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This shot was taken at Tambalingan lake, Bali Indonesia at sunrise.

This shot was taken at Tambalingan lake, Bali Indonesia at sunrise.
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1 Comment |
marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
cool photograph with nice details and good contrasts, keep shooting!
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kumarannamalaivandayar May 14, 2018
Thanks a lot Marc
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Behind The Lens


This image was taken at the beautiful Tamblingan lake, Bali , Indonesia. The lake is pristine surrounded with dense rainforest and archaeological remnants of the 10th-century Tamblingan civilisation.


I had to wake up at 4am and take a one an half hour drive in the dark from my place in Denpasar to reach this place. I had to depend on my friend and guide to navigate to this very secluded place. It was very foggy and damp which made composition a bit much harder . I had to watch my steps as the ground was soft which also made setting up my tripod a challenge. I wanted to have the ancient HIndu temple at the background and had to manually pull a few boats to align for my foreground. Everything was setup right only a few minutes before the magic begin, and it was a glorious sunrise.


Initially, the area of the sky where the sun rises was dense with clouds. I was a bit worried that would not have the image i had in my mind. Then, a slight breeze came and the clouds started too shift. From a dull covered sun to god rays in just seconds. Then, the light from the blazing sun hits the lake and you could see the fog just clearing just on top of the lake. Pure magic!


For this image that was taken a couple of years back, I used a Nikon D5200 with a 16-35mm kit lens, my first DSLR with a tripod. I had a graduated filter with me but was too excited spraying shutter that I didn't get around using it.


This spot is a big attraction for pre-wedding photographers especially on the boats. I had seen many images thru my research and I just wanted to do something totally different. For sure, the temple should be in the image because its define the culture of the people that lived here . I knew I would use boats as foreground but loved the boats themselves being submerged in water giving a sense of neglect and "decay" or just forgotten.


Initially, I planned HDR image with at least 3 images . But as my tripod was on soft ground, I could not get a steady shot. So, I just used a single image with -1 exposure. In terms of post processing, it mainly completed in Lightroom with just a touch of sofetening effect to finish in Photoshop.

In my camera bag

My bag has totally evolved now compared to the last few years. I just jumped to the mirror less bandwagon to lighten my load. Currently, I'm using 2 Fuji XT2's which is permanently mounted to a 10-24 F4 and 50-140 F2.8 lens which covers 90% of my work. Besides this ,in some cases especially if in the city , I use the 16-55 F2.8 lens mainly. Besides that, I have my trusted Manfrotto tripod together with spare batteries, shutter triggers and cleaning equipment's. With Fuji, my bag just weighs just below 7kg compared to 11-12kgs previously with the DSLR.


Be there early and get a head light. Those high rubber boots could have got me further down the lake with more choices in composition. Also, currently, I use a mat under my tripods at areas with soft ground which prevents it from sinking.

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