Three shots of Super Dave while we were out enjoying a frosty cold adult beverage. The first one was used as a 50 Faces portrait. While he looks serious he’s not. The other is the more typical Dave and the final is from my iphone because we were just screwing around at that point. The two larger pictures were shot on my Panasonic G3, Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 800, f/1.4, 1/40t.
As I hinted at in yesterdays post I shot a lot of images on my jaunt. Originally was going to call it the RMA because I had to make a run to the FedEx Store to ship out manuals and DVDs that I had forgotten to put in with the original shipment that contained the Olympus Purge (it also means I get top dollar). I wasn’t happy with all the images but I wanted them to be processed in color because the #1 reader who comments by the name L (short for LSD, as in hallucinogenic), or my sister as she is really known hates my black and white stuff. When I processed them in color I realized that some of the images sucked. I debated on culling the herd by pretending I was some photographic lion picking out the old and weak form the wildebeest herd (bear with the writing style, I have been reading Bad Advice From My Brother). So I’m going to break out the Good, the Bad and the Ugly just like the movie.
**** Double bonus points for me because I slipped in Lady Gaga lyrics. ****
I went out and shot a bunch of street stuff yesterday and I am processing it in color which is a break from my normal black and white. I wanted to try it as an experiment just to see if I liked it. I’m torn because some of the images look really good in color but I know if I pushed some of them to black and white they would take a so-so photo to something more interesting but it made me realize I’m taking so-so and just turning it black and white with the impression that it’s better. It’s still, well, crap. I need to get better. While I am dithering about color and still processing them, I am going to share three images that just don’t look good in color. I walked a new path back from where I was coming from and these are three of the images that I got from taking a new path.
The building shot with the bent lamp is something I won’t pick apart. I like the view and I drive past it every day going to work and I wanted to shoot it. I framed the lamp on purpose in the shot to give some perspective. I didn’t realize it was bent like that when I took the shot and I think the bent lamp just gives the image that certain something.
I see this gentlemen on a different set of benches everyday when I leave the parking garage from my building. I was walking back towards the building when I saw him out of the corner of my eye. I got as close as I wanted without ruining his expression and snapped the image. I also have to be careful because my building is under heavy security because of government offices in the building and a bank. There are surveillance cameras everywhere as well. I have had someone complain to security before when I was shooting the garden. Luckily the security guards know me and my habits so they told the person complaining I was harmless.
I am annoyed at this picture. I like it well enough but I really wanted it better than what it came out. The guy had such character and I didn’t want to intrude on his world but in retrospect I should have just walked up and asked for the portrait. I’m hesitant to do that because I don’t have business cards yet so some strange person walking up and saying they are photographer may not cut it where as business cards give me some legitimacy.
Maggie is my parents dog. She might as well be a child as spoiled as she is. She only sleeps on pillows and I rudely interrupted her nap to take this picture.
I am not sure who took these pictures to be honest. When I travel my camera goes everywhere with me and I usually would just put on my Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 along with my Panasonic G3 and throw on my sling camera strap and off I would go to my favorite watering hole where as I like to call her, my ??????? (nong sow)/sister in English) Nan works. Nan in her mind is a budding photographer so she would take my camera and wander around the bar and snap pictures. This is why I am not sure who took these pictures of the lovely Da. I shared the images with Da first who agreed to let me share them with the rest of you.
I took the pictures. I can see my reflection in Da’s sunglasses.
There is always someone selling you something in Thailand. If you need food you only have to walk a few meters to find a food cart. You need sunglasses, DVDs, souvenirs, watches, pretty much anything you want will eventually be brought before you. The prices start at the absurd and can be easily bargained down to reasonable. If you speak Thai enough to negotiate you can walk away with some deals if you don’t mind that the quality isn’t going to be up to most standards. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. The only time this doesn’t apply is to street food which is fantastic. Just watch the Thais line up for the food carts and you know which ones are good and which ones to avoid. If you can’t speak Thai just point to what you want but most carts only offer one dish so no big deal. You pay 30 to 40 baht for a meal, or $1 to $1.20.