I love taking pictures. I actually shoot just for myself. The feeling I get when I find that perfect moment and I am able to freeze it forever in time is almost indescribable. Photos are memories. They are moments that moved you. They made you yearn to capture them. I have always been drawn to the power and magic of photography. When I travel, it is not just about photography. It is about getting to know local people, their culture and way of life.
Like everyone else I always do some online research about the destination for each of my trips. I always come up with a plan. I never follow follow my plan. My trips have always been based on a low budget. I will sleep anywhere where I think is safe. In the last few years, my trips were mostly to Indonesia. I am lucky to have made many friends in Sumatera, Jawa Island, Bali, Nusa Tenggara Barat and Timur, Sulawesi and Papua.
Bali is very rich in its culture and inheritance. Apart from the famous tourist spots which are usually over-crowded, there are many other interesting places for you to explore. They justify Bali’s tagline: The hidden paradise.
The world seems to stop when you are in Bali. However, it can be difficult journey to get from one place to another. I would recommend hiring a local guide. There had been incidents taking the lives of some tourists who did not listen to the locals’ advice. With the location adjacent to the vast “open” sea, the tides can be unpredictable as can be the weather. Finding accommodation and indulging in the local delicacies on the opther is not a challenge at all.
For seascape and landscape photographers, Bali is an island not to be missed. Through all the excruciating steep, narrow and long winded steps, there lies beaches with breathtaking and spectacular views of the ocean and rugged rock formations.
Three ZEISS Batis lenses, the 2.8/18, 2/25 and 1.8/85, as well as two Sony E mount cameras accompanied me during this trip of five days and four nights. They total weight of my camera bag was only 7.5kg. This is a very lightweight set-up compared to the normal DSLR lenses and cameras. But over and above, they are able to produce such amazing images. I especially apprecaite the fact that the ZEISS Batis line-up is water & dust resistance. This is a great feature for travel photographers.
Local People at Tenganan Pegringsingan Village
This village used to be known by anthropologists to be one of the most secluded societies of the island. Up to this day the village kept its charm by still holding on to traditions, ceremonies and rules of ancient Balinese culture. I enjoyed exploring the village and started interacting with its inhabitants. That is when I captured the picture below.
Broken Bay is a coastal cliff at the same height of Uluwatu, Bali’s southern limestone cliff-fringed peninsula. Broken Bay’s unusual appearance is due to volcanic activity, the beach appears “trapped” between the cliffs which has allowed a giant pool to develop. Above the entrance to the water, lies a natural bridge of rocks that you can cross.
Karang Dawa View Point
You will pass stunning landscapes including some amazing beaches from the Karang Dawa view point. Kelingking Beach, which is hidden below the high cliffs and hills of the peninsula, is like a piece of paradise in the bottom corner of the island. This beach alone will make you fall in love with the island.
You will be amazed by this rustic, isolated cove beneath a sheer cliff face. The turquoise water is perfectly clear. The towering high cliff walls build an amazing scenery for these unique images.
Raja Lima Atuh
This place is along the eastern coast of Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is an island southeast of Bali. There are many secluded beaches along the north coasts of Nusa Penida. But a geographical highlight are the high coastal cliffs with karst formations and offshore pinnacles.
About the Author
Based in Malaysia, Yudy is a passionate travel photographer of the natural landscapes mostly around South East Asia. Visit his Homepage.