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Monthly Archives: April 2012
My Brother Nathan has been overseeing a development of a plot of land up on a hill over looking Koh Pi Pi Island (where the film The Beach was filmed with Leonardo Di Caprio) and ask me take some photos of the sunset for him. This was what it looked like this evening..Including my not so little, lil bro..
Bangkok to Krabi airport Air Asia £50 then a 3hr drive to Koh Lanta across two ferries to see my brother and sister in Khlong Nin.. First two days amazing sunsets, Raining Hot and Humid, Wet season starting again. Which appears to bring dramatic skies and rainbows all in the same half hour. All of these photos were taken on a canon g1x pocket camera as my 5d mk2 was not to hand, wish it had been..
These are some random photos from my experience in Bangkok walking around with my camera, spending time going out at night with some people I know from meeting before and new some new acquaintances.. Bangkok is an great place to cruise around its game on 24/7 . Whilst it still has its fair share of graffiti writing and tagging it is nothing like good ol’ Bristol..
I have been staying in Soy 11 Sukhemvit Road in a Hostel called Suk11. I thoroughly recommend it as a first stop for a trip into the centre of Bangkok. You can pre book online it is approx £12 to £20 a night depending on one or 2 people in a room. This is cheap for Bangkok. The rooms have Air Conditioning, (however they drip a bit do not leave your lap top on the bed under one!) and hot water en suite. Its location is right next to the Nana Sky Train station and for this is 3 stops from all the big camera shopping centres and 1 stop from 24/7 nightlife.
A quick story I bumped into 3 women on three separate occasions that I have spoken to on previous visits. They still work in the same shops or area as before. They remembered me and they all said hello Jason how are you? followed by you look fat now! I couldnt believe it I had only gained 4 pounds in the last 18 months as a result of being inactive from a knee injury and on crutches for 3 months. It appears Thai people are even more concsious about their weight than people in the UK. My brother who has lived here 16 years said that a persons weight is always then first thing they will comment on. Except they notice a few pounds in the Uk people leave it to 10s of pounds before they would comment. As I have said before between 50 of them there isnt enough fat to fry a bacon sandwich.. So very different in values and culture here compared to the Uk. In the Uk people get soo offended when you mention that they have gained weight, Its a big taboo. Anyway I was one of them and now feeling somewhat offended I will just swallow it and stop the cakes and chocolate. Oh well its a reminder how the Uk stodges many of us out with heavy food. I actually love Bangkok s range of street food and cuisine, there is fresh fruit on sale everywhere and a street meal is always healthy and delicious and never costs more than a pound.
Some camera info, My Canon 7D versus 5D Mk2
Camera tech stuff, Well I have had good use of both camera bodies and now I can honestly say that the 8 frames per second and 60fps hd capabilities were then reasons I purchased the 7D but the image quality is not there for me coming from a full frame 1DS mk2 full frame dslr. So in MBK shopping centre today I decided after a lot of thought to part exchange and upgrade my Canon 7D back to a Canon 5Dmk2 as I have been missing having a full frame sensor at hand. I do not shoot many sequential but my My 7d has killed off my Fish eye and 16-35mm wide angle lenses. Also with my 50mm and 70-200mm the 1.6 crop factor has been irritating me. So now all my lenses are as they should be. I will never buy a cropped sensor on a dslr again I have decided I would rather crop my photos myself. Whilst I was here I also purchased a water housing for my canon G1X to see what water shots and HD video we can get whilst in Indo. I learnt a big lesson after my Aquatech water housing leaked in Indo a few years ago and as a result I will not be taking expensive cameras in the sea again unless someone else is paying me to use theirs!!
Well here are some shots from my 5Dmk2 and a few from my Canon gX1 see if you can tell what came from where…
1am in the morning behind Koh San Road is a small plaza where I have seen people skate before. As I was on my way back from a day out to the floating market and elephant show with a bag full of camera lenses and some flashes I asked a local skater Komrit Kijanuluk if he wanted to ollie a few obstacles in the street for me,..these are the photos we got, Komrit has pop and style..Bangkok style
Crazy Crazy Boys putting their body parts including heads into the mouths of aggressive snapping crocodiles..
This post is dedicated to my sculptress and talented artist and woodcarving friend Sarah H, hey take a look at how intricate these woodcarvings are Sarah, this one was still a work in progress after 3 people every day for two years. Check out the 3D carving and delicate thin pieces. Unbelievably skilled and of all the people I know I am sure you will appreciate this the most..
I met up with my friend Pare that I met with my brother in Koh Lanta in 2010 she is now working in Bangkok and took a day off work to accompany me to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The light was very harsh and bright for getting great photos but I just sat down and snapped a heap of portraits from many of the locals working on the boats. A great experience well recommended..1500bht £30 for a taxi from Bangkok to the Market then a few shop stops on the way back including the elephant and crocodile show on the route back..
I love this view from a plane window where the infinity of space and the indigo shades of blue meet the curve of the earth separated by white fluffy clouds..My heart and mind lives in this place. Hopefully I imagine myself one day jumping from a plane with a parachute on from this height, maybe with a beautiful woman with the same sense of adventure, holding hands on the way down! just maybe
Great two Flights I flew with Etihad real luxury on £579 Return, full on DVD and radio selection, great food kind staff. I managed a window seat with 3 spaces on both flights. That was great, managed some sleep with a good lie down. Had my Canon 7D camera with me and a 200mm 2.8 Telephoto lens and these are the photos from the window..
Flying in it looks like a computer circuit board in a middle of a huge desert..Brown dusty more dust and more sand. Totally barren, I guess buried oil beneath the sand counts for a lot to some and has obviously given the Arabian Nations some wealth..4 hours in the airport not a cheap time small bottle of water £3 Coffee and croissant £8, glad to get out…Screaming children everywhere.
Quick go on a friends BMX