Food Collage via iPhone

I think one of the best thing from Instagram is how the account looks. I always love how beautiful pictures are nicely arranged in square, particularly gorg account from Instagram stars like Alice Gao (I know it isn’t a secret that I’m her big fan of Alice’s rad works!), Pei Ketron (another brilliant one!), or Aiala Hernando. Not only every time I see through my iPhone, on the website, those squares tell so many stories about them. Especially for Alice Gao, every time she uploads food photos, I’ll stop for seconds to observe the taste of food (by air, obviously), the composition, the lighting and the angle.

Taking food photos has become my biggest indulgence right now. Every time I cook or having a brunch in a cafe, I always try to take photos of it (yes, taking photos first then I’ll eat them). Food photography via iPhone or mirrorless of mine are taken mostly from above. I can’t lie it is the best angle. My friend told me that the top angle doesn’t need photography technic but composition. I don’t really agree, I mean, even composition play is more needed, there is technic on how to capture the food.

Because I always depend on natural light, breakfast is the best time to snap my food. Sometimes I’ll have a plan ‘plan’ to snap but sometimes it’s an impromptu. You might have seen most of my breakfasts below on my account yet I personally couldn’t resist to post them on this blog. All are taken with my iPhone5 weeks ago (even, sometime a year ago).

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I can’t lie that seeing my breekies above is such a simply joy for me :). Hope you guys do not mind for some of recent breakfast scenes taken last week and this week. My fav time was the one with croissants and a bowl of rainbow :).

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Omai, sorry guys if you think I’m a garish person, hah. Just wanted to put this photo, to let you know that my iPhone version liked by Alice Gao minutes ago. Again, sorry for being garish :P.

Alice, you are my inspiration in photography. You know that :)

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P.S. If you are in Instagram, you can see iPhone pics I took inspired by Alice Gao, with #inspiredbyalicegao hashtag. Which one do you prefer guys, mirrorless above or the one in my Instagram? :P. It looks easy to arrange things and capture them, in fact, it doesn’t sound that easy, tho. 

Thanks Alice!

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First time I wrote about Alice was in Bahasa, and finally after I struggled to find perfect time to write this, here, special post for my role-model photographer ; Alice Gao.

To be honest, I couldn’t remember when exactly I found her instagram feed was, yet truly, I felt in love with what I saw at the first sight, then I followed her until present. For me, Alice is something else. She has awesome eyes to capture beauties. As an amateur photographer wannabe ;P (*I’m ashamed! haha), I can see every single pictures that she takes is thoughtful. Content, idea, angle, composition, color-tone, lighting for sure, it’s wowed me!.

I just can’t say anything by three pictures below, my fav pics from her (I’m lying, I love all her photographs!!!), Maybe I could say she is insane! ;P Oh nope, I mean brilliant!

See that Paris? Oh how could she capture that misty wonderful city perfectly in black and white? from The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile? Speechless! And that scone? and the dessert also? Alice, you-are-some-thing else!

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Honestly, I’ve learned so much from Alice Gao how to capture things beautifully even I learn through cyber world. By seeing her picturesque blog, oh let me tell you my reasons why I can say her blog is picturesque. First, she presents her photographs in perfect pixels and big size which is it could make you want to see her works more and more. Second, she named ‘lingered upon’ brilliantly, it works so well, it makes you trap on it and lingered for hours! And third, she is very detail, how she choose the font, the color of background and small small things like caption, ah it is so well-presented.

And here, some of pictures in my instagram inspired by Alice Gao, I mean I learn from her ;P ;

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Oh yes, she has a place among fav videos in my iPad, her short interview for instagram’s BIGGEST stars and I just read about Alice here also, you better open! :) . Anyway, from Alice I learn how we should enjoy to do everything we love, don’t ever afraid to choose what we love and keep learning until all eyes on us, and yup someday I’ll visit NYC and probably can meet her and learn directly for photography, someday :) Like what I wrote at number 7. THANKS Alice!

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P.S. Im a bit upset since last night with small nonsense widgets on this blog, how could they move from right hand side to bottom! :( Rghh, does anyone know why this could be happen on mine? Please share.

Just because I can not wait anymore to show you how AMAZING Alice Gao is, so, I’ll ignore this nonsense for a while and trying to figure out the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience!

