Saturday, October 4, 2014

Thailand: History and beauty

Thailand is a country with rich history.

Ancient ruins of cities and temples are everywhere.

No wonder, Thailand is considered one of the favorite destination of tourists from the west.

Below are some of the photos I took in Ayuthaya and Bangkok  while showing my tourist friend around.

Camera: Fujifilm X100

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Also, make sure to add Thailand to your travel bucket list.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bangkok streets series

I finally sold my trusted Nikon DSLR, and now I only have the Fuji X100 as my camera to use.

After quite some time taking an off from photography, I took the Fuji for a spin around the streets of Bangkok, just to warm my fingers.

BTS skytrain is one of the most used transportation in Bangkok. A good way to avoid traffic and travel faster.

Having no doubt which camera to choose and what lens to use, it is liberating to just shoot and shoot.

Scene at Victory monument , Bangkok.

Streets are not so crowded during mid-day, but the scene will change fast as the afternoon approaches.

Please bear with me as street photography is something new to me and I'm still struggling on what subjects to shoot.

As my only camera for now, I will devote time to learn the capabilities and quirks of this small camera.

Markets make Bangkok streets alive and colorful for almost 24 hours a day.

Tourists loves to shop on the streets. Foods are cheap and clean.

I plan to make street photography a part of my photography.

Bangkok streets are the perfect place for it.

I will make this a series.



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.