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Gaby and The Smoke in Tondano

Surrounded. Wireless TTL flash in Tondano, North Sulawesi. Model: Gaby. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Surrounded. Wireless TTL flash in Tondano, North Sulawesi. Model: Gaby. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

It was a beautiful day spent with Manado photography fellows, on the last weekend of June 2010. I was in the capital of North Sulawesi for attending Fotografer.net Gathering Series 2010. Manado fellows are so kind and they were very anthusiast to arrange a simple model photo shoot with me while I was visiting their hometown.

We went to Tondano, 30km away from Manado, the capital of Minahasa Region. Cool breeze and widespread rice fields welcomed us in this beautiful highland of North Sulawesi. Then it was just happenned for us to find harvesting time on a roadside.

Above dried rice straws and thick-wet mud we made some shots with Gaby, in a ricefield on the roadside of Tondano, Minahasa, North Sulawesi. Photo by: Raya

Above dried rice straws and thick-wet mud we made some shots with Gaby, in a ricefield on the roadside of Tondano, Minahasa, North Sulawesi. Photo by: Raya

Dried rice straws were everywhere. Some farmers started to burn some rice straw piles and rose some smoke. We pulled-over, geared-up and asked our model Gaby to walk into the smoke.

It wasn’t easy to step over dried rice straws. The piles are soft, above wet and thick mud. As we got closer to the smokes, oxygen decreased and the smoke hit our eyes just like tear gas.

I geared myself with Canon 1D Mk III body and 17-40mm lens. The area of shooting was narrow, and I wanted to keep close to the models to make sure she heard my direction. The wind was quite hard and the directions changed in minutes.

Sky was covered by cloud and created low-contast condition. I armed one unit flash Canon Speedlite 580 EX II with PocketWizard FlexTT5. To trigger it, PocketWizard FlexTT1 was slided into 1D Mk III hotshoe.

Photo shoot with Gaby among the smokes of dried rice straws in a rice field on roadside of Tondano, Minahasa, North Sulawesi. We couldn't stand the smoke that long, made some shots and pull everything out. Photo by: Regy Kurniawan

Photo shoot with Gaby among the smokes of dried rice straws in a rice field on roadside of Tondano, Minahasa, North Sulawesi. We couldn't stand the smoke that long, made some shots and pull everything out. Photo by: Regy Kurniawan

I wanted to step down the background 1-stop under the flash exposure on the model. As PocketWizard FlexTT1 and FlexTT5 supports Canon E-TTL system, it was easy for me to compensate the exposure -1 stop and keep the flash exposure normal.

We realized that we couldn’t stand the smoke that long. So we just made some shots, quickly evaluate them and made some other alternative shots from some different angles. Went back to our cars, we stepped again over the dried straws carefully, and called our short and simple photo shoot a wrap.

My Manado fellows and I simply browsed the pictures on the camera LCD. We were satisfied and so was Gaby. Shorthly after that, we hit the road again, back to Manado, to attend Fotografer.net members gathering later in the evening. Thanks to all Fotografer.net fellows in Manado, SPOT photographer.

Another fun was waiting for us.

Finally we called it a wrap. All Fotografer.net Manado fellows and I were satisfied, and so was Gaby. From left to right: Regy Kurniawan, Raya, Farid Wahdiono (Exposure Magazine), Michael Winerungan (stand), Achmad Bagenda (sit down), Dodi Sandradi (FN HQ), Fesix Suyudi, Surya Rachman, Santho Montu, Kristupa Saragih, Diandra Gabriela Nelwan (Gaby), dan Hernan Halim. Photo by: Palty Silalahi

Finally we called it a wrap. All Fotografer.net Manado fellows and I were satisfied, and so was Gaby. From left to right: Regy Kurniawan, Raya, Farid Wahdiono (Exposure Magazine), Michael Winerungan (stand), Achmad Bagenda (sit down), Dodi Sandradi (FN HQ), Fesix Suyudi, Surya Rachman, Santho Montu, Kristupa Saragih, Diandra Gabriela Nelwan (Gaby), dan Hernan Halim. Photo by: Palty Silalahi


Original post of the main picture above: Surrounded

8 responses

  1. Regy

    Nice post bang ^^

    Akankah terulang kembali… ?

    August 19, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    • Ayo diulang kembali!

      August 19, 2010 at 6:37 PM

  2. Yunanhelmy Balamba

    mari kita mengulamng kembali……

    August 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    • Mengulang botol dianggap mikrofon?
      He he he…

      August 20, 2010 at 10:37 AM

  3. fadil saujana

    hmmmm bang Kris …wakakakakakakakakaka…kalo m***k bebas coyyy..

    akankah terulang kembali

    August 20, 2010 at 12:13 PM

  4. Ayo, diulang kembali!🙂

    August 20, 2010 at 1:34 PM

  5. keren!

    September 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    • Thanks
      Apa kabar Manado?

      September 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM

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