red sky over Jakarta


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As we are approaching Chinese new year, it is a perfect day to see red sky over Jakarta. The one hour downpour helped clearing the atmosphere, and I was lucky to reach the 25th floor just in time to witness the sun goes down gloriously. Tomang fly over on the right leading to Grogol on the north side and Tangerang on the far West.

Thank you all for stopping by and have a great week ahead!

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the blinking lights of Gardens by the Bay


Call this a re-entry into blogging. It’s been a really hectic life these past few years, but one of my plans is to be more active in blogging again. My recent visit to Singapore reminded me how lovely it is to slow down and take your time observing subjects before pressing the shutter button, and this image is one of those moments.

Gardens by the Bay, as usual, have their way of celebrating Christmas. Beside the usual multi-coloured lights on the super tree grove, they also have luminarie light sculptures (on the lower right in the image) hand made by Italian craftsmen.

I have come to like my old 15mm fish-eye lens for many subjects. It is a very light lens that doesn’t distort images as much as other wider fish-eye. I hope to show more 15mm images in the coming year.

In the meantime, have a great end-year celebration and thank you for visiting my site.

TAG Heuer Carrera 16


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I catalogued around 100 luxury watches last week. Among which was this TAG Heuer with custom bracelet. A beautiful chronograph, it has a self winding automatic movement. As with any other TAG Heuer, the dial window is made from sapphire-crystal.

I’ve always love TAG Heuer since it was still a TAG company, and like this masterpiece as well but there was a really cool and much simpler Rolex Explorer II in the collection that I would have prefered, if offered. Thehehehe!

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

the Yurikamome line


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Yurikamome line is a train route connecting Tokyo to Odaiba through the Rainbow Bridge. It provides a scenic view of the surrounding, like this one taken late in the afternoon. B-)

I used the WCL with my X100f to get that little extra view from the wider angle.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week ahead!

dark clouds over Istiqlal


Istiqlal

The largest in Southeast Asia and the fourth largest in the world, the Indonesian national mosque Istiqlal was built between 1961 and 1978. The name, in Arabic, means Independence. Its architect, Frederich Silaban, is a Christian Protestant. His design of the mosque was chosen by Soekarno, the Indonesian president back then.

This picture was taken using the built-in digital teleconverter of X100f.

Thank you all for stopping by and have a great week ahead.

the towers of Jakarta Cathedral


Towers of Jakarta Cathedral

I was going to post it on my Instagram as part of a series, but then I thought to post this particular frame here first in full glory. Using the digital teleconverter of Fuji X100f, it did the job pretty good, don’t you think?

Have a blessed Sunday all and thank you for stopping by.

almost a self portrait


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Fisrt of all, this is not a selfie. I was coaching my friend and apprentice Wendy. She wanted to get ready for her next vacation with better than usual pictures (of her and her gang, but I think mostly of her). So I brought her on a photo-walk day.

When we took a break and had lunch in this not-that-bad Historia Food and Bar (warning: they allow smokers) in the old Jakarta area, she held my X100-f and played a while with it. And took a few shots through the LCD.

This particular frame that she did, I think is one of the best she took. Not because I was in the frame, but because it captured the atmosphere of the restaurant. This frame also showed that the X100-f can easily be used by newbies, and the seven different settings that we can preset really is a big help.

And if you ask, yes, this is an SOOC frame in JPEG, acros simulation. Well, except that I corrected the horizontal level and perspective in Lr, and did a little cropping.

Thank you all for stopping by, oh and thank you Wendy for this lovely shot!