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I love photography!  I love photography since I was a kid, however I rarely took photograph, since our family rarely owns camera (due to my daily unprofessional abuse, they always broken in the first year), and film camera requires lots of money to use!  Then in 2002 I got my first digital camera point and shot Prolink in 2002.  I bought that for about US$ 150, however it dies in 2004.  Since then I only use mobile phone camera for everyday shooting. 

Then in 2007, I started to borrow compact cameras from my friends and sisters.  Until at night on 23rd January 2008, my mom told me that it was embarrassing to borrow camera from others, then I get the Canon EOS 400D.

Believe me, camera has little to nothing to do with picture qualities!  It is the photographer that matters!  Some of my shots from borrowed compact P/S camera are better than the ones from the 400D!

Most of the picture in my gallery were taken on Magelang and its surrounding, including mt Sumbing, Ketep, mt Merapi, kali Progo, Bandongan (mbandongan).  Some are taken on relatively far places such as Cirebon's fisherman dock, forrest in Tuban, Parangtritis beach.  I hope I can go overseas to take picture there to complete my gallery, not only Indonesian scenery, but also overseas sceneries.

They are available in different resolution choice such as 1280 x 800, 1024 x 768, 600 x 800 and more, and an image is not always available at selected resolution (due to the cropping).  You can use those images freely as computer and mobile phone wallpaper and use it in non-profit use such as schoolwork, university assignment, churches and religious events (yes, they are real free wallpaper!).  Just remember, not to remove the copyright notice since it would breach the law!

So, enjoy the gallery here!

Disclaimer: I have no photography degree nor taken photography classes or whatsoever.  I learn taking pictures from websites and books I've read.  I have no guarantee that my home grown articles are correct! 


  1. Photo tips
    1. Making a story telling picture
    2. Identifying dust location: lens or sensor?
    3. Lens sharpness for less experienced photographer
    4. Butterfly hunting for people with limited budget
    5. Bad weather shooting
    6. Why do we use SLR camera?
    7. Using flash for freezing action and 2nd curtain sync
    8. Taking picture behind a dirty screen.
    9. Preparing an image crop for presentation
    10. Common photo tips for avoiding common photography mistakes 1
    11. Common photo tips for avoiding common photography mistakes 2
    12. Photographic Lens Filter
    13. All about creativity
    14. How do I set, optimise and use my camera
    15. Photographing a dance performance
    16. The Portrait Picture Style
  2. Reviews
    1. Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS
    2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 ii
    3. Hoya SHMC 52mm Filter
    4. Hoya DMC Pro 1 58 mm Filter
    5. Hoya HD UV 58mm Filter
    6. Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
    7. Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye USM
  3. Trips
    1. Bali Business Trip
    2. Taman Safari Indonesia Trip
    3. Seaworld Trip
    4. Taman Safari Indonesia October Trip
    5. Adventure with an ultra wide angle lens
    6. Eurotrip 2009 - 2010
    7. Spider Gym Body Building and Body Contest
  4. What photography teach us?
  5. My gear

What photography teach us?

Photography, is one of the fastest art to made, just point your camera anywhere you want, click the shutter, and see the result.

I have no photography degree and never take any formal photography class.  Don't take my words here too seriously.  I can't guarantee that they are correct!

Photography needs patience

Photography needs difference aspect of patience compared to the other types of art.  Photographer need to wait for the correct lightning, correct expression and many other things to get things exactly they wanted, especially for landscape and wildlife photography.  This is different to painting or sculpting, where the artists can make buy or mix the needed colour to express their imagination.  Photography teaches us to be patient.

Photography needs skill

Paints are results from painter's imagination, sculptures are from artist's imaginations.  The imagination exists on their mind, it will wait there.  E.g. the artist's will remember the model's smile and posture and make something better with it.  In photography you need skill to learn to make most of available things, e.g. light and models don't wait!  You need skills to capture them in the best conditions, e.g. when the model smiles the prettiest or the light shines the best.

Photography teach us to be swift and skilful.

Photography needs creativity

Artists needs to pull out all their imagination and idea to be creative.  They will always trying to create something new and they are happy when hearing what others are complementing their masterpiece!

Photography is one of the quickest form of art allows you to see your creative side in an instant!  It teach us to dare in experimenting.

Photography needs believe and confidence

And all other arts needs the artists to believe that they can make great art, than they will get them~

Artists also needs to be confident that of their works.  Then they will make better ones!  With creativity and believe you will be confident!

Some less skilful photographer, like me, needs to shot about 100 times to get 1 OK picture.  Photography teaches us to be confident, not trying to duplicate other's work of art, but creating something entirely new. 

Photography needs imagination

Your imagination is all photography needs.  I have made a technically perfect picture in a nice whether, but it lacks of imagination.  So boring!  Don't do something like that!  Photography teach us dare to imagine!

Photography needs sacrifice

You have to sacrifice your time to get a good pictures, to going out one or two hours a week.  It is enough to make good pictures.  It teach us to know life better, everything come from a price.

Photography does not need lots of money!

You can get the cheapest camera to make excellent works!  When you feel that you really enjoying it, get a better one!  So you can print your favourite picture big.  Photography teach us to learn the most important thing is the man behind the gun, not the gun itself.

Photography does not need good whether!

You can make good pictures in dark and cloudy sky, just expand your imagination!  It teach us that ones can always make something good out of bad situation.

Intermezzo - my gears

I rarely bring more than one camera its lens.  This is my gear that I usually use when taking pictures.  This are my gears:

  1. Canon EOS 400 D Digital
    • Kit lens Canon EF-S 18-55 + Hoya DMC Pro 1 58 mm Filter
    • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 ii + Hoya SHMC 52mm Filter
    • The super-sharp Canon EF-S 55-250 IS + Hoya HD UV 58 mm Filter
    • The ultra wide Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 + Hoya HD UV Filter
    • The total weight of my digital SLR system is: 510 g + 180 g + 120 g + 300 g + 380 g = 1.490 g or 1.5 Kg.  Quite heavy.  Not really, I usually bought only the camera body and one or two lenses.  Therefore it is below or just at 1 Kg mark.
  2. Canon Digital IXUS i7 or Pentax Optio M10.
  3. WF 3880 tripod, one of the cheapest tripod on the market.  It costs Rp 165.000,00 or about USD 18. 
    • Most of the time the tripod stays home.  I use it only for long exposure shots like photographing car's trailing light.
    • While panning, handheld gives me a satisfactory result.
    • At night shot, I prefer to use high ISO and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 ii to tripod.

Additional gears that I bring when taking picture on dusk in location that I consider as unsafe:

  1. Stab proof jacket (I have one, filled with metal plates, enough to withstand stabs from knives)
  2. Electric stunner (I have two, one is good to stun a horse and the other one is less powerful but equipped with paper spray)
  3. Pair of sport shoes (Just in case if you need to run away)
  4. Car (for hiding and shooting from inside)
  5. Friends

Method: always wear the stab proof jacket, with stun teaser ready (armed position) on your pocket.  Then lock the car's door, and hide inside the car waiting for the right moment.  Open the window a little bit to allow the lens to pop out without car's window glass's obstruction.

Then look around to make sure that you are safe.  Go out quickly, take pictures, and go back to your car.