This image was captured near Bang Saen.  Do you like it?  This image is significant because technically it’s a terrible image and perhaps it doesn’t get the intended message across to the viewer.. yet I like I anyway!  Do I sound defiant?  I know it’s terrible, I know many things are wrong with the post processing, and I know the composition is weak.  But I like it.  Most hate it.  So what!

This image was captured near Bang Saen.  Do you like it?  This image is significant because technically it’s a terrible image and perhaps it doesn’t get the intended message across to the viewer.. yet I like I anyway!  Do I sound defiant?  I know it’s terrible, I know many things are wrong with the post processing, and I know the composition is weak.  But I like it.  Most hate it.  So what!

My idea for this image was to show the tradition of praying/blessing the boat when it comes in for the day and before leaves the next.  Often the women or children do the blessing, maybe because they want their husbands and fathers to return safely.  By making everything in the image but the boat in black and white, and then enhancing the details of the boat, I tried to make the boat stand out as special and perhaps a bit menacing.  In a moment of silliness I even contemplated putting the front grill of Christine on the front of the boat.  ;o)

I’ve spent a lot of time taking photographs to please others.  Weddings, portraits, fashion, landscapes.  There is a limited set of ‘acceptable’ looks that paying customers expect and if you don’t provide that look (and quality) then you’ll be a poor photographer with lots of time on your hands.

But sometimes, perhaps much more often than I allow myself, we should just take and process a photograph to please ourselves.  Because its fun and satisfying.  Because it matters to no one but yourself and sometimes it’s good to be selfish.  But most of all, because doing new, weird, different, and terrible images takes you outside the box and allows you to develop in areas you probably wouldn’t develop in otherwise.

The image above is another example of BkkSteve gone wild.  Technically terrible.  Yet I look at it over and over again.  Maybe it reminds me of something.

The image above is another example of BkkSteve gone wild.  Technically terrible.  Yet I look at it over and over again.  Maybe it reminds me of something.

This next week, go take some images that only you will look at.  Images that please you personally and that you have no desire to share with anyone else.  Images that will help you think outside of the box in as many ways as possible.  Fun images.  Photography should be fun..