Relaxing Nature Video Filmed in Koh Kood

We filmed this lovely sunset scene whilst visiting Koh Kood in Thailand recently. It is one of the best islands we have ever been to with amazing white sand. It is well worth the hassle to get there. The beaches are quieter than places like Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Phuket.



Koh Kood Sunset AKA Koh Kut from a Secret Beach

Koh Kood, or officially Koh Kut to many people, is an oasis and a nice break from busy beaches with too many people and vendors. It is great to explore on a scooter (moped).

The video above was filmed from a deserted secret beach at the north of the island facing a mini island which is probably swim-able at low tide, but it is risky with currents. There are lots of little tours which will stop there for snorkelling.

Moon Photo from Chiang Mai

Moon photo Chiang Mai


I got a new toy this week from Film Camera Shop Chiang Mai , who has a good selection of old lenses and cameras. Its a Pentax f4.5 80-200mm. I would have stopped it down a little to at least f5.6 for this photo and this is fully zoomed in (400mm full frme equivalent) and I still needed to do quite a big crop. I guess a moon shot needs a lens more like 800mm FF eq. ?

Very happy with the sharpness of the lens, it was a good deal for 1,500 Baht. There is another seller in Chiang Mai for those interested, whose Facebook is Retro Photo Gear. He has a smaller collection and just rents out some of his cameras and lenses, so you know he is a real enthusiast.

Loy Krathong Yee Peng 2017 Buddhist Monks Ceremony with Candles Video

Here is a video I finally got around to editing from last year's Loy Krathong festival here in Chiang Mai. It is a simple scene of young Monks praying with candles and lanterns surrounding them. Unfortunately there are lots of flashes from tourists, so that's one reason I won't mention the temple as I don't want it to get even busier next time. 😁

 

This is a Uscenes video, which means it is available for download as an MP4 video or as a computer screensaver. 

Film street photography in Chiang Mai

Recently I bought a Canon rangefinder Canonet QL17. It wasn't quite for me so I changed to an Olympus XA2 film camera, which is a smaller plastic camera. It is pocketable and very simple to use. Below are crude photos of prints from my first roll of film; Kodak Pro 100, next I am trying Fujifilm.

the park has been left very nice after the annual Flower Festival
In future I will be doing much more film photography in Chiang Mai because it is fun, I love the results and it makes me slow down. It is highly recommended for any one into photography and the Olympus XA2 is a perfect camera to start with as it is so easy to use, good quality and can be found very cheap on eBay. I think mine was £30 plus postage.

a street vendor at the Chiang Mai Sunday night market (get there early to avoid crowds)

my wife Aiyah appreciating the revamped gardens in the park


the Italian guy who can often be found at Thapae Gate 😎

just film street photography









These photos were taken at the park in the old city of Chiang Mai, Sunday night market in the center of the old city and Thaepae Gate. The reason there is no sky is partly because they were shot on film, but also helped along by the Chiang Mai smokey season which affects the air at the moment with thick smog.

On my digital cameras I am now going through a black and white phase as I believe that will make me a better photographer. This is because you are forced to focus more on light and composition, rather than colours and characters which is my current way.

Chiang Mai Photography at Night

This stopped motorcyclist was perfect for a slow shutter speed shot to capture some rushing commuters on their way home.
There were actually three adults on this bike. They looked dressed up as if going to a party that evening.
Malin Plaza is a night market for locals, mostly students. It is very popular and even spills out onto the road.
When it rains in Chiang Mai it pours. This very wet scene was shot at the Maya Nimman Road junction (my camera only just survived the water)



Coming soon...

I just purchased this old film camera to try using film like the old street photography masters used to use. Some people say you need a rangefinder for street photography, we shall see... This camera has been referred to as the "poor man's Leica". After seeing prices in MBK mall in Bangkok last week for a third of a million Baht, I think the "normal man's Leica" is more appropriate. 😉

Canon Canonet QL17 rangefinder film camera for street photography, originally released in 1970.


Loy Krathong 2017 Yee Peng Lantern Festival Chiang Mai

I finally got around to editing a video taken this year at the Loy Kratong Yee Peng celebrations. My wife and I let off our own lantern wishing for good things ahead, as is the tradition.

We found a spot in the heart of the action for this video, which shows a non stop stream of lanterns being launched into the night sky. We were Along the Ping River next to a bridge. The sound isn't ideal (birds don't make noise like this at night), but it is 5:1 surround sound and relaxing, or you can mute it.

This is a very simple video, just something to gaze at when you need something to help you sleep at night. I guess counting the lanterns might be like the old remedy of counting sheep. I will get around to adding some photos from 2017's Yee Peng in Chiang Mai when I can.