We met early in the morning at Stasiun Manggarai, and went to Tangerang afterwards.
After about half an hour commuting, we finally arrived at Stasiun Tangerang. Some of us were hungry, so we had a quick breakfast first at Pasar Lama. Of course, the rest of use took some pictures, then we walked to Kali Cisadane, to see Festival Peh Cun.
Too bad we came too early (around 9 AM, I think). There were not many boats at that time, and the river itself was dirty. Not a pretty sight, eh? So instead we just walked along the river and took pictures.
BTW, this is the whole team, in full glory. Too bad the camera used to take the picture used the wrong ISO setting :p
Somebody told us that the boats would gather around 12 PM. We didn’t want to wait that long, so we moved to Pasar Anyar. At least it was much cooler than Kali Cisadane :p
The “Pasar Anyar” team. The rest of us were fooling around somewhere else :p
Around 12 PM, we gathered at Kelenteng Boen Tek Bio.
Then we parted our ways. Some visited the Museum Benteng Heritage, while the others went somewhere else.
The guy in the center (in the maroon T-shirt) was our tour guide. Quite a talker, he was :p
Thanks to Mr Alex Mulya, our trip to Museum Benteng Heritage was a special one, because we had lunch with Mr Udaya Halim, the owner of the museum, himself.
While having lunch, Mr Udaya gave an excellent presentation about the history of Cina Benteng. He was such a passionate history enthusiast, and that’s why he built the museum.
After we finished our lunch, Mr Udaya took us to his private room, which is usually not for visit. Warning: camera porn alert.
Mr Udaya is also a photographer. In his private room, we saw a collection of his cameras: some Leicas, Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Nikon etc you name it. Wish I could stole one :p
This is Ms Iyut with Graflex RB, a large format (4×5) SLR, the spiritual ancestor of medium format SLRs like Hasselblad, Mamiya, Bronica etc.
Mr Denny with the Leica M3.
Once again, a really excellent presentation by Mr Udaya. He talked about his old film gears, some funny anecdotes while doing photo projects, how he started learning photography, etc. In a such lively manners, as if we had known each other.
He joked how people in the “olden days” learn photography the hard ways. No automation whatsoever so you had to do everything properly, otherwise you’d screwed up. Compared to most people who start learning using digital, photography is relatively easier. You just press the shutter button, and the camera is smart enough to get what you want. Of course, in the end the camera is just a tool, and it’s the man behind the camera which is matter. Definitely a very important lesson for us, young photography enthusiasts, to learn the photography techniques properly.
All in all, this was a very fun trip. Looking forward for the next one