaha mematuhi seluruh peraturan yang ada. Mulai dari berpakaian sopan, tidak buang sampah sembarangan, tidak merokok, bahkan kami tidak duduk di area para umat berdoa. Saya sempat menyalakan rokok krn melihat semua orang merokok, tapi diteriakkin sama teman-teman saya. Dibentak di depan orang-orang. Hahaha… Tapi nggak apa-apa, saya malah senang sudah diingatkan.

Yogya, subuh.

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My Very First Pre-Wed Photo Project

Thanks to Mel and Haris for giving me the chance to do this. It was a pleasure for me.

From this project, i learned A LOT!

To be honest, i don’t feel satisfied when i looked at the result. I know that i should learn more, practice more. It really wasn’t easy; it’s exhausting, the heat, the field, people that always passing by and waste your time, the model (the models get tired to, you have to know how to handle it), the pose, keeping your hands still, the lighting (OHMAYGAWD THE FRIKKIN LIGHTING!!!).

When the photo session ends, doesn’t mean your job has ended too. You have to CHOOSE the best from hundreds even thousand pictures (seriously it was tiring), you have to retouch the light, rotate the picture if needed. Thank God I didn’t have to do something like digital imaging or retouching the face of the models. The models and make up artist was great.

 

property i prepared for them
“Remember the first time we met?”
Their expression was genuine 🙂
Oh, i’m so jealous…
“I can see me in your eyes.”
They’re meant for each other, yes?
They can be a romantic couple, also cute couple XD
Can you see that? The way she looks into her man…
How about this one? Too bad she’s taken, yes? :))
They will grow old together, in love. Definitely.
How sweet :3

 

I was sad when i found that some of my best shots (the composition, best composition) were blurry. I know I have to change my glasses as my cylinder increased.

But over all, IT WAS FUN. I really love the sensation of capturing images, finding pictures that shows emotion, watching smiles in my pictures. Photography is definitely not easy, it’s not about having expensive camera and stuffs (as i don’t have any), well it’s hard to do, but it’s somehow makes you feel more life. And… photography makes you value colors and nature, and things around you.

Kudos to Om Ragil Duta for lending me his light meter (which helpful, A LOT) and blitz, and to Mas Bengsin for lending me his fixed lense. Also, to both of them, for giving me suggestion and knowledges.

Anyway, these are some of my photos, feel free to give comments on my pictures. What do you think?