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Taking Fireworks Pictures with BlackBerry 9900

Fireworks in Prambanan Temple. Taken by BlackBerry 9900. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Fireworks in Prambanan Temple. Taken by BlackBerry 9900. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Fireworks is always interesting. Serious photographers might grab a DSLR and slide it into a sturdy tripod. Exposure would be set to slow-shutter speed setting to capture the fireworks trails.

But what would we do with only a mobile phone camera in hand?

Capturing pictures doesn’t solely rely on gear. As long as we get the idea beforehand, then execution just needs a little practice.

In an event in Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta a couple weeks ago, there was fireworks show to finalize the day. I got myself BlackBerry 9990 in-hand, which I have just received a couple of days back.

BlackBerry 9900 has a smart light meter to capture correct exposure in dark backgroound. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

BlackBerry 9900 has a smart light meter to capture correct exposure in dark backgroound. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

First impression, BlackBerry 9900 camera is more responsive than my previous BlackBerry 9780. It has less shutter lag, less time-lapse in-between photo-taking, and smarter light meter. Bigger screen in BlackBerry 9900 is a big addition with better image quality.

Although BlackBerry 9900 camera doesn’t have autofocus-lock, it doesn’t really matter on shooting fireworks. In certain distance of shooting, less autofocus-lock doesn’t become a handicap in producing acceptable mobile phone camera pictures.

I still could capture dark sky as total black, while some other mobile phone cameras produces grayish cast. I also could produce sharp images in a bit difficult situation with dim ambient light and dark background.

I thought I was lucky to be on the right time and the right place to capture the fireworks. But with BlackBerry 9900 in my hand, yes, I am the lucky man with the right gear.

Please be noticed, that none of the pictures attached here have undergone anykind of digital editing. They are all original without any single adjustment.

Capturing the joy of the moment by BlackBerry 9900. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Capturing the joy of the moment by BlackBerry 9900. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

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Indah Tak Tertandingi, Kemeriahan Kembang Api Tahun Baru 2011 di Manado

Pesta kembang api Malam Tahun Baru 2011 di Manado, Sulawesi Utara. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih
Pesta kembang api Malam Tahun Baru 2011 di Manado, Sulawesi Utara. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Pesta kembang api Malam Tahun Baru 2011 di Manado, Sulawesi Utara. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Begitu meriah Malam Tahun Baru 2011 di Manado. Masyarakat ibukota Provinsi Sulawesi Utara ini tahu benar merayakan Malam Tahun Baru dan menikmatinya. Lebih dari 2 jam seluruh kota berpesta kembang api sahut-menyahut.

Sepanjang mata memandang, di seluruh penjuru 360 derajat, hanya nyala kembang api yang terlihat di angkasa. Besar dan kecil, tinggi dan rendah, kembang api berbagai warna mengudara di seluruh penjuru kota. Indah dan mengagumkan.

Tahun Baru 2010 lalu, ada pesta kembang api dan meriah, namun tak semeriah Malam Tahun Baru 2011. Berbagai tempat berinisiatif menggelar pesta kembang api. Tapi kembang api termeriah dipusatkan di sekitar Pohon Natal tertinggi di Asia, di kawasan Mega Mas, Boulevard Manado.

Selama masa Natal dan Tahun Baru, pohon Natal tertinggi ini menjadi landmark kota. Setinggi 50 meter, pohon Natal ini dibalut ribuan lampu dan hiasan. Pada saat pesta kembang api, pohon Natal tertinggi di Asia ini tampak makin indah.

Foto dibuat bersama kawan-kawan panitia dan peserta Manado Photo Fest 2010 dari lokasi acara.


Traveling with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Camera

Taal. When traveling you must have pictures that would make you memorize the place. In a visit to Taal, Batangas Province, Philippines, I found this sign inside a Spanish colonial style building. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

You must live in the other planet or live in another century back if you haven’t traveled anywhere in your life. Traveling becomes an integrated part of life and for some people becomes their habit and desire. One important thing is to have a camera to be your best traveling buddy.

One compact camera is enough to accompany you during the trip. It was years ago when traveler had to bring, at least, two gadgets: mobile phone and pocket camera. Image sensor, resolution and quality in camera in mobile phone was not good. Today, there are plenty of options of mobile phone which has good quality of image sensor, lens and big resolution.

I know a mobile phone today reaches 12 megapixel resolution. Another mobile phone put on the legendary Carl-Zeiss lens. You may want anything, but it’s better to have what you really need. I choose BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx which has 3.2 megapixel camera.

It goes whereever I go. I seldom bring my pocket camera. My big professional DSLR is with me in serious targets. Anyway, simplicity in mobile phone camera would let us concentrate more on the subject and idea rather than technical things, i.e shutter speed and aperture settings.

Sample of pictures here didn’t go through any single digital editing. I only resized them down so you may witness the strengths and weaknesses of mobile phone camera. Let the pictures talk.

Afternoon in Kalasey. Overlooking Manado Tua volcano in the distance, I found this place calming. It was a bit cloudy but some parts of blue sky occured. Shooting only the volcano would not distinguish it with another shot from another angle. An addition of foreground would make it distinctive. If you visit Manado, North Sulawesi you must give yourself a photo of Manado Tua. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

Filipino Traditional Dance. I positioned myself as an ordinary tourist. If I put myself as serious photographer, I would remove the background and find more artistic setting. But this kind of situation is a scene that any traveler might face. There was low light condition and the subject was moving. I read the movement and tried to find the pattern, as any kind of dance would have, and caught the moment of when some dancers sat still while the others moving. Pre-focus, hold the camera button half-way then only pressed fully down at the desired moment. This is a regular dance performance in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

New Year's Fireworks. Shooting fireworks is a challenge, even if you're armed with DSLR. It's even much more challenging to shoot fireworks with mobile phone camera. It couldn't measure exposure value as in DSLR, and we couldn't set aperture and speed manually. The effective way to shoot is to determine the exact location of fireworks, pre-focus by pressing the camera button half-way down and pushing it all-the-way down at the desired moment. It's hard, but I made about 2 out of 10 successful pictures in New Year 2010 Eve in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

Jeepney. When traveling, you must give yourself photo of an icon of the place you visit. Manila, of course, is famous with its Jeepney, the common public transport. When shooting in front of Malate Church, I found a lot of Jeepney passing by. It's only a couple hundred meters away from Roxas Boulevard, Manila Bay, Manila, Philippines. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

St Nino Festival. A trip that match an event would give some more memories, things to learn, experiences, and subject for photography. St Nino Festival is held annualy in Manila, Philippines. I found this eye-catching costume of guards among the crowd of thousands of people in the streets of Pasay City, Manila, Philippines. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

Nasi Kuning. Another important thing in traveling photography is making photos of local food. Yellow rice in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is made of turmeric and accompanied with grilled chicken, sliced fried tempe, and some condiments. Light situation was available light, a side light from nearby window. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx