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The Jeepneys of Angeles City, Philippines

All photos are made by Nokia Lumia 800 and edited by Pictomaphone app for Windows Mobile. This blog post is made by WordPress app for Windows Mobile. Date taken: Feb 10-11, 2012.

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Shooting The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 with Nokia Lumia 800

The other side of The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

I made a visit to The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 in Clark Air Base on February 9-12, 2012. While bringing my DSLR to the festival, I also made a lot of shots with Nokia Lumia 800. The lens is made by Carl Zeiss and the resolution is as high as 8MP.

The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta at Clark Air Base. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta at Clark Air Base. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

It starts as early as 6 AM in the morning, when the sun has just risen. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

It starts as early as 5.30 AM in the morning, when the sun has just risen. The lighting condition is dim in low contrast and focusing should be done carefully. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

The other side of The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

The other side of The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Sonic character in The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Sonic character in The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Take-off. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Take-off. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Airborne. The 17th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Airborne. The 17th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Birthday cake baloon for Joy Roa. The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Birthday cake baloon for Joy Roa. The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

High contrast lighting condition. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

High contrast lighting condition. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Fire it up. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Fire it up. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Drifting attraction in Clark Air Base tarmac. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Drifting attraction in Clark Air Base tarmac. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Philippine's Army panzer in The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Philippine's Army panzer in The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Wind toys. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Wind toys. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Lines and shapes. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Lines and shapes. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

My ride. The 17th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 @ Clark Air Base Philippines. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

My ride. The 17th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 @ Clark Air Base Philippines. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Indonesian Air Force TNI-AU's CN-235 @ The 17th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 @ Clark Air Base Philippines. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Indonesian Air Force TNI-AU's CN-235 @ The 17th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 @ Clark Air Base Philippines. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Antique bikes. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Antique bikes. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Classic jeeps @ The 17th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Classic jeeps @ The 17th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

A weekend with everything that flies. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

A weekend with everything that flies. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Kungfu panda character. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Kungfu panda character. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

The adventure begins. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

The adventure begins. The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800


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Sihir Balon Udara The 17th Philippines Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012

The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta at Clark Air Base. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800
The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta at Clark Air Base. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta at Clark Air Base. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Menonton balon udara menyenangkan, menerbangkannya lebih menantang. Ketika Filipina menggelar Festival Internasional ke-17 Balon Udara Filipina pada 9-12 Februari 2012, ribuan orang tiap hari menyemut mengunjungi lokasi festival di Pangkalan Udara Clark.

Pada hari pertama, festival tak terlampau ramai. Tapi pada hari kedua, sekitar 2 ribu pengunjung sudah di lokasi sejak subuh. Balon-balon sudah siap sejak jam 5.30 pagi dan mengudara mulai sekitar pukul 6 waktu setempat. Tahun ini tercatat 28 balon dari berbagai belahan dunia hadir di Clark.

Weekend with Everything That Flies“, akhir pekan dengan segala sesuatu yang terbang, demikian tema festival tahun ini. Jadi, selain balon udara ada pula atraksi sky diving, paramotor, paralayang, ultra-glide dan akrobat udara. Bahkan layang-layang pun ikut dipertunjukkan, dalam berbagai warna dan bentuk atraktif.

Hari ketiga sudah memasuki akhir pekan. Diperkirakan lebih dari 20 ribu pengunjung memadati lokasi. Bahkan ada yang menginap di rerumputan Pangkalan Udara Clark, dengan membawa tenda-tenda kecil. Luar biasa ramai dan meriah.

Skydivers in Clark Air Base with Philippine national flag and Philippine national anthem Lupang Hinirang at The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Skydivers in Clark Air Base with Philippine national flag and Philippine national anthem Lupang Hinirang at The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Pada pukul 5.30 pagi di hari Sabtu itu, jalan menuju Clark sudah padat merayap dalam radius 2 km. Padahal jalan lurus dan lebar menuju Clark masing-masing 2 jalur di tiap arah. Parkir sudah disiapkan untuk 5 ribu kendaraan roda empat, dengan arus sirkulasi yang rapi.

Pangkalan Udara Clark sudah menjadi lautan manusia, meski hari masih gelap dan matahari baru saja tersembul di ufuk. Pria wanita, tua muda, dan anak-anak maupun remaja berdesak-desakan. Tiket masuk dipatok pada harga PHP 200 sehari, atau sekitar Rp 40 ribu pada kurs PHP 1 = Rp 200.

Suara helikopter memecah pagi, ketika ribuan kepala menengadah ke langit muncullah sekelompok sky diver mengibarkan bendera Filipina di udara. Lantas di pengeras suara terdengar pembawa acara mengumumkan, “Bapak-bapak dan Ibu-ibu, lagu kebangsaan Filipina…”. Lalu berkumandanglah Lupang Hinirang, lagu kebangsaan negara 7 ribu pulau ini, mengiringi kibaran bendera Filipina di udara.

Fire it up. The 17th Philippine International Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Fire it up. The 17th Philippine International Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Pemantik-pemantik api dinyalakan, balon-balon mulai menggelembung. Tak berapa lama kemudian satu per satu balon mengudara membawa keranjang-keranjang yang berisi pilot dan penumpangnya.

