Carts of Thailand – Part 1

I know. I said no more Thailand but maybe I meant landscapes and HDR or something. Who knows? Still, this series represents a shift away from the landscape/travel stuff I was doing. Instead I shifted to one of the series I shot while I was there.

When I wasn’t out working off a tripod and the big Sony A7R I always had my Sony RX100M3 with me (even when I was still had it with me). This allowed me to shoot relatively unobtrusively so I could capture in the moment type images. It also allowed me to either avoid the glare from a vendor staring at me or the infamous Thai pose of the peace sign with a huge grin.

These images were shot over a 6 week period and at all different times. I am splitting the series into two parts because there are just too many images for one post without scrolling through most of them.

When I do long edits I like to thank the music, of course Motorhead because of Lemmy and Michael Shenker Group for what turned into a 2+ hour editing festival.

Enjoy.

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Gods From The Heavens

Today’s image was shot at the Sanctuary of Truth which is located in Naklua. I have fond memories of this place as it was the first ever location I shot RAW in many years ago. Up until that point I had been shooting jpeg and more or less in P Mode or Auto. Little did I know it was a sign of things to come.

The building is all wood and all hand carved. There are no nails or glue used to join everything. They use wooden dowels to hold it all together. You can see them carving the new pieces in another building located next to the main building.

Many people confuse the Sanctuary of Truth with a temple. It’s not. There are no monks. It’s a cultural area and for tourists. There are Buddhist relics located inside and you can pray to them if you like.

The building itself is a mashup of faiths mostly Hindu gods and Thai mythology. Which is why you see so many different faces and images represented even in this image.

It’s worth a jaunt out there if you are in the area. Save  yourself the headache of paying for a tour like I did my first trip. Just hire a Baht Bus private and pay 200 Baht and tell them to take you there. If you want to bump it to around 400 the guy will likely wait for you and take you back. Its 500 Baht to get in. The tour package is like 1500 Baht and you are on their time schedule. Later in the day is better because said tours have already packed up and moved on. If you are like me and have a scooter to ride around on, then just jump on the bike and head down Beach Rd Naklua and turn left at Soi 12 and ride the road until you get there.

Enjoy!

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Missing Thailand

I am missing Thailand right now.  Even with all its political instability and economic issues I still love the place.  So going through some older photos from the last trip I edited these and then ran them through Photoshop CC since I got it.  Enjoy.

Missing Thailand

Missing Thailand

Missing Thailand

Missing Thailand

Court Life

These I believe are water color paintings from Japan.  I admittedly didn’t read the little sign stuff next to the displays.  These were shot on a Kern Paillard 12mm 1.8 lens which is a C mount which means you have a heavy circle of black around your images.  With the crop tool I could remove a lot of it and still keep the details.  So enjoy this little bit of Japanese court life (I think).

Court Life

Court Life

Face of a Bodhisattva

Went to the Freer and Sackler Galleries which are apart of the Smithsonian Institute to shoot their Asian collection.  The lighting was challenging to say the least and I added an additional challenge, all manual focus adapted lenses.  So the newest lens used was like 25 years old with some images being shot on 50+ year old lenses.  So it was a real adventure.  I just did this one first because it jumped out at me.  While not perfect its not bad considering I was using ISO 2000 to keep shutter speeds up and shooting wide open on the various lenses used.  One of the things I noticed is that these lenses are dead sharp in the center but start to fade on the corners when used wide open but with gallery lighting being what it was to stop damaging the various pieces no other choice.  More to follow when I go through them.

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Buddha and the Spirit Tree

I am feeling better from my Avian-Swine Flu Hybrid (still self diagnosed) so I figured I owed it to Buddha to process some more images.  Two different cameras, one the Olympus OMD-EM5 and the other the Canon 330HS.  I leave it up others to figure out which is which but without looking at the file names.

Buddha and the Spirit Tree

Buddha and the Spirit Tree