Archive for October, 2005

A Day in the Life of a Bajaj Driver

Posted on 31. Oct, 2005 by .

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three wheeled motion A Day in the Life of a Bajaj Driver
bajaj closeup A Day in the Life of a Bajaj Driver
reflections of bajaj A Day in the Life of a Bajaj Driver

The Bajaj is a three wheeled vehicle made in India and used throughout Jakarta. They can technically fit two adults in the backseat, although I’d consider it punishment to attempt three. For about 50 cents you can get around for a couple of kilometers – the distance many people need throughout the day, or grabbing some groceries.

Cheap, exceedingly noisy, and completely uncomfortable, they’re the staple of many people’s transportation – or at least those that cannot pay for a taxi with rising fuel costs. The other options are insane bus drivers, vans packed to the gills with people, or suicidal ojek (motorcycles). I’ve nearly lost my knee caps riding with them as they attempt to squeeze between cars.

Like a tall tricycle, bajaj feel a bit unstable when cornering faster than a walking pace – especially when carrying a big ‘bule’ (foreigner) of 200 lbs. I’m pretty sure we’ve gotten them up on two wheels on a number of occasions.

I have a small series of shots I’ll post in relation to these mechanical wonders of the developing world.

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Sexiest Web Design

Posted on 28. Oct, 2005 by .

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If web design can be deemed “sexy” – these sites would be aphrodisiacs.

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Blogging Bits: Flickr vs. WordPress vs. RSS?

Posted on 28. Oct, 2005 by .

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I had no idea so many of you were viewing the blog via RSS, but it seems that the general consensus is that I have two separate groups of visitors – those that check out the blog and those that drop into Flickr. I’m guessing the Flickr community most likely doesn’t view the blog too often and now I see that many of you visit the blog and not Flickr – therefore, I will start posting more of ‘everything’ on both.

The majority of my photographs do revolve around Indonesia, but as I’m continually striving to improve different aspects of my photography, I venture into other subject areas. Two things I’d really like to experiment more with would be portraiture and night shooting. I picked up a book last night from Michel Comte (but resisted buying!) – and felt like a kid with a toy camera after viewing his work.

As you may have noticed (unless you read via RSS icon wink Blogging Bits: Flickr vs. WordPress vs. RSS? ), I’ve started organizing this entire site by the use of more effective archives, technorati tags (fun? annoying?), categories, and an AJAX live search tool (pretty cool if you haven’t tried it). I have yet to categorize about half of the blog’s archives, but it’s on my to-do list. I have also started delving into my ‘blogger’ archives – everything from 2002-2004. I’ll move many of those old posts over to WordPress soon (although I’m definitely seeing a different side of myself in hindsight!).

To answer a few of the comments left on the previous post:

Andy:
By the way, how is Smugmug working so far? Have you been able to verify the quality of the actual prints? Any impressions?

I honestly haven’t given enough time or effort into Smugmug at this point, considering I’ve already paid $100 for the “pro” account. I’ve also only uploaded a half dozen photos, so it’d be unfair for me to make any judgement at this point. I haven’t been able to view any actual prints, as I believe they only ship within the U.S. – I’ll have to have my brother order some for critique.

Elisson:
My usual pathway to javajive is via RSS, so if you post your photos on the blog, it’s easier for me to enjoy ‘em.

When I have the time, I go into the flickr site – but that is not something to do casually. Your work deserves attention, concentration.

javajive is quite possibly the best photoblog out there. Please keep up the excellent work. Baiklah!

I really appreciate your comment, Elisson, but in all honesty, the more I learn about photography, the more I’m feeling like a complete amateur. It’s almost overwhelming to see how much talent is oozing from the creative pores of the ‘net. When I view sites like Quarlo, Chromogenic, Chromasia, Top Left Pixel, Smudo, Big Empty, and File Magazine, I sometimes wonder if I should pack up and move on to another passion.

Carl:
Post here. I find Flickr way to slow to load photos and rarely go back there, even though I am the admin for over a dozen groups based on Asia travel. Also, how is your Flickr Social group doing? Great idea on that one.

Interesting to hear your thoughts on Flickr. As far as Flickr being a great place to display serious work – I’m not too fond of the layout, white background, and comments – but for the community aspect and (generally) useful feedback, I’m stickin with ‘em. I am admin to a few different groups, but the one to really take off has been FlickrSocial with over 2000 members. Unfortunately, I haven’t been active in the group in quite a while, and have appointed some other great people to help out as admins.

On another note, I’ve been slammed with this message every hour today:

The domain thejavajive.com (javajive) has reached 80% of its bandwidth limit.
Please contact the system admin as soon as possible.

Great.

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Withdrawn

Posted on 27. Oct, 2005 by .

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Here’s a question for you. How often do those of you who drop by this site view my flickr site as well?

If not too often, I’d prefer to start posting most of the images here on a regular basis, as many of my photos never make it to the blog to avoid redundancy. I also have tried to keep most of the photos on this blog on topic with Indonesia rather than posting my “other” types of photography. Would you prefer to see them on here as well or should I keep them separate and let flickr remain the “dumping ground” – remaining focused strictly on Indonesia with this blog?

Canon 350D
50mm f1.8
f2 1/25
iso 400

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Reflections and Interpretations

Posted on 24. Oct, 2005 by .

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myself in her eyes Reflections and Interpretations

We will never truly see ourselves beyond reflections and interpretations.

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Confinement

Posted on 22. Oct, 2005 by .

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confinement Confinement

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Verbiage

Posted on 18. Oct, 2005 by .

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Verbiage - wonderfully creative use of words and photography. Ok, and I’m happy to see they used my photo for the post and link.

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