January 30th, 1410

Bangkok Images has been going through a major revision of it's under laying software over the last 36 hours.  Overall everything has went smoothly and many great new features are now available for future site enhancements.  However, there is one issue I can't immediately solve and I'll need to get some help which might take a few days.  The drop down menus from Articles, Galleries, and the Members Cafe don't work correctly.  For now please use the side menus to access these areas.

I also took this opportunity to update our gallery software and along with the update our Exfil data is now showing!  This has been a long standing issue with this site so I'm glad it's solved.  I've also installed a drag and drop upload feature for the User Galleries to make it easier to upload and share your photos.

I'll keep you updated on the progress.  As I said, overall things went very well.  But there are a few small issues and I'll get them repaired as soon as I can contact the appropriate help.

 

January 29th, 1300

BigJoe has just submitted his final entry to his "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" submission.  Folks, BigJoe's work is first class all the way.  A great narraitve and fun images.  This is probably one of the top ten Thailand Trip Reports I've seen.  Ever!

 

BigJoe has just submitted his final entry to his "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" submission.  Folks, BigJoe's work is first class all the way.  A great narraitve and fun images.  This is probably one of the top ten Thailand Trip Reports I've seen.  Ever!

 

January 27th, 0440

BigJoe is winding down his series "Trip Report - Thailand part II" and just made the next to last submission.  This has been an enjoyable series and I'm looking forward to the final submission.

 

BigJoe is winding down his series "Trip Report - Thailand part II" and just made the next to last submission.  This has been an enjoyable series and I'm looking forward to the final submission.

 

January 26th, 1100

A few questions came in about the Klipsch Image S4 In Ear Headphones.  The questions asked what I thought of Klipsch speaker company and Klipsch speakers specifically.  Would you believe I've been a big fan of Klipsch speakers since the 1960's?  It's true.  As a small boy I was curious about the awesome sound at my local theater and the projectionist took me behind the scenes and showed me these big box speakers called "Klipsch Horns."  I never forgot that name or the sound.  As I grew older and started building my own music systems I learned more.

A few questions came in about the Klipsch Image S4 In Ear Headphones.  The questions asked what I thought of Klipsch speaker company and Klipsch speakers specifically.  Would you believe I've been a big fan of Klipsch speakers since the 1960's?  It's true.  As a small boy I was curious about the awesome sound at my local theater and the projectionist took me behind the scenes and showed me these big box speakers called "Klipsch Horns."  I never forgot that name or the sound.  As I grew older and started building my own music systems I learned more.

 

Retired Army Col Klipsch started his company in the mid-40's.  He was intrigued with the sound quality achieved through the use of horns vs. the paper drivers we're used to in most speaker types.  Because horns are sized according to frequency the tweeters and mid-range speakers were easy enough to fit in a regular speaker enclosure, but the woofers would have to be much bigger than most people would care to own.  Soon he figured out he could fold the bass horn and the Klipsch Horns were born.  It didn't take long for commercial versions to become the speaker of choice in high-end theaters across America.  Home audio enthusiasts soon caught on and the Klipsch Horns soon came in wonderfully finished cabinetry unmatched in quality.

The Klipsch Horns captured my imagination and I wouldn't rest until I finally owned my first set.  It was in the mid-80's on Okinawa where I found a super deal in the PX on a pair of Klipsch Horns.  I had to rent a truck to get them home, these aren't speakers you can fit in a car.  Imagine four refrigerator boxes.  Once home a couple friends helped me lift the tops onto the bases and another carpenter friend helped me seal them up against the wall.  This was when I paid a small fortune for my first set of Monster speaker cables.  Over the ensuing years I dragged these speakers all over the world everywhere I lived, and I used them with a large variety of amps, pre-amps, reel to reels, the first Sony CD player ever made, and many other components.  Something you soon learn about horn speakers.  They require very little power to produce a very high volume level.  You could get by with 25 watts and still hurt your ears.  I try to use at least 100 watts (true watts) per channel for the headroom.

In 1999 my home burned down.  A freak accident, and I'm still thankful no one was hurt.  Everything was lost.

 

In 1999 my home burned down.  A freak accident, and I'm still thankful no one was hurt.  Everything was lost.

 

10 years earlier I'd advised my father when he was building his dream audio system.  He didn't get the horns as he thought they were way too large, but he did get a nice set of floor standing conventional looking Klipsch speakers along with 4 surrounds and a huge center channel.  This was when Digital Dolby 7.1 first became common in home systems.  Don't get me wrong, these weren't cheap, I think he spent in the neighborhood of $15,000 for these speakers.  And really, for a normal sized home they probably sound better than the big Klipsch Horns I had.  When he died in 2003 I felt privileged to replace my speakers with those of my Fathers.  I've been using them ever since.  I even shipped them to Bangkok and back again when I recently returned.  So do I know Klipsch speakers?  A little.   I can tell you this, if you like clean tight and accurate music they can't be beat.

 

January 25th, 0800

BigJoe just sent in his latest additions to "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" and they're a lot of fun.   Give them a look!

 

BigJoe just sent in his latest additions to "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" and they're a lot of fun.   Give them a look!

 

January 24th, 0001

Dana is back!  He's brought us another Thailand Photo Story titled  "Pity The Poor Girl"  which takes a fun look at something I'm sure you've all seen before.  Give it a look.

 

Dana is back!  He's brought us another Thailand Photo Story titled  "Pity The Poor Girl"  which takes a fun look at something I'm sure you've all seen before.  Give it a look.

