Balinese Hut

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Tripping to Bali

It’s been two years since I was in Bali.  Next week I’m returning for a few days before finishing my trip in Jakarta and them to photograph Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  In Bali I’ll be staying with a friend in Ubud and working on setting up a small tour I’m leading there in January.  My girlfriend, Mai, and I are taking ten other people to experience the magic of the Balinese culture.  On the side, I’ll be teaching some iPhoneography to those on the trip who are interested in learning how to make super cool photos on an iPhone in 5 minutes or less.

In Jakarta I plan on doing some golf portrait photography with my friend and his contacts there.  This will be my first time golfing in Asia.  When I was in Thailand four years ago I visited a few golf courses and found out that golfing there is not the same experience it is here in the US.  They have caddies to carry your bag plus another caddy just ot hold an umbrella to keep the sun off.  They are all women too. I’ll let you know more about that in a couple weeks after I actually play there.

My Nephew is in Cambodia and he has been whining forever that nobody ever visits him.  It’s not that I feel guilty or anything, but this time I’m visiting him and we’ll be meeting up in Siem Reap so I can spend two or three days photographing Angkor Wat.  He has been there several times and says he knows all the cool spots.  He’s not a photographer, but, cool is cool, so if he says so, I’ll surrender and follow his lead.  Angkor Wat has been on my bucket list for a long time.  It’s exciting to have it looming only three weeks away!

The Remote Bali Hut

From my first trip to Bali I took this shot.  We were on an early morning walk through a remote village way on the other side of the island from tourist-town and this little hut looked so innocent and endearing.  Sometimes I just stare at my monitor at this photo and imagine being back there and living my life with this hut as my modest home.  Looks like it has abundant banana crops.

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  • Toad Hollow Photography
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    Good luck on your trip, Keith! No wonder you’re excited to head back, this hut is chock-full of character and charisma my friend. Love the rich details and the great textures in the hut, and the vibrant colors of the surroundings here. Awesome photo!!

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