Street Photography in Vientiane Laos

We have to go and get our visa renewed in a few days, so I am scheduling this post with some photos from our last trip. Now that I have just bought a Fuji camera for street photography I will be taking full advantage whilst in Laos. We even booked an extra night so I can explore more of the less touristy spots.


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Street photography in Vientiane is very rewarding with interesting local dress and culture


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The heat seems to be worse in Laos in May, making many tuk tuk drivers want to curl up in their hammocks in the middle of the day.



Vientiane is never short of unique street scenes


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The tuk tuks are shaped like this in Vientiane. Aiyah is to the right snapping away.
We shall get some more photos added from our forthcoming Laos trip very soon. We are staying farther away from the river this time to experience more of the "real" Vientiane.

Chiang Mai Street Photography 2018

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Nice lady at Thapae Gate
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This is always the busiest stall in Warorot Market.
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A happy chef at a night market in Chiang Mai

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 😎

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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.