 

January 23rd, 1330

BigJoe sends in another fun update to his series "Trip Report - Thailand Part II."  This has been a fun series of images and narrative and I've really enjoyed looking forward to them every day.  Updated with BigJoes latest images and narrative at 2330.

 

BigJoe sends in another fun update to his series "Trip Report - Thailand Part II."  This has been a fun series of images and narrative and I've really enjoyed looking forward to them every day.  Updated with BigJoes latest images and narrative at 2330.

 

January 21st, 2310

I just put up a short equipment review on the Klipsch Image S4 In Ear Headphones.   If you're looking for a great set of headphones to enjoy on your next long flight to the Kingdom, and at a reasonable price, read this review.  These are the headphone bargain of the decade.

 

I just put up a short equipment review on the Klipsch Image S4 In Ear Headphones.   If you're looking for a great set of headphones to enjoy on your next long flight to the Kingdom, and at a reasonable price, read this review.  These are the headphone bargain of the decade.

 

January 21st, 2245

BigJoe is back with another update to his "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" series.  Folks, this is a really great series and I'm getting great feedback on it.  This is the sort of trip report you can share with your family and friends and know Thailand is well represented.  If you haven't yet given this a look, I highly encourage you to do so.

 

BigJoe is back with another update to his "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" series.  Folks, this is a really great series and I'm getting great feedback on it.  This is the sort of trip report you can share with your family and friends and know Thailand is well represented.  If you haven't yet given this a look, I highly encourage you to do so.

 

January 20th, 1020

Today my son and I stopped by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to watch a friends band.  Artistically I've been really hungry lately so I was pleased to see a photographic challenge with changing light temperatures, low light, and moving subjects.  A dark stage with rotating color wheels and the such usually gives photographers nightmares.  To me it was the food of challenge.

Something I noticed.  My 8 year old DSLR was used for one of the images below, and my 3 year old DSLR for the other.  I often get the question "doesn't 3-4 years of technological progress make a camera much better?"  Sometimes.  And other times a camera is like a fine instrument in that it ages well and it grows to fit you even better.  Image quality is the bottom line and I'll leave you to examine the images below and make that determination.  But the sound, feel, and handing of my Canon 1ds Mark II felt like a fine Swiss Watch.   In contrast my Canon 5d Mark II felt like a Casio.

 

Something I noticed.  My 8 year old DSLR was used for one of the images below, and my 3 year old DSLR for the other.  I often get the question "doesn't 3-4 years of technological progress make a camera much better?"  Sometimes.  And other times a camera is like a fine instrument in that it ages well and it grows to fit you even better.  Image quality is the bottom line and I'll leave you to examine the images below and make that determination.  But the sound, feel, and handing of my Canon 1ds Mark II felt like a fine Swiss Watch.   In contrast my Canon 5d Mark II felt like a Casio.

Canon 1ds Mark II, 135mm F2L USM  F2.8  1/250th  ISO 3200

 

Canon 5d Mark II 85mm F1.2L USM  @F2  1/500th  ISO 3200

 

January 20th, 0230

BigJoe sent in his last two updates to his "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" and they're great!  Check them out.

 

BigJoe sent in his last two updates to his "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" and they're great!  Check them out.

 

January 17th, 1610

A fun look at FotoShop by Ado Be'.  You won't stop laughing.

 

A fun look at FotoShop by Ado Be'.  You won't stop laughing.

 

January 17th, 0555

Another fantasic entry from BigJoe's  "Trip Report - Thailand Part II"   was just put up.  In case you missed the introduction BigJoe is on holiday in Thailand and will be sending in daily updates of his travels. So far I've been very impressed, and surprisingly I'm more impressed with his excellent narrative than the photography because usually I'm attracted to photography and it takes a lot to impress me with narrative.  BigJoe has done just that, impressed me with his narrative!  You'll want to follow along on his journey's for sure.  (updated at 1515 to reflect BigJoes most recent updates)

 

Another fantasic entry from BigJoe's  "Trip Report - Thailand Part II"   was just put up.  In case you missed the introduction BigJoe is on holiday in Thailand and will be sending in daily updates of his travels. So far I've been very impressed, and surprisingly I'm more impressed with his excellent narrative than the photography because usually I'm attracted to photography and it takes a lot to impress me with narrative.  BigJoe has done just that, impressed me with his narrative!  You'll want to follow along on his journey's for sure.  (updated at 1515 to reflect BigJoes most recent updates)

 

January 16th, 0200

BigJoe's trip report just keeps getting better and better.  The photography, the narrative, and the delivery.  I've now started "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" with his most recent images and narrative to keep this series at a reasonable size.  I encourage you to give it a read, great work!

 

BigJoe's trip report just keeps getting better and better.  The photography, the narrative, and the delivery.  I've now started "Trip Report - Thailand Part II" with his most recent images and narrative to keep this series at a reasonable size.  I encourage you to give it a read, great work!

 

January 14th, 1320

BigJoe has been to the islands and here's his  "Trip Report - Thailand"  to prove it.  He adds some nice images from the islands and the usual great narrative.  This is a fun one to keep up on..

 

BigJoe has been to the islands and here's his  "Trip Report - Thailand"  to prove it.  He adds some nice images from the islands and the usual great narrative.  This is a fun one to keep up on..

 

January 13th, 1445

BigJoe's daily entry to his  "Trip Reports - Thailand"  were just put up.  This is turning into a really nice piece.  Give it a look and leave Bigjoe some comments so he knows all his hard work isn't going unnoticed.

 

BigJoe's daily entry to his  "Trip Reports - Thailand"  were just put up.  This is turning into a really nice piece.  Give it a look and leave Bigjoe some comments so he knows all his hard work isn't going unnoticed.