Bali - any tips?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by BlueDevil, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. BlueDevil

    BlueDevil Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2013
    I am heading to Bali in 2 days time and wondering if anyone has any tips on what to expect photographically.

    I will be spending 3 days in Ubud and then heading to a dive resort in the Tulamben area. I will be doing quite a bit of diving in Tulamben and hence underwater photography. However I am keen to maximize my above water photo opportunities as well.

    Gear I am taking:
    - Olympus E-PL5
    - 12-50mm lens
    - 40-150mm
    - 9-18mm

    And for underwater:
    - Olympus housing
    - Sea and Sea strobe

    I have heard that The Bird Park at Ubud is good for bird photography

    Are the Balinese people generally comfortable with having their photo taken by tourists?

    I have some concern about the Monkey Forest. I have heard that the monkeys steal anything they can get their hands on, hence some concern about taking camera gear there. I have also heard the monkeys can be quite aggressive.

    Any particular geographical features, plant life, animals, markets or cultural shows etc to look out for?

    Any tips of any sort welcome! Thanks!
  2. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    Have a great holiday in Bali, it is a great place to visit. You won't have any problem taking photos of the Balinese they are very obliging and are used to having tourists poke camera at them.
    There are plenty of things to see and do around Ubud. Rafting and mountain bike riding are fun in the local area, plenty of cultural shows on offer as well. Just walking out from the town centre a short distance will give you the chance to take some nice landscape photos.
    The monkeys are usually ok but they can be aggressive, view from a distance is the best policy. Any bites from monkeys or dogs should be considered a possible rabies threat and medical treatment sought.
    The area you are diving in is beautiful, very quiet compared to Ubud and mostly unspoilt. We were there 3 months ago and had a great time.
    Visit Tirta Gangga (water gardens) they are on the way to your dive destination and worth stopping for a look.
    I have a Balinese friend who lives in Ubud and specialises in photography and offroad tours if you want a contact address send me a PM and I will put you in touch with him.
    Have fun over there it is a wonderful island especially when you get away from the touristy places.
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  3. Baimei

    Baimei Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 15, 2011
    Your gear selection should be fine for Bali.

    For an underwater experience, check out the Nusa Dua Dive Center.
    There is a whitewater rafting trip through the Monkey Forest, which goes next to some spectacular cliffs and waterfalls. Lots of fun.
    Its definitely worth the drive to go to Tanah Lot temple. Plenty of photo opportunites.
    I was at the Monkey Temple and didn't have any problems with the monkeys then, but I don't know how they are acting now. Check with the locals about how to behave around the monkeys.
    Don't miss out on a performance of the Balinese Kecak Dance.

    Happy Trip
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  4. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    You're covered with the lenses but i'd feel much safer with a weatherproof body. The humidity can be quite high and rain (depending on season, of course) can fall at any time.
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  5. BlueDevil

    BlueDevil Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2013
    Thanks to all for your helpful replies. This will be my first time to Bali, although I have had a couple of trips to North Sulawesi in Indonesia (Bunaken Marine Reserve).

    I have wanted to go to Bali for some time, partly to see the country and it's people, and also because it sounds like there is some excellent diving to be had over there. It is certainly handy to be forearmed with information of places to go and things to do, so your comments have been quite useful.

    As far as the underwater side of things goes this may be a fairly steep learning curve for me. I have been using a Canon S95 in a Cannon housing with just the inbuilt flash for a number of years. Now I have 'graduated' to an Olympus PEN, a new housing and for the first time will be using an external strobe (flash). Unfortunately for various reasons I haven't been able to dive locally for a few months so none of this new gear has been in the water yet. At least I have had the camera since the start of the year so I am reasonably familiar with how it works, but using it underwater will be completely new to me.
  6. BlueDevil

    BlueDevil Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2013
    Here are a couple of my underwater shots:


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  7. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    That first picture!!!
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  8. BlueDevil

    BlueDevil Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2013
    Bali Bird Park, Ubud

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  9. BlueDevil

    BlueDevil Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2013
    We were lucky enough to be in Ubud when they were holding a mass cremation of around 80 people. This may sound macabre but in fact it is a bright and colorful public event with lots of onlookers. I used the 12-50 lens which was ideal to account for the changing circumstances. The crowd was so large though that it was difficult to isolate people for portrait type shots and virtually impossible to blur the background because there were just so many people tightly packed into the area.

    One of the 'coffins' for cremation.

    Women carrying their offerings on their heads.

    A child at the ceremony
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