tuk tuk in motion near the Ratchada entertainment district

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L  @F5.6  1/15th  24mm  ISO3200


There are few cities on this earth that have as much activity and motion as does Bangkok.  Yet, you see far too few images that impart a feeling of both the motion and activity in the same frame.  This wasn't on my mind when I snapped this image, but looking at it later I realized that was exactly my intention whether I knew it or not at the time of capture.

Everyone knows you can use the shutter speed to blur moving objects, nothing new there.  But in this picture we're showing a variety of speeds.. from walking, to barely moving, to speeding down the street and the shutter speed was deliberately selected to show this motion and the busyness of a typical Bangkok street scene.

Notice the clearly delineated tuk-tuk, the speeding motorsais, the man standing stationary by his bike, and the man walking.. The motions are almost layered in the frame from front to back.  The lights, the motion, the activity.. the very essence of a Bangkok night shot.


The Subway massage parlor on Ratchada

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L  @F5.6  1/60th  57mm  ISO1250


Of course there is the right time and place to slow down and relax a bit.


The infamous Poseidon Entertainment Complex, massage parlor, on Ratchada

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L  @F5.6  1/15th  34mm  ISO3200


And if you're not sure exactly where these places are..