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My First 120mm Camera After Marriage

The last month of 2012 is my special month. Yeah, i got married! And as the thing he must to do, he must gave me a mahar, and it was Diana F+ Deluxe Kit.

Actually i’ve said to him that i want an analogue plastic camera for the mahar, but i want him to don’t tell me what camera he want to give until the day that we will be marred. A week before the day, he told me that he wanna gave me playmodel camera. Just another cheap and super simple plastic camera. I said it doesnt matter, i never said what type of camera that i want to have. And why i want camera? Because we love photography so much, we love analogue camera, and that is how we met and fall in love 🙂

And the day is come. But suddenly in the afternoon, someone mentioned me at the twitter and said “Omg i see Diana camera for the mahar!”. I was surprised because he said playmodel camera, not Diana F+. I can’t prove it because i will meet him at night, so i stayed to wait him with all my currious.

The night come and finally bring the groom for me. We met at the mosque where the marriage will be happened. And i saw him, with the white coat, bring the happiness to me. Behind of him, there was my sister and my best friend who brought a big box. I thought it was Diana F+ camera, but why it has a big box? And i read it, Diana F+ Deluxe Kit at the side of the box. And yeah… finally i knew what he talking about his playmodel camera. Ahhaha

Diana F+ Deluxe Kit

Now i learn to take a picture better in 120mm format. He teach me so much about photography. We have a dream that someday we will have an exihibition, with our artworks there, taken with analogue camera. And we will take a thousand another photos together, live with photography like the first time we met because photography…

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Trip to Madura

Sebenernya ini trip waktu lebaran  tahun kemarin, dan mau dipost setelah hasil holga selesai didevelop. Tapi ternyata setelah didevelop, hasil si holga fail semua gara2 ga ngubah mode N-B dari awal rol ahahha bego parah ini. Jadi cukup mengandalkan foto dari hp, here’s my story to Madura, my dad’s home..
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Kalo ga panas, ga Madura. Bahkan Madura lebih panas dan kering dari Surabaya. Jadi yg mau ngetrip ke Madura, jgn lupa bawa air minum kemanapun.
Jadi Di Madura ini ada 4 kabupaten. Dari barat ke timur : Bangkalan, Sampang, Pamekasan dan Sumenep. Hari ketiga lebaran saya berangkat dari Pamekasan ke Sumenep, perjalanan sekitar 1,5 jam. Ada acara keluarga tahunan di sana. Dan sepulang dari sana, baru saya mulai berjalan -jalan..

Cuma ada 2 jalan utama di Pulau Madura, sepanjang pantai utara dan pantai selatan. Kebetulan saya melewati jalur selatan, dan pantai di sepanjang jalan ini sangat bagus. Di sepanjang jalan pulang Sumenep – Pamekasan saya berhenti dan menyempatkan diri untuk memotret di Pantai Talang Siring.

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Bulan itu saat panen yg baik untuk para nelayan. Dan pada bulan-bulan seperti ini mereka akan membangun semacam tempat untuk mengumpulkan hasil laut mereka di tepi pantai. Mereka menggunakan bambu untuk membangun konstruksi ini. Dan saat musim ikan selesai, mereka akan ‘membongkar’ kembali bangunan bambu ini.

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Malamnya saya mampir ke rumah seorang kerabat yang kebetulan pengusaha batik Madura. Motif batik Madura berbeda dengan batik Jawa, dengan warna-warna terang sebagai salah satu ciri khasnya. Dan beruntunglah saya, sepulangnya saya dihibahi salah satu batik Madura berwarna kuning 😀

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Sepulangnya, saya mencicipi sate ‘lalat’. Sebenernya ini sate ayam seperti biasanya, hanya karena ukuran potongan dagingnya kecil, maka sate ini disebut sate lalat. Satu porsi sate terdiri dari 20 tusuk sate dan sepiring lontong atau nasi. Harganya lupa, tapi murah banget. Masih dibawah Rp. 20.000 untuk 1 porsinya.

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Keesokan paginya, saya mengunjungi salah satu pasar tradisional yang menjual batik Madura di Pamekasan. Pasar ini akan ramai setiap hari Kamis, dan kebetulan hari itu adalah hari Kamis. Dan betul, lebih banyak pedagang batik hari itu dan dengan harga lebih murah tentunya. Batik ini dijual mulai harga Rp. 35.000 hingga ratusan ribu rupiah. Salah satu penjual makanan khas Madura menarik perhatian saya di sini, bubur Madura. Ya semacam jenang bubur di pasar gitu sih, gula merah, jenang mutiara, kuah santan, enak sekali.

