This is a great statue in the centre of a big roundabout in Bali. It is difficult to photograph due to the traffic. It is a popular Balinese god. Bali is very different to the rest of Indonesia (as are most other islands). It had the highest concentration of Hindu shrines of anywhere in the world, including India. But the Balinese Hinduism is very unique.
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This lady sells traditional hats in a very dark corner of the main market, outside Rantepo, Toraja. This is the original ISO 1600 JPG file. I couldnt improve it from RAW, it changed the lighting.
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Near Toli Toli, this farmer gave us some co-co nuts for Ramadan. Friends of the family that sponsored me for another month in Indonesia. This man works an 8 hour day in the rice paddies.
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This wild Orangutan was spotted after 3 days trekking in Kutai National Park.
I was based at Camp Kapak and the rangers was all to pleased to see a westerner visit the park and help me find these illusive creatures. They were doing behavioral research at the time using video cameras.
After long sweaty days and plenty of mosquito bites we found this Orangutan high in the canopy. Conditions were near impossible for photography. The animals were too far away. The canopy layers were impenetrable, the light levels were low, but the gaps that had light had direct sunlight. So everything was under lit AND backlit. Flare problems.
But at the end of this encounter the Orangutan came down to the first layer of canopy and we got a good close look. Unfortunately, just after this was taken we got drenched with urine. Maybe it was trying to tell us something!
Seeing these creatures was amazing. To see such a large animal swinging through the trees, using its body mass to bend the tree and get propulsion to the next. They even cross small rivers from the canopy!
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