All about Bali – a photographer’s perspective

 I have decided to post something on Bali because of my plan to organise a 5D/4N photo-safari there in July 19th-23rd this year.

Bali to me is a photographer's paradise. What else can one ask for when you have generally clear skies (esp June/July season), beautiful sceneries, gorgeous Balinese archictecture and friendly people who usually do not mind being photographed. Sometimes all it takes is a smile, a nod of the head and one can then shoot away. 

Whenever I go to Bali I prefer to avoid the more touristy Kuta/Nusa Dua areas and stay in the cultural village of Ubud. A very good place to shoot is in Ubud market itself. The day starts early there and a good time to start your photography is about 7am. Here are some shots taken at this market.

Two friends - they would be there same place, same time every morning.

Have a drink.

 

I make it a point to go to Bali during temple festivals which occur during full moons. During these festivals the Balinese will dress for the occasion, there will be processions carrying those colorful offerings...

... cockfights (though illegal they do occur within the temple grounds)...

... which can be quite gory for the faint-hearted...

... dancers dressed in colorful costumes ...

... and some festivals are special e.g Melasti where the Balinese perform cleansing of the temple idols at the beach.

 

I make it a point to shoot at the fishing villages going there at sunrise...

... where there will be a hive of activities...

... and sunsets.

 

Farms are everywhere to be seen especially the terraced padi fields...

... with their activities...

 

There are also so many cultural performances. Shooting the Kecak dance in Uluwatu is interesting with the sunset as the backdrop.

 

Taking portraits of the Balinese people is so much fun too. 

 

Well, with so many varied subjects and opportunities to shoot, won't you agree that Bali is a photographer's paradise? 

 

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