November 25th of Loy Krathong Day here in Thailand. It’s always a major festival with people releasing lanterns into the air and krathong’s out into the water. Click the link if you want to learn more. It’s spelled Loi on Wikipedia but in Thailand its spelled Loy. Considering there is no standard of translation of Thai words into English and like most things over here, just go with it.
So with that out of the way I figured I get some shots in early before it became crazy busy with people. So around 8 that night I pulled myself from the bar I was enjoying the aircon of and headed out to the beach.
Lots of vendors were selling krathongs (the floating flowers) and lots of vendors were selling the paper lanterns. The best part was the lanterns were banned because they are a fire hazard. This being Thailand meant that the ban was only enforced if you were caught. The amusing part was watching the vendors walking ahead of the police selling them as quickly as the police were confiscating them from the buyers.
I tried to avoid the more touristy shots and went documentary style. I needed a break from landscape editing. These are much simpler images to edit even though they required more dodge and burning and trying to get rid of the noise. I didn’t use a tripod and there is some blurring because of slow shutter speeds. For inquiring minds the Sony RX100M3 was the camera of choice for these shots.