Archive for July, 2007

Bali

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

We’ve been very lazy in Bali for the last few days, we’re staying in a place called Ubud which was once apparently very beautiful and empty but is now full of tourists.
There’s not much to photograph as it’s just full of shops and touts, but I did try to get out and grab a couple. I am enjoying the luxury of nice hotels and restaurants, but it’s going to be time soon to get to Jakarta where we’ll both probably get jobs, hopefully me with a newspaper!

Monkey
Temple

After buying the point and shoot (Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3), I’ve enjoyed not having to cart around the DSLR and lenses. 10x optical zoom and image stablising is quite useful, check out these photos of the Petronas twin towers in Malaysia (do they really not have anything more exciting and full of character to be proud of as their national symbol?!) taken with the Lumix…

Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers

Magnificent Holiday

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Not many photos from the last couple of weeks, as I’ve really been enjoying the good life which also meant leaving my camera in it’s bag!!
We did get a new point & shoot in Bangkok, with a waterproof housing so we could try some underwater photography.
Kate has been trying to get me into diving for years, and I’ve never been that enthusiastic about the idea… but I got my openwater PADI licence in the Perhentian Islands of Malaysia, and now have 12 dives in my logbook! Underwater photography is really tough, especially with a p&s which has an appalling shutter lag… I forgot how annoying that was after getting a DSLR.
To get really good photos, you need really good strobes which cost an arm and a leg… the water swallows every bit of red and you need the strobes to put the colour back. Ah well, looks like this could be an expensive hobby! I was always a bit nervous of swimming with fish, but actually it’s magnificent and an amazing feeling to swim alongside a giant pufferfish, or a giant turtle. I’m hooked!
I’m a little embarassed to post photos, there’s a steep learning curve to underwater photography.

Diving
Diving
Diving

We’re now in Bali, this is really the good life after the challenges of India and working in Chiang Mai.