Today, we were blessed with clear skies and harsh light. While in the middle of Bali’s rainy season no less.
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Magnum and Nat Geo photographer, Alex Webb has a super human way of photographing the streets. His uncanny eye and brilliant colour technique are unmatched in the art of street photography.
I’m dedicating a new gallery inspired by Webb’s artistic perspective of street photography. Here’s a quick sneak peek of the new Light & Shadow series on Bali Street Photographer. Stay tuned for more.
Feature photo: A bemo (public transportation mini van) whizzes by on Jalan Raya Ubud.
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.
Feature image in frame, the lovely Dia from SoulTherapist.co.
Morning light in Pasar Ubud March 2019.
There’s a saying, “Ubud is a Mood”. If Ubud is a mood, then Pasar Ubud is where all the moods originate.
The typical day at the Pasar starts between 3:30-4:00 am every morning. Pasar Ubud is where everyday life kicks-off. Thus, setting the mood for the day.
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.
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.
Chasing harsh light is one of my favourite photography rule breakers. I love deep dark tones contrasted with bright highlights. I enjoy seeing the interplay of light & shadow to give form to shape and figure.
The best time to photograph harsh light in Pasar Ubud is on a mostly clear day (not overcast with clouds) between 8am-10am and 2pm-4pm.
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