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BW photo stories: Padang – Padang Beach, Bali

BW photo from Padang – Padang Beach, definitely a must do on your tri to Bali

Padang – Padang Beach is one of the most beautiful places we visited on Bali. Whether you love surfing or prefer just lying on the beach and admiring the magnificent surroundings, you will be amazed. This place is located about 25 km from the Denpasar airport in Badung regency. Some of the beautiful scenes of Bali that appeared in the movie Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts in the main role were made in this very place. The crystal clear water and the scenery around will literally take your breath away. If you‘re hoping for some romance, just wait for the sunset which is so magical here. This place is definitely a must do on your trip to Bali.

Which time of the day to choose if you are a Long Exposure photographer

Padang – Padang Beach is a very popular beach, it starts getting crowded with tourist around lunchtime. Each of them wants to take at least one photo at this beautiful rock with that “bonsai tree“ on the top. Those who are hungry for more photos and want to have a picture with the rock from the front, from one side and from the other side, smiling, making funny faces, serious or jumping  – these tourist become a nightmare of long exposure photographers.

BW photo from Bali

Take your time to take maximum from the scene

I had my tripod ready on one spot and I set up a 4-minute exposure. I made about 15 of them, which took me over an hour and I was hoping to be able to use at least one of them. And I was. I had just one and yet, there were some ghosts on the right side of the photograph, which took me quite some time to remove from the photograph. Although I know, that some place has a great potential and I won’t get ever a chance to get back there- for example the next morning, without any disturbing people, I take 3-4x more shots, just in case. Now that I got to this photo that was taken 2 months ago, I’m thankful  that I have at least this one, beacuse I would be very disappointed now, that I didn’t wait and took more BW photos back then.

Fine Art Prints are available!

Technical information about this BW photo

Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35, 26 mm, ISO 200, f/9, 231 seconds

LEE Big stopper and LEE 1,2 ND was used on this shot


 

Matej Michalik

About Matej Michalik

Matej Michalik was born and live in Bratislava, Slovakia. He came in touch with photography in 2010 and from the beginning his intuition was leading him towards black and white photographs. He specialize mainly in Long Exposure Photography, architecture, seascapes but he is also interested in shooting streets.

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