With rushing water, long exposure is very relative. Though some like to do really long exposure times, I find that it gives the water a supernatural texture that is too far removed from the scene I see for my tastes. So my preference goes to speeds around 1/10s, which is what this is. With a stabilized lens, you can even do this handheld, as I did here. I like the tropical lushness of the surrounding vegetation around the brook…
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/850s, ISO 200
There are a lot of temples in Bali, and a lot of stray dogs in the temples. This one was very peaceful, sitting at the front of one of the temple doors. Mind you it was so hot the poor creature must have been overheating like crazy…
Fuji xpro-2, 72mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 800
I am no wildlife photographer and have no aspiration to be, but when you’re surrounded by monkeys as was the case in the aptly named Monkey Forest, opportunities of shooting animals abound. I lucked out on this shot, from really close up by wildlife photography standards. I’d been ‘tracking’ this monkey and her baby for the last minute or so, never catching a shot of both their faces when she simply sat down in front of me…
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/110s, ISO 200
Temples and, sometimes, houses in Bali are often protected by guardian statues called Bedogol in Balinese. I loved their fearsome look, their coiffes and the fact that they all carried a mean looking mace in one of their hands. This one (in font of the Petitenget temple) was covered in moss, and added bonus in my book.
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/900s, ISO 200
Bedugul is a beautiful area in the Balinese mountains up North, and sufficiently off the beaten path that it’s not swamped with tourists. The pagoda of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is quite beautiful, set as it is in the Danau Beratan lake. This felt properly Balinese and Oriental at the same time.
Fuji Xpro-2, 50mm, f/4, 1/3000s, ISO 200
Truth be told, it’s hard to find anything authentic in Bali, especially in or around Kuta. The area is so devoted to tourism that it feels like very little remains of what Bali must have been originally. And yet I spotted this rare local fisherman pulling his net in. He was definitely not there for tourists.