January 27th, 2145

Photography encompasses many more skills than you'd first think.  Photojournalism more.  One such skill is the power of observation.  This is a skill which comes naturally for some, but can be learned by anybody with the desire and practice.  When I'm out with friends and not clients, I'll often be asked "what are you aiming the camera at?"  "Why photograph that?"  Other very competent photographers are missing small but important details in a scene.  Occasionally I find myself with someone keyed in to details and it's really a pleasure.  How about you?

 

Photography encompasses many more skills than you'd first think.  Photojournalism more.  One such skill is the power of observation.  This is a skill which comes naturally for some, but can be learned by anybody with the desire and practice.  When I'm out with friends and not clients, I'll often be asked "what are you aiming the camera at?"  "Why photograph that?"  Other very competent photographers are missing small but important details in a scene.  Occasionally I find myself with someone keyed in to details and it's really a pleasure.  How about you?

 

As an example look at the image above.   I made the comment Honestly I wasn't 100% sure, but I saw something that led me to believe it might be so.  I asked my friend"I'm surprised there are Muslim workers in this area."   My friend asked "what makes you think they're Muslim?"  "Do you see anything that might indicate they're Muslim, anything at all?"  He said he didn't.  2-3 minutes later I repeated the question and received the same response.

Smaller differences have made the distinction between living and dying, breakng a major story, or just finding interesting subjects.  Look at the image below.  Do you see 'anything' that might indicate their religion?

 

Smaller differences have made the distinction between living and dying, breakng a major story, or just finding interesting subjects.  Look at the image below.  Do you see 'anything' that might indicate their religion?

 

January 25th, 1745

A few weeks back I posted some images and information on the upcoming Fuji Finexpix X100 that stole the show at Photokina 2010 and CES 2011.  This week Digital Photography Review must have exercised their considerable clout to obtain a prototype copy to test.  You'll want to read their preview here.

 

A few weeks back I posted some images and information on the upcoming Fuji Finexpix X100 that stole the show at Photokina 2010 and CES 2011.  This week Digital Photography Review must have exercised their considerable clout to obtain a prototype copy to test.  You'll want to read their preview here.

 

 

January 25th, 1505

Recently I discovered I misread a question in the forum and I corrected myself here.  Every since my tutorial on Selective Saturation came out I've received a lot of interested emails.  This is definitely a technique many are eager to employ.  Many questions center aroun dif you can use this technique in concert with other popular techniques.  The answer is yes.  Selective Saturation is simply adding another tool in the toolbox.  It's up to your artistic interpretation on how you use it.

In the image below I combined selective saturation techniques with stopping motion, a defocused background, and other minor adjustments to draw attention to the rider while putting the rest of the frame in a supporting role.

 

In the image below I combined selective saturation techniques with stopping motion, a defocused background, and other minor adjustments to draw attention to the rider while putting the rest of the frame in a supporting role.

Nikon D100, 70-200mm F2.8 AF-S VR, @F4  1/500th  120mm  ISO 200

 

January 23rd, 2315

If you find yourself in Hua Hin with a taste for Mexican food at a reasonable price, head down Soi 90 to Terrace 90 and enjoy.  A caution, when you turn down Soi 90 you'll think it's strictly residential.  It's small and doesn't look like a business would be there.  But go about 100-150 meters and Terrance 90 will be on the right with parking in a dirt lot on the left.  I found the staff pleasant and the food more than acceptable.

 

If you find yourself in Hua Hin with a taste for Mexican food at a reasonable price, head down Soi 90 to Terrace 90 and enjoy.  A caution, when you turn down Soi 90 you'll think it's strictly residential.  It's small and doesn't look like a business would be there.  But go about 100-150 meters and Terrance 90 will be on the right with parking in a dirt lot on the left.  I found the staff pleasant and the food more than acceptable.

 

January 22nd, 1120

This weeks new content goes live tonight at 1900.   This weeks Feature Photograph talks about "Compositional Balance", while our Feature Destination takes us to Hua Hin's "Squid Row."  We have a review on Asus's excellent "Asus Rampage III Gene" micro-ATX motherboard, for Readers Questions "Rick's NEX-5 LCD screen is separating", we have the "News For the Week of August 22, 2011", and finally Steve's Musings "The Culture of Corruption" a must read to fully understand how oppressive corruption really is for the average Thai.

 

January 21st, 1130

Another capture from Pranburi.  Two children riding together on a bicycle is nothing special, but how about when the passenger is so relaxed and so secure as a passenger that she's riding down the street fixing the hair of the rider?  These are hard to spot and more difficult to achieve a good focus on as you usually only have a few tenths of a second to make the capture and the closing rate is changing fast.  I missed the focus on this one, but its still a decent example.

 

Another capture from Pranburi.  Two chldren riding together on a bicycle is nothing special, but how about when the passenger is so relaxed and so secure as a passenger that she's riding down the street fixing the hair of the rider?  These are hard to spot and more difficult to achieve a good focus on as you usually only have a few tenths of a second to make the capture and the closing rate is changing fast.  I missed the focus on this one, but its still a decent example.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS  @F8  1/250th  73mm  ISO 100

 

January 19th, 1630

Captured along a beach road in Pranburi.  A slice of life.

 

Captured along a beach road in Pranburi.  A slice of life.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS  @F8  1/200th  90mm  ISO 100

 

January 18th, 0015

I've been going over some images from this weekend and have generally been disappointed.  If you notice such things, you'll have noticed a thick haze settling over most of Bangkok and at least as far south as I traveled.  A thick smoky haze that takes the color from the sky and casts an unattractive flat light over everything.  You really have to work at processing to get anything decent in the way of contrast and/or color. 

This is why it's a good idea to remain flexible when making shooting plans.  Experienced photographers will often look outside and choose to do something else because they know the light is bad.  I'm not talking about rain or clouds, these most often enhance a scene if captured correctly.  I'm talking about thick pollution generated haze which looks more like someone is burning trash next door and the smoke has blown over to your yard.  This is the kind of yukkiness we see in polluted cities where it hasn't rained or had enough wind to either clean or move the pollution elsewhere.  Such is life in the big city I suppose.

This image was captured near Pranburi as I drove down the seawall noticing only a single kite surfer found the weather nice enough to venture outdoors.

 

This image was captured near Pranburi as I drove down the seawall noticing only a single kite surfer found the weather nice enough to venture outdoors.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS @F8  1/640th  200mm  ISO 100