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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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The Backdoor - Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Nokia Lumia 800

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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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Crossing Bridges 7 Day 02: Aloguinsan, Pinamungajan and Toledo

Jumat, 19 November 2010
Hari 2 Crossing Bridges 7 Philippines 2010

Hari kedua Crossing Bridges 7 (CB 7) dimulai dini hari. Dikawal 2 mobil SWAT Kepolisian Filipina dan 1 ambulans, iring-iringan lebih dari 14 mobil meninggalkan Cebu menuju Aloguinsan, Provinsi Cebu. Langit masih gelap, udara sejuk.

Perhentian di Aloguinsan memanjakan fotografer. Sembari sarapan pagi di tepi laut, kamera merekam kehidupan nelayan yang ramah. Beberapa peserta sempat menumpang perahu demi memotret para nelayan dari dekat. Makan pagi bersama Walikota Aloguinsan dengan suguhan tari-tarian yang fotogenik.

Sebelum makan siang, peserta mengunjungi Pinamungajan. Disambut Walikota Pinamungajan, tak jauh dari Balaikota ada pasar induk setempat. Kebetulan Jumat adalah hari pasaran, hingga tak sulit bagi fotografer menghabiskan kartu memori di sana. Makan siang dijamu oleh Walikota Pinamungajan yang cantik itu dengan suguhan tari-tarian dan penyanyi anak-anak.

Petang hari, rombongan CB7 tiba di Toledo. Disambut Walikota Toledo di Balaikota Toledo yang megah itu, suguhan tari-tarian kembali memeriahkan suara rana kamera yang riuh mengabadikan. Tak lama di Balaikota, karena senja sudah menjelang.

Sore itu ditutup dengan kunjungan ke tambang tembaga Carmen Copper Corporation. Tambang yang masih aktif beroperasi ini berikan kesempatan kepada awam untuk memotret hingga di tepi mine pit. Suatu kesempatan langka, tentu setelah safety induction briefing.

Rangkaian acara hari pertama CB7 ditutup dengan makan malam di Balamban. Terasa meriah lantaran ada kejutan berupa atraksi kembang api seusai makan malam. Briefing malam dilakukan di Balaikota Balamban setelah suguhan tari-tarian.

Nelayan di Aloguinsan, Cebu, Philippines. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Nelayan di Aloguinsan, Cebu, Philippines. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Hari pertama diakhiri dengan bermalam di Balamban. Karena keterbatasan kapasitas hotel, 80 peserta CB7 menginap di 2 hotel terpisah. Hari pertama yang cukup panjang dan melelahkan. Tapi terasa bak tamu negara lantaran sambutan-sambutan meriah dengan atraksi tari-tarian di tiap kota yang dikunjungi.

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Crossing Bridges 7 Day 01: Great Welcome Dinner by The Governor of Cebu Philippines

Kamis, 18 November 2010
Hari 1 Crossing Bridges 7 Philippines 2010

Cebu cerah menyambut 80 peserta Crossing Bridges 7 (CB 7) yang berasal dari 5 negara: Indonesia, Singapura, Malaysia, Vietnam dan Filipina. Hari pertama ditandai dengan konferensi pers di Kantor Gubernur Provinsi Cebu di pusat kota Cebu. Tuan rumah FPPF (Federation of Philippines Photography Foundation) menyiapkan segala sesuatu dengan rapi.

Malam hari, seluruh peserta CB 7 dijamu makan malam oleh Gubernur Provinsi Cebu di Kantor Gubernur. Hadir pada jamuan makan malam tersebut Provincial Board Member Agnes Magpale, yang juga adalah pejabat otoritas pariwisata Cebu. Seluruh peserta dimanjakan dengan pertunjukan tari-tarian tanpa henti sejak acara dimulai pukul 19 hingga usai pukul 21 waktu setempat.

Agnes Magpale mengucapkan selamat datang kepada seluruh peserta CB 7 di Provinsi Cebu. Sementara para pemimpin kontingen negara berulang kali menyebutkan hal persahabatan melalui fotografi dalam sambutan mereka masing-masing.

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Menyongsong Crossing Bridges 7 Philippines 2010

Besok, 18 November 2010 Crossing Bridges digelar. Ajang pertemuan tahunan forum persahabatan komunitas fotografi Asia Tenggara ini digelar untuk kali ketujuh di Western Visayas, Filipina. FPPF (Federation Philippines Photography Foundation) bertindak sebagai tuan rumah Crossing Bridges 7 (CB 7) ini.

Tengah malam ini, forum-forum fotografi di Asia Tenggara memberangkatkan delegasinya ke Cebu, Filipina. Delegasi Fotografer.net (Indonesia) beranggotakan 16 orang, berangkat dari Bandara Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta tengah malam ini.

