Market Day in Zanzibar

 

 

How to Make Photo Editing Using HDR Toning

Responding request from Gara, I would like to present the methods I used to make HDR Image. Doing this editing, I used Photoshop CS 5.

As exercise, you’re welcomed to use my photo. Photo Below showing original photo, taken from my camera.

Original Photo for Exercise. Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Original Photo for Exercise.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Open your photoshop program, and follow the steps below:

Step 1.

Adjust the brightness of photo as shown on photos below.

Step 1

Step 2.

Adjust HDR Toning

Step 3.

Do Step 2 for two times.

Step 4.

Sharpening the photo by adjustment the brigtness.

And the FINAL photo will be as shown below:

After

The steps I showed above are not mandatory. You can adjust anything as like as you need.

Good Luck and Have Fun with HDR.

Lake Toba, Seen from Balige

When you are in North Sumatera and want to enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba, going to Balige can be a good options. That place, can be reached six hours by car from Medan, the capital of provice, or two hours driving from Parapat, its neighbor city that is more famous for tourist atraction. Balige itself is quieter compared to Parapat, with less tourist and less hotels too. However, don’t be afraid. Tourist still could find some good hotels to stay in. Hotel Tiara Bunga, can be a good option too. It’s located next to the lake. Going to the hotel, tourists need to use the boat that operated every two hours, go and come back. Photos below show the places I visited in Balige, during the last going home trip.

Before Sun Went Down to the Lake Kivu

I just couldn’t help my self for not sharing this beautiful moment. I was sitting at the resstaurant for my late lunch, and didn’t expect to get this beautiful view. It was a cloudy day, it looked like the rain would come soon. Yet, after sometimes, all grey clouds were gone, replaced by bright sun that started to go down. I couldn’t describe how beauty it was. Just look the picture below.

Lake Kivu, Bukavu, DR Congo

Lake Kivu, Bukavu, DR Congo

When the Twilight Comes to Sunda Kelapa

During my stays in Jakarta, five years ago, Sunda Kelapa is one of my favorite places to spend afternoon weekend.   Sunda Kelapa is an old port located on North Jakarta District, which recently just accomodates Pinisi, a traditional wooden ship serving inter-islands service in the archipelago.

Usually, I didn’t do anything at the port but wandering around like crazy and shooting some interesting objects. When I was too lazy to walk, I just sat on the corner, observing people  or just watching  workers working on the ship. I could just sit for hours while waiting the twilight came, brought the sun down until it’s completely gone.

Weh Island (Beauty of Indonesia #3)

With 17,000 islands, Indonesia has countless beaches throughout the country. What I show below is Weh Island, the northernmost island of Indonesian archipelago. It can be reached by fast ferry from the mainland Banda Aceh in 45 minutes. Weh island is also famous with its snorkling and diving activities.

Royal Opera House Muscat

Royal Opera House Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Royal Opera House Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

In the last two weeks, I was on the road and spent most of those times in Sultanate of Oman. I spent 7 days in Muscat, the capital, enjoyed my free times by wandering around the city, and found this opera house along the way. Royal Opera House Muscat, built in 2001 ordered by Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, the ruler of Sultanate of  Oman, that had been always fan to classical musics and arts. Many performance had been conducted there, such as opera and theatre performances, music concerts, ballet dancings performed by famous artists such as Andrea Bocelli, London Philharmonic Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, including Arab artist such as Majida El Roumi. It was so bad, there were no music or dancing performances while I was there. However, I still could visit the building and see how beautiful it is.

Royal Opera House Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Royal Opera House Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

The corridor of Royal Opera House Muscat

The corridor of Royal Opera House Muscat

Royal Opera House Muscat accepts visitor every day (except Friday, if I’m not mistaken) from 08.30 – 10.30 am by paying 2 OMR for entrance fee. There will be guide accompanying visitors during the tour. The building can accomodate 1000 people. The architecture of opera house refllects Omani architecture, consist of concert theatres, auditorium, garden and shops gallery. The floors are covered by Italian tiles. There are no paintings decorating the wall or ceiling, as Prague State Opera House (the only opera house that I ever visited for watching Swan Lake performance), instead beautiful wooden craft using Arabic architecture style. The building has five levels, where 1st level is purposed to Sultan’s family and other VIP guests.

5 Days Photo Challenge: Old Muscat

Old Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Old Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

5/5

I accepted photo challenge from Nina to combine two challenges into one. Nina, Indonesian woman expat who has been living in several countries (lately she’s living in England) and traveling to many countries around the globe. I did follow her blog since couple of years ago and amazed with her photography works, especially with her architecture photography. You can check her blog here.

The rules of the 5 days challenge are:

1. On 5 consecutive days. create a post using either a pas or recent photo in B&W only for Black and White Challenge OR in color for Five photos – Five stories challenge.

2. Each day invite another blogger friend to join in the fun.


Old Muscat

Today is the last challenge day. Knowing the fact that I’m still on the road, I’m happy that I can fulfill the challenge constantly. After posting some shots from Africa and Europe, today, I chose to post a place where I’m staying for my short break at the moment. Old Muscat, the part of the capital of Sultanate of Oman. It’s located along Mattrah Corniche and distinguished from modern city of Muscat which has grown around it. The old city is just about 1,5 long and 1 km wide. It can be explored on foot in less than a day. But, with the weather right now, I didn’t recommend you to walk in the middle of the day due to the heat. Most of houses are painted white as shown on the photo, and surrounded by rock mountains.

