December 18th, 1015

New content will go live at 1900 this evening and there should be something for everybody.  This weeks Feature Photograph "Permanent Relationships" highlights my favorite image of the year and why, the Feature Destination shares a small collection of images from my last trip to Samut Songkram "Boat Yards III", then an article detailing my experiences having my EOS 5d Mark II's mode dial upgraded "Canon 5d Mark II and 7d Locking Mode Dial Upgrade", a long term review of "www.shipito.com. Long Term Update" our News For The Week of December 18th, Marty asks about pricing images for sale to publishers, and finally Steve's Musing "Racism Among Expats" a read I hope you'll take to heart.  As always, feedback is highly encouraged.

 

December 17th, 2015

I had a very interesting lunch today I'd like to share.  I found myself explaining to a friend today "the salad had more taste and flavor than anything I've ate in the last 4-5 years" and I was downplaying my lunch experience at the newly opened Serenade in the Grass Complex in Thong-Lor.  If you're a vegetarian or just enjoy organic food, or are a fan of thoughtful and finely prepared dishes at more than reasonable prices then you'll want to become a regular.  Timber, half American-haf Thai has enjoyed a sort of cult following among his different restaurant endeavors and this latest one is sure to be a success. 

I chose three courses from the small placard which served as the lunch special menu.  A salad with cheeses, flank steak, and a brownie for desert.  The salad was extraordinary, each bite containing more flavor than most entire meals.  A sort of flat bread with herb butter was made available and refreshed without asking as I finished it all.  Twice.  Small squares of cheese served to 'supercharge' the flavor.  The flank steak is normally a cut of meat I don't enjoy, but it was tender, properly sliced, and flavoured with great skill.  The dessert appeared to be made on the premises and was a special type of brownie made of an obviously high quality chocolate.  Two Pepsi's, and the lunch came to 319 baht!  The valet parking was another 20. 

 

I had a very interesting lunch today I'd like to share.  I found myself explaining to a friend today "the salad had more taste and flavor than anything I've ate in the last 4-5 years" and I was downplaying my lunch experience at the newly opened Serenade in the Grass Complex in Thong-Lor.  If you're a vegetarian or just enjoy organic food, or are a fan of thoughtful and finely prepared dishes at more than reasonable prices then you'll want to become a regular.  Timber, half American-haf Thai has enjoyed a sort of cult following among his different restaurant endeavors and this latest one is sure to be a success.

 

December 17th, 0615

Canon releases firmware 1.0.8 which fixes overexposure when using the built in flash or external speedlight with certain lenses.

 

Canon releases firmware 1.0.8 which fixes overexposure when using the built in flash or external speedlight with certain lenses.

 

December 16th, 1630

I just put up our latest gallery from the Samut Songkram Boat Yards.   For my complete thoughts on each image look for our Feature Destination this Saturday.

December 16th, 1430

There is a Santa Claus!  Without going into details something I ordered which I hope to impact my life in a huge and positive way and was due to arrive in February, has been scheduled for delivery on Christmas Eve.  More on this later.

Do you regularlry challenge yourself?  Combine the unusual with the difficult?  Even if you fail, fail over and over again, the challenge is a step in a positive direction.  Each challenge hones your skills and gets you that much closer to your visions.  Never stop challenging yourself.  And if you have stopped, pick it up again like a teenager in love.  Enjoy a resurgence in your creative soul.  Be you again!

 

Do you regularlry challenge yourself?  Combine the unusual with the difficult?  Even if you fail, fail over and over again, the challenge is a step in a positive direction.  Each challenge hones your skills and gets you that much closer to your visions.  Never stop challenging yourself.  And if you have stopped, pick it up again like a teenager in love.  Enjoy a resurgence in your creative soul.  Be you again!

Canon 1ds Mark II, 85mm F1.2L USM  @F2.8  1/125th  ISO 100

 

December 15th, 1850

I'm not sure if most of you have noticed, but Bangkok Images and ALL of it's content has hit the major search engines in a big way.  All of our SEO work of late has finally paid off.  It's already resulted in much higher numbers via search engines and will only grow with each click.  The more articles, forum threads, and images clicked on, the more active we become and up the list we go.  Soon.. watch for the smoke.. :)

 

December 15th, 1110

Sometime last week I told you that the Canon Service Center USA was offering an upgrade to the popular EOS 5d Mark II and EOS 7d models, where they replace your mode dial with a LOCKING mode dial so you won't inadvertently end up in the wrong mode at the worst time.  This is nothing more than a simple button in the middle of the mode dial which needs to be depressed to change modes.  Brilliant!  One of the things 1d series professional users get annoyed with the most with the amateur series cameras is that you can't lock in settings as easily as you should be able to, and you can't modify settings as easy as you should be able to.

