Sunday Post: Culture – A Competition in Padang

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Those who never been to my turtle’s blog might not know that I enjoy taking photo, of course in that blog most photos are of my baby turtles. My ‘weapon’ is only a simple pocket digital camera…I still don’t have that SLR camera….I want to have it one day but right now it is not possible.

Moving on now…I don’t want to linger with my hope of having SLR camera ๐Ÿ˜‰ For the love of photography, I have been joining Wordless Wednesday for months, but of course it is mostly my baby turtles, you can see their Wordless Wednesday collection here. Last Sunday, when I visited TBM’s blog, 50 Year Project, I discover a new photo challenge in Jake Spinter’s SUNDAY POST.

This week’s theme is Culture, a perfect theme for photos I took in Padang last January.

What do you think this picture is?

Let’s take a closer look!

A much closer look

Yup!! Those are Kites!! But they are not small kites, they are big kites.

Those photos were taken when I visited Padang for my mom’s Tagak Batu procession. My dad took me to his brother’s (my uncle) house and on the way there we saw a group of people doing an interesting competition.

The sky was filled with colorful dots, my simple camera couldn’t get great images bout of those distant dots….but I manage to capture what it despite the not so good quality. We got closer to the crowd and saw how huge the kites were. Here in Jakarta, where I live, I have never seen such big kites…there are a lot of small kites but never the big ones. In Padang, these big kites are very common.

The competition they held was to see the kite that flew straight and high. The ones that flew side ways were not the ones to be considered as the winner.

It was so fun watching those kites up in the air when the moon was already shone but the sun hadn’t left us yet.

Here is an edited photo of the kites

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    1. Thank you Ronnie ๐Ÿ™‚
      Here in Jakarta, the competition is to cut down other people’s kite…maybe you would like to know that too ๐Ÿ˜‰

      For me, flying a kite need skill…I have tried once and never succed. In this picture they have to keep the straight above their head no matter where the wind blows

  1. That last shot is fantastic! The sky has such depth.

    I had a DSLR for about a year. I looooooooved that camera. Now I’m making do with a little point-and-shoot digital, and finding it very frustrating. I can’t seem to get it to focus decently! Even with a tripod, my close shots are mostly messed up. It’s frustrating.

    1. Ah…the last shot was edited with photoshop a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ my camera couldn’t capture such depth from a great distance.

      I dont much about DSLR, but a friend told me that using macro lens helps a lo lot for close up shot. I bet it’s fun to experiment with DSLR.

  2. Awesome photos!!!! We’ve always loved kites…when my husband and I were first married (over 44 years ago) we used to fly kites every weekend. I’ve also done kite-making with my children when they were young…but none of them came close to these amazing kites you show in your pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Vivian ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wow…you have married that long!! amazing..I believe my parents would be together that long too if God didn’t separate them. I am always impress with long marriage. Playing kite is fun but I never had the ability to fly one…I don’t know why ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  3. I’m disappointed… I thought these were aliens spaceships scouting the Earth for the upcoming invasion.

    1. It was indeed an amazing sight…that was the first time I saw it, I was like more than 1 kilometer from the site but still can see the shape of the kites clearly…when I got closer, it looked much better.

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