Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

Ahh.. this week’s challenge is not that trivial, at least for me.

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE OF THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR EYES.

A few tips reinforcing what Ming taught us on Tuesday:

  • Observe a scene first before lifting your camera to your eye.
  • Ask yourself: What is the subject? What will you (not) include in the frame?
  • Look for natural lines or frames in the shot to guide the viewer’s eye.
  • Try different angles: Get low on the pavement. Look down from above.

I remember couple of weeks ago, I took some pictures with those tips in my mind. Hopefully the pic I pick is suitable with the theme.

Water Scavenger
A water scavenger, fight today for tomorrow

For the last three weeks challenges (including this week), fleeting and curves, somehow I could manage to fit the themes using pics from one photo hunting session. I will put a note that whenever I go for photo hunting, I have to take pictures with different themes as many as possible.

I was a little bit ducking when taking the water scavenger’s pic. I took the picture using my tele lense, 70-200 mm, f2.8.

Some people may think that he’s doing a disgusting job. But personally, I pay respect for the man. He’s not stealing or taking someone’s right. Comparing to those corruptors, this job is more noble. In my belief, God prefer this kind of job than stealing or begging, especially when he does it for his family.

Abu Hurairah narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “You spent one Dinar for the fight for the sake of God, one Dinar to liberate a slave, one Dinar to a poor person, and one Dinar to support your family. The most rewarded Dinar is the one that you spent on your family.” (Muslim)

Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas narrated that the Prophet said: “Everything you spend for the sake of God gets you a reward, even when you feed your wife with your hand.” (Al-Bukhari)

Abu Mas`ud Al-Badri narrated that the Prophet said: “If a man supports his family with the intention to get a reward from God, he will be rewarded the reward of charity.” (Al-Bukhari)

Man of Steel (2013)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oww.. It’s an alien 🙂

Short review (no spoiler, promise):

I really enjoy this movie since it tells more about the background of Superman (Henry Cavill – Immortal), the conflict of his parents have in Krypton. It also describes the character of the troubled young Superman who seems outcast and lonely but helpful. I like how Nolan portrays Superman, like his Dark Knight approach to the Batman. Superman is an alien, but we can see his humanity side. The villain, General Zod, who is starred by my favourite antagonist actor, Michael Shannon (Premium Rush, Take Shelter, Boardwalk Empire), playing very convincing (“I will find him!!!” His promise to find Kal El aka Superman, like in the trailer). The visual effect is splendid. With the budget almost a quarter of billion dollar, Zack Snyder (director – known for 300 and Watchmen) and Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight trilogy) definitely have almost unlimited possibility of great actions. The limitation is only their imagination. The problems with this movie for me are some of the idea seems not that original (Matrix and Oblivion) and the romance between Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Superman seems a little bit too pushed. Overall it is a good reboot of Superman. Recommended, 8/10.

Longer review (let me do it in Bahasa Indonesia), you still can read if you want in your language by using Translate This Blog link on top of this blog. Not perfect, but you’ll get the picture 🙂

[Awas, mungkin ada spoiler]

Beruntung sekali saya bisa nonton film ini bersama keluarga di IMAX Gandaria City. Meskipun menurut saya efek 3Dnya tidak terlalu signifikan, namun menonton di IMAX memberikan pengalaman luar biasa dalam menonton karena layarnya yang super lebar. Dengan menggunakan MTIX saya bisa membeli tiketnya tanpa mengantri beberapa hari sebelumnya. Film dengan durasi lebih kurang 2,5 jam ini tidak membosankan ditonton, dan memaksa Anda untuk menahan pipis sepanjang pertunjukan.

Yang membuat film ini berbeda dari pendahulunya adalah porsi latar belakang Superman bayi di Krypton dan segala konflik yang melibatkan ayah dan ibu kandung Superman sebelum ia dikirim ke bumi. Teknologi Krypton yang canggih digambarkan lebih organis ketimbang mesin seperti di bumi. Hanya saja yang membuat aneh adalah meski penghuni Krypton bisa dikatakan Alien, namun mereka tampak seperti manusia di bumi. Hewan-hewannya saja yang berbeda sama sekali dengan apa yang ada di bumi. Hal ini cukup janggal. Russel Crowe yang berperan sebagai Jor El bermain baik dan bisa diimbangi Jendral Zod (Shannon).

Film ini diceritakan dengan kilas balik Superman di Krypton, masa bayi, remaja, dewasa, dan kembali lagi ke Krypton, dan seterusnya. Penggambaran Superman di film ini cukup berbeda dengan Superman jaman Christopher Reeve. Selain tanpa celana dalam merah di luar, Supermannya berasa kurang humor. Sepertinya dibuat sangat humble, dan jaga image. Dari sisi kegantengan dan keatletisan, Henry Cavill bisa dipastikan akan memuaskan selera kaum hawa (dan gay mungkin). Sangat cocok sebagai Superman, bahkan sudah terasa oleh saya waktu ia main di film Immortal. Ayah Superman di bumi, Jonathan Kent, diperankan dengan baik oleh Kevin Costner. Juga sang ibu di bumi, diperankan dengan natural oleh Diane Lane.

Satu hal yang menurut saya dipaksakan adalah adegan ciuman antara Lois Lane dan Superman. Semua wanita bumi pasti kesengsem sama Superman. Tapi dengan hubungan yang sangat singkat, mereka sudah berciuman. Berbeda dengan Superman sebelumnya bahwa kedekatan mereka sudah cukup lama, sehingga wajar timbul rasa saling suka. Di akhir cerita baru Superman bekerja sebagai wartawan Daily Planet. Padahal seharusnya mereka tidak perlu berciuman di awal. Jadinya seperti dipaksakan sekali harus ada ciumannya. Padahal hanya berpelukan atau berpegangan tangan saja sudah cukup. (Kalau Supermannya muslim sih malah nggak boleh sentuhan. Bukan mahrom hahaha).

