My Five Favorite Photo Opportunities in Ubud

Posted by on Apr 6, 2010 in Bali, Sandbox Photography | 12 comments

The town of Ubud is absolutely amazing for the sheer number of photo opportunities that present themselves. They are just everywhere. Choosing only five was no easy task, but if I didn’t I would never get this posted. There may have to be a sequel to this post!

One fantastic thing about these five is that they are all free… a budget travelers dream!

First there is the market at the top of Monkey Forest Road. Go early for the best shots. There’s lots of action happening from 6am onwards with the food stalls. The souvenir shops start doing business around 8am. Here are few of the great shots I took when I was there in January.

Ready to sell................

Colorful Beaded Pots

Then, there’s the local school children. I captured these two young ones just as they were heading into school (by the football field). Be sure to ask their Moms’ before you start shooting. Dressed in their “temple” clothes they made for a wonderful photo shoot. The youngest fella was very serious, but his face lit up when he saw his picture in the view finder. The oldest was a bit of an imp. I couldn’t get him to smile for the camera. However, he did flash his teeth when the camera wasn’t aimed at him. His teeth were the picket fence variety………lots of gaps. He didn’t want to show them to the world!

Third spot goes to the rice paddies. You don’t have to walk very far in Ubud to find yourself in the middle of scene like this……………………….

You can’t walk around Ubud without running into numerous photo ops on the streets and in the alleys.
This old guy was so sweet. He spoke enough English to tell me that he was waiting for the cock fights to start and he was going to win!

Finally, there are the temple ceremonies. These rituals are a way of life for the Balinese. They welcome visitors into the temples, but remember these ceremonies are not being put on for the tourists. Be sure to dress properly. Photos are permitted, but use your commonsense.

Ubud is a photographer’s dream. Leave your hotel without your camera and you will be disappointed….guaranteed!


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12 Comments

  1. I love this post. So much appreciation for the people and local color. It really makes me want to go to Thailand.

  2. I love this post. So much appreciation for the people and local color. It really makes me want to go to Thailand.

  3. I love all the different head gear! And I want to get some of those masks and colorful baskets, but oh how would I get them home.

  4. I love all the different head gear! And I want to get some of those masks and colorful baskets, but oh how would I get them home.

  5. Great photos. However, silverfox, Ubud is in Bali, Indonesia.
    Thailand’s great too – love it here!

  6. Great photos. However, silverfox, Ubud is in Bali, Indonesia.
    Thailand’s great too – love it here!

  7. @Silverfox………..Glad you enjoyed the post. Drop back again anytime.

    @Tracy……Yes, Indonesia not Thailand 🙂 and both are beautiful countries.

  8. @Silverfox………..Glad you enjoyed the post. Drop back again anytime.

    @Tracy……Yes, Indonesia not Thailand 🙂 and both are beautiful countries.

  9. Love your Ubud pictures, Nancie! My favourite one is the hut in the rice field. Do the people there sometimes apply the rice on your forehead? I tried that once when they did it for visitors in Tanah Lot, and mine didn’t stay long at all! I wonder do they carry around extra in their pocket just in case it’s all gone.

  10. Love your Ubud pictures, Nancie! My favourite one is the hut in the rice field. Do the people there sometimes apply the rice on your forehead? I tried that once when they did it for visitors in Tanah Lot, and mine didn’t stay long at all! I wonder do they carry around extra in their pocket just in case it’s all gone.

  11. @Dina……….Hi Dina…………Yes, I have seen it during religious ceremonies. The two little boys above have some on theirs. They were dressed for going to the temple. I have no idea how they manage to keep it on, or how long it usually stays there 🙂

  12. @Dina……….Hi Dina…………Yes, I have seen it during religious ceremonies. The two little boys above have some on theirs. They were dressed for going to the temple. I have no idea how they manage to keep it on, or how long it usually stays there 🙂

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