A New Beginning

I shot these two images for my cousin and his fiancee who are getting married in October. It was their pre-wedding photo shoot and I thought these images of them with sunrise in the background tell a story of a new beginning they are about to embark on. I have only adjusted the photos at the minimum by giving it white balance correction, contrast and color adjustments and cleaning up some sensor dusts. The sunburst is real by the way, not photoshopped. Don’t get me wrong, I like photoshop, but I don’t like it to mess with my photos, unless I want to create some forms of art. See you in October, guys. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 2

100 Strangers - Stranger No. 2 - Matteo and Daniela

My stranger no. 2 is a lovely couple. They are Matteo and Daniela from Italy whom I met in Bromo, Indonesia, in August 2010.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 1

100 Strangers Project - Stranger No. 1

It’s always hard to start something new, and the key is to just start it and get your behind off the chair, get up and do it. So, I am glad that I started this few weeks ago and posted the announcement that I would do this 100 Strangers photography project. I have officially made myself obliged to complete this project. :)MORE +

A Bromo’s Horseman at Sunrise

Taken at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park during sunrise. You will see lots of horsemen in this place especially in the morning. They are out from early morning offering their horses for the tourists to ride. If you like riding horses, you should try it. MORE +

100 Strangers – A Photography Project

100 Strangers, that’s my new personal photography project I have been talking about. Shooting strangers itself is not new to me as I have done it a lot during my travels in the past. Some of those travel portraits of strangers can be seen here in this blog entry. I also wrote my top 10 travel portrait photography tips here before. But, I am giving it a little twist to make it more challenging and interesting.

A Man at Banteay Kdei, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2009


Don’t Be Afraid of Backlighting

I wrote about backlighting photography before here and would like to emphasize again to encourage you all not to be afraid of backlighting scene when taking a picture as it can really give you a lovely image. Do you agree?

When I first learned photography 10 years ago, I read and was told that I should position the subject or look for a subject where the main source of lighting is from behind me so the subject is nicely lit. It’s definitely true and I still practice that a lot in many situations. But, I would like to encourage you all to also shoot a backlit subject like the above. The key to a successful backlighting photography is MORE +

Good Morning!

I love mountains, especially in the early morning when the air is cold and crisp. It’s serene with only me and the mountain and my camera in between. This was taken when I visited Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia last week. The mountain you see in the photos here is not Mt. Bromo, but I unfortunately forgot to ask the locals when I was there. I will ask them when I go back there again … soon … my fourth visit to this lovely place and it won’t be the last I believe.

I was lucky that morning as the sky was clear and hence I could see the layers of mountains and mist changing colors from dark foreground to the orange sky. What a beautiful scene. The image below was taken about 8 minutes after the above and you can see that it was getting brighter fast.MORE +

Backlighting Photography

My apologies … I know it’s been a little quiet on this blog lately. I have had several events, both personal and work related which have kept me busy and did not have time to update this blog. Anyway, I am back.