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Portrait Project -19/52

 

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If someone asks me at the end of my portrait project, who is the most impressive and memorable person that I have taken photograph of this year, this special lady, Butet Manurung, would be one of my top five. If you meet Butet in person without knowing her story, it would be hard to imagine the huge foot-prints of goodness that this pint-size lady has left in her trail. She is a force to be reckoned with.

She has tracked through the jungle in Sumatra and has survived the bee attacks, a jealous tribe wife, wild jungle and all the ‘exotic animals’ in it (which includes a bear, snakes etc), learning a local dialect and customs; all that to connect with people who live inside the deepest jungle in tribes to teach them how to read and write, to introduce to them the wonders of letters and numbers. Her work with Sokola Rimba is now expanding to other islands in Indonesia.

She is one amazing lady, and truly inspirational. Find out more about Sokola Rimba here.

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Portrait Project – 17/52

Portraits of a friend. A dear old (crazy) friend. 🙂

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Portrait Project – 10/52

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I’ve been wanting so long to try on taking pictures underwater. Last week, I finally got the chance to do it. Using my daughter’s red Lumix* camera (her christmas present from last year), the three of us had tremendous fun goofin’ around taking photos in our backyard pool.

I took close to a hundred photos that day, but I think only ONE (shown above) I really like. In the photo, the light was perfect, no excessive bubbles around that could distract, and what a mega watt smile plastered on her face, eh?!  Imagine the potential money wasted had it been the old instant underwater camera that I used instead of the digital one of today.

Taking photos underwater was very challenging. There’s all the bubbles to navigate through, the sunlight that shone through the water (that most of the time unevenly lighting the subject), the subject’s ‘decent’ expression to capture (and not the eye bulging cheeks popping, the holding-the-breath-in kinda face), and so much more. Oh, also keep in mind that you have to hold your breath longer to stay down at the bottom of the pool when taking the shots, while keeping steady hands while doing all of the above. It’s also worth mentioning the uncontrollable floating hair that could block the camera (thus your vision) completely.

The fun would not be complete without trying out a selfie underwater. Yes I did. Limited time was spent doing this, though, as the heavily chlorinated water stung my non-goggled eyes. How do models do it? I spent hours with foggy vision right after.

Here are a couple of ‘more presentable’ photos of the bunch. Plus my selfie. Of course.

 

Anyone has more tips and tricks for underwater portraits photos, please leave link on comments below. Much appreciated!

* Camera used: Lumix DC Vario – waterproof (dive to 7m deep), shockproof, and dustproof

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  • ohdearria08/03/2014 - 4:04 pm

    My boy has the same camera, might try this too, Ayu! 🙂 and I like your selfie…I reckon its fun doing this stuff, good jobReplyCancel

    • [ayu]12/03/2014 - 9:27 pm

      The same camera?! Awesome. I call this the little camera that could.. haha. You should really try it underwater. It’s great fun.ReplyCancel

52 Portrait Project – 9/52

This week’s portraits were all about my family in a lazy Sunday morning. It’s one of those Sundays when despite the great weather outside you are happy enough just to be home, around each other, and do…well, practically nothing that has any objective or significant goal.

It’s interesting to see the various reactions each one gave me to my photo taking today. I’m happy with the result as it shows each family member’s characteristic quite well.

 

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