2010-06-27 -- Borobudur

Only one thing planned today, visit Borobudur Temple. Either at 4:30am or at 9:00am. About half the group did the early tour, which had few people but was a bit cloudy and an otherwise lackluster sunrise, while the other half did the later one, which had tons of people and tons of hot sun. After the tour, it was horse-drawn carriages back to Amanjiwo for an unplanned afternoon. We napped.

Dinner was a private pool-side grill with a music and dance show. Pumpkin and Ginger Soup and a Fresh Mozzarela, Tomato and Eggplant with Basil salad to start, followed by: Angus Scotch Filet (with spiced tomato jam), Salmon Steak (with salsa verde), Jumbo River Prawn (with sambai), Australian Lamb Rack (With marinated garlic), Vegetables Kebab (with pesto) and a Baby Potato Salad. Carmelized Lemon Tart and/or Chocolate Caramel Cake for dessert.


Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x at 400.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
Borobudur, through the fog, from afar.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x at 140.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
Amanjiwo is set among rice paddies, similar to the Four Seasons in Chaing Mai, except that these seem to be authentic (i.e., not technically part of Amanjiwo).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/9.1, ISO 200
The first picture of Borobudur. Not quite the first glimpse we had (I'm showing the pictures in order, and didn't bother getting the 'first glimpse' picture until we were leaving).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 70.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/9.1, ISO 200
Detail of a corner of Borobudur; more or less the same view as the previous picture, just closer.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Jeffrey and Steve get a lesson on Borobudur.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 47.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/9.1, ISO 200
Even closer to Borobudur. This time, we're on the first level, just before entering the temple proper.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/9.1, ISO 200
Gargoyle!



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Borobudur was PACKED with visitors. Nearly ALL were locals. We stood out like....like....like...ummm, americans in Indonesia, I guess.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Fred (sorry, I think you were talking).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Compare with below; Borobudur was (supposedly) recently torn apart and reconstructed to stabilise the structure. Some of the carvings do not line up, at all, as shown here.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Compare with above; is this correctly reconstructed? I can't tell. It looks correct, except for the upper right block.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Dad, trying to figure out what the "No Scratching" sign really means.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Borobudur is full of pictures but they're incredibly difficult to uncover.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 58.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Local tourists on Borobudur; everyone was having a great time, not taking this too seriously, just out enjoying the day, seeing the sights. Everyone was friendly, snapping photos, posing for photos.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
While at the very top of Borobudur, we were accosted by hordes of grade school kids (and their teachers) wanting to talk to us. Us, real foreigners! Some of the questions asked were "where are you from", "what do you think of the temple", "how long are you staying".



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/3200 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
After talking for a while, the students needed proof that they talked to us. We printed our names and signed their books. Some students were quite talkative, others were extremely shy. All listened to our answers.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Me, and the group that interviewed me.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/3200 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
More students; they just wanted a picture with us, so I got their picture too. :-)



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
These girls I never did figure out. They just wanted a picture with Dad.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 73.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
The view from the top was nice, just too many people to actually enjoy it completely.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/3200 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
The crowd at the top of Borobudur.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Stupas on top of Borobudur.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
This kid was posing for his dad, after he was done, I hollered for him to come back and pose, which he did...but not close enough. Anyway, after I took the picture his dad thanked me. Kind of funny.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Another group of students that interviewed me.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
No interviews, but just as I was leaving, this family wanted a picture with me too. You take a picture of me, I take a picture of you.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
On the way down. I think scared this kid a bit. At least, I hope I scared him. Big camera with a big lens? Balding white guy? Who knows. Anyway, looking through the arches gives a good impression of the height of the temple, and how steep the steps are.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/4.6, ISO 200
The last picture of Borobudur, also the first view one gets when arriving at the temple. What a terrible place to put a tree.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
We took horse carriages back to Amanjiwo, following the scenic route. We saw a lot of the area and a lot of how people live here. It wasn't exactly a comfortable ride though, and we all (I'm guessing) would have been a bit more comfortable had a bathroom appeared before leaving. Very few tours -- I should say tour guides -- bother to encourage bathroom visits.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55.0 mm; 1/5 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
Our private pool-side dinner and show.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 47.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
I took a lot of photos, but nothing really worked. I took a lot of video (on the ContourHD) but later discovered that the low-light performance of that camera is terrible. The last dance was recoded on the Canon 5D, which has excellent low light performance. Here, one of the gods (or maybe not a god) disturbs another that is meditating. The bad god (the blurry one) tried to sneak up and kill the other one, only to have his knife stolen, and be killed.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600
The 'do not disturb' sign, along with our visa paper. "WARNING: Death penalty for drug trafficing under indonesian law". Yikes!



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