I revisited Central Java and the Borobudur Temple recently in June 2008. This time while in Borobudur, I spent more time walking around and viewing the beautiful bass reliefs rather than rush through them. The last time in 2005 was a little rushed and whirl-wind type of photo tour.
Stayed in Manohara Hotel (445,000rp, sg$70) to get a nearer access to the temple. Did the sunrise tour, which wasn’t really much of a tour, but of paying the extra 110,000rp (sgd$16, us$11) for someone at the hotel to open the gates 1.5 hour earlier than the usual 6am for normal entry.
Was it worth it you say, well yes in a way it was. I took quite a lot of photos pitch black and waited for sunrise with a handful of tourists. The sunrise wasn’t spectacular, it was quite hazy covering the sun most of the time. I sure enjoyed snapping photos while it was a touch of dawn and the only light available was my torch.
It was great that for a brief period, the Volcano Mount Merapi revealed itself beyond the horizon before hiding back into the clouds.
Here’s some photos I took, this time I brought my cokin color filters, not much of a photoshop addict, I made some curves and level adjustment and the color filters and nature’s light did the rest of the magic.