October 25th, 2032

Some images haunt you long after you've made the capture.  This little girls eyes and expressions have followed me from Mae La, to everywhere I've carried my camera since.  Sometimes I have to blink a few times when looking through the viewfinder to make her go away.  A hundred pairs of eyes in the room, only one pair followed me.  I'm almost due for another visit to Mae Sot and the camps along the border and hopefully a chance to renew my friendships with some of these kids I've met.  If they're still there. 

Some day I'm going to write about some of the great opportunities I've been given to help children like her, and the people who have been instrumental in helping me realize there were things I could do.  Your biggest obstacle to helping, is feeling powerless.  You feel like the problem is so huge there's nothing you can do.. so you walk away.  But like any huge project, if you attack a small piece at a time, whatever you can handle, then eventually the project gets done.  I hope this image freezes your feet just one time and gives you pause.  A moment to re-evaluate your power with such matters.  You're capable of so much more than you realize.

 

Canon 1ds Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @7.1  1/50th  63mm  ISO 800

 

October 23rd, 1730

New content will go live at 1900 this evening.  This week we'll have our Feature Photograph "They Call it Progress", our Feature Destination "Mae Hong Song Landscapes and a Mid-Range Zoom", a review"Logitech K800 Cordless Keyboard", QandA from the Forum "Charles Asks about lens Correction", The latest photography news, Rick shares his experiences with the NEX-5, and Steve's Musings"Driving While Thai."  Check them out, and as awlays feedback of any time is highly encouraged.

 

October 22nd, 2310

Sometimes its the little things you tend to overlook which are really the most interesting.  The huge animals at Wildlife Safari get tonnes of attention, especially the rhinos, tigers, lions, and bears.  But what about the small birds?  Especially the small birds that hide in the bushes and never stay in the same place longer than a few seconds.  Most people don't notice them.  It reminds me of the time we went to Beung Boraphet wetlands preserve and one guy always seemed to be aiming his camera at what appeared to be nothing.  When we shared galleries later he had the best gallery, a spectacular gallery of macro insects nicely lit with his off-camera hand held flash.  He was looking 180 degrees out from the rest of us.  Sometimes I just don't listen to my own advice..

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 300mm F2.8L IS USM  @F5.6  1/250th  ISO 500

 

October 21st, 1925

A fun image from Wildlie Safari earlier this week.  Anytime you catch an animal doing something other than being still it becomes a more interesting photograph.  Critical focus and a adequate depth of field (DOF) is mandatory, without it hte water droplets would never have been visible.  Wildlife Safari is easy being local to Bangkok, you never have to leave the comfort of your vehicle, overall a great way to spend a few hours.

 


Canon 5d Mark II, 300mm F2.8L IS USM  @F8  1/320th  ISO 125

 

October 20th, 1530

Canon has released a new firmware upgrade for their popular EOS 5d Mark II.  Firmware version 2.0.8.  This upgrade mostly addresses small bugs in the video mode shooting and it's not recommended unless you're experiencing those issues.  You can download it from Canon here.

 

 

October 19th, 2330

I was thinking about doing a short tutorial explaining minimum focusing distance sometime in the future, and then this creature tried to get in my truck with me, providing an excellent illustration of MFD.  Can you tell what type of creature this is?  Sometimes photography is just pure fun!

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 300mm F2.8L IS USM  @F4  1/320th  ISO 160

 

October 18th, 1915

The other day I had some local Thai's in my apartment who really seemed to enjoy my prints from WIldlife Safari.  I learned they'd never been there.  For most Thai's such attractions are far too extravagant for their small incomes when you consider the entry fee is 280 baht per person and then you'll either need your own car, a taxi, or you can rent a car there.  A family of 4-5 can easily spend baht 1500 on such an outing, in many cases 20-25% of their monthly income for a 2-3 hour outing.  When you stop and consider most Thai's can't afford their best attractions, or even to travel their own country, it provides a different perspective.  So what can we do?  I'm not sure, but I knew what I could do in this case so I invited them to come with me this Monday morning as my guests.  I had some very excited locals.

The weather wasn't the best. Usually if its raining or cool the animals will be more active.  In this case the muggy weather resulted in most of hte animals either hiding or sleeping.  However, there are always exceptions so when I came across this bear having a conversation with this bird I stopped to take a picture.  I'm curious what they were talking about?

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 300mm F2.8L IS USM  @F5.6  1/320th   ISO 1250