#911. The city is collapsing, but not tonight.

By Adrian | Travel Photography

Oct 04

In spite of a new aircraft, a gracious cabin crew and a tailwind, I arrived in Thailand in the early morning with almost no sleep. As I sat at the gate in domestic departures of Bangkok airport in a kind of jetlagged haze, I looked at the light of the morning sun as it shone through the wet steamy windows. I became momentarily transfixed by how it looked, and the way the light played on the wet glass, so I took a quick photo with my phone. It was a theme that would return later in my trip.

Morning glow

Having finally got over jetlag and got some sleep, my days in Chiang Mai slipped by amiably.

Coffee shop

There are a few rather old fashioned Thai restaurants near the river in Chiang Mai that cater for Thai customers as much as tourists. They are like barns, and mostly without any view of the Riverside. I’ve always found them somewhat depressing as they seem to entirely miss the point of being near the river, but recently some new places have opened that have outdoor seating. One of them was particularly attractive, with tables under trees and a deck on the river bank. I went for lunch one day, and found it was the perfect spot to while away the hours, and for dinner it was particularly attractive under the trees decked with lights.

River Side

I also had cocktails at a beautiful hotel bar beside the river, their menu arriving in a brown envelope marked “top secret” to reflect that the building had previously been home to the British Consulate about one hundred years ago. It contained a James Bond themed martini list, which wasn’t at all in bad taste as the drinks were beautifully made.

Bar 1921

On my last day I visited a “new” temple that a friend had told me about. I don’t think it was actually “new”, but it looked as if they had been renovating. It was very beautiful and calming, sitting in a pergoda next to a large pond between the temple buildings as the fish jumped and the birds settled on the giant lily pads.

Delicate Beauty

On my final evening in the city I went across town to a favourite Japanese restaurant where a friend works. I probably met him 10 years ago whilst visiting the restaurant when we talked about his significant tattoos, and although he always seems embarrassed but pleased to see me, he is so shy with foreigners that we barely speak. I went by taxi, as Chaing Mai now has “Grab” taxis, an Asian alternative to Uber. It’s cheaper than a tuk-tuk or a chartered “songthaew” pick-up truck, who of course don’t like it as traditionally they have acted like a Mafia cartel, forcing the city to close some bus routes.

When I arrived in Koh Samui, there can be little nicer than arriving somewhere where you are met by someone with a card with you name on. I’d booked an airport transfer as it’s cheaper and less annoying that the taxi desk mafia at the airport.

Baggage Reclaim

Most Thai people from central and northern Thailand have jet black straight hair. In the south, the people are more similar to Malaysians in looks, and in the islanders are sometimes descended from “sea gypsies”, sea faring people who traditionally spent much of their lives on the water. You can spot them by their slightly curly hair, and the men sometimes with facial hair. Imagine a classic image of a South seas pirate – which is pretty much the modus operandi when it comes to transport for tourists in the islands. Even a Thai lady I had met in Chiang Mai had complained about the extraordinary cost. The local taxis have a “taxi meter” sign on the roof but often don’t have a meter, or never use it as it appears to be for purely decorative purposes.

Science Fiction Fashion

I continue to confuse all the waiting staff in Samui by speaking to them in Thai. Many of them are Burmese and speak good English but often don’t speak any Thai at all. They are always polite and friendly, and even as they harangue you as you pass, if you don’t want to stop at their restaurant, they will say “bye see you tomorrow”. It’s a world away from the often aggressive harsh welcome in Pattaya, where I’ve been greeted with a “sit down!”, barked as an order. Now I’ve learnt to recognise these itinerant workers, mostly from their faces, it’s safer to just speak to them in English.

Low Season

It’s too early in the season for good weather, as it’s still the end of the rainy season, so there aren’t the clear blue green waters and bright blue skies of the picture postcards. The weather changes every hour or two. One day, before lunch it was glorious, then by 2pm the wind started gusting and with a huge clap of thunder a storm rolled in. The following day, it was overcast and grey when I came out, so I went into the town for lunch, and by 2pm the sun was out and it was nearly perfect. The weather on my phone, provided from America by a company that probably don’t even know where Thailand is, predicts thunder storms every hour and so offers no clue what might be happening.


