Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Landscapes and cityscapes

Portrait photography is nice, because it lets you meet different kinds of people.

But there is another type of photography that is also equally interesting if not more exciting; landscapes, nature and cityscapes.

It is something I'm not really good at and don't have enough experience yet.

So, I want to learn and explore it more.

It is a very different animal from what portrait photography is.

They say it is the ultimate test for photographers.

Erawan waterfalls
Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance. - Charles Lindbergh

Rot Fai park, Bangkok
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
-Marcel Proust

Thaksin Bridge Bangkok
While the river of life glides along smoothly, it remains the same river; only the landscape on either bank seems to change. - Max Muller

Sai 4 Temple
Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmosphere that bathes the landscape of an August day. - Donald Mitchell

Sai 4 Temple
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. - Elliott Erwitt

Chao Phraya river, Bangkok
Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment. - Ansel Adams

Erawan waterfalls

Landscape photography is always accompanied with travelling and immersing yourself with nature and scenic views.

The process itself is what makes it exciting.

Looking for the right point of view, looking for the perfect composition, watching where the light falls and being observant of your surroundings are some of the components of landscape shooting.

It is something one can do and get lost for a couple of hours, being not aware of the flow of time and just enjoying the present moment.

It's so mesmerizing.

It's something I want to do more.

And hopefully, learn a thing or two about landscape photography along the way too.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Revisited: Less talk, more photos.

Recently, I dug into my hard drive and reprocessed some of my old photos.

Just some old photos I want to give a new look.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Laos: A travel back in time

Laos is a country as yet untouched by the modern demands.

Its beauty lies in the Lao people, history, culture, nature and the simplicity of a laid back lifestyle.

Arc de Triomphe - Vientiane, Laos. Grand Legacy of Former French Colonization.

Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to had the chance to visit Laos for a few days.

Wasn't able to take photos as I like since I am travelling with a group (colleagues).

It's an all expense paid trip though, so I am not complaining.

Below are some of the photos I was able to snap while we are on the go.

Note:I only brought one camera with me during this trip, the Fuji X100. 

Freshly cooked fish from the Mekong River

A good spot beside the Mekong river to enjoy some sumptuous dinner.

Ho Phra Keo

Laos is mostly a Buddhist country.

Pha Tat Luang. A temple at the heart of Vientiane. 

Hanging out beside the great Mekong river.

The capital city Vientiane is a sight of an emerging city at its very early stage.

Reminded me of what my home country looked like 15 to 20 years ago.

The capital itself is settled at the side of the Mekong river, which also serves as their border with Thailand.


Photos below are from Nam Ngum lake, around 90kms from Vientiane.

The lake is an incredibly scenic vast artificial lake with many small islands that was formed when the Ngum River was dammed for hydroelectricity.

Nam Ngum Lake

Nam Ngum Lake

Our lunch was served on a lake cruise. Cool isn't it?

Our next stop was at the town of Vang Vieng, located about four hour bus ride from the capital. 

The town lies at the bank of the Nam Song river, a scenic scene surrounded with Karst hills.

This scene made me feel nostalgic.

Hanging bridge leading to the hills.

Nam Song river                                                                                                                                                              

Beautiful hills at the background

View at the top of a small hill.

Nam Song river

Nam song river

Vang Vieng is stunningly beautiful, I wish I could have stayed longer to explore it more. 

I'm sure there is more to the place than what I saw. 

I am hoping to be back someday to see more of its nature and beauty.

That  trip was just a glimpse of a beautiful country. 

A glimpse of a travel back in time, when all things are simple and so laid back. 

A good break from the hectic stressful city-life. 



Monday, June 30, 2014

#12 Baby Gian

He`s cute and sweet and so much fun.

This little prince is turning one!

Last week, I was asked to photograph baby Gian for his first birthday celebration.

I always enjoy photographing kids, as much as they are challenging to photograph they are also lots of fun to work with. 

You'll sure be missing a lot of shots and accurate focus and you can also forget about setting up poses and lighting, but it's fun and a breath of fresh air to what I'm used to.

Happy birthday little one.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thai food overload

Last week, I had a  shoot that includes what everybody love; food.

Days before the shoot, I had mix feelings of excitement and uncertainty.

Being paid for a work you like is thrilling, but it is the very first time I will be photographing foods for commercial use.  Food photography is something I always wanted to do but something that doesn't really sound interesting to me. When I see food, me thinks EAT not SHOOT.

It's not my field of expertise, and the thoughts of messing it up scared me.

I'm afraid I might end up with  the same photos that Instagram users took right before devouring their sushi.

Good thing is, I also was able to devour eat what I photographed. Who doesn't love food?. Win-win for me.

Here's some glimpse of it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Crispy pork in delicious Thai sauce with rice and egg toppings

Mouth watering aren't they?

I know you want to taste it!

Crispy Thai crackers

Finger foods


Doesn't really look healthy. But oh well, try to resist these.

Hypertension, Thai style.

I bet your'e hungry now. Thai foods are really mouthwatering. (Sometimes tongue burning and gut wrenching...)

Thai food is one of the most diverse in the world.

Come visit Thailand to see, smell and taste real Thai foods.

Forget the ones you get in your own country advertising as Thai restaurants. (It's not even close)

It should really be in your bucket list. And not just the foods, there is a lot to do and see in Thailand too.

De Talat Phlu

I would like to thank De Talat Phlu restaurant for trusting me on this one.

And their food are delicious and surprisingly lighter on the pocket.

De Talat Phlu restaurant is located at the 4th floor of Siam Square One bldg.(Across Siam Paragon), Bangkok.

Delicious Thai food at its best. Don't forget to visit the place.