The upgrade is now available in Bangkok and my EOS 5d Mark II is currently at the Canon Service Center getting the very first upgrade in Thailand.  I'll pick it up in a few hours and I'll let you know the details and how it works out in this Saturdays column.  I expect it to be a great improvement for my style of photography.

 

Sometime last week I told you that the Canon Service Center USA was offering an upgrade to the popular EOS 5d Mark II and EOS 7d models, where they replace your mode dial with a LOCKING mode dial so you won't inadvertently end up in the wrong mode at the worst time.  This is nothing more than a simple button in the middle of the mode dial which needs to be depressed to change modes.  Brilliant!  One of the things 1d series professional users get annoyed with the most with the amateur series cameras is that you can't lock in settings as easily as you should be able to, and you can't modify settings as easy as you should be able to.

 

December 14th, 1320

The soon to be released Fuji Finepix X100 information site keeps revealing more tantalizing information.  It's now revealed it's raw modes.  The X100 is destined to be the new professionals choice for a small compact camera if marketed correctly.  It sports a APS-C sized sensor like the Sony NEX-5 for optimum image quality, but a more traditional user interface which looks and feels more like a traditional camera. 

The viewfinder is a brilliantly designed hybrid offering both and OVF (optical viewfinder) and EVF (electronic viewfinder) options which you can switch back and forth between!  There is also a liveview mode on the rear LCD like the point and shoot crowd is used to!  Solid design, solid detented shutter speed and EV dials and a beautiful aperture control ring around the lens in the style of the older but hugely popular Olympus OM series SLR's.  They've managed to combine the old and the new in a beautiful design with Leica like build quality.  If this camera tests/reviews as well as it looks, it's destined to become a great. 

 

The soon to be released Fuji Finepix X100 information site keeps revealing more tantalizing information.  It's now revealed it's raw modes.  The X100 is destined to be the new professionals choice for a small compact camera if marketed correctly.  It sports a APS-C sized sensor like the Sony NEX-5 for optimum image quality, but a more traditional user interface which looks and feels more like a traditional camera.

The viewfinder is a brilliantly designed hybrid offering both and OVF (optical viewfinder) and EVF (electronic viewfinder) options which you can switch back and forth between!  There is also a liveview mode on the rear LCD like the point and shoot crowd is used to!  Solid design, solid detented shutter speed and EV dials and a beautiful aperture control ring around the lens in the style of the older but hugely popular Olympus OM series SLR's.  They've managed to combine the old and the new in a beautiful design with Leica like build quality.  If this camera tests/reviews as well as it looks, it's destined to become a great.

The soon to be released Fuji Finepix X100 information site keeps revealing more tantalizing information.  It's now revealed it's raw modes.  The X100 is destined to be the new professionals choice for a small compact camera if marketed correctly.  It sports a APS-C sized sensor like the Sony NEX-5 for optimum image quality, but a more traditional user interface which looks and feels more like a traditional camera.

The viewfinder is a brilliantly designed hybrid offering both and OVF (optical viewfinder) and EVF (electronic viewfinder) options which you can switch back and forth between!  There is also a liveview mode on the rear LCD like the point and shoot crowd is used to!  Solid design, solid detented shutter speed and EV dials and a beautiful aperture control ring around the lens in the style of the older but hugely popular Olympus OM series SLR's.  They've managed to combine the old and the new in a beautiful design with Leica like build quality.  If this camera tests/reviews as well as it looks, it's destined to become a great.

The soon to be released Fuji Finepix X100 information site keeps revealing more tantalizing information.  It's now revealed it's raw modes.  The X100 is destined to be the new professionals choice for a small compact camera if marketed correctly.  It sports a APS-C sized sensor like the Sony NEX-5 for optimum image quality, but a more traditional user interface which looks and feels more like a traditional camera.

The viewfinder is a brilliantly designed hybrid offering both and OVF (optical viewfinder) and EVF (electronic viewfinder) options which you can switch back and forth between!  There is also a liveview mode on the rear LCD like the point and shoot crowd is used to!  Solid design, solid detented shutter speed and EV dials and a beautiful aperture control ring around the lens in the style of the older but hugely popular Olympus OM series SLR's.  They've managed to combine the old and the new in a beautiful design with Leica like build quality.  If this camera tests/reviews as well as it looks, it's destined to become a great.