I am a visual artist and photographer from Jakarta, Indonesia. My genre in photography is fine art mood and I’ve been doing it since 2010.
Actually, I began to get interested in photography in 2004, when I saw a local photographer’s work. I found his work so dramatic and artistic it made me want to know more about photography.
In August 2009, I worked up the courage to buy my first DSLR. And after trying some genres, I noticed some fine art Lensbaby work (fine art genre photographs made with Lensbaby lenses) in an international photography community. I had a feeling that I had to do this kind of photography, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
For gear, I’ve used Sony since the first time I bought my DSLR until now. It just evolved from A-mount DSLR to E-mount Mirrorless ones. I chose Sony the first time I bought my camera because my friend, who is a professional photographer, suggested it. I found that Sony is a quite good camera and easy to operate, so I decided to continue using Sony.
I don’t depend on gear so much for my work, so I don’t use a lot of gear for my photography activity. For me, gear is only a medium for creating works. Our vision and creativity are more important.
For a camera, I use Sony a7R II. I chose this camera because it is easy to operate and has a good live view that is quite helpful for me to shoot blurry silhouettes. Besides that, this camera is full frame with quite a big resolution, so I can produce good quality captures.
Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optic: I chose this lens because of its unique blur character that is very good for making poetic and dreamy photos.
Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 50 Optic: This has the same blur character as the Sweet 35 but in 50mm focal length.
I don’t use lights/flash.
Lowepro bag, the best quality with awesome strength and durability.
I don’t use tripods
Hardware & Software
I use PC, and for the software, I use Adobe Photoshop CS 2019 with Alien Skin Exposure plugin for creating artistic or vintage photography effect.
x3 Sony NP-FW50 W-series Battery Packs
x1 Lenspen Camera Cleaning kit
x2 Sandisk SDHC Extreme Pro 64GB (95 Mb/s) Memory Cards
Matin Hurricane dust blower
Just be yourself and don’t hesitate to explore your obsessions, fantasies, and visions. By doing so, you will get a strong and unique character in your work.
Don’t limit your creativity by sticking with the rules of photography. Make something surprising or explore something new.
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