The idyllic island of Bali, one of 33 provinces nestled between Java and Lombok, is an Indonesian mecca for travellers and the most popular holiday hotspot in the country. With accommodation offerings ranging from luxury Bali Villas to budget backpacker hostels, Balli can accommodate everyone. The welcoming locals are an asset to the utopian landscape, boasting intricate ancient temple designs, panoramic sandy beaches, powerful mountain views and a stunning array of wildlife; a perfect medley of material to capture on your photographic journey.
Magnetising mountain views
Bali’s diverse terrain of layered paddy fields and steep mountains make it the opportune location to create some breathtaking photography. Climb to dizzy heights on the Mt Batur volcano sunrise trek and discover a dramatic birdseye view of the province as the sun creeps above the hilltops. As you climb Gunung Batur, keep your eyes peeled for groups of resident monkeys living in the huge crater, inspect the winding movement of lava flows and feel the heat of lively steam fissures. Capture the lifeless peak coming to life as morning breaks and the grey curtain of mist slowly sweeps from view, making way for the orange glow of sunrise.
Move with music
A photographer’s adventure to Bali would not be complete without experiencing one of its famous cultural dances. Telling elaborate, compelling stories through performance and music, these shows are a bucket list must for event photography. The Bali Agung Show, performed in Gianyar’s Safari Park, is a classic example of theatrical art, combining Indonesian legend with intricate movement, local music and vibrant costumes. Arrive early to snag a good spot, then let your camera adjust to flashes of light and dark as 150 dancers, shadow puppets and park animals bring the stage to life.
Ubud’s Wonderful wildlife
To achieve vibrant, sharp nature and architectural photography, visit the tranquil countryside of Ubud, central Bali, home to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. A diverse abundance of rare wildlife, including hundreds of long-tailed macaques, native birds and butterflies, reside here amongst Hindu spiritual temples and thick plant life. Like most Balinese sanctuaries, it was built with purpose, to demonstrate the harmony between humans and nature. Find depth in your photography in this peaceful forest to symbolise this unity. While you’re in the area, journey north to the village of Tegallalang to capture farming life and incredible lush green layered rice paddies.
Sample the sands
When in search of the perfect wide angle shot to complete your Bali photographic portfolio, the sparkling lengths of Balinese coastal sand are your first port of call. Known as the sunset beach, the five kilometre stretch of golden Kuta beach is an explosion for the senses and a perfect setting for a plethora of different shots. Capture the circular movements of wind-blown sand, accentuate the dominance of incoming waves and spend the evening perfecting a panoramic sunset image. Kuta beach is also a hugely popular surfing spot, so adjust your shutter speed, head to the shore and capture the sport in action.
This article was provided by The Club at the Legian a collection of Bali villa accommodations from GHM Hotels.