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Travel Photography

Random Temple In Bangkok

I honestly have no idea what the name of this temple is in Bangkok. All I know is that it was off Khao San Road. In Thailand, a temple or a wat in Thai are a Baht a dozen.

To be fair, once you seen one wat you kinda of seen them all. There are only a few that stand out. The trick is to wander around the grounds until you find something different. Granted, I didn’t do that with this set but there was a Chinese Temple next to this one and I got a few shots.

Shot on a Nikon D5500 and a Sigma 17-50mm 2.0 – 4.0.

Enjoy.

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Travel Photography

Green Tranquility

This was shot at the Chinese temple in Pratumnak Hill. The local Thai temple gets all the attraction but the Chinese Temple is really the one worth the visit. If you are curious and in Pattaya I recommend asking to visit the temple on Pratumnak Hill and then say stop at the Chinese temple. In Thai Chinese is Jinn. While I can read Thai I am barely conversational so when you see the road leading to the left just say, “Pum ya yuy tini. Tinie Jin mai?”, which mean, ‘I want o to stop here. This here is Chinese yes?’.

I have shot a similar image with my Canon point and shoot but this time I used my Sony RX100M3. So I could push the pixels a bit more than the last time.

I do highly recommend a visit to the temple. Most Thai people know Big Buddha.

Enjoy.

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HDR Photography Travel Photography

From The Dragon’s Mouth

This was at the cool little temple complex I found while traveling about here in Thailand. I have no idea what its supposed to represent but its not often you walk into a temple and see a small lake with a dragon statue in it.

To get this shot I had to wait for a young couple to finish making merit. The lady was releasing turtles into the water, setting them free hence, the making of merit because you are protecting life. Now the fact remains that someone will go back into the small lake and recapture the turtles for resale at a later date remains open to debate but this is Thailand after all.

If you haven’t figured it out, this is a HDR image. I have gotten better with using Aurora over the last few days and have tended to leave the stock conversion instead of filters then using various sliders to adjust the image to where I want it. Even started using layers within it to get various features I like. Still bring it into Photoshop and do a few things there. I like to run Macphun’s Intensify CK just to see if I can bring a little bit more out then mask it back into where I want it.

Enjoy.

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Black and White Photography HDR Photography Monochromatic Photography Travel Photography

Under Construction

I haven’t done a monochrome image in a while and when I took this one I knew it was going to be monochrome. It just felt right.

I was shooting some place else when I saw this Buddha. Not really knowing where it was led to an adventure of getting attacked by dogs and crashing a motorbike but happy to report other than some scrapes on the bike and me it ended happily as I found the temple complex.

I like wandering the local temples more so than the tourist ones. You have the place to yourself. You see the occasional monk, or other people doing stuff about the complex and there is always the endless supply of cats, dogs, chickens, and roosters roaming around. Well the chickens and roosters roam, the cats and dogs are usually asleep.

Enjoy.

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Architecture Black and White Landscapes Travel-Tourism

Little bit of Thailand in Virginia

I miss Thailand a lot.  It’s not a secret and with the weather being horrific around here I miss it even more.  There is a wat (temple) near me that serves the local Thai community so after a camera show where I picked up a 55mm 1.2 lens I headed out to Wat Yarnna Rangsee and shot these.  It was Noon so the light was horrible and the camera was still in jpeg mode which I realized AFTER this shoot but I liked the images.

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia
At the feet of Buddha

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia

Lit bit of Thailand in Virginia
Horrible light but this is an attempt to save Buddha.