A Bangkok cityscape at night.  Thailand.  Bangkok Images

Canon 1ds Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8 @F5.6 1/40th  ISO 100

Most of the time the way we see Bangkok could just as easily be in black and white.  Cement structures, few trees, and hazy pollution filled skies.  Noise is everywhere, from the sounds of the road with buses motoring and horns honking, to the constant chatter of the residents raised in volume to compete with the perennially loud televisions and music players.  Sewage and raw garbage are most often the strongest smells, thankfully dulled by the sharp aroma drifting from the skillets of the food vendors.  Bangkok isn't just a city.  Bangkok is a lifestyle.  Bangkok provides life to the masses while often eating it's young.  Only the strong survive.

 

Mill Creek Falls viewpoint.

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8 @F4  52mm 1/30th  ISO 100

In Oregon one of our favorite outings was to Mill Creek Falls and the Avenue of Boulders.  This was a day outing often planned in advance, but sometimes an afterthought.  Weather dictates desire.  Desire motivates.  We'd spent many hours hiking these trails and taking in the natural beauty of Oregon's Rainforests.  Desire satisfied.

 

Mill Creek Falls from across the canyon

Canon Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F4  1/250th  ISO 100

From a vantage point several thousand feet up a trail we would gaze down on the falls as they descended hundreds of feet in a freefall of rushing water before crashing into the river below.  During the fall season deciduous trees would show their Autumn colors revealing their secret locations hidden among the evergreens.  From this redoubt a strong cold wind drives through your windbreaker reminding you winter isn't far behind. 

 

Mill Creek Falls, Upper Umpqua Oregon

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F4  55mm  1/30th  ISO 100

My son armed with a camera and his stepmom would pose and make sure I took their photograph.  Something about the biting cool fresh air, sounds of nature, and smells of the season would make them happy and playful. 

 

Avenue Of Boulders.

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F8  24mm  1/15th  ISO 100

Once you leave the car the immersion is immediate.  10 meters from the car you can no longer see it, the sounds of the occasional vehicle traveling the main highway is muffled and soon you don't hear anything.  On this day the trail is wet from fresh rain and a bit slick underfoot.  The smell of evergreens is stronger than normal, mixed with the smell of rain you enjoy the best of natures fragrances.  It's almost impossible to walk without reaching out and touching the wet moss on the rocks, or the slick trunk of a Pacific madrone (medziesii) tree with it's orange hued bark and edible berries.

 

Mills Creek Falls Landscape

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F3.5  25mm  1/30th  ISO 100

Nature is perhaps the most talented artist known to man.  We just have to be brave enough to acknowledge that which has been created and put under our care.  It's late fall and increased rainfall prompts furious growth of the mosses which appear to be everywhere  Boulders are carefully placed as if naturally sculpted and between them bright yellow wild flowers come to life, as much in contrast with the timing of the seasons as their color.  Round boulders everywhere, vertical trees.  Who was the genius who placed the fallen madrone in the most perfect location?

 

Matthew walks the path to Mills Creek

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F3.2  24mm  1/80th  ISO 400

I've spent too long peering through the viewfinder so my son takes it upon himself to backtrack and see if I've fallen over the side or perhaps fell asleep under a tree.  In the context of nature I notice he looks so small and his choice of colors are his only defense from blending in and disappearing forever.  His presence competes heavily with nature for making this the perfect day.

 

Upper Umpqua River, fall colors

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F8  24mm  1/13th  ISO 100

Further down the trail the silence of the rainforest is broken by a dull roar.  The further you go the louder the roar.  Soon you notice a fine mist hanging in the air and suddenly you notice through the almost translucent leaves the river.  The river runs over the rocks carving its legacy into the earth in increments of time.  To the side exists a still pool of water.  Kneeling I run my hand to the bottom of the pool and bring up a small handful of pebbles and sand, each with their own story of purpose and creation.  The sands of time.  I move on.

 

Aveneue of boulders.  Photography workshops

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F4  45mm  1/50th  ISO 400

Now they're both looking and wondering what's keeping me.  It could be argued their youth and fitness allow them to cover the ground much faster than myself, or that perhaps my age and experience just allows me to see far more than they're yet capable of seeing.  I want to take everything from this day possible.  Nothing must be missed.  Patience son, patience will be yours in time.

 

It looks a long way down!

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F8  24mm  1/13th  ISO 400

One of the more difficult descents.  Slippery wet moss covered boulders, layer upon layer of slick red leaves, and two pairs of eyes watching from below.  I'm thrilled to be up to the challenge.  How small they look against the scale of the forest.

 

On the way to Mills Creek falls

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F8  24mm  1/13th  ISO 800

At the bottom of the small canyon we continue.  We have several more miles to go and less than an hour of light to guide us.  I'm already shooting at high ISO's and slow shutter speeds using natures trees and big boulders to brace.  In this image my right shoulder is leaning against a huge boulder, but my feet are fighting for traction with the slick leaves.

 

Avenue of boulders, Oregon

Canon 1d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F8  24mm  1/13th  ISO 800

This is beautiful!  We're outdoors, but it's like this small placement of boulders creates a separate room.  The scale is hard to show in this image, but consider the boulder I'm leaning on to my left towers above me.. and is smaller than the boulder in the middle of the frame.  Isn't it grand that someone was thoughtful enough to place a footpath exactly where I'd need one to be?

