Bogor Palace

Between The Botanical Garden and The City

Indonesia has 6 Presidential Palace:
1. Istana Negara (State Palace, Jakarta)
2. Istana Merdeka (Merdeka Palace, Jakarta
3. Istana Bogor (Bogor Palace, Bogor)
4. Istana Tampaksiring (Tampaksiring Palace, Bali)
5. Gedung Agung (Yogyakarta Palace)
6. Istana Cipanas (Cipanas Palace, West Java)

They were built during the Dutch East Indies government, but only Tampaksiring Palace was built during the time of President Soekarno, that’s why they all have similarity for their architectural style.

One palace that I usually visits, is the one in the Bogor, because people has access to enjoy the view of the Palace from near this Bogor Palace. The access is from behind the Palace by the Bogor Botanical Garden. The Gardens are located in the city centre and adjoin the presidential palace compound, It covers an area of 87 hectares (210 acres) and contains 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants of various origin. The geographic position of Bogor means it rains almost daily, even in the dry season. This makes the Garden an advantageous location for the cultivation of tropical plants and a place for bogor residents recreational place.

Now we back to the palace, During the colonial era the palace became favourite residence of the Governors-General due to Bogor’s more adaptable climate. It was also favoured by the late President Sukarno and became the official presidential residence until his downfall in 1967. The palace remained mostly unused until February 2015, when the new president Joko Widodo moved the president’s office from Merdeka Palace to Bogor Palace.

To get photographical picture is best from the the back of the palace, next to a pond in the garden, better to go there at week days, because on the week end it is going to be full with visitors for their week end family recreation, and in the week end cars are allowed to get in so it is much more easier for me to bring my photography gear just so close to the palace fence.

I waited for the photo shoot around 2PM, because at that time the sky is so full of white clouds, and the ray of the sun felt to the clouds and made a beautiful shadow.

The gear as usual my Nikon D300s with wide lens Tokina 11-16 F/2.8, and extra Polarised and Gradual ND Filter, so the highlight and shadow could be balance.
Tripod is needed to keep the sharpness. of the object. Some spot need to be extra effort and patience because sometimes visitors of the garden getting on the way, covers your view.

There is one big tree that disturbing enough just in front of the building, but that something that I couldn’t avoid, so how you get your angle and composition need to be a little creative.

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