Snapshots of Bali – Part 2

Onto Ubud… it’s 2am right now and past my bedtime, but I thought I’d get this post up. 🙂 I am sleepy so this is just a quick post. I enjoyed shooting with film and while I still believe I would have got better shots with my 40D + zoom lens, it also provided a great experience, working with the limitations of a fixed focal length, giving an appreciation for the 35mm perspective. What it does well and what it’s not so good at. 

Zoom lenses are great for versatility… but I think it makes me lazy sometimes. Instead of choosing the best focal length to express the subject, I zoom to fill the frame… this is useful sometimes, where in seconds you could grab a wide landscape shot and then zoom in to get closer to the details. Where as with a prime lens, it gives me a deeper appreciation how to utilize the focal length I am stuck with. I started trying to “see” the shot before even bringing the viewfinder to my eye. This comes naturally to very experienced photographers, and I think many of the great photographers have a “speciality” in a particular focal length. 

Anyway, here’s a variety of shots with the 35mm focal length. I’ll let you decide where it works and where it doesn’t so well… 

Rena checking out some flowery craft stuff… 

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Balinese version of the three monkeys – hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

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One of the art shops had these little paintings so nicely laid out I couldn’t resist to grab a shot of it. Rena made a great suggestion that I should make a huge enlargement of this and frame it. Free art!

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I would have loved to fill the frame with these bead bracelets, but unfortunately the Summicron doesn’t have a great minimum focus distance… 

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Times like these I wish I had an ultra-wide lens…

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A dormant volcano… 

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There were lots of Bakso street vendors… we didn’t have the courage to try – even our driver, a local, said that he got stomach aches sometimes when eating Bakso… 

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Rice terraces… next time I am bringing an UW lens. :s

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Ubud is an artists’ enclave of sorts… I thought these pieces looked interesting against the wall of a shack…

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I could see the guy in blue outside the frame within the viewfinder… I waited for him to enter before I pressed the shutter.

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Overall, I had a pretty good time in Bali. Can’t wait for my next travels! 

Have a wedding to shoot coming up soon, so stay tuned for my post on that!

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