Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bali Weekend – January 2010

Although this doesn’t qualify as a “photowalk” – I did walk around a fair bit, and I did take several photographs, so I’m going to allow it.

My wife’s Father and his Wife came over to visit us in mid-January. This coincided with a visit from my Mum (who arrived on 23rd Jan). Last year, when we looked at all the dates that everyone had booked, we realised that there was a 4-day overlap in their visits. As we only have one spare room, with one double bed in it, we decided to all take a trip to Bali, to avoid the discomfort of someone having to sleep on the sofa. (Let’s face it, it would probably have been me, anyway!).

When we told our friend, Narelle, that we were going to be in Bali in January, she thought it would be a great first trip for her boyfriend Jason (he’d never left Australia before this trip), so she decided to come. She told her Niece, who also wanted to bring her boyfriend, and her mum wanted to come too (Narelle’s sister). Then a couple of friends of Narelle’s said they wanted to join us too, so it ended up being a large group affair (which was great fun).

Here are a couple of shots of the Hotel environment, the sky in these shots has been slightly post-processed to remove the over-exposure:

Novotel

Novotel

And a couple of shots taken of us having fun with Lily in the pool-side bar:

Me, Lily and Grandma   Mummy, Lily and Grandma

After which, she was completely tuckered out:

Tuckered out

The next day, we went to Jimbaran Beach, a place famous for its’ freshly cooked seafood dishes – the evening view was pretty spectacular too:

Jimbaran at Sunset

I love the two guys in the bottom left of this next shot (you can just make them out against the surf) – they look like they’re having a lot of fun:

Monochrome Sunset

Before the sun completely set (and our food arrived) we grabbed some “typical” Bali beach shots:

Me and my mum   Friends on the bench

Friends on the bench   Friends on the bench

Family on the bench   Friends on the bench

Then I managed to get this truly spectacular sunset pic:

Bali Sunset

We were eating for the next hour or so, and the food was truly terrific. I took a quick shot as we began eating, but I didn’t shoot anything else until we were heading out, when I grabbed a shot of the dancers:

Dinner at Jimbaran Beach   Jimbaran Dancers

More pics to follow as I go through them all and do any required touch-ups, processing or noise-reduction.

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