I met a gifted wedding photographer while briefly at Borobudur during the late afternoon. He came with simple equipment and a beautiful wedding couple dressed in rather expensive batik wedding wear (about us$2000 for the gold embroidered wedding dress).
This place makes great backdrop and I am envious of him being there.
I hovered around quietly, watching him work, and the end of his shoot, bravely asked if I could take his photo and much to my delight, he not only agreed but generously offered the use his lighting equipment as well as giving me instructions on his camera settings.
I revisited Central Java and the Borobudur Temple recently in June 2008. This time while in Borobudur, I spent more time walking around and viewing the beautiful bass reliefs rather than rush through them. The last time in 2005 was a little rushed and whirl-wind type of photo tour.
Stayed in Manohara Hotel (445,000rp, sg$70) to get a nearer access to the temple. Did the sunrise tour, which wasn’t really much of a tour, but of paying the extra 110,000rp (sgd$16, us$11) for someone at the hotel to open the gates 1.5 hour earlier than the usual 6am for normal entry.
Was it worth it you say, well yes in a way it was. I took quite a lot of photos pitch black and waited for sunrise with a handful of tourists. The sunrise wasn’t spectacular, it was quite hazy covering the sun most of the time. I sure enjoyed snapping photos while it was a touch of dawn and the only light available was my torch.
It was great that for a brief period, the Volcano Mount Merapi revealed itself beyond the horizon before hiding back into the clouds.
Here’s some photos I took, this time I brought my cokin color filters, not much of a photoshop addict, I made some curves and level adjustment and the color filters and nature’s light did the rest of the magic.