My Photography: In Jakarta

My Photography: In Jakarta

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It’s been a while since I post anything about my photography. But that doesn’t mean I stop. And now I want to tell you about my last photograph in the city of Jakarta. This is my photography: in Jakarta.

Alright…last week I went to Jakarta for three days. So what I did there was took photographs of the city and architecture. Even though I was there for three days I only got two days to do my thing. No matter, that two days didn’t go to waste. I travel the city and take pictures of a lot of things. In fact, I haven’t even processed all the photos yet.

I didn’t really bother about time because I can only get out after 8 am. So I don’t really have a choice. If I have I, probably gonna go at 4 am before sunrise.

For this photo, I have my usual gear. Sony A58, Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD, Sirui T-2204X tripod, NiSi Nano IR ND32000 filter, and a remote shutter.

Usually, I’m using a Lowepro Passport Sling III bag. But for this, I’ve used a Kata DL-B-210 BUMBLE BEE
backpack. Because I know I was gonna walk a lot and it won’t be effective if I used a sling bag.

So here is a tip: if you travel photography, you really should use a backpack because you gonna walk a lot.

Truth be told I don’t really have a plan. I just went with the flow. But I think I got it pretty good. So here are a few places I went:

Day 1

Fatahillah Museum

Fatahillah museum or officially called Jakarta History Museum is one of Jakarta’s tourist destinations. Located in the north part of Jakarta which is usually referred as the “old city.” I went there a lot. But I never actually took a photograph there. So with the flow, I went up there.


Since it was a holiday, there’s a lot of people there. And there I was using my 15 stop ND filter to get rid of them. What I photograph was the architectural building of the museum and here is what I shot:

National Monument (Monas)

South from the Fatahillah Museum, you can find the symbol of the city and the nation. National Monument or simply refer as “Monas” is a tower and museum located at the center of Jakarta, right next to the Indonesia President residence. Just like before I shot the Monas and here is my shot:

Since my time really limited, that’s the only photograph I can make in the day.



Day 2

Bundaran HI

On my second day, went to Bundaran HI. To the south of Monas, you could go to Bundaran HI. Even though for this day I only went there. But I got more shots here than yesterday. Because this is where you want to go if you really like architecture photography. There you can only find the tall buildings and interesting modern architecture. But I bump into a few problems.

I went there at a really bad time, May 1. It’s national labor day. And there’s a huge long march demonstration right at that place. And I didn’t realize it until I was there. Talking about bad timing. It’s just exactly the same as the last time.

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Because of that, I have to wait about two hours in Burger King and eat 3 double mushrooms swiss and 2 Wooper burgers (I haven’t got any breakfast). Went the demonstration was over, it was in the middle of the day. And finally, I can do what I want to do.

What’s interesting here, there’s a lot of architecture you can simply shoot. And that’s what I did. Take my camera and shoot.

Usually, I’m gonna use my tripod and filter. But not in this case. Because I faced the sky when I was taking a shot, in the middle of the day. Basically, you shooting right to the sun. And it doesn’t work for long exposure. Here is what I mean:

See the lens flare

So I just use my camera and handheld it. And here are some of the best I got at the time:




I just walked south and find and shot the architecture that I like.

Tips if you want to photograph modern architecture photography in Jakarta, go to the south and west part of Jakarta.


In post-processing, I’m using Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Google Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. And edited in black and white style. And here is the finished result:










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