Old Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Old Muscat, Sultanate of Oman


Challenge Invitation:

I invite Winny Alna Marlina to participte with the challenge. Winny is another Indonesian woman traveler that had been traveled alone both in local and international. I just followed her blog recently and can’t wait to read more stories. Her photo collection is also wonderful. You can check them HERE.

5 Days Photo Challenge: Windmill

Windmill, somewhere in Netherlands

Windmill, somewhere in Netherlands

4/5

I accepted photo challenge from Nina to combine two challenges into one. Nina, Indonesian woman expat who has been living in several countries (lately she’s living in England) and traveling to many countries around the globe. I did follow her blog since couple of years ago and amazed with her photography works, especially with her architecture photography. You can check her blog here.

The rules of the 5 days challenge are:

1. On 5 consecutive days. create a post using either a pas or recent photo in B&W only for Black and White Challenge OR in color for Five photos – Five stories challenge.

2. Each day invite another blogger friend to join in the fun.


Windmill

If in the last three days I posted photos from Africa, this time we are going more to the north, to other continent.

Netherlands is famous with its windmills, which is the most well known  icon in the country. During my short visit in Netherlands, I was wishing that I can find some windmills around the city. Apparently, I found nothing. Probably, It’s because I didn’t try hard to find them. However, I found this windmill on my way back to Amsterdam from Delft. I took it from the train, when the twilight started to come. It was a bit blur since I couldn’t hold my camera steadily due to the movement of the train. I hope it looks better in Black and White.

Windmill, somewhere in Netherlands

Windmill, somewhere in Netherlands


 

Challenge Invitation:

I invite Jithin from Pho Trablogger to participte with the challenge. I just followed his blog recently and amaze with his photography collection. His Morning Coffee posted almost everyday day made my day brighter. His blog is also full with photography tricks. You can check them HERE

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate

I found this floor paintings in Volubilis, one of Roman Ruins in Morocco, as my participation in Weekly Photo Challenge. These paintings are usually found in big and fancy houses belong to important people in that era. Do you think it’s easy to make these paintings thousand years back? I think, this is definetly intricate.

5 Days Photo Challenge: Stone Town

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town, Zanzibar

 

3/5

I accepted photo challenge from Nina to combine two challenges into one. Nina, Indonesian woman expat who has been living in several countries (lately she’s living in England) and traveling to many countries around the globe. I did follow her blog since couple of years ago and amazed with her photography works, especially with her architecture photography. You can check her blog here.

The rules of the 5 days challenge are:

1. On 5 consecutive days. create a post using either a pas or recent photo in B&W only for Black and White Challenge OR in color for Five photos – Five stories challenge.

2. Each day invite another blogger friend to join in the fun.


Stone Town

Stone Town, is the capital,old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar. Located on Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is part of Republic of Tanzania, one of countries in East Africa. Culture in Zanzibar is influenced by Indian, Arabs that make it a bit different with Tanzanian culture in the mainland.

Stone Town is a place for winding alleys, bazars, mosques and grand Arab houses with beautiful carved wooden door. Most of houses in Stone Town built in 19th century using coraline rock of zanzibar. Its narrow labyrinth  street is similar to Medina of Morocco where I spent many iddle hours to facinate and wander around.

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town, Zanzibar


 

Challenge Invitation:

I invite Amanda Ricks from Surprising Lives to participte with the challenge. I have been following her blogs in the last couple of months and really like inspiration words that she shares on her blog. You can check her works HERE

 

 

5 Days Photo Challenge: Bent Pyramid

Bent Pyramid, Cairo, Egypt

Bent Pyramid, Cairo, Egypt

1/5

I accepted photo challenge from Nina to combine two challenges into one. Nina, Indonesian woman expat who has been living in several countries (lately she’s living in England) and traveling to many countries around the globe. I did follow her blog since couple of years ago and amazed with her photography works, especially with her architecture photography. You can check her blog here.

The rules of the 5 days challenge are:

1. On 5 consecutive days. create a post using either a pas or recent photo in B&W only for Black and White Challenge OR in color for Five photos – Five stories challenge.

2. Each day invite another blogger friend to join in the fun.

Bent Pyramid

I took this photo five years ago at my short visit to Egypt. Unlikely common pyramids found in Egyot, Bent Pyramid has an unique shape. At the bottom, it has 54 degrees inclination. But once the construction started, the builders realized that it would create a very long pyramid. In the meantime, the death of  Pharaoh was nearing. The builders decided to change to 43 degrees to complete the construction on time.

Its location as far as 40 kilometers to South of Cairo makes it a bit hard to reach, compared to its neighbour, the Three pyramids of Giza. However, few tourist makes the place more special and gives more mystical impression for the building.

Bent Pyramid, Cairo, Egypt

Bent Pyramid, Cairo, Egypt

The Challenge Invitation:
I invite Cybele from ‘There was a time” – the runes of the gatekeeper’s daughter and other tales to participate with the challenge. I like her works in monochrome photography that give mystic and mysterius feelings for the readers. Her impressive works can be checked HERE

Images of Cappadocia

Cappadocia is one of places that you must visit when you’re in Turkey. Located in central Turkey, can be reached by plane (more less one hour). Don’t worry if you’re budget travelers. There are many bus options going to Cappadocia with cheaper price (compared to plane fare) and comfortable enough. Nonetheless, the trip takes 12 hours for one way. Coming to Cappadocia is like entering the fairy tales. Thousand rocks with unique shapes resulted by volcano eruption thousand years back. Camel shape, mushroom, even head of Napoleon are there. In some places, it became hidden places for Christians in era of Roman Empire. People on that time created houses by craving the rocks. It was like living in the cave. Recently, some are still be used as habitations and hotels.