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Photography

To See Rather Than Look

One of the Bali Street Photographer’s core values is to see rather than look.

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Photography Sightseeing

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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Editorial

For Cat Lovers

My very first pet as an adult (on my own) was an adopted barn cat from Norfolk, England. Her name was Ally. Named after Ally Sheedy. That was back in 1985 when I lived in the UK. Since then, I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for felines.

Kitty cats greet me at a warung in Surabaya - Bali Street Photographer August 2019
A friendly feline greets me at a warung in Surabaya – Bali Street Photographer in East Java August 2019

Connecting with kitty cats in Bali is a bit of a challenge. Cats aren’t as common as dogs on the island. Basically, the dogs rule the streets in Bali.

But, when we are in Surabaya visiting family, I get my cat fix. On the island of Java, cats rule the streets. Street dogs in Java are rare–the opposite of Bali.

Kitty cats waiting for scraps at a warung in Surabaya - Bali Street Photographer August 2019
Kitty cats waiting for scraps at a warung (street food stall) in Surabaya – Bali Street Photographer in East Java August 2019
This little kitty cats really wanted to meet me and sniff my bicycle on the backstreets of Surabaya - Bali Street Photographer August 2019
This little kitty really wanted (chased after me on my bicycle) to meet me and sniff my bicycle on the backstreets of Surabaya – Bali Street Photographer in East Java August 2019
Kitty cats with a woman at a warung in Surabaya - Bali Street Photographer August 2019
A kitty cat with a cat loving shop keeper at a warung in Surabaya – Bali Street Photographer in East Java August 2019

This post is dedicated to all the cat lovers who follow BaliStreetPhotographer.com. Thanks for following and for your support to the hard working people rescuing/rehoming Bali’s street cats at Villa Kitty.

This post is also motivated by the recent inspiring cat stories from Kathryn Presner. Please visit her site and have a read.

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Culture Photography

Bali Street People

Street Life

Life is in your face on the streets of Indonesia. Bali is no exception.

Toy Bicycle Vendor Outside Naughty Nuri's - Bali Street Photographer
Toy Bicycle Vendor Outside Naughty Nuri’s – Bali Street Photographer

Beggars, vendors, street food sellers, & taxi drivers are a big part of every day Bali. This is why street photography here is never a dull moment.

Street People Ubud Bali - Bali Street Photographer
Street People Ubud Bali – Bali Street Photographer
Kaki lima - Ubud Bali - 35 mm film - Bali Street Photographer
Kaki lima (five legs) food vendor on Jalan Raya Ubud on 35mm film.
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News

New Look for Bali Street Photographer .com!

Break out the Universal Donuts! It’s Party time!


BaliStreetPhotographer.com was originally launched in July 2017. Gosh how time flies. I’m happy to announce two major design changes that should make finding info on the site easier!

New Grid Layout for the News Blog Page on Bali Street Photographer

1. Grid View for the News/Blog Page

If you viewed the news blog on a large display before this update, you’d have seen one long slab of sequential posts. This page now displays feature images and text snippets in a three column grid. Making it easier to browse multiple teasers at a glance. And, it’s what all the hip kids are doing.

A big shout out to Chris Knowles and his article on WPMU DEV where I learned how to implement the new grid using custom CSS. This grid is exactly what the News page needed like forever.


What to do in Ubud - New Dedicated Page on Bali Street Photographer

2. Dedicated What to do in Ubud Page

Ah, I finally made some time (3-days!) to break-up the original monolithic Favourite Ubud Hangouts post. This is one of the most viewed posts on the site. It needed some up-to-date TLC badly. It still needs some fresh photos. I’m working on it lol.

Each section now has it’s own dedicated page. And, I’m about 50% done giving each hangout its own page too. Keeping up with websites and keeping up with the ever changing Ubud scene will always be (fun) works in progress.

Special thanks to Kathryn Presner at Automattic for motivating me to finally make this change. And, much love to the folks at AudioTheme who make the Ovation theme that powers this site–rock on guys!

Let me know what you think about the changes. Leave me a comment.

Share & enjoy!

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Photography Sightseeing

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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Testimonial

Learning How to Use Light, Composition and Story Telling

I learned more from Mark than I did on an expensive photo tour. Like how to use light, composition and story telling. I cannot recommend Mark highly enough. If you take only one photo tour in Ubud, take this one. Ten out of ten. ~Paul Eveleigh

Thanks so much for your kind words, Paul! It was such a pleasure to show-off the pasar to you. I appreciate your love for telling a good story through pictures.

See you next time!

mark

Paul Eveleigh - Testimonial for Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud Tour
Paul from Australia on the Pasar Ubud Tour – photo by mark l chaves
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News Photography

On the Road in East Java

Feature photo from the archives. On the road in East Java.

Cultural Diversity

A short ferry boat ride across the Bali Strait from the port town of Gilimanuk, Bali lies the seaside town of Banyuwangi. Banyuwangi is located on the eastern tip of Java. It’s here where island of 1,000 temples gives way to a land graced by mosque architecture. And, the gamelan turns into melodic calls to prayer over the loudspeakers.

This crossing is a vivid reminder of how culturally diverse Indonesia is.

There will be no Pasar Ubud photo tours from 4 June to 10 June to honour Idul Fitri. Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri.

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What is Artsy Street Photography?

Finally, a photo gallery dedicated to the artistic side of street photography. The artsy style of photography is near & dear to me. So, I am happy to share this and welcome your comments.

Definitions & Examples

This might be the most complete collection of artistic street photos in one place. And, it’s complete with definitions and lots a examples.

See the new gallery here.

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Photography

Guest Photographer Sid Kannegnati from India

While cameras were always familiar to me, it was my introduction to Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliot Erwitt’s photography that proved life changing. ~Sid Kannegnati

After some scheduling challenges and dodging the remains of a long rainy season, Sid & I finally met. Thanks for joining the tour and creating some wonderful street photography, Sid!

Please read more about Sid’s inspiration and view more of his incredible photos here!

Follow Sid on Instagram here.

Guest Bali Street Photographer Sid from India by mark l chaves
Feature image & this portrait of Sid by mark l chaves

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