ATTA AWUN MOSQUE

The day before the New Year, I had the opportunity to visit a place in Bogor, West Java. This place is a Mosque, the Atta Awun Mosque, located on the PUNCAK area of Bogor. Aside from being a place of worship, this Mosque is also a tourist destination because of its attractive architecture and green views from the expanse of tea plantations that surround it. The fresh air of the mountains is felt when you are here. That is what makes the PUNCAK become the main destination of Jakarta people who are bored with dirty air and crowded city atmosphere.

I came there the day before and stayed at the house of my brother who lives nearby. But for visitors with a sufficient budget, there are many choices of hotels and inns or villas in the area. I planned to visit the Mosque in the morning so I could enjoy and photograph the beauty of the sunrise, but in the morning there was very heavy and foggy rain. But for a street photographer, bad weather or good weather are equally beneficial. There are always things that can be processed into a work of art. So here are some of the best photos I took during my visit.

The first three pictures below are the situation of my trip in the afternoon to my brother’s house. At that time I was trapped by road closures due to traffic decomposition. This temporary road closure is done to reduce the density of vehicles going to the PUNCAK. This is often done by the police on weekends or on holidays.

The toll road is empty to the PUNCAK due to road closure.
SONY ALPHA a6000 with SONY E PZ 16-50mm at 24mm f4.5 / 1/250sec / ISO320

The brother’s house that I will be staying at is located in a village that can only be accessed by foot or by riding a motorcycle, through a small alleyway that is quite narrow. I also took some photos while walking to get there.

Motorbike passing the alleyway
SONY ALPHA a6000 with SONY E PZ 16-50mm at 16mm f4.0 / 1/640sec / ISO100

As I said at the beginning that when I arrived at the mosque, heavy rains flushed along with thick fog that covered almost the entire mosque building. So I had a little trouble photographing the mosque building completely. But I tried the best I could produce. Here are some pictures of the mosque building.

The view around the mosque.

Rain upon arrival

People around the mosque

Flowers and Fish

Thus the short story of my cheap vacation at the end of the year. Hopefully useful and inspiring.

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Rain

Sony Alpha a6000 with Sony E 50mm OSS lens at f1.8 / 1/250sec ISO 2000

This is a picture of the heavy rain that hit Jakarta in the last few weeks. And on New Year’s Eve was the peak where some parts of Jakarta were flooded. This was caused by heavy rain with a long duration.

The Strongest Man

Sony Alpha a6000 With Sony E 50mm f1.8 OSS Lens at 50mm f1.8 1/250sec ISO 1250.

He looks old and thin but he is the strongest mentally and possibly physically. Maybe stronger than me whose age adrift is much younger than him. He carried his wares on foot, wandering around somewhere with only a small profit. But he did it patiently and diligently. All for the sake of making a living in the capital city of Jakarta, which is full of a hard life. Therein lies the strength that maybe not everyone can do. Myself included.


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Ten Minutes Challenge


In the middle of December 2019, a friend of mine, a street photographer and a YouTuber invited me to take part in filling in his YouTube content. The theme is about street photography, which is a challenge to take some good pictures on the streets with a time limit of just 10 minutes. And below is the series of the best picture that I took during those 10 minutes.

Play with Daddy
Sony Alpha a6000 with APZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 24mm f4 / 1/3200sec / ISO 200
Family members
Sony Alpha a6000 with APZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 30mm f6.3 / 1/400sec / ISO 200
Plastic Bag
Sony Alpha a6000 with APZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 30mm f6.3 / 1/640sec / ISO 200
Jump Over
Sony Alpha a6000 with APZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 30mm f6.3 / 1/1000sec / ISO 200

In my opinion, a challenge like this is very cool and interesting. It’s great to practice the taste and sensitivity of a photographer, especially for a street photographer. It demanded a photographer to think fast and move quickly in taking a moment. While also having to control the right exposure on the camera before pressing the shutter. And everything is done outside one’s habits.

