July 31st, 0050

I've been home in the states now for five days, all spent recovering from whatever virus was floating around the airplane.  With people coughing and hacking on all sides my chances for some mutant virus born at 41,000 feet were pretty good.   And then there's the time zone differences and sleep habits to adjust for.  So the last five days were spent improving my health, catching up to my time zone, and of course with family. 

During my free time I couldn't resist diving into the momumental task of processing the spectacular wedding I was commissioned to photograph in Hua Hin.  This wedding held tons of promise, beautiful gardens, traditional furnishings, no expense spared, and of course a beautiful bride and handsome groom.  Unfortunately monsoon type rains hammered us during both late afternoons when we were scheduled to shoot portraits in the gardens resulting in floods so deep cars were disabled on the streets outsdie.  If Murphy could strike he did, and with abundant energy!  Still, I was able to follow the story of the wedding in detail from the elephant ride of the groom through the gardens to the cake cutting ceremony during the evening reception.  The couple have been extremely generous in allowing me to post some of these images in a series of articles I plan to write in the future and of course we'll add a small gallery of images in our sites gallery section when I finally finish the processing.  For now enjoy a few fun images:

 

During my free time I couldn't resist diving into the momumental task of processing the spectacular wedding I was commissioned to photograph in Hua Hin.  This wedding held tons of promise, beautiful gardens, traditional furnishings, no expense spared, and of course a beautiful bride and handsome groom.

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm @F8  1/60th  28mm ISO 100

 

 Unfortunately monsoon type rains hammered us during both late afternoons when we were scheduled to shoot portraits in the gardens resulting in floods so deep cars were disabled on the streets outsdie.  If Murphy could strike he did, and with abundant energy!  Still, I was able to follow the story of the wedding in detail from the elephant ride of the groom through the gardens to the cake cutting ceremony during the evening reception.

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8 @F5.6  1/200th  45mm  ISO 400  Quantum Flash

 

The couple have been extremely generous in allowing me to post some of these images in a series of articles I plan to write in the future and of course we'll add a small gallery of images in our sites gallery section when I finally finish the processing.  For now enjoy a few fun images:

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8  @F5.6  1/200th  ISO 200  (2) Quantum Flashes on stands

 

July 25th, 1550

I've arrived home to the midwest and will be working for the next few days to get my clock back on the US cycle.  What a trip!  I had a really great time, extremely productive and satisfying professionally and on a personal level meeting old friends was especially great.  I'll be writing much more about the last month once I get caught up here locally.  I have a big wedding to process, a slide show to put up, print orders to go out, local book keeping, and of course a family to catch up with.  Be patient and I'll soon start putting out some great new material and answering all the emails waiting for me.

Thank you!

 

July 18th, 1530

It's been a long time since I've had a stable enough connection to access the site.  Sorry about that.  When entering the adin areas ofthe site I must be careful the connection is solid or bad things could chappen.

As of today I've completed my last workshop and assignment.  I have three days to enjoy the city and all it has to offer and then I'm back on a plane to America.  This trip has been successful beyond my expectations and I've had a chance to meet many new people and spend time with then learning photography.  The wedding was great and the pictures fantastic.   I've met up with many old friends over dinner and drinks and really enjoyed catching up.  In many ways it's like I've never been away an entire year.   In other ways it's like I've been away forever.  More on that later.

You may have noticed I didn't put out a column this month.  I was just too busy to put out a quality piece.  But I have a great column planned for next month!

 

July 3rd, 1940

Another week and we're still doing workshops and having a great time.  I haven't been this busy in ages and I love it.  This week we made it down to the Samet Songkran Boat Yards and for the first time witnessed a complete dry dock procedure as they rolled a dilly under the boat, blocked it, and then using pullies and tackle winched it up on the tracks and into position.  A fun time for all!

Later this week we'll do a group workshop in Ayutthaya and then head down to Hua Hin to start preparations for the big wedding.

Oh, today I took a couple clients into the Canon Service Center only to discover they've moved.  They hven't moved far and you can now find them in the Satorn Square Office Towers on the other side of the big intersection from where they were before.   This is a very recent move and they still have some room to grow.  I loved their product display room with everything from one of the very few 1200m telephotos to Canon's latest and greatest photography solutions

 

Oh, today I took a couple clients into the Canon Service Center only to discover they've moved.  They hven't moved far and you can now find them in the Satorn Square Office Towers on the other side of the big intersection from where they were before.   This is a very recent move and they still have some room to grow.  I loved their product display room with everything from one of the very few 1200m telephotos to Canon's latest and greatest photography solutions

Canon 5d Mark II, 16-35mm F2.8L, @F8  1/250th  22mm ISO 100

 

June 30th, 1310

My month in Bangkok has started with a roar.  Almost immediately I hit the ground meeting with photographers who signed up for workshops and so far this Saturday morning is the first chance I've have to eat a regular meal.  I've been able to meet some interesting new clients, those who attended the workshops were great, and I even had a chance to meet up with some old friends including Stick who was kind enough to drop by and lend some pointers to a client while we were doing a low light workshop in the Nana area.  It rarely gets better than this.

But we've just started and with more workshops scheduled for next week and a big wedding to photograph in Hua Hin I'm sure I'll be kept busy.  I'll share more as time allows.

 

My month in Bangkok has started with a roar.  Almost immediately I hit the ground meeting with photographers who signed up for workshops and so far this Saturday morning is the first chance I've have to eat a regular meal.  I've been able to meet some interesting new clients, those who attended the workshops were great, and I even had a chance to meet up with some old friends including Stick who was kind enough to drop by and lend some pointers to a client while we were doing a low light workshop in the Nana area.  It rarely gets better than this.

Fuji x100  F2.8  1/15th  ISO 3200

 

June 24th, 0630

WOOHOO!!   BkkSteve is back in the Kingdom and will be here shooting events and holding workshops until July 20th.  I've been on the ground in Bangkok just long enough to get over the time zone differences, pick up my rental car to use with the workshops, get a few necessary items for the condo I'm renting for the month,and unpack the huge amount of equipment necessary for the month.

The response for workshops have been overwhelming and I couldn't be more pleased.  I'm going to meet many of you for the first time over this next month and I"m really looking forward to it.  There are still some workshop dates available so if you have been considering a workshop then send me an email at info@bangkokimages.com and I'l respond that same day if possible.

I can't wait to get started, it's just o630 and I'm already heading out the door with my Fuji x100 for a bit of street shooting as the venders serve breakfast toa hungry public.  See you out there!