Surf Photography

I started a new form of photography for me a few weeks ago while visiting some pretty famous surf spots off the south and west coasts of Sumatra. Taking advantage of being the only people in the area, along with a quick boat and 400mm worth of lens, I was able to enjoy shooting waves, surfers, and boogie boarders for the first time. The trick was to get the boat in the right place at the right time, not an easy task! But, the boat drivers did a great job resulting in a lot of good photo opportunities. The best way forward was simply putting the camera on Shutter priority and rapid burst to capture the quick movement of the surfers. I experimented a lot and took one heck of a lot of photos, but I think I certainly captured a few keepers. The experience also got me to thinking that I wanted to finally try surfing, so I have signed up for a one day class this coming weekend, hopefully you are never too old to try something new.

Here are a few photos to look at, thanks to Brett and Walt the two models!

Mountain Biking in Bali

One of the activities I have been getting up to a lot in Bali these days is mountain biking. I bought a good full suspension bike around the beginning of March and have been trying to get out and do some riding quite often when I am in town. For those not too familiar with Bali, it’s actually a very mountainous sort of place with lots of hills and off road terrain. The sort of riding that we are doing is what could be described as Cross Country, no major single track downhill stuff (mostly we are too old for that) but rather some very interesting trails through the woods, rice fields, and some gnarly roads found throughout Bali. We have been riding in the areas of Bedugul, Kintamani, Ubud, Tabanan, and the small island of Serangan near Sanur. There are loads of tracks still to be ridden but we are slowly finding more and more fun rides to go on. We have a group of anywhere up to 10 people joining us on these rides which can take anywhere from about 2.5 hours to 5 or 6 hours. If you are interested in riding with us then let us know and hopefully can sort something out.

Here is a short video that shows one of the rides in Bedugul.