Pada saat yang hampir bersamaan, kontingen Clubsnap berangkat dari Bandara Changi di Singapura. Kontingen Photo.vn berangkat dari Bandara Tan Son Nhat di Ho Chi Minh City, sementara kontingen PhotoMalaysia.com berangkat dari Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Dengan jumlah total peserta mencapai hampir 80 orang, maka CB 7 ini adalah yang tergemuk sejak pelaksanaan Crossing Bridges pertama tahun 2004. CB 1 digelar tahun 2004 di Jogja oleh tuan rumah Fotografer.net.

CB 2 di Hong Kong dan Macau digelar oleh Clubsnap dan CB 3 digelar tuan rumah Photo.vn di Hanoi dan Sapa, Vietnam. Sementara CB 4 digelar PhotoMalaysia.com di Tawau dan Semporna, Malaysia dan CB 5 digelar oleh Clubsnap di Siem Reap, Kamboja.

CB 6 tahun 2009 mencatat sejarah. Digelar oleh tuan rumah Fotografer.net di Sumatra Barat, bencana gempa bumi menandai pelaksanaan CB hingga tak terlupakan. Tahun 2010, CB 7 digelar FPPF di Cebu, Iloilo dan Bacolod di Filipina.

Crossing Bridges merupakan forum penting bagi fotografi secara regional. Dari segi jumlah, anggota kelima forum dari 5 negara ASEAN ini berjumlah lebih dari 600.000 orang. Kegiatan tahunan untuk saling tatap muka pun digelar secara konsisten selama 7 tahun berturut-turut tanpa putus.

Keberadaan Indonesia menempati posisi penting di Crossing Bridges lantaran jumlah anggota Fotografer.net yang 325.000 orang merupakan jumlah terbesar di Asia Tenggara. Secara strategis, Crossing Bridges berarti bagi eksistensi Indonesia di pergaulan dunia fotografi regional.

Melalui fotografi, Indonesia membuka mata dunia bahwa ada negara kita menyimpan talenta-talenta berharga. Insan-insan yang berperasaan halus dan rendah hati sekaligus tahu diri untuk mengambil peran penting di masanya.

Nilai-nilai luhur bangsa kita, warisan nenek moyang, jadi modal kita untuk secara bijaksana menempatkan diri di posisi-posisi strategis. Melalui fotografi kita menempatkan martabat bangsa pada tempat yang selayaknya. Melalui fotografi pula kita menjalin persahabatan antarnegara.

Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta, 17 November 2010 23:30 WIB

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Making Creative Shots with BlackBerry Bold 9700

People might have common thought that great pictures should be made by expensive and big DSLR type of camera. Well, it’s true but it doesn’t have to be always that way. Camera is only a tool. Behind great photographs there are a pair of good eye and great ideas.

I explored my previous mobile phone, BlackBerry Curve 8900 Javelin, and made great pictures with it, “Motret dengan Ponsel: BlackBerry Curve 8900 Javelin“. I loved it, good quality of camera in a mobile phone. But then I got myself BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx to replace it. I thought it might have better quality camera, and I’m right.

There were so much fun I had when shooting around with this mobile phone. I left my pocket camera which used to accompany me wherever I go. You may leave home without your pocket camera. But almost nobody would leave home without mobile phone. It’s easier to bring only one gadget instead of two, isn’t it?

Pictures attached here didn’t go through any single digital editing. I only resized them down. Hopefully they would make you witness the strengths and weaknesses of camera in BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx.

My tip: let your eyes and mind concentrate on the photo subjects. Leave technical things to the ease of use and compactness of camera in mobile phone.

I have just landed in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia when my fellows brought me downtown. On our way to parking lot, we passed through this colorful wall and our car pulled over right away. It was clear blue sky and almost noon. Technically, no important issue on getting pretty and neat picture. The only thing matters here is diagonal composition, which makes the picture appears in dynamic visualization. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

It was early morning in Jakarta, Indonesia when I needed to catch my 7 AM flight. Got my bag out from my room, took out the room key and I realized that it was on the right position of light fall. The idea is simple, I want to symbolize my life as a traveler with bag and an alley in hotel. Technically, I just only needed to focus the camera correctly with pressing the camera button halfway down until green box appears then push it all the way down. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

The easy way to make your picture appears eye-catching is shooting in unusual angle. Instead of shooting in eye-level angle of view, shoot down or shoot up. I was taking a ciggy-break with a friend in Ayala Center, a complex of shopping centers in Makati, Manila, Philippines. When looking up, I noticed the lines of these buildings might be arranged into an eye-catching composition. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

It doesn't have to be always the real subject to be shot. Image in reflective surface would help a lot to show your idea in different and creative way. It was a bright afternoon in Ayala Center, Makati, Manila, Philippines and the glass was clean. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx

If something attracted your attention then it most likely would be nice to be photographed. I noticed these colorful merchandise in cashier desk of a coffee shop in Glorietta 5 shopping arcade, Ayala Center, Makati, Manila, Philippines. A colorful list of menu and price just make itself a good match. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih with BlackBerry Bold 9700 Onyx


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