Bagaimana dengan adegan pertarungan Jendral Zod dan kawan-kawannya melawan manusia di bumi dan Superman? Luar biasa. Adegan pertarungannya sangat dahsyat, ala blockbuster di musim panas. Dijamin puas. Kekurangan yang sudah saya sebutkan di paling atas, adalah film ini seperti kurang orisinil. Ide mesin dunia yang dimiliki Zod merupakan gabungan Battle of Terra dan Oblivion. Bagaimana bayi dikembangbiakkan di Krypton, mengingatkan pada adegan serupa di Matrix.

Tips untuk menonton film ini:

  1. Kencinglah sebelum nonton. Filmnya bagus, pasti sayang meninggalkan bioskop untuk kencing;
  2. Buat muslim, pastikan film berdurasi 2,5 jam tidak menghilangkan waktu sholat Anda. Cek jam main. Jika terpaksa, keluar pada saat azan untuk sholat. Tanya saja sama teman sebelah tadi kelewatan apa. Bisa gantian keluarnya;
  3. Bawa makanan dan minuman yang cukup untuk menemani aksi tanpa henti ini;
  4. Tidak perlu menunggu adegan tambahan setelah film selesai karena memang tidak ada. Segeralah kencing di toilet, karena 2,5 jam Anda menahan kencing.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

This week’s challenge is Fleeting.

Freezing a fleeting moment
Freezing a fleeting moment

Couple weeks ago I woke up early in the morning and grabbed my camera after Fajr prayer. I asked my brother in law, Angga, to go with me. We went to Pamulang Lake, close to his house, and found a man catching fishes with his net. I asked him about the man’s name, but he doesn’t know exactly. He just knows that he is called Ki Jongkok (squat). Before he throws his net, he always in a squat position. Since he was quite far from the lake side, I used a tele lense (70-200 mm) to captured his fleeting action when throwing the net.

I uploaded this image to Pixoto and got the best of the week photo last week by the community. This is the second image that got some award from Pixoto community. Here is the first image.

Talking about fleeting moment, actually this entire life is a fleeting moment, compare to the eternal life of after life. Before our time come, we should give the best to the world, according our believe, of course.

Quran surah Al Ashr (The Declining Day):

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

103:1
By  time,
103:2
Indeed,  mankind  is  in  loss,
103:3

Except  for  those  who  have  believed  and  done  righteous  deeds  and  advised  each other  to  truth  and  advised  each  other  to  patience.

Quran surah Al Mu’minun (The Believers):
23:112

[ Allah ]  will  say,  “How  long  did  you  remain  on  earth  in  number  of  years?”

23:113

They  will  say,  “We  remained  a  day  or  part  of  a  day;  ask  those  who  enumerate.” (Fleeting moment, right?)

23:114
He  will  say,  “You  stayed  not  but  a  little  –   if  only  you  had  known.
23:115
Then  did  you  think  that  We  created  you  uselessly  and  that  to  Us  you  would  not  be returned?”
The verses were quoted from here.

How to Import Movies from DSLR Camera to iMovie in iPad

Guys, if you have a DSLR camera, recording some movie from it, and want to import the movies file to iMovie in iPad, here is what I found out. (If you have a better alternative way, please share it in the comment).

  1. Copy .MOV from your external storage (SD card or anything) to your PC/laptop
  2. Use a tool to convert your MOV to MP4. I use a free great app, Freemake Video Converter (www.freemake.com)
  3. Click on + Video button (on top) to load your MOV file
  4. Click to Apple button (at bottom) to convert it to MP4
  5. Open iTunes in your PC/Laptop
  6. Connect your iPad to your PC/Laptop
  7. Copy your MP4 after conversion to a folder that will be synced with iTunes
  8. From Photos tab, sync the folder that contain your MP4. Ensure you tick the Include Videos checkbox
  9. Open your iMovie, and whenever you create a trailer or a project, your MP4 are ready

Have a great movie project using your great lenses!

Freemaker
Freemaker Vide Converter

[Sidik Investigasi] Sisi Gelap Bisnis Jual-Beli Akun Twitter

Bahaya dibalik Twitter. Pentingnya bertabayyun agar tidak menjadi burung beo.

Iwan Yuliyanto


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Siapa di balik pembuat akun palsu Ustad Jefri Al Buchori (Uje) sekeluarga, dan apa motifnya?
Simak Sidik Investigasi berikut ini.

Menjual akun twitter yang mempunyai banyak follower itu bisa menjadi bisnis menggiurkan bagi mereka yang paham celah kelemahan Twitter. Yang pinter dalam bisnis ini bisa mampu menghasilkan omset puluhan juta rupiah dalam seminggu. Selain itu ada juga jasa penambahan Follower di Twitter dan Like di Facebook, jasa penjualan Folllower dan Like di Instagram, Soundcloud, Google+, dan Pinterest. Juga ada jasa View di Youtube dan Vimeo. Melalui jurnal ini, saya hanya fokus ke masalah Twitter, dan yang ingin saya soroti bukan soal prospek bisnisnya, tapi lebih menyoroti bagaimana cara curang yang dilakukan sang penjual untuk memberikan pembeli akun Twitter dengan banyak follower tersebut.

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