Ubud in Bali is famous for many things. Among those are the amazing rice fields. One place that immediately comes to mind are the Tegalalang rice terraces, which are absolutely beautiful. But if you wander a little outside the main roads, you can find some amazing sights too.
After having a little mishap on a motorbike the day before, we decided that we should try a bicycle ride instead of a moped to have a look around the hotel. Our hotel had free bikes to rent. While they were not the most comfortable, they did the job.
So we started our ride just outside our hotel, and wandered around for a few hours. The views were really nice, and the lighting that day was beautiful. We saw rice fields, people working in them, kids playing around, people riding motorbikes through places I was having troubles riding my bike.
We even saw someone having a number two right there on the side of the path… I guess that’s a perk of going off the beaten path, right?
All in all, as you can see by the picture below, the views were amazing, and I highly recommend renting a bike and wandering through the rice fields behind the main roads.
For the photographers out there, below is the workflow I applied on the picture.
The original photo was taken with my Olympus E-5 at 12mm with a Zuiko 12-60mm lens, Iso 200, f/11, 1/60 s. I didn’t shoot in RAW unfortunately, but was able to get some nice details out of the JPEG file.
I did a first set of adjustments in Lightroom. I reduced the highlights to the minimum, increased the shadows to the maximum, and then adjusted the whites up a little bit and the blacks down a little bit. I then slightly adjusted the contrast and the exposure.
The next step was to add a few filters. I added a graduated filter to reduce the exposure of the sky by a few notches. I then added another graduated filter to add some magenta in the sky (for added punch!)
Next were some radial filters to brighten up the bicycles and the person on the moped that we see on the right of the picture, and then finally some adjustments to the ground to make it a little softer.
I then sent this picture to Photoshop and used the Detail Extractor filter in Google Nik Collection’s Color Efex Pro, and then did a pass in Dfine to remove some noise.
And there we have it! Here’s a look at the before and after if you’re interested!