Solar eclipse as seen from Jakarta

Java, Indonesia experienced a solar eclipse January 26, 2009 which just happened to coincide with the Chinese New Year. Unfortunately I didn’t have my lenses or my Canon 5D mk II. Had to make due with my 40D and an 85mm with no filters or special equipment. Hope I didn’t damage my sensor! Canon 40D | 85mm @ f/10 | 1/2000 sec | ISO 100Read more

Massive explosion and fire in Plumpang near my home in North Jakarta / followed by flooding

At about 9:20pm, Sunday January 19 a massive explosion occurred at the Pertamina fuel depot behind my housing complex. I was speaking with Novita when the shockwave rocked my home, with a sound as if a linebacker had put his shoulder into my door. My first thought was of thunder or an earthquake. But then I realized it was an explosion. Walking out onto my balcony confirmed that thought – the sky was pulsating with a deep crimson. Huge flamesRead more


One of Jakarta’s new sushi bars. Just playing with the new 5D2. Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM f/1.4 | 1/160 sec | ISO 400 more