I recently went to Nongnooch Gardens expecting something like a botanical garden. Instead, I found a giant tourist trap that just was horrible. After 2 hours I finally gave up and left.
First off, the place is full of plastic animals be it dinosaurs or other animals. Everything is designed to maximize profit and keep you spending. Want to do this it costs more. Want to do that, additional charge. Plus the layout of the park is a nightmare to navigate.
What I found the most frustrating thing was the stupid plastic animals that were all over for no rhyme or reason. As you can see in this image there is a camel and pandas for no obvious freaking reason other than they could put them there.
Shot on a Sony A7ii, done in HDR by one pissed off photographer.
Wat Phra Yai is the real name for what everyone else in Pattaya calls Big Buddha.
Having seen Big Buddha more times than I care to admit I skip it now and head towards the Chinese Temple that most ignore. Meaning, it’s not jammed by a bunch of tourists being dropped off by the busloads.
If you are ever in Pattaya and are like I rather see the Chinese Temple, just pull in at the top of the parking area and make a left and start walking. The Chinese Temple is actually bigger than the Big Buddha area. Nice, calm, and the best part no tourists to be annoying. The biggest issue you have is the chickens and roosters walking about.
Shot on my Sony A7ii and yep, it’s HDR using Aurora 2019.
I know. I said no more Thailand but maybe I meant landscapes and HDR or something. Who knows? Still, this series represents a shift away from the landscape/travel stuff I was doing. Instead I shifted to one of the series I shot while I was there.
When I wasn’t out working off a tripod and the big Sony A7R I always had my Sony RX100M3 with me (even when I was still had it with me). This allowed me to shoot relatively unobtrusively so I could capture in the moment type images. It also allowed me to either avoid the glare from a vendor staring at me or the infamous Thai pose of the peace sign with a huge grin.
These images were shot over a 6 week period and at all different times. I am splitting the series into two parts because there are just too many images for one post without scrolling through most of them.
When I do long edits I like to thank the music, of course Motorhead because of Lemmy and Michael Shenker Group for what turned into a 2+ hour editing festival.
Today’s image was shot at the Sanctuary of Truth which is located in Naklua. I have fond memories of this place as it was the first ever location I shot RAW in many years ago. Up until that point I had been shooting jpeg and more or less in P Mode or Auto. Little did I know it was a sign of things to come.
The building is all wood and all hand carved. There are no nails or glue used to join everything. They use wooden dowels to hold it all together. You can see them carving the new pieces in another building located next to the main building.
Many people confuse the Sanctuary of Truth with a temple. It’s not. There are no monks. It’s a cultural area and for tourists. There are Buddhist relics located inside and you can pray to them if you like.
The building itself is a mashup of faiths mostly Hindu gods and Thai mythology. Which is why you see so many different faces and images represented even in this image.
It’s worth a jaunt out there if you are in the area. Save yourself the headache of paying for a tour like I did my first trip. Just hire a Baht Bus private and pay 200 Baht and tell them to take you there. If you want to bump it to around 400 the guy will likely wait for you and take you back. Its 500 Baht to get in. The tour package is like 1500 Baht and you are on their time schedule. Later in the day is better because said tours have already packed up and moved on. If you are like me and have a scooter to ride around on, then just jump on the bike and head down Beach Rd Naklua and turn left at Soi 12 and ride the road until you get there.
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.
Shot while I was in Thailand.
Just a change of pace from the Orient with some Egyptian art which is considered part of Asia as well.
These I believe are water color paintings from Japan. I admittedly didn’t read the little sign stuff next to the displays. These were shot on a Kern Paillard 12mm 1.8 lens which is a C mount which means you have a heavy circle of black around your images. With the crop tool I could remove a lot of it and still keep the details. So enjoy this little bit of Japanese court life (I think).