Picture travelogue Bali 2009

Fish pictures

Most of the underwater pictures are not here in the travelogue but in the 15 fish pages.

China Airlines

This year China Airlines was cheapest. Railway to Frankfurt, one night in Frankfurt, flight to Bali and two nights in Bali Agung Village, Seminyak, cost 993 Euro alltogether.

Hotel Bali Agung Village, Pool Hotel Bali Agung Village, temple

After two days in Kuta/Seminyak I took the Perama bus to Padang Bai once again.

typical Padang Bai

The construction site above the beach "Bias Tugel" hadn't changed much since last year. Unfortunately, the construction stop had just been reversed.

palm trees between the beach and the construction site hotel under construction the beach is still nice

From another angle, the beach looks still fine.

Bias Tugel 2009 two kinds of sand

The bright and the dark sand display attractive patterns.

The road for the trucks is dusty, goes across a hill and offers no shelter from the sun. I prefer another way to the beach which can be tricky, too.

Exceptionally, some rain

Cross the main street, take the alley to the left after the mosque, to this temple, then along the wall, where it can be slippery and wet, and finally climb up to the path.

flooded at high tide difficult to manage with flip-flops

Some underwater pictures. Explanations appear at the mouse pointer.

Sweepers Razorfish, Aeoliscus strigatus
Meyer's Butterflyfish, Chaetodon meyeri Clown Triggerfish, Balistoides conspicillum
Surgeonfish from the left Unicornfish from the right

My Hotel in Padang Bai was Kerti again. In the renovated two-storied House, even warm water and AC would have been available. At 100.000 Rupiah (7 Euro) a night it was considerably more expensive than last year. Click the pictures for a larger view.

Kerti, sleeping room upstairs Kerti, ground floor Kerti, breakfast table
Kerti, view from the balcony Kerti, view from the balcony

And now some underwater pictures of the "other" beach, the Blue Lagoon.

White-spotted Spinefoot, Convict Tang and Powder Blue TangSpotted Wrasse, Anampses meleagrides small blue fish small blue fish Smallspotted Dart, Trachinotus baillonii

Pak Pica, der host of Warung Kasandra, invited some tourists to for a suckling pig dinner at his home. Click the pictures for a larger view.

Pak Pica's wife Babi guling
Stinky, the dog Andreas, ?, Pak
decorated house temple

There was a Barong dance performance in the same evening.

before the performance the Barong and a mask in the box the Barong

More underwater pictures. Explanations appear at the mouse pointer.

A hybrid of Acanthurus leucosternon and A. nigricans (?) Powderblue Surgeonfish Acanthurus leucosternon
Convict Tang Acanthurus triostegus Orange-lined Triggerfish Balistapus undulatus
Clark's Anemonefish Amphiprion clarkii Black Anemonefish Amphiprion melanopus

Die nächsten drei Bilder verlinken zu Desktop-Hintergrund-Formaten mit 1920x1200 Pixeln

Clown Anemonefish Amphiprion ocellaris Bigeye Trevally Caranx sexfasciatus Barracuda Sphyraena barracuda

Last year, the gastronomy in Padang Bai was mainly Dutch-owned, but now only Omang-Omang, Topi Inn and Ali-in-Bali. Bill, who had run the Marco Inn, had moved to Sanur. The Marco Inn had been expanded with the Polo Bar, which is located at the street even better than Pak Pica's blue table had ever been, and the new hosts were their own best customers. A British and a German had taken over the Zen Inn, but the General Manager is still Wayan (on the left in the picture).

Wayan and staff wild lantana colourful locust

I spent one day in Tulamben, again. The bemo to Amlapura cost 20,000 Rupiah and from there to Tulamben 15,000. The prices were the same on the way back.

Fish at the wreck, mainly Anthias Fish at the wreck, mainly Lunar Wrasse Butterflyfish and Sweetlips Titan Triggerfish Balistoides viridescens Bannerfishes Blacktip Reef Shark Carcharhinus melanopterus Emperor Angelfish Pomacanthus imperator Threespot Angelfish Apolemichthys trimaculatus

The streets are decorated for Galungan. The blond man in the picture is called Haha.

Jalan Silayukti used offerings Padang Bai (hidden)

The previous picture shows the View from the new building between Bias Tugal and the black beach towards Padang Bai.
And now underwater again: morays and turtles.

Snowflake Moray, Echidna nebulosa I am a dangerous snake. Ssssh! Zebra Moray, Gymnomuraena zebra Giant Moray, Gymnothorax javanicus Sea turle with ... ... Remora at a delicate spot

Some pictures of the temple district Tanjung Sari - Telaga Mas - Silayukti

in the temple Shrine Shrines small seaside temple Bougainvillea

More mixed pictures from Padang Bai

ferry boats cruise ship for the ferry Shingle Urchin Colobocentrotus atratus feather star blue margined coral Moorish Idol Zanclus cornutus Checkerboard Wrasse Halichoeres hortulanus Unicornfish Naso unicornis Freckled Hawkfish Paracirrhites forsteri Black-saddled Toby Canthigaster valentini coral? anemone? Parrotfish Koran Angelfish Pomacanthus semicirculatus Sphyraena barracuda Evening in Padang Bai

Back in Kuta. The hotels Taman Ayu and Diana were full. On a walk through Poppies Lane I and Jalan Sorga, I checked some dork holes with excessively high room rates, and was very lucky to finally find d'kubu.

d'kubu d'kubu, garden d'kubu, Ganesha inside the room Priests on the beach in Kuta Dancers on the beach in Kuta

My new Camera, Canon Powershot A2000, fits well into my Ewa-Marine bag that I had purchased in 2005 for my old Ricoh Caplio RR30. But when the objective extended up to the glass wall, the camera turned itself off with an error message. So I made a spacer using a plastic bottleneck, and it worked quite well.

camera, spacer, bag sealing rail next to the open bag
the bag bends and crumples the objektive extends inside the bottleneck

This year I started adapting the colours of the photographs. I will show the steps with an example.

1. It starts with the picture as it comes out of the camera, but I present it scaled down to 400x300 pixels (Picture 1). It was actually 3648x2736 pixels and 5.1 MB big.

2. The Pinktail Triggerfish Melichthys vidua is cut out and scaled down to a convenient size.

1. raw picture scaled down to 400x300 2. cutout with the fish

3. If the picure has a blue-green cast (unterwater shots without flash are sure to have it) then I use the automatic colour balance (before: pic 2 - after: pic 3).

4. Using Gimp you find the automatic colour balance in the dialog "Tools-Color Tools-Levels", button "Auto". This function draws the small triangles below the histogram for every colour to the sides of the "mountains". In picture 4 the colour blue is shown for example. If the "Auto" results look too unnatural you can draw the triangles manually a bit back outward.

3. after the automatic colour balance 4. sorry, I use Gimp in German

5. The automatic colour balance gets usually too dark. I brighten the picture by gamma correction. In Gimp, that is the box in the middle, containing "1.00". Picture 5 was adapted with gamma=1.2 (channel="value", not for a special colour).

6. At "Filters-Enhance-Sharpen" I chose the 20. There is no obvious difference, so it has at least done no harm.

5. brightened with Gamma 1.6 6. sharpened with value 20

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