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Lady with a Basket, Bali, Indonesia

January 3, 2014  -  Women

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

A morning scene at a market place in Ubud, Bali. This photo was taken in 2007. In a space of 7 years Ubud has changed from a picturesque Balinese village to a bustling tourist town with endless rows of shops selling the same thing. I missed the old Ubud during my recent visit there in September 2013.

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Helpful Tip to Photograph in Crowds

October 13, 2013  -  Photography Tips

Most monuments are filled with tourist milling around taking photographs and just enjoying being there that it is almost impossible to get a clear shot of the subject without a tourist in it.

I had a similar experience in Central Java, Indonesia, a few weeks back. I was at the spectacular Borobudur Temple and it pretty much has people walking around it all day. The temple is gorgeous and filled with many statues of meditating Buddhas. All these statues in the central part of the temple are enclosed within small domes. But one Buddha statue had the enclosing dome sadly blown off in an a terrorist attack some years back. Though that event and the destruction is a sad event it provides a great photography opportunity for the temple with the meditating Buddha in the foreground.

The problem is that you never get a clear shot without a tourist in the background from dawn to closing in the evening. Except during closing. When the temple guards come out to usher all the tourist out. Hang back as long as you can, find one guard that is friendly and sweetly ask him to give you one minute to photograph this. And if you ask super nicely and are super friendly, they’ll almost always say yes. So, I did and he said yes.

You literally don’t have much time to do this. So, well before you even ask find a spot to photograph from, compose your shot and get all the settings right on your camera. Take a few photos with tourists in them. Once you got your shot all set up on your camera, wait for closing and then go back to that spot and shoot without the tourists. This saves you a whole bunch of time since you hardly have any time to take that shot once you get permission to do so.

The first shot below shows the monument with tourists in the foreground.

The second shot, same angle, without the tourists. Right when the monument is closing and everyone is being ushered out.

Tourist standing all around throughout the day preventing an opportunity to photograph the monument alone.

Tourist standing all around throughout the day preventing an opportunity to photograph the monument alone.

At the time the monument is closing everyone leaves leaving a perfect opportunity for a clear shot.

At the time the monument is closing everyone leaves leaving a perfect opportunity for a clear shot.

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