Ya know, looking at my recent entries here, it would seem that this blog has developed into yet another here's-my-daily-life kinda blog. Added with photos. What the hell, that's not what I had in mind when I started blogging... I was hoping I could fill this blog with photos that can show my progress in photography learning. Ow hell, whatever, guess I will just have to settle with what I have now.

Ucok lighting his cig. Not sure if Sasha makes a good foreground, but I needed something to direct the gaze to the flame, so there you go. ;p Love the shape of the match's flame on that one.

Ian in his new coffee shop. Nothing fancy for now, but he's been wanting to open it for some time, so I guess he's pretty excited now that it's finally open. Congratulations dude! Wish you success with it. :)

So anyway, I hung out with some friends last Monday in Ambarukmo Plaza. Whoo, shiny place. Don't usually go to shopping malls, except somebody asked me to. Brought both the D50 and FM2 with me, which was actually not a really nifty thing to do... Placed the D50 in the shoulder bag, hung the FM2 on the other shoulder. God I must looked like a total camera geek back then. :O


Mita, in the basement parking lot. Yummy bokeh.

Sasha and Metty on the elevator. Sometimes 18mm is not even wide enough. Shooting this in a full frame camera, though, would have included Mita in the frame... which I think would make it nicer. Sorry Mit. ;)

We went to the plaza to watch movie. Must have been literally years for me since I last saw a movie in cinema, I usually just rent them. The 21 was pretty crowded, and the tickets for that hour soon ran out, while we're still thinking what movie to watch.

After a while it's decided we're gonna watch Deja Vu which was about half a hour later. To spend time we headed to the foodcourt... the girls' favorite. Oh, but not before taking this one:

Round faces, hehe.

I always got indecisive on what to eat in new places, so I asked Sasha for some recommendation, and it's.... Peking chicken!

The bowl's shape is nice, love the design. Nice interior too, I like the yellow-orange color scheme.

Finished eating, but still got some time before the movie started. Shot some more. Shooting with DSLRs isn't really nice though in malls like these. Attracts more attention than I wanted. I suppose some security guards actually saw me shooting and didn't like it, but I could get away since I was with my friends.

The movie itself was... well, I enjoyed it. I'm no moviegoers so I couldn't really make a decent review. A friend told me later on that there's some major plotholes in the movie, but I thought it's still an enjoyable one.

The next day went hunting with ADVY friends to search some objects for an assignment, but rain got in the way. Jogja has finally started raining heavily lately... limiting our chance of finding well-lit places outdoor during the day, though also opening another challenging opportunities if you're sensitive. Got this panning shot that I like that day:

Some people in FN commented how the boy's moment not frozen enough, while pointing the blur on his head. Can't help but smile on those comments. Cause I doubt they ever made a good enough panning of a running person to know the characteristics of human panning... no folks, it's different than panning a, say, car or motorcycle. Way different. ;)

A good photo doesn't always mean it's technically perfect. And even the term "good photo" is very subjective... a photo you love so much you could frame it and hang it on your bedroom wall, can mean trash for another people, vice versa. For example I got some of these technically faulty shots that I like anyway:

It was dark, and the auto-focus just gave up so I didn't have a choice but to manual focus. In those two frames above they're both off-focus, yet for me personally, they're actually better than any other portraits of Sukma and Ucok I've taken up until this day. The mood's so.... them.

That is all. Cheers!

PS. From now on I'm resizing down the photos, hopefully it'll be easier for you guys with shitty connection to view the photos!

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