Walking
Sony Alpha a6000 with APZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 24mm f4 / 1/4000sec / ISO 200
On a bicycle
Sony Alpha a6000 with APZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 24mm f4 / 1/2000sec / ISO 200
Framing
Sony Alpha a6000 with APZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 24mm f4/ 1/4000sec / ISO 200
Ghost among the Crowds
Sony Alpha a6000 with APZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 30mm f6.3 / 1/1600sec / ISO 200

The pictures you see in this post were taken at CFD (Car Free Day) Jakarta. An event held by the Jakarta city government every Sunday at 6 am to 11 am along the Sudirman and Thamrin roads by closing access to motorized vehicles that enter the area to make space for people to do sports such as biking, jogging and doing various other activities without disturbed by the presence of motorized vehicles and also to minimize air pollution from vehicles around the area

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Umbrella Renters

Sony Alpha a6000 with Sony E 50mm f1.8 OSS lens at f4.0 / 1/400sec / ISO 200

Provide an Umbrella Before it Rains.

The sentence above is a warning saying. Although only as a figure of speech among the people. But mostly it really happens in the real situation. It turns out that most people ignore it and then the rain falls and soaks anyone and whatever it passes. But don’t worry if you are not ready for the arrival of the rain. Umbrella rental services are ready to help you. In Jakarta, the umbrella rental business is mostly run by the children, but some adults do it too. This work is only available when the rainy season arrives. Users are those who want to go to a place with a very close distance. As you can see in the picture, a boy behind the umbrella user is the owner of the umbrella. He will follow you to the destination to take back his umbrella and also, of course, the fee.

Charcoal

Sony Alpha a6000 with EPZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 50mm f6.3 / 1/125sec / ISO 1600

He made charcoal from wood that was burned for later weighed and packaged in small sizes and then sold to traditionally-baked food makers such as Satay. According to his account of this work he had acted decades ago. And it still continues today. This job does not make you rich, but you can survive from it, he said. That is a short story from a charcoal maker that I photographed in Bogor West Java some time ago.

Basket of Food

Sony Alpha a6000 with EPZ 16-50mm OSS Lens. At 16mm f6.3 / 1/80sec / ISO 1600

In early December 2019, the street photography community that I participated in carried out a joint hunting activity to a village in Bogor, West Java. The people who live in this place are very friendly, enthusiastic and happy with our presence. In this place, the residents’ houses are very tight so that access to sunlight that penetrates into the narrow passageways is very limited. I really like this kind of situation, to create mood and drama effects in a photo. As in this picture, when I was standing in front of a small shop selling food, in front of me was a small alley that is dark even though it was day time. In the middle of the small alley, there is a T-junction that is connected to another alley. Interestingly around the T-junction was very bright, this is caused by an open gap between the roof of the house separated by the existence of a small alley, so that sunlight can penetrate it. At that moment my imagination immediately reacted that this place was interesting to be photographed when someone would pass the T-junction. I stood there for a while waiting for someone to come out of the small alley and then pass through a bright area of ​​the T-junction and finally, my waiting was not in vain. A woman carrying a small basket of food passed through the T-junction. In addition to being fast and precise, a street photographer must also be able to visualize the object to be photographed.

Dad, Look at Me

Sony Alpha a6000 With Sony EPZ 16-50mm OSS Lens at 24mm f4.0 / ISO 200 / 1/100sec. Edited with Adobe Lightroom.

The foresight of the eye and the speed of capturing the moment is mandatory for a street photographer. Because that moment will only last in seconds and is likely not to be repeated again. Especially when it comes to photographing children because they are always active and moving fast. As in the picture, a little girl is sitting in a snack stall selling snacks with her father right in front of me. Suddenly the child turned to her father with an adorable facial expression like she was asking for something. I was lucky my camera was in the right setting and was helped by the natural light that hit right to the subject from the outside of the tent.

Noodle Bowl

Situ Babakan is a water tourism destination and also the center of Betawi culture in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta. Betawi itself is a term for the native population of Jakarta. This place is one of my favorites for photographing human activities around the lake. This place is very beautiful and cool because of the lush trees around the lake. Making natural light that penetrates the foliage gap is perfect for creating a dramatic impression in an image. In the picture, a woman has just bought a bowl of chicken noodles and brought it to be eaten elsewhere. At that time I tried to show the bowl of chicken noodles that she was carrying but at the same time, I also wanted to hide her identity by aiming at her when her face was not exposed to light at all.

A Boy

In this picture, I tried to freeze the movement and shadow of a boy who was walking with his mother in the midst of a crowd at a Pancoran festival event some time ago in early December. This boy walked in a bright area that was highlighted by the morning sun, while one of his hands was held by his mother who walked in the dark area because it was covered by a tent mounted for the purpose of the event. That is why I only took the part in his mother’s hand that was highlighted by the light.

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