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I shot it just before 8 a.m. as the bright Balinese sun crested the horizon and burst through the palm trees behind Minangkabau (the Minang House), a common area for yoga, dining and celebration, constructed from black bamboo from the forests of Java.

Published on Apr 19, 2012

“I took this photograph at Bambu Indah—which means “beautiful bamboo” in Balinese) in Ubud, Bali a couple of years ago. The resort consists of four 150-year-old teak houses—each, apparently, the former residence of a Javanese nobleman—relocated to the site on the Sayan Ridge, surrounded by rice paddies that line the edge of the Ayung River. I shot it just before 8 a.m. as the bright Balinese sun crested the horizon and burst through the palm trees behind Minangkabau (the Minang House), a common area for yoga, dining and celebration, constructed from black bamboo from the forests of Java. The best images always make powerful and interesting use of light. The angle of the sun significantly affects the warmth, contrast and texture in a photograph, so as a photographer I am always looking to shoot in the warm ‘golden hours’ of early morning and late afternoon (one hour after sunrise or one to two hours before sunset, when the sun is low in the sky). In this case at Bambu Indah, I was waiting for sun to rise and filter through the swaying palm trees, straight into my camera. I like the effect of shooting directly into the sun and allowing the light to flare in my lens.”

Photographer Scott A. Woodward • Interviewed by Richard Hermes

 

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