Kneeling Before Buddha

I took this when I was in Bangkok earlier this year with some friends. We were near Koh San Road which didn’t impress me much but I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Bangkok. We wandered off the path and happily found this little temple. Since Koh San Road is a major tourist area there wasn’t a lot of people around so I had the place to myself.

Enjoy.

Kneeling Before Buddha

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

Just A Random Face

I have no idea where this picture was taken other than in Thailand and who this is but I think its special.  Sure, its a bit too dark but I think it enhances it.  At the end of the day, we as photographers take pictures for ourselves and this one is for me.

Just A Random Face
Em-5, 25mm, ISO 1000, f/1.4, 1/25

The Camera Doesn’t Matter

I have been reading a piece about gear acquisition syndrome where we photographers have to have the greatest gear we can get our hands on thinking it will somehow help our photography.  The thing is it won’t.  A picture is a picture and while the camera sometimes helps, it does come down to skill in taking the picture and doing some editing on the backend.  All of these pictures were taken at different times and different places but all were shot on my Olympus FE-230 a whopping 7.1mp camera that often didn’t push out that many pixels as I discovered.  The thing is, while there are some issues with the images (it blew out highlights like no tomorrow) these images are fine.

I am going to break from norm and just upload them all and have at it.  I’ll return to normal high quality photography tomorrow.

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Taking a Rest

The street vendor in Thailand selling pretty much anything you need to survive on for very reasonable rates.  In the baskets are deep fried snacks that I suspect are bananas and there are likely cashews and then the peanuts.  Vendors like these women carry those large baskets attached to the pole all day long on the various sois (roads/streets) throughout Thailand.  It’s hard work carrying that around and you can see they dress to avoid the sun as much as possible to avoid having their skin turn brown.  I have nothing but respect for them.

Taking a Rest
Canon XSi, 50mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125

Sala Roof

This was taken at the Bangkok Palace back in my heady days of not knowing what to do with a DSLR so walked around in “spray n pray” mode or full whack auto.  It seemed some shots were magical back then, this one wasn’t one of them but I really liked the color of the sala roof so I did what I could to get the image to pop and the sky went a bit grainy and while perfection is preferred sometimes you go with “slightly” off because it makes you happy.  Enjoy the color pop and my early days of photography.

sala-roof
Canon XSi, 35mm, ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/125

The Black and White Sois of Thailand

Still playing with images I found when I discovered the 500 or so images I thought I lost.  I went black and white with these because the color was either bad or I thought there would be some added drama thrown into the mix just by converting them.

The Expat
The Expat
A Little Too Close
A Little Too Close
Keep on Rolling
Keep on Rolling
Picking into Space
Picking into Space
Clothes for Sale
Clothes for Sale

Colorful Sois of Thailand

You ever lose a SD card or when you imported them into your favorite photo editor and lost them?  Well I had 500 pictures that I just knew were the greatest images I ever shot in my life that were gone.  I figured I lost the card in Thailand when I was doing a card switch or something.  Turns out, I somehow imported them into another folder from my laptop into my iMac and looking for another image I found them.  So going through them and cherry picking the good ones to share out.  If you are looking for photo specs, I can tell you they were all shot on a Panasonic G3, Leica 25mm, and at 1.4.  I was sitting in a darkened bar shooting out  so wide open it was to get the images.  Hope you enjoy this first batch from the lost and found bin!

The Garment Seller
The Garment Seller
Offerings on a Cart
Offerings on a Cart
The Curry Man Cometh
The Curry Man Cometh
I clean you farang!
I clean you farang!
Bedding on a Cart
Bedding on a Cart
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath

Others Work

I didn’t take these images and I wish as did as I think they are great.  None of them were shot on expensive cameras.  I know one was shot on a cell phone and I suspect another was a point-and-shoot.  My sole contribution to them was the editing of the images and doing nothing more than I would do to my own photos.  The only difference is I sized them down to 720 pixels when I sharpened the masks in PhotoShop to keep the looks consistent and it was a size that all the images could use.

Winter Remembers
Winter Remembers
Forgotten on a beach
Forgotten on a beach
Beautiful Aoy
Beautiful Aoy