The Ruins of Prambanan in Yogyakarta (and two new reviews)

Just outside of Yogyakarta in Indonesia are the ruins of Prambanan. Getting to this place is a long way from home, so we tried to take advantage of everything in and around the city. Prambanan is a Hindu temple that was first built in 850 CE.  It began a painstaking reconstruction in 1918.  I can’t imagine what difficult work that must be.

Actually, it was quite nice to get out of the crowded city.  Will and I had spent a long night walking around down near the markets.  The streets were so crowded in the busy night streets that it was unbelievable.  I had always known that Indonesia had hundreds of millions of people, but when stuck in the throngs, you can really feel it.  Also, that was a disconcerting night because it was the first time I stepped over a dead body.

I have a few new reviews for you too! These were mentioned in the most recent newsletter that went out a few days ago.  Both of these are short and sweet, since they are simple but great products.   The first one is for sharing large files with others and moving files around between computers easily. It’s called DropBox and you can read a short DropBox Review here.

The second tool I’ve been using is for backing my files up onto the Internet (the cloud). This gives me peace of mind in case there is a fire and my local backups are also destroyed. Even if you don’t have a ton of photos and just want to back up your family digital photos, it’s a smart idea. And it’s super-cheap. You can read more at the Backblaze Review page.

The Ruins of Prambanan in Yogyakarta (and two new reviews) (by Stuck in Customs)

  • Okay, you cant throw in a line about stepping over a dead body and not elaborate!

  • David

    1) Excellent shot
    2) I couldn’t agree more with the guy above me.
    3) I just downloaded the photomatix trial, and attempted my first HDRs….wow, it might just be the most hideous thing I’ve ever seen. After playing with that program, I have a whole new respect for HDR.

  • I envy these places you visit, minus the millions of people. And nice choice with DropBox. I use it too and it sure comes in handy.

  • Daniel

    Yeah, come on Trey, what was the deal with the body?

  • Yes yes – the dead body bit – I should elaborate more. I have an upcoming shot from downtown Yogyakarta – I’ll be sure to give details then. It’s all all more “grim” than it is “interesting”, I’m afraid!

  • chris

    Hey Trey,

    Got another question for you, I’m in the market for a tripod, but I dont know which to go for. any ideas on a cheap starter tripod for my nikon D40?

  • Great shot, as usual. Popping by here always inspires me to keep shooting and improving! Thanks.

  • casusan

    Beautiful shot Trey – love this one! Ummm and yes the dead body does sound grim but still interesting.

  • Chris – I mention tripods over there on the right in the SLR Camera recommendations… BUT, the best advice is just to go to your local store, take you camera, and try out 3-5… hands-on is the best.

  • Great shot. I like the sharp clouds which is rare in most HDR and the colors in the sky are just right. Can’t wait to hear about the body!

  • Great photo, Trey!! Dead body, oh oh!! I’m posting this on Saturday. Did I miss the newsletter??? Hope not. Now I’m caught up. Loved the little video in Yellowstone, too!!

  • Trey, your HDR photographs never ceased to amaze me.

    this photo in particular, as i’m from indonesia. It’s really cool to get a different perspective on what we see as ordinary objects/buildings.

    I’m wondering how do you get such vibrant colors (other than HDR). Do you plan on making a tutorial or spill the beans on your post-processing workflow? Should you not, i’d still be a happy viewer 🙂

  • Thanks all!

    Gail – no – there have only been 2 newsletters so far…

    Yhannes – thanks! Did you see my HDR Tutorial over there? Most everything is in there.




  • KJ

    I’m flabbergasted!

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