Weekly Photo Outing

I’ve been holding off doing an outing to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market because like Angkor Vat there is just so much to show and talk about.  The floating market is a place I take clients at least 1-2 times a month, we’ve seen the specials on the Discovery and National Geographic channels, and we’re all very familiar with common scenes.  How can I possibly show you anything different?  I’m not sure I can.  I can process the pictures in a unique way, look for unique expressions, and possibly things you didn’t notice the first 4-5 times you visited.. but the truth is the images will all have the same flavor.  Instead, I’ll share a few compilations of subjects I’ve enjoyed.

The images below were shot with cameras ranging from an inexpensive point and shoot to the top professional DSLR.  Can you tell from the image quality alone?  Not at the small resolutions sized for web display!  You can certainly tell as the images are used for larger prints or display, but any one of these images can be used to make a perfectly fine 8x10.  For the most part its not the camera, instead it’s the person using the camera.  So how can you tell which camera was used for which shot?  In some you won’t be able to tell, others you will.  Look for perspective and depth of field and apply the knowledge you’ve gained in previous topics and you’ll be able to pick out which came from a compact digital, and which came from a DSLR with a 70-200 zoom, and which came from a DSLR with a wide angle zoom, and possibly even some shots with prime lenses.  Have fun!

Floating Market

The above shot is a very common scene.  A sampan looming in the foreground large as life, and  two seemingly smaller sampans in the background.  The sampans are identical in color and size.

Your boat guide will almost always stop at the main gift store where a old traditional furnace cooks up sugar cane and you can watch them process the product into Thai treats.  They’ll even give you free samples.  Tasty!

Local treats at Floating Market Local treats at Floating Market

Local treats at Floating Market

The dwellings along the klong are timeless.  Color is ok, but decent B&W processing can almost make you believe the images were taken 50 years ago.  Compare color to B&W and keep the differences in mind when processing your own images.

Klong in B&W

Klong in B&W

Thai House

Simple life by the klong

Simple life by the klong

Below is a common shot of the traffic.

Klong Traffic

As you cruise the klongs of the market you might notice some signs to the snake shot.  A friend decided to stop and see what the snakes were all about.  In one of the below images he looked almost excited to be holding the snake.. ;o)

Snake Shot Snake Shot

No collection of floating market images would be complete without a study of the characters piloting the boats, in many cases floating shop keepers.

Floating shop keeper

Floating shop keeper

Floating shop keeper

Floating shop keeper

Everywhere you look there are things for sale, trinkets, art, food, and unfortunately most of it you see over and over again.  Below are a few shots of the common items you’ll see for sale and the people doing the selling.

Items for sale Items for sale

Items for sale

Items for sale

Boat girl

Items for sale

A sight that personally interests me are the boat docks, lifts, and repair areas.  Below is a frequent sight of a boat lift.

Boat Dock

There are many more areas to share and in future columns I’ll make sure to include a few more outings to the floating market.  However, you’re not done once you leave the market.  The areas surrounding the market are rich in culture and photographic opportunities.  Below are a few from a coconut plantation not even a kilometer from the market.  A coconut plantation is a topic by itself, but here’s a taste.

Plantation

Plantation