One morning I was woken by huge claps of rolling thunder that made the glass in the windows rattle. On another, I opened the curtains onto the verandah to see sunshine, but by the time I’d made it out for some lunch, storm clouds had rolled in.

Stormy Sea

Being in Koh Samui had been the usual double edged sword – at first slightly dull as I wasn’t sure what to do, but then eventually settling into the relaxed atmosphere.


With such ever changing weather, I’d started to appreciate what can be so special about the coast, as when the weather changes, so does the light. One hour clear blue skies, the next clouds punctured by bright sunlight, then that ominous grey looming on the horizon as the wind picks up just before a storm.

Night Waves

I became increasingly transfixed by the ever changing light, and how the same scene could look so different. One day, there’s a beautiful blue acquamarine wash of sky and sea, the colour and tone shifting as the waves undulate the surface of the water and the distant clouds drift imperceptibly. Another day, a grey ocean meets a grey sky with a shadow on the horizon where it’s raining out at sea. I felt I could take the same photograph every day for a year and they would all look different.

Nuclear Clouds

With so little to photograph except for a vast expanse of sea and sky, my camera didn’t always get used that much, and it was easier to just use my phone. Experimentation with post processing revealed how much could be had from its humble jpegs, and how quite extreme processing created results that I wouldn’t normally get with a “proper” camera. It became all about the light and the atmosphere.


Ironically, on the mounting of my departure it was glorious sunshine, and I joked with the receptionist that I had been here all week and it had rained, and now when I was leaving it was sunny.

Night Beach

I can’t say I was excited by the prospect of moving on to Bangkok, but that too has its own light, mostly created by the city as it’s lights glint off the buildings.

City of Light

I visited 2 temples, one to Buddha and one to consumption, as ever changing Bangkok now has a very upmarket shopping mall beside the Chao Phraya river. It’s built to a scale and standard that may be hard to imagine, and contains several car dealers, some traditional Thai teakwood buildings with a market, and the development includes 2 of the tallest condominiums in the city.

Buddha’s Temple

All the photographs in this article were taken with and edited on my modest phone, an Honor 10 Lite made by Huawei. Using it side by side with my camera, it became obvious that it can sometimes capture pictures of similar quality to a “real” camera, but makes the process much easier and more straightforward. What was more interesting was that when it was used near or at its limits, the photographs often became more interesting when edited, taking on an almost painterly quality. The pictures that resulted are the antithesis of our enthusiast photographers obsession with pixel count, dynamic range and mandatory raw file editing with Lightroom, but for me were all the more interesting as a result. In fact, in some ways they are some of my favourite pictures from the trip.

Park Reflections

It can be no surprise that the vast majority of people use their phone as their camera, and for their intended uses, it makes the process easy and the quality is more than good enough. With sales still in decline and camera makers continuing to retrench to the higher ground, with only the affluent enthusiast and some professionals as customers, it must only be a matter of time before the camera as we know it dies out?

