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Guest Photographer Kathryn from Canada

The Photography & Techie Connection

One of the things I love about my passion project, Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud Tours, is meeting people from everywhere. Recently, things got even more interesting. At least three participants have two things in common with me. They come from high tech backgrounds and they love photography. I’m wondering now. Could this be a coincidence? Or, is there some connection between being a techie and loving photography?

Is it because techies are also creators? And, techies like gadgets? What do you think? Leave me a comment below.


Short Hiatus

First, let me apologise. This is a late post. I took some time-off from the tours in September-October to focus on a couple projects. Now it’s mid-November, and I’m still trying to catch up on sharing new posts.


Happiness Engineering

Photo ©️ Kathryn Presner on the Bali Street Photorapher Tour in Pasar Ubud
Happiness Engineering at Pasar Ubud
Photo ©️ Kathryn Presner on the Bali Street Photorapher Tour in Pasar Ubud

Speaking of hiatuses. In August, I was thrilled to meet Kathryn from Canada. Kathryn was in Bali for part of her sabbatical from being a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, Inc. Automattic is the parent company of WordPress.com. WordPress.com is where BaliStreetPhotographer.com is hosted.

I have a confession. Saying that I’m honoured to guide a Happiness Engineer from Automattic is an understatement!

Thanks for joining the tour, Kathryn!

Learn more and check the full gallery on Kathryn’s site. Not to be missed.

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Ini Bali // This is Bali

Having a jalan-jalan through the pasar during the oleh-oleh time. Pasar Ubud has three distinct phases.

  1. Pagi-Pagi or early morning time. This is where authentic everyday Bali is at it’s best.
  2. Transition Time where the traditional market gives way to souvenir stalls. This is the best time to see the most things carried on one head. Read more about Transition Time here.
  3. Oleh-Oleh or the vibrant souvenir phase where tourist reign and can easily outnumber the locals.

I recommend experiencing all three while in Ubud.

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Guest Photographer Paul from Australia

I’m pleased to announce a new addition to the Bali Street Photographer galleries. Please have a look at Paul Eveleigh’s wonderful photograph contributions.

I especially love the composition work in these three lovely images.

See the rest on Paul’s dedicated gallery.

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Blurry on Purpose (Balinese Muscle)

A couple weeks ago, I found myself in the middle of a body building contest in a shopping mall in Kuta, Bali. Does the word surreal come to mind yet?

So, what does a passionate street photographer do in this kind of situation?

  1. Pack up the camera and pull out the Visa card to do some shopping?
  2. Say, “Forget this!”, and does a 180 to get back out on the street?
  3. Or, puts the viewfinder to the eye and starts clicking?

If your answer was #3, you and I need to go hang out together.

Enjoy this new addition to the Abstractionism section of the Artistic Street photo gallery.

Here are a couple outtakes just so you kinda get the vibe of the scene.

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The Most Things Ever Balanced on a Head

Transition time at Pasar Ubud is when you will see the most things ever balanced on a human head in the world. Probably?

Transition time at the pasar. Bali Street Photographer tour.
Transition time at the pasar. Bali Street Photographer tour.

Guest Photographer © Sid Kannegnati from India - Bali Street Photographer
Guest Photographer © Sid Kannegnati from India – Bali Street Photographer

Woman carying a basket at Pasar Ubud exhibited by Don't Take Pictures - Bali Street Photographer
Woman carying a basket at Pasar Ubud exhibited by Don’t Take Pictures – Bali Street Photographer

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Transporting the market stall back home.

Read more about transition time here.

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A Day in the Life in Bali

Bali Street Photographer on the road in Seminyak Bali.

#ontheroad

See more from the BSP On the Road series here.

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An Instagram Moment on Jalan Goutama – Where to go in Ubud

New updates

More photos, links, and updates on My Favourite Hangouts in Ubud, Bali.

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When Stuck in Traffic Make Photographs

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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Ubud Palace – When Smoke Gets in your Eyes

Beauty in the Mundane

During all the years I’ve lived in Ubud, I’ve never seen the Ubud Palace being completely smoked-out. In this case, fogged-out. Even though fogging for mosquitoes is a common thing in Bali, this scene at the main gate to the palace is not something you see every day. Here, we have a poetic confluence of the mundane, tourist hot spot, and luck to produce something rather artistic.

This photograph and consequent post is inspired by Indonesian-based photographer Chitra Ananda.

Read more on making your photography stand-out by being different.

See more artistic street photography on our dedicated gallery here.

#balinality

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Transition Time – Pasar Ubud

Ubud is a Mood

During the day, there are three distinct moods at the pasar. The early morning is the timeless period. Bali’s unadulterated essence is revealed from 4-8 am. The tourist aimed facades are non-existent. From 8-10 am is transition time. After 10 am belongs to the colourful tourist realm.

If you are in Ubud for a few days, I recommend experiencing all three phases of the pasar.

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Chasing Harsh Light

The photos above are an example of transition time. The local morning shoppers are gone. The canang and produce vendors slowly give way to the oleh-oleh sellers. The light becomes more harsh. The colours begin to fill-in and show off their vibrancy. And, the shadows plays tug-of-war with rays of sunlight. To top it all off, transistion time is when you will see the most things ever balanced on a human head in the world.

Transition time might sound boring at first. But, it’s anything but boring for a street photographer.

#chasingharshlight #chasingharshdarkness

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