Since my return from duty in Brunei Darussalam, I almost never use my digital camera, but only my few “not serious” shots to treat the longing for photography.
Suddenly this afternoon, I decided to go to Ratu Boko temple in the eastern city of Yogyakarta. Driven by looking at the bright weather and the desire for a temple in the form of shooting HDR (High Dynamic Range). Preparation was a little rushed and abrupt; finally I went with the Nikon D3, lens 14-24mm and 24-70mm, of course, with a tripod.
Departure already getting late, traveling by motorbike through the Prambanan area and turned to the south. After about 2km, I see lies in the village Bokoharjo and Boko hills in the east. arrive at the temple area, I pay ticket IDR27,000 or about US$3.00. Log in rather a hurry because the sun has begun to see the leaning to the West. I only had about 2 hours to make a shot in the temple area.
Ratu Boko Temple is a magnificent heritage building palaces built during the reign of Rakai Panangkaran, a descendant of Sailendra dynasty. The palace was originally named Abhayagiri Vihara (meaning monastery on a peaceful hill) was built for seclusion and focus on the spiritual life. Being in this palace, you can feel the peace while seeing the sights of Yogyakarta city and Prambanan Temple with the background of Mount Merapi.
The palace is located 196 meters above sea level with an area of 250,000 m2 divided into four, namely central, west, southeast, and east. The middle section consists of the main gate of the building, grounds, Combustion Temple, pond, sacred terrace, and Paseban. Meanwhile, the southeast part includes Hall, Hall-Hall, 3 temples, ponds, and complex for princess. Complex of caves, Buddhist Stupa, and there is a pool in the eastern part. While the western part consists only of the hills.
As a heritage building, Ratu Boko Temple is unique among other relics. Other buildings are in the form of a temple or shrine, as the name implies it shows characteristics as a residence. It was evident from the presence of a pole building and roof are made of wood, even though we can only see remains of a stone building. The palace, then you will get more, one of them a very beautiful view of the sunset. An American tourist said, “This is the most beautiful sunset on earth.”
I shot at a time to make Ratu Boko temple gate, the entrance at the Ratu Boko palace – nothing exciting from the palace because just a building with a flat floor without a roof. I think because the building is not in the ‘restore’ perfectly. Shooting in “bracketing” mode were forced to do because other than for the purposes of process HDR images, as well as GND filter will not make the picture would be better for the shape of the building is relatively irregular.
Got tired because I have to ‘run’ to hunt down time and again reached the location around the gates earlier. Unfortunately, the last time where the bright red sunset visible along with its blue sky, I and some of the French tourists were ordered to leave the premises due time is up.
- Sad Agus Photography©, 2013.