Why I Love the Landscapes of Indonesia.

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As a nature photographer, I love nothing more than exploring new countries with exceptional natural beauty, and Indonesia is one of those places.

I have been to Indonesia a few times and am in awe every time. The landscapes are vast, the beaches are stunning, and the mountains are breathtaking.

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Nusa Penida - Kelingking Beach & Broken Beach

Located off the southeast coast of Bali, the island of Nusa Penida is a photographer’s dream. With stunning blue water, lush greenery, and some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen, I was excited to go here.

The trip to Nusa Penida from Bali only takes 45 minutes on the ferry. One of the things that makes Nusa Penida stand out is that it’s quite a hilly island, making it perfect for taking photographs from above of the amazing sea and surrounding landscapes.

I loved capturing a range of shots on Nusa Penida because there were so many different lookout points and beaches for me to visit.

Two of the most popular beaches in Penida are Kelingking and Broken Beach. KelingKing Beach, located on the west of the island, is one of Indonesia’s most recognisable beaches. The viewpoint from the top is absolutely breathtaking. However, although the beach may look calm from above, if you look closer (specifically at my wave shot), you’ll notice that it is a shore-break beach, so the waves are pretty dangerous.

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I wouldn’t recommend swimming in it if you aren’t a confident swimmer. Just admire it from above as I did. If you go to KelingKing Beach, it’s best to go in the morning or afternoon when the light isn’t as harsh. Being there at sunset is a surreal experience and offers the best light for photos.

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Located further west, you’ll find Pasih Uwug, better known as Broken Beach. This was one of my favourite spots to capture because it’s such a natural marvel.

As you may have guessed, the broken in Broken Beach refers to the opening in the rocky cliffs, which is a window through which the waves crash and produce a spectacular show against the golden beach.

Broken Beach is one of the reasons I love capturing the landscapes in Indonesia because they are so unique.

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Mount Bromo

If you’re a landscape photographer like me, then you can’t visit Indonesia without capturing the magnificent Mount Bromo.

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A four-hour drive from Surabaya, East Java’s capital, Mount Bromo is part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Although Mount Bromo isn’t as tall as other mountains in the country, you will not be disappointed by its sheer beauty and the dramatic landscapes surrounding it.

I went on a trip to Java with my friend to find new and exciting landscapes to capture. Mount Bromo stood out to me because of the range of different angles and perspectives you can shoot it.

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Not only are the landscapes in Indonesia something of exquisite beauty, but the history surrounding them make it that much more interesting. Mount Bromo has a lot of significance for the Tengger people, as they believe that this was the site where a brave prince sacrificed his life for his family.

Most people visit Mount Bromo to watch the sunrise. However, it looks powerful any time you take shots of it. I really enjoyed capturing Mount Bromo, Bromo Town, and the crater of Mount Bromo with its Hindu temple nearby.

Madakaripura Waterfall

After photographing the glorious Mount Bromo, we made our way to the next must-see place on the island, Madakaripura Waterfall.

This spectacular 200-metre waterfall lies hidden at the end of a deep valley in the Tengger mountain range. Believed to be the final meditation place of military Commander-in-Chief Gajah Mada, this waterfall is known as the ‘eternal waterfall’ since the powerful water never stops flowing.

Standing underneath this waterfall, capturing all of its beauty on my camera, I felt a feeling I’ve never experienced before. Being in this area, a sacred place for the Javanese, I felt at one with nature. If you have been here, you will understand the feeling. It is something to be experienced by everyone at least once in their lifetime.

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Mount Agung

Mount Agung is an active volcano located on Bali’s eastern side, a two-hour drive from Denpasar. It is the highest point on the island, towering 3000 metres over sea level.

According to Balinese legend, Agung was created when the Hindu God Pasupati split Mount Meru and formed Mount Agung.

This active volcano is one of the most popular sites on the island to watch the sunrise. People worldwide visit Bali and climb up the mountain to watch the sunrise on a new day.

I, however, decided to shoot my photos of Mount Agung from afar. Standing at the Lempuyang Temple, I took photographs of the mountain through the dragon gates. The sun was just starting to rise, and you can see it lighting up the top of the mountain.

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Ijen Crater

Mount Ijen, located on the east coast of Java, is a popular destination both during the day and at midnight. During the day, the water in the crater is a beautiful murky blue colour.

However, the magic of Mount Ijen comes alive at night, where you can see all of the stars above the mountain. I went on a midnight trek and was fortunate enough to capture the milky way.

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Borobudur Temple

And finally, probably one of the most incredible sights in Indonesia, the Borobudur Temple.

Located an hour’s drive from Yogyakarta on the island of Java, the Borobudur Temple is one of the world’s greatest Buddhist monuments.

I visited the Borobudur Temple as the sun was setting over the nearby mountain ranges, providing the perfect lighting to create the most stunning shots.

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Being a nature photographer definitely has its perks, especially when travelling throughout Indonesia. Being able to beautifully capture and forever have the memories of my trips throughout Indonesia is something I’ll always be grateful for.

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