I’m sure a lot of you photographer always looking for a new place for hunting, a new excitement, and a new look in your photograph. That’s why many do research on location where you can photograph on internet or any source. But I also sure that many also have their “favorite spot” where they come over and over again. Including me. This is one of my so call “favorite spot,” Tugu Jogja.
For you who didn’t know, Tugu Jogja is a monument that Symbolized City of Yogyakarta. Located in heart of the city, actually in the middle of a crossroad. Symbol of the city, also a tourist spot, in the middle of the road.
One reason I always go to Tugu Jogja is because it’s near my house and I almost pass through it everyday. If you think about it, the place you really familiar with, usually the most uninspired place. Like photograph your home, what so good about it. Different story when photograph someone else house. Which is the case here.
So how do we feel inspire from familiar place? Rather than thinking about the place, I always feel inspire from new experience or skill that I have, and also new photo gear. For example, I learn a new trick that I can use on landscape photography and I want to try it. And one perfect place is the place that I know and have been. Which is exactly what I did.
Good thing I already totally familiar with the place. So there’s no need for research. The question is what I want to shot right now? What I want to shot now is the architecture fine art of the monument. Only frame fit vertical shot of the monument. Easy, simple. You probably think it’s boring, but wait. This time I’m using my new NiSi Nano IR ND32000 Filter that I just recently bought. Which also mean one thing, Long Exposure Photography.
Description of the place
Located in the middle of crossroad, where vehicle pass through it everyday, especially on evening to night. Unless I want to photograph long exposure of the car’s light trail, it’s not an option. So the choice is to photograph in the morning where there are lesser vehicle. So what I did was to photograph in the morning.
I bring my usual gear, Sony A58 with Tamron AF 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 Macro Lens (which I just recently bought online, since it cheap). Also Sirui T-2204X Tripod, remote cable, and my brand new NiSi Nano IR ND32000 Filter.
Since I was planning to use a serious super big stopper (I’m talking about the ND filter), my usual morning go out wasn’t an option (unless I want long exposure for a hour). So I went out little more, about 7 am, where its already quite bright out there.
On spot, my plan already ruined by another photographer whose already took the spot I planned to shot at. Since I’m not waiting patience type of person, so I look for a new spot and I found one that fit well and directly to the monument. So my shot just simple. Zoom in to tight fit the frame with the monument and shot long exposure.
What interesting is this my new filter. Before I place the filter the exposure time was about 1/80 second at f/11, which is normal on morning. Soon after I attach the NISI ND Filter, it reduce to 6 minute 33 second (393 second). That is what happen when you use a 15 stop Neutral Density Filter.
So here the result, I have my tight frame vertical shot with long exposure cloud on the sky:
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For my post-processing, I did my usual editing of fine art black and white. Isolating the monument, make the sky dark, and many other adjustment. All of using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, and Google Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
Here the result:
What interesting in this is I have photograph here a lot, and yet I always I have a new way to photograph it differently. And I think that is what happen here when we thinking the source of inspiration. Not location that give us inspiration, but our new experience that give us new inspiration.