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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

In Search of the Real Bali

Bali is a global tourist destination. So, it makes sense that Bali seems to be overdeveloped.

People may complain about it–the overdevelopment. Most definitely there are less rice paddies (sawah) in Ubud than there was when I first arrived in 2010.

But, if one is wanderer/adventurer, one doesn’t have to go far to find the real Bali.

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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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Culture Photography

New Gallery Addition to Ceremony Photos with a Twist

See the full photo gallery here.

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Pasar Ubud Mornings

A Stage for Shadow Play

A stage for an epic play of shadows–is what the pasar brings you just after the early morning rush. This is when the sun finally makes its way above the tops of Ubud’s buildings. If you chase harsh light, then wait for it. You’ll be rewarded.

#chasingharshlight #ubudisamood

Feature image in frame, the lovely Dia from SoulTherapist.co.

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Culture Sightseeing

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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A Nod to Elliott Erwitt

Street (Dog) Photography

This lead photo is my humble homage to the master street photographer Elliott Erwitt. Learn about Erwitt’s dog street photography here.

This photo of a Bali Dog at Pasar Ubud and four more images are now up on the I love Bali Dogs gallery.

You can help support education, rehoming, adoption, and recovery programmes for these beautiful street dogs. Visit Mission Paw’sible.org.

#ilovebalidogs

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To Create Rather Than Take

Morning light in Pasar Ubud March 2019.

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Beauty in the Mundane

Everyday Bali

I contribute and support a few online photography forums. I enjoy seeing other people’s photos. I learn new things, see new perspectives, and get inspired. I definitely value people’s constructive feedback.

Recently, I started to comment on a photo in a street photography group when I read some feedback that disturbed me. Here’s an excerpt from the comment that bothered me.

Unfortunately, for me, your image doesn’t really succeed . . . The man isn’t doing anything interesting.

Here’s an excerpt from what I posted about the same photo that was being critiqued.

Hmmmm, a couple master street photographers immediately came to mind when I saw your post.

Quite a disparity, yes? Almost opposite ends of the spectrum. If anyone says that your photos capture people that aren’t doing anything “interesting”, you are in good company. You are in company with master photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson (HCB), Saul Leiter, and William Eggleston.

If you love the mundane and banal, please share your links with the rest of us. Want even more mundane photography? There’s a whole genre dedicated to unremarkable (or remarkable depending on your perspective) landcapes–New Topographics photography.

Here’s my nod to New Topographics in Bali which I exhibited in Ubud a couple years back–Balinality.

Photos of Balinese Ceremonies with a Twist - Bali Street Photographer - 35mm film Waiting for a lift outside an ornate entrance to a Balinese wedding.

Feature photo: Balinality or just another day in the life at Pasar Ubud, Bali?

Thanks for reading.

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Surabaya – Bali Street Photographer on the Road Series

New Series

I always enjoy launching a new photo series. My goal for this new series is to share street photography of places outside of Ubud, Bali. A sort of Bali Street Photographer (BSP) on the road if you will.

Surabaya

The hero image for this post was taken last week (end of February 2019) at an open market at Car-Free Day in Surabaya. Car-Free Day is when the city of Surabaya shuts down one of the most scenic & busiest downtown streets called Jalan Raya Dharmo. This event is held every Sunday.

Surabaya is Indonesia’s “second city” and is located in East Java. Java is Bali’s next door neighbor to the west.

Technique

In this hero photo, I worked the crowd by blending in, going with the flow, and playing with layers of people & objects. Read more about layered photo compositions here.

Stay tuned for a dedicated gallery for BSP on the Road.

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