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Puas mengunjungi pasar batik Madura, keesokan paginya saya menyempatkan diri untuk sarapan bebek goreng Madura. Konon selain sate lalat, bebek goreng adalah menu khas Madura. Kenyang sarapan, saya berangkat menuju Bangkalan untuk mengunjungi rumah nenek sebelum akhirnya kembali menyebrang menuju Surabaya. Selama perjalan, saya kembali disuguhi pemandangan pantai yang sangat cantik di sepanjang jalan utama dari Pamekasan menuju Bangkalan. Sepi, dan masih sangat alami. Udara yang panas siang itu membuat saya memilih membuka jendela dan menikmati angin laut yang lebih segar.

Pantai Madura

Di Bangkalan saya menyempatkan untuk mencicipi menu khas Madura yang lain yaitu rujak. Rujak di sini menggunakan petis merah yang terbuat dari sari ikan. Yang berbeda lagi, ada potongan mangga muda dan keripik dari singkong yang dipipihkan. Dan keripik ini hanya ada di Pamekasan.

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Selesai makan, hari sudah sore. Kami berangkat menuju pelabuhan untuk kembali ke Surabaya. Rencananya saya ingin memotret sunset dari kapal laut saat menyebrangi selat Madura. Bapak yang menjadi sopir memacu kecepatan mobil agar anaknya mendapat ojek foto yang diinginkan. Tapi arus balik lebaran membuat jalanan ramai, dan saat sunset, kami baru tiba di pelabuhan Kamal. Langit juga tak menunjukkan warna lembayung sore itu, mendung menggelayut mengantarkan kami menuju petang. Tak lama, baru kami naik menuju kapal laut dan kembali ke Surabaya.

Selesailah jalan-jalan di Madura. Waktunya menjadi pekerja dan kembali ke Surabaya. Buat teman-teman yang ingin berjalan-jalan, pulau Madura masih sangat bisa jadi destinasi. Pantai-pantai di sana masih belum banyak terjamah. Warganya juga ramah, tak pemarah seperti yang orang-orang bayangkan. Hanya nada bicaranya memang sedikit tinggi dan menyentak, tapi itu bukan berarti marah. Hanya sebatas gaya bicara bawaan, dan budaya tentunya. Selamat jalan-jalan, dan selamat menikmati Madura. 🙂

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Happy Ied!

Happy Ied everybody 🙂

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So i got a holiday for maybe 10 days to celebrate Iedul Fithri with my familly. Last friday, we went to Jember, as usually. I met my uncle, aunty, nephew, so many people there, and also i came to my mom’s grave ( this is how i can feel closer with my moms body, even i cant see her ahaha ). Just 2 days there and we went to Madura. I’ll make a post about my trip to Madura next day, its a great trip with beautiful landscape.

*all photos take with my phones camera. i haven’t process from my toycam ( still 12 frames ), maybe i’ll make another post next day 😉

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House of Sampoerna, Surabaya

Liburan beberapa waktu yang lalu, saya mengunjungi sebuah museum milik salah satu perusahaan rokok senior Indonesia,  Sampoerna. Berlokasi di daerah sekitar kota tua dan tak jauh dari daerah kampung China Surabaya, museum ini bernama House of Sampoerna. Bangunan yang sudah berdiri sekitar tahun 1862 ini memiliki gaya arsitektur Belanda. Sayangnya saya tidak beruntung karena kehabisan seat bus khusus milik Sampoerna yang mengantarkan berjalan-jalan menuju tempat-tempat bersejarah di Surabaya. Memang saat akhir pekan/liburan, bus ini sudah penuh dipesan jauh-jauh hari. Gratis, 2 kali perjalan per hari, tour guide, siapa yang tak ingin ikut?

Bangunan ini sebenarnya adalah pabrik, galeri seni, sekaligus rumah tinggal dari pemilik perusahaan Sampoerna. Terdiri dari 3 bangunan utama, 1 bangunan paling besar di tengah masih digunakan sebagai pabrik rokok Sampoerna sekaligus tempat display segala hal yang berbau Sampoerna sejak awal hingga hari ini. Dari foto-foto para petinggi, perlengkapan marching band milik Sampoerna, produk Samporna baik yang didistribusikan di Indonesia maupun di luar Indonesia, hingga akhirnya kita bisa melihat proses melinting rokok dari lantai 2 bangunan ini. Yap, salah satu produk rokok Samporna yang berslogan 234 itu masih dibuat tanpa bantuan mesin alias dibuat dengan tangan – tangan manusia. Tapi jangan salah, kecepatan melinting mereka sudah terlatih bertahun – tahun. Dalam sehari, tiap pekerja bisa menghasilkan ribuan batang rokok. Dan kita bisa melihat proses ini dengan gratis di Museum ini.

