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Turn 180 Degrees and LOOK!!!
10/2/2010 7:00 PM By  BkkSteve  

Angkor Vat is a huge complex encompassing many temples and buildings and just as many outdoor scenes.  I’ve spent weeks there, each day further refining my shot list.  This image wasn’t on my shot list.  I was walking through a dark temple late in the day right before the park was to be closed and was greeted by dark grey wall after dark grey wall.


 
 


Artistically Transported..
9/25/2010 8:30 PM By  BkkSteve  

Recently I spent a week up north in the Mae Hong Son province in Pai and was captivated by the beautiful scenery, blue skies, and the cleanest air you can imagine.  The weather was cool and the vistas breathtaking.  The experience was so different I had to remind myself I was still in Thailand. 


 
 


First Pictures
9/18/2010 7:00 PM By  BkkSteve  

He gave me that knowing smile, not quite sure if he understood my desire to see this masterpiece, or perhaps he was just feeling a bit of sympathy because I haven’t yet added it to my own lens collection, and then passed it over to me where I gave it a good look. 


 
 


It’s All In The (Missing) Detail
9/11/2010 5:55 PM By  BkkSteve  

Finally I just asked, and he told me.  In effect what he was doing was exposing different parts of the scene for the best look just for those parts, and then blending the images together in layers to create the final image... 

 


 
 


The Test of Time
9/4/2010 7:00 PM By  BkkSteve  

This is a recent “rework” of one of my favorite images.  The original is immediately below this one and you can scroll up/down to view them both as I discuss the new image.


 
 


Profound Subtleties
8/28/2010 7:00 PM By  BkkSteve  

During a recent visit to Ayutthaya’s new Floating Market I noticed a pretty young lady sitting with her mother.  We were there for a workshop and I’m always trying to increase the awareness of my clients so they learn to see, to notice their surroundings, in the hope it helps create more and better compositions. 


 
 


In Your Mnd’s Eye, In Black and White
8/21/2010 7:00 PM By  BkkSteve  

Seeing an image ‘in your mind’s eye’ is a skill unto itself, and perhaps the most difficult skill a photographer cultivates.  Capturing and processing the image, that’s mostly a technical matter and far easier to accomplish. 


 
 


Postcard Perfect, but without Soul..
8/14/2010 7:00 PM By  BkkSteve  

A postcard picture for Ayutthaya’s new floating market?  Nah.. but it sure could be.  Picture postcard perfect.  A piloted sampan crossing under a bridge with a fountain in view, and  the Thai flag proudly flying in the background.  Stick and I both saw this scene at the same time ..


 
 


The Power of Perspective, Which Focal Length For Which Composition?
8/7/2010 7:00 PM By  BkkSteve  

There is no right answer, no golden rule to recite, it's only significance is to understand such differences exist in most every  image we process and that we as photographers hold the artistic control in our hands.  Can a crop define a composition?  Certainly.  Can a crop define an artist?  Perhaps.


 
 


Perspective Rules!
7/31/2010 7:00 PM By  BkkSteve  

But let’s look further.  First, the light balance and exposure is exceptional.  The car itself is perfectly exposed and so are the accent lights in the ceiling, the floor, and inside the windows of the stores.  How is this possible when it’s obvious all these areas have different levels of luminance which significantly exceed the dynamic range of the camera?


 
 
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