My Photography: Pantai Panjang

My Photography: Pantai Panjang

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Another day, another photography I create. I know I said that I can’t go out much (read my previous post) but it doesn’t mean that I never go out. And when I go out I find a great photo spot in this little city. So the first place I can think of is Pantai Panjang. This is my photography: Pantai Panjang.

If I have to say one thing I like about Bengkulu, the city where I was born, is the beach. Not because it looks good, but because it’s really near my house. I can reach there in 5 minutes on my bicycle. And with that Pantai Panjang (or in English, Long Beach) is the perfect beach for me. I love doing natural landscape photography and when I can, I will do it. But it doesn’t happen that much.

For the pre-processing, I just bring my usual gear, Sony A58 with Sony DT 18-55 f/3.5-6.3 SAM II, H&Y ND1000 Square Filter, CPL filter, and Sirui T-2204 X tripod. For the location, I don’t actually bother because I came here a lot, so I know the location well. For a time, I came half of hour before sunrise, it’s because I was not really there for the sunrise. So I don’t have to come early.

I came there by bicycle, it took me 5 minutes to be there. And start to look for a position. But something was different than usual. What I forgot was to check the weather. It was a rainy season, causing a high tide. And also because of the weather, the river water that came directly from the mountain there, causing the color of the seawater to turn brown. Another tip that you should know is always to check for the weather before you go out.

So what I did was sit down and think for a moment. There is no need to rush things over. There is always a way. And I found it.

Before I went there, I planned to create landscape photography with a colorful nature look. But because of the color of the sea, I have to change it. So what I did was turn it into black & white. An easy solution right!

Now the processing. For my first shot, my idea is a minimalist concept. A beach roadside and motion flow of the seawater. Using the 10 stop ND filter will make it work and here is the result.


The second shot was more intimate. Focus more on the beach’s rock and the motion of the water moving toward the rocks. I took the shot right above the rocks.


Now for my third shot was a typical landscape. For this one, I took a few composition techniques and shot it. This one is more colorful because I’m faced south and there was some color from the sun.


There were a few shots that I took. But for now, those three were the best of the day.

Moving to post-processing, when it comes to landscape photography, I didn’t do as much as I did for architecture photography. But still, it’s important to spend time on your photograph.

I used software Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC and turn it better. and here are the results.


For the last shot, I can’t decide on color or black and white. I did both. Why don’t you decide which one is better?



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