Tertarik mengunjungi Museum ini? Jangan lupa reservasi seat untuk Heritage Tournya jauh hari sebelumnya, dan bawa kamera kalian. Karena bangunan Museum ini masih cantik untuk diabadikan. Dan inilah beberapa hasil jepretan saya dengan Holga dan kamera handphone 🙂

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Panoramic Photographs With Phone’s Camera

A week ago, i did a photo walk around Surabaya with my friends. I took a walk from Kalisosok area, Pesapen, Kya Kya Kembang Jepun, to Pabean. I spent 2 rolls of negatives film and took some photographs with my phone’s camera. It is so interesting that my phone’s camera can made some panoramic photograph with its features. So when i stopped by around Pabean, i tried this feature with some old buildings as my objects. And after i added a tone effect, it become more beautiful ! And these is the results..

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Recesky vs Gakkenflex vs Blackbird Fly

Everytime i see my stats at my blog here, mostly i found that people looking for about recesky DIY TLR. They used keyword ‘receksy diy tlr, what is recesky diy tlr, how recesky diy tlr work’, even ‘the different between recesky diy tlr, gakkenflex and blackbirdfly’.

So far, i use recesky mostly to do some photo walks or do some small photography project. So this time, i’ll explain, lil’ bit about recesky. I try to write in English, so i hope everyone can understand my post, not only reader who use my native language ( i use Bahasa Indonesia ).

Recesky DIY TLR is somekind a toy camera. It’s TLR camera, analogue, still used a film and made from plastic. Before recesky, there was Japanese magazine ( Otana no Kagaku, means Science for Adult ) that gave a plastic TLR camera named Gakkenflex, for free. The unique one is you have to built it before you can use it.

Gakkenflex camera

Later, a Chinese factory made the clone for Gakkenflex. They named it Recesky. And just like Gakkenflex, people who buy this camera must built their own camera before they can use it, thats why they named it as DIY ( do it yourself ) TLR camera. This camera made from plastic, i mean all part, except the bolts. Technically, it has 2 diafragma appertures setting. F11 when you use the twist plate, and F6 when you take off the twist plate. 1 shutter speed ( 1/125 ), tripod mount and use 35mm film. It works so simply with no much apperture settings. The great one from this camera is you can see the depth through the view finder. You can set the focus easily ( from 40cm to infinity ) and you can see the effect from the view finder, just like when you use fix lens with analogue camera. You can set the focus just by see the view finder, and what you see is what you get ( this is great ! ). And with this camera, you can make multiple exposure too.

The weakness, there’s no film counter. So we can’t notice how many frame we have used. And also there’s no hotshoe for flash. So, it will be tricky if you wanna shoot with less light or in indoor place. You can do bulb mode with this camera, but you have to hack it. I mean not to hack the camera, but how to press the shutter ( i have wrote about this trick at my previous post. But unfortunattely, i wrote in Bahasa Indonesia ). I also has no masking if  you wanna make square format ( maybe you can try to hack it, i never try it. and maybe i’ll try 🙂 )

 If you ask the different between Gakkenflex and Recesky, i think there’s no different. It’s all same, except one part that we use to roll the film. It put in different side. But technically and the result,there’s no different.  Both of it has unique result when you use infinity focus. It will made somekind like tilt-shift photography. And also it has very close focusing. If other toy camera has 80cm for its closest focusing, recesky and gakkenflex has 40cm for its closest focusing ( its very close for toy camera ! ).

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Then if you ask what the different between recesky and blackbird fly, i’ll say that they are different. I mean the ability. Both are TLR camera, use 35mm film and made from plastic. But Blackbird Fly ( BBF ) has more apperture settings than Recesky. It has 2 diafragma appertures, F11 ( sunny ), F7 ( cloudy ) and it has 2 shutter speed, 1/125 and bulb mode. It also has 3 masking, normal ( 24x36mm ), square ( 24×24 mm ), and large square format ( 36×36 mm ) and tripod mount. Not like Recesky, BBF has hotshoe for flash. It really help you if you wanna shoot in indoor place or when you have less light.

The weakness, you just get 80cm for closest focusing. And you can’t set the focusing by see the view finder, you just can  guess by the distance between your camera and the object. But you can still do framing through its view finder. Also you can’t get tilt-shift effect like Recesky and Gakkenflex do. And the price, off course. The price for 1 BBF is equal with 10 Recesky !

I have tried this camera ( but i’m sorry that i can’t show you the result, because i dont have the file. i used my friend’s BBF ). And i think i prefer recesky to get easier focusing and closer focusing distance. Even i have to hack my recesky if i wanna shoot in bulb mode and i can’t get flash if i use recesky.

But its up to you. Recesky, Gakkenflex or Blackbird Fly, its all just the media. Photography is not just about the camera. More than it, its about technic, composition, exposure, content, moment and timing. Just understand how your camera work and keep practice.

You can see my artwork with recesky on my Flickr here