My Photography: Lempuyangan Station

My Photography: Lempuyangan Station

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Hey….this is the next cityscape photo that I took.

This is a black & white cityscape of the city of Yogyakarta. Well, actually this is a photo of Lempuyangan Station.

Short story of this place. Lempuyangan station is one of the main train stations in Yogyakarta, build in 1872. Well, that’s it. Who actually cares, really.

Back to topic…

For a while, I want to take a photograph of this place. So have been here much time (passing through actually). And check a lot of angles and look for the best position and composition that fit. And then I found one place that I think fits my cityscape photo. But kinda scary to go there. So imagine this.

On the east side of the station, there is a flyover on top of it. From up there you can see the whole station if you face west.

The problem is there is no sidewalk, so people can’t actually walk up there, and there are always high-speed cars driving through there. So how do I get up there? Easy I just take the risk.

As usual, I rode my bicycle at 4.30 in the morning (half an hour before sunrise). The reason is not that I’m chasing the sunrise. But because the flyover is empty so I can get there more easily. I look for the best position that can make a good position.

The situation is really perfect for me. So there are not many people and the light is good that I don’t really need to think that much. The sky also has a lot of clouds (which is good for black & white). And since it was about sunrise and I facing the other way around, the light that came from the sun created the contrast in the cloud which I think really great.

So check out…

I was using my usual gear. Sony A58 with Sony DT 18-55 f/3.5-6.3 SAM II. Attach on my Sirui T-2204 X tripod and then use H&Y 10-Stop Neutral Density filter to my lens. The problem is even though I used a 10 stop filter, but I still can’t have enough motion from the cloud.

And this is the result…

So the main idea of m composition is the leading line from the train railway that heading to the end of the building on the middle end. And also I make it a straight line on the horizon.

And of course, I turn it into black & white in Adobe Lightroom. So the main focus of my post-processing is to do dodge & burn that focuses the highlight on the train railway. Which makes the viewer more focused on the leading line that ends the building in the middle of the frame, which is the main subject, and focuses on my photograph.

I also want to create a long exposure effect. Since I can’t make it on the camera, even though I was using ND1000. So I created a motion blur on the sky.

So this is the finished result of my photography…

Alright….for a few days I will be in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta and I will write my experience here later. So check out more.


Check out my previous photo story here at Museum Monument Jogja Kembali


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