I was in Cambodia last month just to get out of Thailand for a bit. I generally try and disappear from Thailand periodically to have a holiday from my holiday as I call it. It’s not every person that can say they wake up to a view of the Gulf of Thailand as their daily view.
During my time in Phnom Penh this time it pissed down daily. We are talking torrential rains for several hours. When it wasn’t doing that it was threatening. The other joy was it was 1000 Degrees pick it in Celsius or Fahrenheit doesn’t matter. It was hot. I’m used to a breeze coming off the Gulf of Thailand so no breeze sucked.
Anyways, I saw Wat Ounalom on a previous visit to the city and this was the first chance I got to stop in. It also helped it wasn’t going to piss down immediately, of course, it was my last day in the country so go figure.
I didn’t bring any of the bigger cameras. Instead, I just used my trusty Sony RX100iii and it did what it handled the photos well.
For those wondering why the long absence. Part of it has been my laziness to edit. It’s tedious at times. The other issue is I switched from Mac to PC which is a bit of a learning curve remembering how to use a Windows keyboard for Windows again versus Mac.
If you did visit and ended up on some Japanese language page, well the site was hacked. Luckily in my previous life, I was an IT Director so with some Google searches I took control of the site and resolved the issue. Then it was a matter of watching to see who was trying to hack me again. Then shut them down on a permanent basis. That took a few weeks.
So my goal is a few photos a few times a week as I am sitting on one giant backlog of images.
I shot these last year when I was in Phnom Penh for a couple weeks. Wat Phnom is the main temple everyone goes to if they are in Phnom Penh. It’s a mixture of a tourist trap and a local temple. There is an entrance fee of $1 (Cambodia uses the US Dollar) but you can easily just step over the rope and avoid paying it. I saw a lot of cheap ass tourists doing this, it is a dollar and if you have money to fly into Cambodia or South East Asia you can afford a dollar to get into the temple. The dollar would just mean one less beer on the river during happy hour or just find a spot that offers the .50 cent beers instead. Yes, Cambodia does have .50 cent draft beers!
There isn’t a lot to say about Wat Phnom, to be honest, it’s run down and rather dirty. Cambodia doesn’t have the tourist income like Thailand does so their temples aren’t as lavish. When you factor in cheap asses avoiding the $1 fee you can see why the temple isn’t that great. Still, recommend a visit. There are monkeys running around but I could not get a shot. Just ignore the usual temple beggars and try not to let the trash that is a around distracts you from your visit.
All images shot on a Nikon D5500 with a Sigma 17-70mm 2.8 – 4.0
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.
It seems appropriate to publish this set of images today because I will be on the final leg of my flight back to Thailand when these go live. I don’t live in Bangkok and it’s not my favorite place due to the traffic and congestion. Still, it represents the final portion of my sojourn to get home. From Suwannaphum Airport or BKK back to Jomtien where I happily live.
Shot on a Nikon D5500 and using the Sigma 17-50mm 2.0 to 4.0 lens around Sukhimvit Soi 4 and Khao San Rd. The Sigma 17-50mm 2.0 to 4.0 is a great little lens that gives you a great focal range to work with on a crop sensor.
Only 5 shots after the marathon of 12 I published on Monday.
I shot these last June when I was in Bangkok for a few days. I’m not the worlds biggest fan of the Big Mango as Bangkok is known. It’s also known as a city suffering from horrible air quality. The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority is trying everything to clear the air. Including spraying the air with molasses with drones. I wish I was making that up.
These were shot around Sukhimvit Soi 4 and Khao San Rd. using my Nikon D5500 and the 17-50mm lens.
While I was at the Naples Zoo I snuck in a few landscape type photos. Well, close enough to landscape to count in my world. I feel more comfortable doing these edits because I have kept my hand in shooting them even if I didn’t publish them.
I have been editing furiously while I am here in Florida. When I get back I will start publishing some of the older stuff I have shot. It will be a mix of stuff from the US and Thailand and Cambodia.
More from the Naples Zoo! It also helps I stole the title from a Maroon 5 song called Animals. It’s a sad day when I know Maroon 5 lyrics meaning I have lived in Thailand too long where you hear it frequently in the bars. Plus as I have been told Adam Levine is dreamy. I’ll take it on the ladies words.
For the record I am not a wildlife photographer and I know some of these images are less than sharp. I still liked them and shared them. Plus I had to get the editing muscles back. I haven’t had to edit photos like these in a long time.
My time here in Florida has been spent editing a plethora of backlogged photos. I also took the time to change up my workflow. I also made the switch to publishing all the images on Flickr instead of storing the images on my hosting. It saves a ton of space.
More from the Napels Zoo visit I did late last year. The bulk of these were shot on a boat as you cruise around the islands where all the monkeys are kept. Shooting from a boat and the monkeys being so far away made it a bit of a challenge. Least I could use autofocus instead of having to manually focus. I did have my 24-240mm lens on the camera which helped.
It should also be noted that I fixed a little problem I was having with my photos. I had to fix a color profile issue between Lightroom and Photoshop. I have edited these photos and the Birds Of A Feather images so many times until I finally got it right and the images displayed correctly and not washed out looking on the site.
If you want full resolution of these images just click on them and it will take your to Flickr.
I am back in the US visiting from Thailand. I am still here in the US so taking some of the time a trip was scheduled to the Naples Zoo. Not being a wildlife photographer and having to shoot through cages made things interesting. I was in manual focus for a good chunk of these images. Factor in moving animals and me in too low of an ISO made thing less then perfect but good enough to share out!
I took this when I was in Bangkok earlier this year with some friends. We were near Koh San Road which didn’t impress me much but I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Bangkok. We wandered off the path and happily found this little temple. Since Koh San Road is a major tourist area there wasn’t a lot of people around so I had the place to myself.