Dream Holiday: Impression of Seminyak Beach, Bali

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Ian Stehbens on December 9, 2008

It is great, dear Mira, that someone else appreciates what I regard as art! I had wandered down to the new resort apartments that had recently opened, first during the day and then again at night as you can see from the accompanying images in this set of 4. I was struck by its newness, cleanliness and sharp lines, but while that is nice it lacks the gentleness and warmth of a dream holiday, so I reacted internally. "How can I present this place in a way that is consistent with the ideal holiday?" I asked myself. The thoughts went something like this: 'I need a slow shutter speed; I need to use the romance of the night; I need to depict the beach; the surf; it needs to be distinctively Bali - Hindu architecture everywhere.' Then I saw the gateway to the beach again, and as I paused it occurred to me that this is probably just the opening I need. I took only this one photo on a single exposure yet before it had completed, I gave it a quick peripheral wave at first the left lights and then at a pedestrian light. It worked, so well when I checked it in the revue screen that I didn't think I could match it by re-trying, so I returned to my hotel room at the next door Dhyana Pura Beach Resort Hotel, downloaded it to the laptop and voila!

Warmest regards,


Tom Lussier Photogra… on December 10, 2008

I like it too Ian. Ghostly and spiritual it tugs at the imagination like an impressionistic painting. Well done my artsy friend from down under. :)

Best regards, Tom

Liviu Chirilă on December 10, 2008

Very well done! Liviu

Rafal Ociepka on December 10, 2008

Don't drink during taking photos! :-)

Only joke, I love such an unusual shots, well done :-)


Ian Stehbens on December 10, 2008

Dear Liviu, Rafal and Mira,

What a joy it is to read your precious responses. It is very different art from your art Liviu, yet you affirm me. Thanks very much.

I note that recently you have been emphasising the light in your photos, Rafal, so I am pleased this caught your eye, too. I certainly wasn't drunk but I have a weird sense of what is photographic art, I guess. It really is quite revealing of my sense of art. I want to suggest that the lights on the fishing boats are moving as the boats ride up and down in the surf. (I can't explain then the same pattern of movement in the tail lights in the left foreground - but let's overlook that!)

When I saw it first on the screen, it reminded me of the work of an Australian artist, Russell Drysdale, who painted inland Australian scenes in which the backgrounds were quite arid or harsh and therefore browns, reds and yellows predominate, and his male human figures were tall, thin, a little awkward and somewhat undefined. You will see what I mean, I think, if you check out his "The Cricketers" painting.

Almost everyone in Bali rides a motor scooter, and the two young men in this image are both astride their bikes. They seem to be Russell Drysdale characters, to me. And as many young Australians have flocked to Bali, it seems appropriate that Drysdale should have painted a Bali series (he didn't - so this is my contribution!)

So dear Mira, your understanding, engagement and compliments are valued, hence this further elaboration on my thoughts in regard to this item.

Warm Christmas Greetings to each of you and your households,


Ed. Rodríguez Prati on December 24, 2008

Wonderful creation Ian, I wish though lights are faded they can guide all the people you help in the next year! Merry Christmas for you and the best for 2009, Edmundo

Ian Stehbens on December 24, 2008

May the Blessing of Christmas continue with you and your family throughout 2009, Edmundo. Thanks for your Panoramio friendship this year.


Ian Stehbens on December 25, 2008

Dear Oliver,

Thank you for your Christmas greetings and I wish for you a very fruitful and fulfilling 2009. I have only been to Cologne once, and while I remember the Dom and the river, it was Koblenz and the rural areas to the west that captivated me during that visit. One small village, Rueber, still has some of our heart there!

I look forward to more conversations with you in 2009, Oliver.

Best wishes,


Luca Rigato on December 26, 2008

Strange effect. You have become a night scene wizard! Luca

Ian Stehbens on December 26, 2008

You must remember, Luca, it has been with your encouragement.

Best wishes for a fruitful and peaceful 2009.


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Photo taken in Kuta, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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