One of my hobbies is photography. In particular I love to take pictures of food. It is because I love food, I love te eat, cook and bake. So when my husband gave me an SLR camera back in 2009 I eagerly started taking foodpics. Then I found out that taking foodpic was not that easy. Good foodpic meant also good foodstyling. And foodstyling requires props, sufficient light and that x factor. The foodpic is succesful and good if people who see it want to eat the food in the pic. I even started a foodblog in Bahasa Indonesia which unfortunately has been abandoned from October last year. Partly because I began sharing my foodpic on Instagram.
Framing the world
After a while I started experimenting with the camera. I learnt how to take pictures with manual modus by myself. I read countless books and sites with photography tips and tricks. And my photo gear has also been expanded from a kit lens 18 – 55 mm to prime lens Nikkor 50 mm/f 1.4 and Nikkor 16 – 85 mm f 3.5 – 5.6G. I am a Nikon girl as you see. Now enough about the brand and specifications, this info will bore you. What I want to share here is photography has changed the way I see the world. What began with endless fascination of food photography has now expanded to architecture, travel and street photography. I can’t help it that everywhere I go I see the world in frames, whether in 2:3 (for SLR) or square size (for Instagram).
I am not very keen on taking portraits because I can not style the model(s). And I find it difficult to capture the facial expression. Timing is very important for portraits. While in food, architecture and travel photography I define my own pace of how and when I push the shutter button. G has been my loyal model until she didn’t want to anymore.
Three years ago I started experimenting with the golden hour. During travelling I have started to taking pictures in the golden hour. Most of the time I sneak out of my room early in the morning, not wanting to wake up my husband. In that 1 hour I will take pictures with the beautiful golden hour in it. Now my husband and G have developed certain patience to wait for me while we travel. Most of the time I stick a bit longer to take pictures with both my SLR and my iPhone. They wait for me patiently untill I am finish or they put their food together allowing me to capture them before they eat it.
One of my inspirations
I try to tell a story through my pictures. I am still learning and searching for my own signature style. Looking at other photographers’ works helps me achieving this. One of my favorite photographers is a dear friend of mine, Indah. Indah is an Indonesian living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We met somewhere in 2008 through a mutual friend. She and I share this passion for photography together. Earlier this year she started blogging again and has been posting interesting pictures regularly. In her travel and photo blog Indah shows her pictures and travel stories. Indah is a diver as well and makes beautiful underwater pictures.
We plan to do photo safari together in Rotterdam but due to our busy agenda, this has been postponed so long. I can’t wait to frame the world with her.