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Walking for Screwdrivers

I had to pickup a set of jewelers screwdrivers for work because we lost our during our move from our old office space to our new office space.  Not that I really needed them for work.  I wanted them to take apart my rangefinder because the shutter stopped working on it and without the jewelers screwdrivers I could not take it apart.  With that in mind and a corporate creditcard at my deposal it seemed like a good idea to go and buy them.  I drive past the hardware store everyday going to work but that would have limited my ability to disappear for an hour from work with the excuse of needing to purchase much needed supplies (not).  So off I went with camera bag and my spiffy new Panasonic GX1.  While I had my bag and could have changed lenses if I wanted to I just kept what is quickly becoming my favorite street photography lens, the Olympus 45mm 1.8.

One of the things I discovered from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is that I felt constrained.  I kept trying to keep things in a similar format and it just didn’t work.  I do like the 1:1 crop in Lightroom.  It keeps the subject in focus and removes some of the distraction in an image.  It doesn’t always work for all images so I didn’t always use it in this set.  The other thing I have done is kept color in some of these images.  I love the black and white look for street photography.  Black and white gives an image a timeless quality.  That does not mean I need to keep every picture black and white.  So there is some color mixed in.

My final thought is, I am growing more confident in street photography.  I point blank asked for some of these pictures or was obviously pointing a camera at someone and took the picture and nodded and thanked them.  There is a image of a homeless woman and I gave her a few dollars for the image and the trumpet player, who I tipped as well.  It was a couple dollars to me and it may have been a lot to them.  I didn’t mind doing it.  I think the homeless woman wondered why I said I was semi-pro photographer while holding what appeared to be a point and shoot camera but she agreed to the portrait.  I was pleased.  I’m learning to break out of my introverted shell and just ask.

So enjoy the images.  I was a bit more selective this time around and you can see my journey from start to finish.

Sun Kissed
Rusty Gas
Sitting Cool
Through the rails.
Looks like he stopped.
Chat over drink
Bad news?
We are bad. We are nationwide
(points for me for slipping in ZZ Top lyrics)
Light Strings
Modern Personal Interaction
Cool Texting
Midlife Crisis
Tattoo You
Expressive Calling
Bottled Thoughts
In My World
(more points for me Anthrax lyrics)
Watching you Walk
Aversion to Sun
Talking Amongst Friends
Looking at You. Looking at Me.
(I really wanted the old guy behind her but I think together it makes the pictures more interesting)
Homeless and Proud
(I was worried because of her skin and the shadows but the GX1 handled it well)
Coffee Anyone?
(I love how an image lies. He was really just concentrating on a book)
Undaunted 2
Clayboy Hawaiian Ice
(I know Summer is here when he sets up)
Clayboy Ice Cool
I dub the Porkchop
Friendly Service
Fedora Style
I got a Name
Reflection and Light
Faces Through the Glass
(I shot him through a window which is why there is lens flare)
Languid Expression
Sitting on the Dock
Shadowy Conversation
Reflections In a Mirror
(Or the headless photographer. The woman in the mirror just adds I think)
Beetle Lover
Don’t want any trumpet playing band
(Points again for Dire Straights lyrics)
Camouflaged In Plain Sight
Progressive Hippy
I see you!
Portraits Street Photography

Eyes of a Child

Landscapes Nature

Dock on the Bay


The Lovely Da

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.

Cool Da
Food Portraits Street Photography Vehicles

Thailand For Sale

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.

Portraits Street Photography

Thailand – Faces

Food Street Photography

Thailand Soi’s – In Color

Weather was not permitting to go out so I took some time to go through some old photos I have.  I have been going to Thailand at least twice a year for the last few years and have been going there at least once a year since 2008 and have accumulated a ton of pictures.  These are some from the era when I just pointed a camera in the general direction of something I found interesting and pushed the shutter button.  All of them were shot on a Canon XSi and either a Canon 50mm 1.8 (later sold) or a Tamron 18-200 3.5-6.3 which is a fantastic all-purpose lens for travel photos (not so much street).

I could not think of a way to describe these photos then I saw this quote online:

“A photograph isn’t necessarily a lie, but nor is it the truth. It’s more of a fleeting, subjective impression. What I most like about photography is the moment that you can’t anticipate: you have to be constantly watching for it, ready to welcome the unexpected.” – Martine Franck

Architecture Landscapes Nature Shapes

Rural Viewing

The Saint
Olympus E-P2, 45mm, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/250
Uncle Boonmee’s Cabin From A Past Life
Olympus E-P2, 45mm, ISO 200, f/2.5, 1/160
For Blood and Oil
Olympus E-P2, 45mm, ISO 200, f/2.3, 1/160
Old Rocker
Olympus E-P2, 45mm, ISO 1250, f/1.8, 1/10
Forgotten Trellis
Olympus E-P2, 45mm, ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/100

Prickly Color

Canon 5DMK2, Canon 50mm, ISO 800, f/1.4, 1/4000
Shapes Street Photography

Out For A Walk

I went to the market earlier this morning and realized I had forgotten some medicine that I needed.  I had a choice of jumping into the car or walking to the market and picking up what I needed.  I opted for the walk which is a bit of a giveaway considering what I titled the post.  These were all shot on a Panasonic G3 using either a Yashica 50mm 1.9 or a Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4.  I put the photo nerd info in each of the captions if you are inclined to know my methodology (point camera and push shutter).  I did crop them all as a medium format style crop.  One of these days after I finish playing with 35mm film I’ll score a cheap medium format film camera or maybe a medium format with a digital back will fall to me at less than $1000 (one can dream) but I do like the medium format look.  It gives the pictures that certain something that is missing.  I realize I should be staying consistent with my style and I am with the plug-in but I’m still finding “my style” so that means playing around a bit.

Marriage: She Talks. He Ignores.
Yashica 50mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/125
Whose Bad?
Yashica 50mm, ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/6400
Checking My SMS
Yashica 50mm, ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/320
Informed Shopper
Yashica 50mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/125
A Show of Hands
Yashica 50mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125
Visit to the Market
Yashica 50mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/125
Chinese Anyone?
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/2.0, 1/2000
Deliver Me
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, 25mm, f/2.5, 1/2500
Looking Tough
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/2.2, 1/2500
Shadowy Dealings
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/1.8, 1/1250
No Loitering
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/1.6, 1/1000
Out of the Light
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, 25mm, f/2.5, 1/2500
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/2.5, 1/2000
Bold Style
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/1.6, 1/1000
Bicycle! Bicycle!
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/3.5, 1/3200
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/2.5, 1/3200
Take My Hand and Don’t Let Go
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, 25mm, 1/3200
Intense Focus
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, 25mm, f/1.4, 1/1400
Pho 2000. Better than Pho 1999
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/1.4, 1/800
Social Gamer
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/1.4, 1/640
Rich Full Flavor of a Marlboro
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/2.0, 1/1250
Smoking Lounge
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/1.6, 1/1000
Olde Tyme Love
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/1.6, 1/1250
Light Up the Sky
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/4.0, 1/4000
Gang Sign
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/2.2, 1/2000
Warning High Voltage
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/1.4, 1/1000
Panasonic Leica 25mm, ISO 160, f/3.2, 1/4000