Street Photography

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  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    I very much doubt whether any of us is going to live to see “cameras” disappear. While you as a photographer are making more use of your cellphone to take photos, complete amateurs are tiring of theirs and buying cameras – often, taking extremely good photos with them!
    But yes, the market for cameras is diminishing – there’s little doubt about that. I do expect it to reach a “floor” level soon, though.
    Of course there will be casualties, as a result. And as I’ve invested heavily in glass that fits a standard Nikon “F” mount, I live in a permanent state of anxiety, sometimes bordering on blind terror, in case “Nik” stumbles. No doubt the same applies to people shooting with other brands!
    Putting all that extraneous nonsense to one side – “It became all about the light and the atmosphere.” Isn’t that pretty much always the case, out of doors? Certainly it’s why I pursue projects involving “light”, atmospheric changes (as humidity levels rise and fall, or rain comes and goes, everything you see also changes) etc.
    “Post”? – my goal is SOOC – I’ve come close on occasions, and increasing less manipulation of colours etc. I have difficulty reconciling photoshopping with what I believe are the basics of photography – the study of light & shade, of colours, tones, etc. And the capture of all of them, in an aesthetic image. What you are doing the the cellphone is influenced to a degree by the way they’ve juggled the innards of cellphones to ensure they DO produce pleasing images. I suspect a bit of AI post processing, in a lot of these things.
    Ignoring that – unless you are planning large enlargements, I doubt there’s much to choose between cellphone and camera images these days. And as many an owner of a Kodak Instamatic would have said, these things bring pleasure back into photography and take the hard work out. The most ardent critics are GAS sufferers and a similar species that I think of as some kind of camera snobs. But when you put two prints in front of them – one from a cellphone, one from a camera – they can rarely tell you which is which.
    Getting back to the photos in your article, Adrian – I hope you kept some shots in reserve for Pascal’s fuzzy-photo comp – several of these are gobsmacking! – and I don’t envy the judges, if they are all like that!

    • pascaljappy says:

      Why no post, Pete? You’ll offend Saint Ansel, who wrote that “the negative is the score”, the print is the interpretation. You, of all people, should love post processing 😀

    • Adrian says:

      Having used a cheap camera (A3000), then an inexpensive travel zoom that so offended the purists, and now a phone, I’m beginning to wonder exactly what is the point of large, heavy, expensive equipment? I went to a flagship Sony store in Bangkok that had a vast display of cameras and lenses, and every time I picked up one of the recent full frame cameras, or one of the latest high specification lenses, I just thought “it’s too big and heavy”. Whilst they may offer “more”, I’m starting to question how much difference it makes to the final picture, and how much is about “need” rather than want or desire.

      These phone photographs take that to another level, and in some ways the imperfections are what makes some interesting or charming. I’ve broken another enthusiast taboo by post processing from jpeg on my phone – no raw, no lightroom, just a few swipes of the finger on an uncalibrated screen, and I couldn’t be much happier with the results.

      It’s made me seriously question all the mandated advice that exists these days about sensor size, lens specification, workflow, hardware and all the other nonsense that seems to be destroying amateur photography in the pursuit of… I’m not quite sure what?

      So we’re all in it together Pete. Thanks for your kind comments.

      • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

        For purely historical reasons, I have 4 cameras – but my wife is pinching one of them because her Olympus tough guy has died – and the remaining three are all used for specific purposes.
        As I said to Kristian recently on another site, if I didn’t already have my Canon PowerShot G1 X II, I’d buy their G5 X II – because as Kristian says, it can slip into a pocket. And it CAN take practically all the photos I want. But not quite. Which is where the other two come in.
        And because I HAVE the other two, as well, they get more use than the PowerShot – but the PowerShot still gets plenty of use – and if I DID have the G5 X II, it’d get even MORE use.
        Because – just as you are suggesting – we don’t (or don’t always) NEED the other junk, and because the PowerShot is fun & easy.
        AF isn’t a patch on the other two – can’t make big enlargements (but I don’t always, anyway) – the menu is frustrating (so it’s generally on AUTO). But it still takes damn good quality photos!
        Pascal is at the other end – having fun with his Hassy – and good luck to him, too. I actually envy what he can achieve in the extremes – the highlights, particularly. But I’m having fun with my gear. I rationalised it over the past year, and the only thing I’m missing is a 24-70 f/2.8 zoom. And I need a new scanner – but that’s not what you’re talking about, anyway.

    • Adrian says:

      Hi Pete, I forgot to reply to your comments on the industry.

      I don’t understand why Ricoh Pentax still make cameras. Sony A mount is effectively dead. Fuji restructured their business a decade ago and I don’t think much revenue comes from the camera business any more.

      Nikon? Hmm. Not sure. They gave consistently made bad commercial decisions for a few years. Z mount looks good on paper, but some sales figures suggest it basically doesn’t exist.

