September 20th, 2010  1910

I've been busy cleaning lenses, recharging batteries, and getting all my gear back into shape.  One of the nice things about Thailand is that you can take your vehicle into a rural environment for a week or so, bring it back covered top to bottom with mud and water, and the local carwash guys will bring it back to like new condition for a small charge.  They had my truck most of the day, steam cleaned the undercarriage and engine bay, steam cleaned the carpets and floor mats, treated the leather seats, applied two coats of wax, and detailed the rest.  The charge was 900 baht!  Yes, I tip them well.

I still have 1000+ images to sort.  Hopefully I'll find enough to process to make a few galleries.  I'll conitnue to share images here as I see something I like.  I'm entranced by the hills and shadows mixed in with the clouds and rain.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/250th  70mm  ISO 100

 

September 19th, 2010  2000  Local Bangkok Time

Yes, I'm back already.  I had a choice to stay there 3-4 more days, or to head home and plan a much longer trip next month.  I'll take the longer trip next month.  I really enjoyed my time in Mae Hong Son and will share some galleries and at least one feature in the near future.  In many ways the area reminded me of Mae Sot, but with its own unique flavor and even more spectacular scenery.

This temple was on the road from Chiang Mai into Pai.  I loved the way the road snaked down through some curves with the temple perched on the edge of the cliff.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F5.6  1/200th  35mm  ISO 100

 

September 18th, 2010  1530  Local Chiang Mai Time

Look for tonight’s release of new content at 1900.  We have a great book review on Northern Laos cooking, a fun 'how-to' tutorial on processing a glamor portrait using an image from a workshop student while photographing one of my models "Thip", a feature photograph by Rob over on www.1ds.com, and my musings titled "You Have The Power!"   While you're reading all that, I'll be up here in Chiang Mai seeing the town before heading back sometime Sunday.  Have a great weekend!

 

September 18th, 2010  1515   Local Chiang Mai Time

I'm now out of the mountains and valleys of Mae Hong Son with plans to return for an extended stay.  My local guide was a friend who's been staying there a while and he took a lot of time and effort showing me around.  Thank you Eyal!

On my last afternoon there we traveled the road from Pai to Mae Hong Son proper, and about 50 minutes outside of town and after climbing steep roads and working our way out of the valley we came across this vista point.  The view was breathtaking.  We even observed a movie production underway.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/320th  24mm  ISO 100

 

September 17th, 2010  1915   Local Mae Hong Son Time

A fun shot of two Lisou kids.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/500th  42mm  ISO 100

 

September 17th, 2010  1430   Local Mae Hong Son Time

Another great morning looking around Pai  This time we visited the Chinese Village.  Lots of color.  Red of course.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM, @F8  1/100th   100mm   ISO 800

 

September 16th, 2010  2200   Local Mae Hong Son Time

The surrounding rural roads are visually stunning!  I can't stress enough how beautiful this area is.  We'll be going out again tomorrow and I'll try to post more then.

 

Canon 5d mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/200th  70mm   ISO 100

 

September 16th, 2010  1445   Local Mae Hong Son Time

These types of shots rarely work in their symetry.  A Japanese built bridge a few kilometers for the town center.  I'll cover some interesting history of this bridge in a future piece.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/250th  24mm  ISO 100

 

September 15th, 2010   2030 Local Mae Hong Son Time

Yes, I've finally broke away from Bangkok for the first time in months and am currently in Pai, Mae Hon Song province.  So far I'm impressed!  I hope to bring you a good trip report and many good pictures.  I'm not sure when I'll feel like returning to Bangkok though.. ;o)  I'll be adding a new picture every day I'm here.  This is guest house built into the side of  mountain that looked really interesting.  Unfortunately it was raining so hard I couldn't get a decent picture of it, but I did get very wet trying.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM,  @F5.6  1/60th  24mm  ISO 200