 

A scene from the Umpqua River Oregon

Nikon F5, Nikkor 50mm F1.4 @F8  Fuji Velvia 50

This is old ASA 50 Velvia stock in my Nikon F5.  It's early morning and I'm on a walk from the house.  The sun has just come up over my shoulder.  With slide film the exposure must be perfect.  I take the time to spot meter several parts of the scene and then carefully select my aperture and shutter speed.  At ASA 50 and because it's early morning the shutter speed is extraordinarily slow.  I breath in slowly and exhale halfway.  Bracing against a rock I gently press the shutter release.  Another moment in time is captured on my favorite emulsion.

 

 

Hubbard Creek Road Oregon, a homestead

Nikon F5, Nikkor 45mm F2.8/p  F8  Fuji Velvia 50

I either walked or drive by this house every day.  From the road it appears to be a small house, but it has five bedrooms and 3 baths and a large barn you can't see.  Behind the house is a large creek.  On the other side of the creek the Douglas Fir trees extend to the near ridge and beyond into BLM land.  National Forest behind me.  Only certain sections of this wilderness can be privately owned and I feel privileged to have lived here.  The afternoon light falls over my shoulder onto the house and season turned trees creating an image rich in color, but even more splendid in location.

 

Hubbard Creek Road Oregon

Nikon D100, Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8 AFS  @F5.6

The closest town was 17 miles distant.  One two lane road winds through the canyon with a mountain on one side and a river on the other.  The speed limit is reasonable in the best of weather, deadly in the worst.  17 miles of unspoiled beauty.  I made this drive at least once per day, sometimes twice.  I rarely grew tired.

 

This deer inspects an apple before eating it

Nikon D100, Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8 @F8

Off the rear deck you could see five different types of apple trees.  Whoever originally planted them was a genius.  One type produced apples as early as March, while the last type to produce would have enough apples for Christmas pies.  In this area deer are often regarded as pests.  They run out in front of cars causing a great many accidents, and have even been known to jump across the road from a higher vantage point and end up coming in the windshield with tragedy being the only possible outcome.  Every hunting season the hunters would come in their loud trucks and brash ways, harvesting any deer unlucky enough to be in sight.  Sometimes they would strip the fillets right there and leave the bulk of the carcass by the side of the road to rot.  My place was a sort of refuge.  They'd come to eat apples and the hay I'd put out for them during the winter.  They'd graze with the llamas and even my Aussie's were accepted.  I used to greatly enjoy sitting on the deck and capturing them on film.

 

A watchful deer

Nikon D100, Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8 AFS  @F8

This is a yearling.  Notice the nubs where the antlers will someday form?  He's yet to show the scars from rutting and fighting, yet he's ever cautious and observant. 

 

deer eating apples under the apple tree.  Hubbard Creek Road

Nikon D100, Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8 AFS  @F8

I noticed many tufts of fur left on the wire, tufts of deer fur.  Often when I was home I could see them looking in from the nearby tree line, noticing the fallen apples.  I'd open the metal gate and go sit on the deck and they would walk in through the open gate and avoid scarring themselves.  Open wounds in these conditions could easily become infected.

 

A wilting rose provided plenty of fine detail

Canon 1d Mark II, 85mm F1.2  @F8  1/100th  ISO 100

The rose hybrids would be the last to go.  Autumn would just start to turn into winter, often the first layer of snow blanketing the ground.  The roses would wilt, their thinner than paper petals each turning brown and curling at it's own pace.  Already too cold for the insects to be a problem like they are in the spring.  The amount of detail available in a rose petal is extreme.

 

A crop of the rose

Canon 1d Mark II, 85mm F1.2  @F8  1/100th  ISO 100

This is a crop.  Really, not bad for an antique 8mp DSLR.  The detail is revealed layer after layer.

 

Khao Yai Landscape, Photography workshops Thailand

Canon 1ds Mark II, Sigma 12-24mm F4  @F8  1/80th  ISO 800

Thailand isn't without it's own fall colors, you just have to get out of the city and go look for them.  Both the similarities and contrasts between the Pacific Northwest and Thailand can be startling.  Here near the Khao Yai National Forest a field not that different from my own back home. 

 

A mother with her baby riding under her.  Monkey's do this.  Thailand

Canon 1ds Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8 IS  @F5.6  1/200th  ISO 200

Once inside Khao Yai National Forest there are many animals to greet you.  This monkey and her offspring clinging to her belly watch us with interest.  Many of the trees in Khao Yai turn their fall colors.

 

A single red leaf in a forest of green leafs.  Khao Yai National Forest

Canon 1ds Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8 IS  @F8  1/30th  ISO 200

A single turned leaf.  A sign we're either a few weeks early, or we've arrived exactly on time.  It's a matter of perspective.  An entire frame of red leaves would have been boring, but a single turned leaf, perhaps the very first leaf to turn in the entire forest, standing alone beside millions of others.. yet to follow.  One red leaf leading millions.  Yes, the perfect time to be here.

 

This yellow eyed monkey from Khao Yai national forest is having lunch

Canon 1ds Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8 IS  @F5.6  1/30th  ISO 400

A welcome splash of color this early in the season.  This guy watched my every move from the moment I exited the car, to the moment I drove away.  His human like eyes followed my every move, growing concerned when my camera tracked the females with babies, but always in control.  The alpha.

 

A monkey in Khao Yai blows a kiss

Canon 1ds Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8 IS  @F5.6  1/80th  ISO 200

This guy is blowing a kiss goodbye.  I hope you've enjoyed sharing some of my fall images.  It's that time of year right now!  As you read this it's Autumn in Thailand.  Plan your own outings and share your images.  You'll be glad you did.