Photographer's Note

In 1995 we travelled for two months through the Indonesian archipelago. After spending some wonderful weeks on Java we went to Bali. This terraced rice field (sawah) shot is taken near the old Tirtagangga water castle in the Karangasem district of East Bali. During the trip we had seen lots of rice fields and by then we were so accustomed to them, that we began to perceive them with only a casual eye. But these fields changed this again – they were so strikingly beautiful, elegantly draped around the Tirtagangga castle hill.

Rice is the staple produce of Indonesia. Due the good fertility of the Javanese and Balinese soil, rice cultivation is practiced here as settled agriculture, as opposed to the shifting cultivation (=”ladang”: burning of a patch of jungle to get nutrients into the poor soil > cultivation until the soil looses it’s fertility > and burning a new patch of jungle > etc) that is practiced in the parts of Indonesia with poor soil. The sawah settled rice cultivation gives the rural areas of Java and Bali it’s characteristically curved forms.

This Indonesian posting and the ones to come are all scanned from photos with my Epson 2450 photo scanner, at 800 dpi for decent PP-headroom. The quality isn’t flawless due my continuous battle with the malfunctioning focussing system of the Sigma and the grainy aspect of the photos. But I think they’re still agreeable & I hope you enjoy them.

PCS-tech, cropped, adjusted levels, curves & saturation, USM-ed, added a frame, saved for the web & ran Noiseware.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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