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Kaki Lima Spotted North of Ubud

Kaki limas (five legs) are rare in Ubud. If one is around, it always catches my eye. This kaki lima was spotted just north of Ubud.


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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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.

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

New Look for Bali Street Photographer .com!

Break out the Universal Donuts! It’s Party time! 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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Baby Dog – Latest Addition to the I Love Bali Dogs Gallery

Born to be Wild

We call him Baby Dog. Baby Dog is a Bali Street Dog who refuses to be taken in. Meaning he loves his freedom so much that he will probably never be “domesticated”.

We’re Owned by Him 😉

We’ve been watching over him ever since his mother passed last year. We called her Mommy Dog. Baby Dog now lives in our front yard because of a new construction project at his original home. We’re happy he chose to be closer to us. We love him. And, he’s grown fond of us.

See his photo and more images of Bali’s beloved street dogs in the I Love Bali Dogs photo gallery.

Bali dog on Galungan Day May 2018 - Bali Street Photographer
“Mommy Dog” – Bali Street Dog on Galungan Day May 2018.

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All Packed Up

This market stall vendor has closed up her stall, packed up her scooter, and now attempting to make it to the open road. Ah, the challenges of everyday Bali.

See this new addition and more like it on the Meals (and other things) on Wheels gallery.

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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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Tour Photos by UK Photographer Nick Holt

Mia and Nick on the Pasar Ubud Bali Street Photographer Tour
Mia and Nick on the Pasar Ubud Bali Street Photographer Tour

Last month (April 2019), Nick Holt and his daughter Mia from the UK came to Ubud. It was a real treat to show them around the pasar with cameras in hand. Nick is an accomplished photographer with a solid background in art. Mia is an aspiring photographer with a keen eye and who is quick on the shutter. Two excellent skills to have as a street photographer.

Both Mia and Nick impressed me with their more artistic approach to photography. They also exhibited that fine balance between fearlessness and mindfulness in the midst of chaos, crowds, and grunge that comes with the territory so to speak.

Here’s a sneak peek at Nick’s beautiful photo contributions to the blog.

See Nick’s full Bali street photography gallery here.

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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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Selamat Pagi (Good Morning)

Street Photography Karma

I believe in karma when it comes to street photography. I believe that if your mind & eye are open to all forms of beauty and your camera is at the ready, then good rewarding photos will come to you.

I met this woman Grating fresh coconut (Nyuh in Balinese) on the way to an early morning portrait session. I had three bags of gear, but still managed to have my trusty rangefinder around my neck.

Feature image: A Balinese woman grating fresh coconut (Nyuh in Balinese) early in the morning near Ubud, Bali.


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