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He appeared to me in a dream and said …

He appeared to me in a dream and said …

"Eat more chicken."

Then he disappeared into a cloud of 11 herbs and spices …

Young monks contemplating why I am taking a photo of them :-P

Young monks contemplating why I am taking a photo of them :-P

Another candid photo of some monks in Bangkok.

I really loved the scene of the setting sunlight and the two looking contemplatively out over the water. Before I could take the shot however the one guy looked at me. I think the fact that he is looking at me adds to the photo.

I gave them a smile and a little nod and they gave me an amused smile back.

Young monks at Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, Thailand

Young monks at Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, Thailand

While walking around the absolutely amazing Wat Phra Kaeo (the large, ornate, Buddhist temple next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok), a group of young monks came walking by. It was a shot I had to get and had only a split second to take.

City of Angels – Bangkok Thailand

City of Angels – Bangkok Thailand

I recently spent a week in Bangkok, Thailand. Based on a traditional Thai name for the capital established where present day Bangkok is, Bangkok’s nickname is "the City of Angels." A better nickname might be "the City of Monks."

There are may beautiful Buddhist temples and monks. Thai people seem to be very religious.

This photo was a spontaneous, candid shot I took near the Grand Palace. The symmetry and angularity of the way they happened to be facing for this split second couldn’t even have been choreographed if I wanted.

I took many candid street photos in addition to beautiful photos of some of the amazing places I saw. I will be posting them over the next little while, so please add me as a contact and come back!

Memories of Summer

Memories of Summer

My girlfriend enjoying shaved ice at a festival this past Summer.

The short days and colorless landscape of Winter is already starting to bug me …

I miss those days …

Commuting to School

Commuting to School

Every day, even Sat. and Sun. (because of club activities and sports), students diligently put on their uniforms in Japan and go to school.

I shot this candid shot on a local train in the countryside of Japan early on a Sunday morning. It is such a representative scene of daily Japanese life I couldn’t resist, even though I am generally apprehensive about doing candid shots of students.

The Japanese use mobile phones to an extraordinary degree, but unlike American’s they don’t chat on them non-stop, they use them for e-mail.

I don’t do candid shots too often. I really love the way this shot came out.

彼女

彼女

As I said in my last post, I’m not currently having fun with sterile, overly clean, digital photos anymore so I’ve been shooting film, trying to create images which are affected by their medium and have character without digital manipulation.

This photo is as-shot on IR film with no digital editing.

Candid street shots from Taipei

Candid street shots from Taipei

While I was in Taiwan I did a little candid street photography of the people of Taipei.  They fascinated me because I knew very little about the culture or history there.  They struck me as clearly coming from Chinese origins but being extremely modern.  Before visiting Taiwan I always kind of categorized "Taiwanese" with "Chinese" in my head, but they really are their own country and their own people. 

Also, I love black and white but am fairly disenchanted with the flatness of B&W images that are derived from digital color images, so I’ve ordered a 35mm film SLR.  I’ve never shot film before other than using a point-n-shoot for completely uncontrolled photos, so this should be a photography growing experience. I want to shoot some B&W film for a while …

 

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The people of Taipei

The people of Taipei

I’ve always liked candid street shots, but never really had the confidence to do a lot of good ones.  Good street shots require you to simple pull out your camera, aim it at a complete stranger, and take the photo regardless of who’s watching or if they might turn and see you. 

In Taipei since I looked like a tourist and couldn’t speak the local language, I was partially absolved of the guilt and did some candid photos.

I loved this shot of a Taipei woman looking out the window of the train.  I’m a bit upset because the train was moving at the photo is actually blurred, it only looks sharp in the downsized version here on the web.

Over the next few days I’m going to be posting more of my candid Taipei photos.