When Stuck in Traffic Make Photographs

Ngaben - Balinese Cremation Ceremony - Bali Street Photographer

Opportunistic Street Photography

Today, after running some morning errands. I was stuck in the middle of a huge traffic jam in the centre of Ubud. That usually means one thing–upacara. In other words, there was a Balinese Hindu Religious procession in progress.

Rather than waiting in the hot sun inhaling exhaust from dozens of idling vehicles, I pulled over. I took out my camera and began walking towards the Ubud Palace. I wasn’t disappointed. I stumbled upon an elaborate & beautiful Ngaben procession in progress.

Street Photography Tips

It’s experiences like these that have taught me some valuable street photography skills. Besides having a camera with a clean lens, charged battery, & spare memory card, these soft skills can make or break the decisive moments.

  1. Patience.
  2. Nose for action.
  3. Sense of adventure.
  4. Open to sponteneity.

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