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Bali: Manyar Sunrise…

by on Jul.26, 2013, under Life, Photography

I’d arranged with my very understanding family to spend two dedicated days doing photography whilst on our family holiday in Bali. I’d be free to leave them to their own devices whilst I went off at insane times of the morning (3 or 4AM) and coming home well into the night – going to specific photographic locations at the best times of day (early morning sunrises and evening sunsets and so on).

Finally my day had come and I was looking forward to spending some serious time making some images in Bali. The day started off in a foreboding way with lots of overnight rain and even on the 1 hour drive from where we were staying in Seminyak to my first morning shoot location we had completely overcast skies and intermittent patches of heavy rain. However by the time I’d arrived the rain had miraculously stopped and from the looks of the sky I could see some stars and the clouds looked to be blowing past behind me with an opening out towards the horizon.

The morning shoot went very well with good foreground interest and much better clouds and colour than I’d anticipated… it was a stark contrast to the disappointing end of the session which can only be described as a day of destruction… For this was the morning where I accidentally fell, dropping and destroying my Nikon D600, my Nikon 16-35/4 lens, a Lee grad filter and broke my new remote wireless receiver unit and damaged my tripod 🙁

Thankfully the memory cards were undamaged so I had my images from the shoot but my two days of dedicated photography had come to a very early and abrupt end and my camera was toast…

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Just before sunrise the clouds parted and let the light and colour flow – a twilight long exposure…

Gianyar Dreams

Gianyar Dreams

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 36.00 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Sunrise over the Treetops

Sunrise over the Treetops

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 11 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 6 sec at f/16, ISO 100

and whilst this isn’t a particularly great image (didn’t even rate a star in Lightroom) – this is the very last shot I took with my camera before it’s untimely demise two minutes later.

I was taking some shots of the amazing colour and clouds looking away from the now risen sun (this is looking west now). Behind me however the sun was doing some interesting things behind the clouds on the horizon so I packed my tripod up, turned around and had walked about 10m behind this spot when I slipped and fell and the gear went tumbling over rocks similar to the ones you can see here

and so it ends…

and so it ends...

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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