Friday, August 8, 2008

Negeri di Atas Awan - A Land over the Clouds

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Text and pictures by Eki Qushay Akhwan

On the way up to Kawah Putih (White Crater), there is a forest clearing right on the side of road where we can see the whole mountain range in the South of Bandung. The view from this high vantage point is so breathtaking, that it's worth stopping by just to sit and enjoy the view. To me, it's also a great place to reflect upon the greatness of nature and of our place in it.

Photography tip of the day: Landscape Photography
I took these pictures with a small point and shoot camera, my faithful Canon Powershot A510. I didn't have much control over the exposure. But even with a point and shoot pocket camera, great landscape photographs can still be made. With landscape photography, one of the things we can do to improve the impact of our photographs is to find a high vantage point which could give you a commanding point of the scene. If you have an SLR camera, which gives you control over the exposure, set the aperture to the smallest (larger f number, e.g. f/11, f/16, f/22) to give a wider/deeper Depth of Field, so that every detail will be sharp and in focus.

7 comments:

Layrayski said...

Beautiful landscape photo. I hope to have a similar photo someday-- a photo taken from the top of a mountain.

And thanks for the tip, eki!

Murphy_jay said...

Wow...breathtaking view.

Ya, agree with you, sometimes we need to reflect our role in nature. We often think we own nature instead of being just part of it.

Have a great weekend, Eki!

Wendy said...

Beautiful photos of a lovely place. I'll be back to browse and read, but for now, it's off to work, I go.

Virginia said...

Gorgeous landscape photo today. The mist on the mountains is just lovely. Thanks for the tips. I sometimes think I did better with my Nikon Cool Pix than with my SLR> Guess I am too impatient to learn it all.

Rambling Woods said...

Those are beautiful photos with your point and shoot Eki..Your country is such a contrast of city and country..

Dina said...

Such a beautiful place! Hey, Canon A510, that's what I have. It's plenty for me, since I just point and shot anyway.

ria said...

it is Patuha mount, isn't it? ironically, as a native person of Bandung, i never been there once. i hope someday i will be there to express my gratitude in the Merciful of God for the most beautiful gift.