Tak hanya berbentuk bundar dalam balutan warna-warni penarik perhatian, ada juga balon berbentuk kue ulang tahun, karakter game Sonic, ice cream cup dan karakter mirip kungfu panda.

Birthday cake baloon for Joy Roa. The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Birthday cake baloon for Joy Roa. The 17th Philippine Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Hari keempat, hari terakhir festival dimulai dengan pengunjung yang sudah memarkir kendaraan roda empat hingga pinggir kota Angeles. Padahal jarak dari Pangkalan Udara Clark ke Angeles lebih dari 5km.

Subuh hari keempat, jalan tol sudah padat merayap. Ketika jarum jam menyentuh angka 8, jalan tol dan jalan biasa sudah macet total tak bergerak. Antisipasi penyelenggara untuk 50 ribu penonton sepertinya masih kurang.

Semua tersihir balon udara.

Airborne with Mount Arayat in the background. The 17th Philippine International Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

Airborne with Mount Arayat in the background. The 17th Philippine International Hot-Air Baloon Fiesta 2012. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800


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Cap Go Meh 2012 di Pulau Kemaro, Palembang

Lilin-lilin raksasa di kelenteng Pulau Kemaro, Palembang saat Cap Go Meh 2012. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih
Lilin-lilin raksasa di kelenteng Pulau Kemaro, Palembang saat Cap Go Meh 2012. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Lilin-lilin raksasa di kelenteng Pulau Kemaro, Palembang saat Cap Go Meh 2012. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Memotret upacara Cap Go Meh banyak dinanti fotografer. Di Indonesia, Singkawang, Kalimantan Barat jadi tempat tujuan paling ramai karena acara-acara yang atraktif. Tapi, upacara Cap Go Meh di Palembang, Sumatra Selatan ternyata menarik juga.

Dari tahun ke tahun, upacara Cap Go Meh di ibukota Provinsi Sumatra Selatan dipusatkan di kelenteng Hok Tjhing Rio, Pulau Kemaro. Dari pusat kota Palembang, Pulau Kemaro bisa dicapai tak sampai setengah jam. Pada hari biasa, pengunjung harus menyeberang dengan perahu untuk mencapai Pulau Kemaro.

Pada Cap Go Meh 2012, panitia sudah mengantisipasi 70 ribu pengunjung yang diperkirakan hadir di Pulau Kemaro. Dipusatkan pada tanggal 4-5 Februari 2012, ada 7 barge alias kapal tongkang yang dijajarkan membentuk jembatan menuju Pulau Kemaro. Pengunjung datang dari banyak tempat di Indonesia, seperti pantai timur Sumatra dan Jakarta. Bahkan ada beberapa bis yang mengangkut pengunjung dari Malaysia.

Umat bersembahyang dalam upacara Cap Go Meh 2012 di Pulau Kemaro, Palembang, Sumsel. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Umat bersembahyang dalam upacara Cap Go Meh 2012 di Pulau Kemaro, Palembang, Sumsel. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Pulau Kemaro lekat dengan legenda Siti Fatimah dan Tan Bun An. Secara historis, banyak cerita yang melekatkan penduduk setempat dan penduduk Tionghoa. Di hari biasa, kelenteng Hok Tjhing Rio dan pagoda 7 lantai di sebelahnya sudah jadi salah satu tempat tujuan wisata penting setelah Jembatan Ampera.

Pada Cap Go Meh 2012, Gubernur Sumatra Selatan Alex Noerdin hadir pada puncak acara, tengah malam 4 Februari dan dinihari 5 Februari. Asap hio pekat membumbung tanpa henti. Mata perih dan napas sesak jika berlama-lama berada di sekitar tempat sembahyang umat.

Penjual kacang rebus dan kembang api Cap Go Meh 2012 di Pulau Kemaro, Palembang, Sumsel. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Penjual kacang rebus dan kembang api Cap Go Meh 2012 di Pulau Kemaro, Palembang, Sumsel. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Antrian kendaraan membuat macet jalan sejak kompleks Pusri. Tak hanya umat yang hendak sembahyang yang datang ke Pulau Kemaro, tapi banyak wisatawan juga datang hendak merasakan kemeriahan Cap Go Meh. Untunglah panitia menyiapkan lahan parkir yang terorganisir rapi dan aman, penerangan cukup dan petugas parkir dalam jumlah memadai.

Kembang api silih berganti mewarnai langit, seiring bunyi yang meledak-ledak. Di Pulau Kemaro, kembang-kembang api menghiasi langit di sekitar pagoda. Bahkan penumpang kapal-kapal yang hendak merapat dan baru angkat sauh pun ikut memeriahkan malam dengan kembang api yang mengudara dari atas dek.

Saya menggunakan kamera Canon EOS-1D Mark IV dan lensa lebar Canon ED 17-40mm f/4L untuk memotret di Pulau Kemaro malam itu. Karena gelap, saya harus mengandalkan ISO 800 dan ISO 1600. Shooting mode dipaku pada modus aperture priority Av dan bukaan diset pada f/4.

Memotret dengan lensa tele jadi sulit karena puluhan ribu pengunjung yang berdesakan. Selain itu, seringkali lensa tele menarik perhatian dan mengganggu konsentrasi umat yang sembahyang. Lagipula, memotret pagoda dan kembang api di sekitarnya lebih mudah dengan lensa lebar.