An Awesome ; Alice Gao.

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Images captured beautifully by Alice Gao

Berawal dari instagram yang populer itu, saya bertemu dengan salah satu fotografer keren. Proudly introduce to you, Alice Gao.

Pertama kali melihat salah satu gambar yang ia posting, saya langsung kesemsem dengan cara ia membidik gambar. Cerdas dan Indah. Instagramnya adalah must-follow-account. Bagi saya kecerdasannya sempurna. Subyek yang ia tangkap, ide, teknik, pencahayaan, komposisi dan warna, semuanya memiliki wow-factor. Semuanya mengagumkan.

Dari instagram saya berkunjung ke Lingered Upon yang sekali lagi, bellissima!. Kenapa saya menyebut blognya indah? Pertama, konten. ia sering memposting Food and Still Life Photography dimana keduanya adalah jenis fotografi yang saya suka. Kedua, foto-foto yang ia posting semuanya memanjakan mata. Obyeknya indah dan dimensinya besar. Saya termasuk baby blogger yang tidak suka dengan blog makanan/fotografi yang memposting gambar berukuran kecil atau bahkan nanggung. Karena menurut saya kekuatan foto ataupun gambar itu salah satu kekuatan nyata sebuah blog makanan/ fotografi yang harus disajikan dengan kualitas baik. Picture speaks louder than words rite? Dan Gao tau benar bagaimana menampilkan bidikannya di blog. Ketiga, blognya bersih, desainnya bersih, font-nya, layout, semuanya indah. Cerdasnya Gao menamai blognya Lingered Upon, dalam bahasa inggris Lingered memiliki arti ‘berlama-lama’ dan yap! Saya jamin anda betah berlama-lama berkunjung ke blognya.

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Paduan memotret makanan di tempat keren adalah salah satu hal yang membuat saya terkesima dengan hasil bidikan cewek berusia 24 tahun ini. Ia banyak memotret makanan keren di berbagai tempat keren seperti di NYC, kota yang ia tinggali saat ini (deep breath) dan beberapa tempat luar biasa lainnya (baca : Paris).

Selain objek-objek bidikan yang selalu indah dan menarik, Gao teramat pandai memainkan cahaya hingga hampir semua hasil bidikannya cemerlang dan (tentu) memiliki ciri khas. Angle-angle yang tak biasa kerap membuat saya geleng-geleng saking bagusnya. Memotret dari atas adalah salah satu ide keren yang sedang saya pelajari.

Menurut saya pribadi, memotret itu membutuhkan ketajaman indera penglihatan yang tanggap saat melihat objek. Semacam bakat juga mungkin. Coba perhatikan karya-karya Gao, sepertinya mudah membidik objek-objek menarik, namun bagi saya, jika pembidiknya tak memiliki ketajaman indera terhadap hal-hal bagus (dan tak terbiasa melihat hal-hal bagus) hasilnya mungkin akan biasa. Selain itu ya tentu saja sebuah foto kualitas prima juga dihasilkan dari kamera profesional yang yahud. Milik Gao sepertinya harganya (deep breath – again) hingga hasilnya flawless.

Dari Gao saya belajar banyak bagaimana menangkap objek-objek bagus, permainan cahaya, komposisi, dan karakter foto. Saya belajar menampilkan hasil bidikan yang bagus meski yah, jangan membandingkan hasil bidikan saya dengannya, masih jauh (smiling). Maklum selain kamera saya masih kamera standar, dulu juga nilai mata kuliah fotografi saya hanya B (damn I was so bad that time), saya masih dalam tahap belajar. Jika anda perhatian dengan foto yang saya posting di blog akhir-akhir ini, saya berusaha menampilkan foto dengan dimensi besar, kenapa? Selain untuk memuaskan penglihatan anda, itu semua terinspirasi Lingered Upon.

Anyway, saya memilih beberapa hasil bidikan dari teman setia saya yang sederhana, Sony NEX-5 untuk postingan ini. Kualitasnya pasti jauh lah dari Gao, tapi untuk pemula bidikan seperti ini tidak buruk bukan, toh practice makes prefect, isn’t it? hihihi.

Enjoy!

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Hey ya! saya sempat memposting foto mawar yang saya potret saat lewat di floristy ke akun instagram, dan see! Gao commented on that pic, hihihi :

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