A perfect low light image captured outside Nana Plaza off Soi 4, captured by Stickman


Every once in a while I'll see an image that really speaks to me.  This is the case with an image I saw in Stick's weekly late last month.  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to run it as a Feature Photograph and talk about it a bit.  It's a really good image for a number of reasons.

Sometimes we plan images, other times they just turn out that way.  I have no idea if Stick planned this image to turn out the way it did, but I'm going to assume he did and talk about it as if I myself planned this shot.  Heck, he even stripped the exfil data from the image like I showed him to a while back so I'll have to guess about the camera settings, lens used, and other such things.  Lets get started.

It's not necessary, and often not desirable, to have your subject fully framed or even in focus.  Sometimes it enhances the image if they're not.  Having a subject in the foreground (now where have we heard this before.. hmm..) can really enhance a wide angle shot, but a subject which enhances the subject and even supports it is even better.  In this case not all tuk-tuks say THAILAND across the tailgate, but how appropriate it is in this case when the subject is Nana Plaza?  Both a Thailand icon, and the word Thailand.  And it was pure genius (or an accident.. :) to have the supporting foreground in focus, and the subject slightly out of focus.

The exposure is spot on as well.  I'm guessing he was using his 35mm F1.4L prime lens on his 5d Mark II body, with an ISO 3200.. possibly 1600.  At 35mm he was probably less than 4-5 feet from the back of the tuk-tuk, maybe closer depending on the amount of crop.  Aperture of F4 and shutter speed of 1/100th give or take?  Not sure.. but aperture priority for sure.  I doubt he even needed Ev.  Technically it's perfect.  I wouldn't change a thing.

Compositionally it's very well thought out and ideally suited to the venue.  This is the sort of shot someone well versed in both photography and this specific venue would routinely capture.  This composition shows Stick was thinking on his feet.  Damn, I wish I would have taken this shot.