      With everyone retrenching to the top end of the market, overall business will decline. Something has to give.

  • Patrick says:

    I for one believe in the “golden rule”….Expensive cameras and lenses do not guarantee good photos”. Your very nice photos have reinforced my belief. But then, they were captured via Leica lenses, albeit likely the smallest in size.

    Well done, Adrian, and thank you for sharing. I have now included Thailand on my trip list. I’ll likely bring my Q2 though.

    • Adrian says:

      Thank you Patrick.
      My inexpensive phone doesn’t sport a Leica branded lens, although I would say it’s nearly as good as a Zeiss branded lens that was on my previous Nokia phone.

      I have become convinced that there is far to.much obsession with equipment (particularly high spec and expensive) and on the technical, not on photographs and pictorial quality.

      For example, many would dislike the “street photography” picture because the shadows are very muddy and lacking in clear detail – a consequence of the post processing on a file from a very small sensor. However, I really like the light and the atmosphere, which for me are what’s important about that picture. I doubt it would be been captured significantly better on an expensive camera, but some enthusiasts would complain about the corner sharpness or clarity as if it’s an important measure of whether a picture is good or not.

      By all means use what makes you happy – but one shouldn’t be a slave to it.

      • Patrick says:

        Thank you, Adrain, for your inspiring “street photography” lines.

        Indeed, sharpness and clarity, or the lack of it, does not define a good or bad picture. Rather, as you said, the light and the atmosphere, perhaps also the ability to express the photographer’s message therein, are by far the more significant elements.

        I do not worship brands. I bring along the Q2 because of it’s compactness (for street photography in particular), and the 4 focal length in one fixed lens. The camera logo has nothing to do with my choice.

        Cheers !

  • Michael Fleischer says:

    Hi Adrian,

    Wow, yes, excellent!

    Very atmospheric – me loves.
    Very blurry (some) – me likes.
    Very (somehow) organic – me surprised.

    Morning Glow.
    looks like a scene out of Lars Von Triers film; “Europa”
    Sehr Gut.


    • Adrian says:

      Wow, yes, thank you Michael!

      I shall reveal some of the highly secret inner workings of DS. I blog privately via email, and when Pascal got a copy, he asked if I would like to post it as a story on DS, as he liked some of the very blurry pictures so much. I re-edited a little, and added some pictures taken this week.

      I have found ways to capture and process jpegs from my phone particularly in very low light which I really like for their “atmosphere”. It’s funny that in comparison a “proper” camera seems rather sterile, and in spite of the technical failings that some of the internet would no doubt find objectionable, I rather like the results. I’m happy that you do too.

      There was something so emotive about the view through the terminal window. It was only just after dawn when I touched down in Bangkok, and the moisture in the air made it quite hazy. By the time I’d made it to domestic departures, the sun was up, but I loved the effect of the sun through the wet glass.

  • Nancee Rostad says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos from Thailand, Adrian! That beautiful country has been on my bucket list for some time now; however, the heat and humidity keep this easily wilting photographer from traveling there.
    I’ve always said that it’s not the equipment, it’s the skill of the photographer that produces wonderful images. You have proved my point! A cellphone is generally at hand and only takes a good eye to know when and where to use it. I especially liked your images of the sea, with Night Waves & Night Beach being my absolute favorites. Those two images are so moody and rich with colors and textures – lovely!

    • Adrian says:

      Thank you so much for such high praise!

      In the past, because I have often photograph physique sports competitions in Asia during travels, and because I started to also do formal portraiture with athletes, I carried a bag full of equipment. More recently, for personal reasons, I’ve wanted holidays to be more like holidays, so I’ve travelled relatively light.

      Last year I wrote a post am I going mad using an inexpensive phone? which was the start of my journey using a mobile phone, as previously I’d always ignored the camera. I had to change my phone earlier this year, and bought another inexpensive one, but the more I experiment with it, the more I’m fascinated and surprised by what can done with them. It’s the antithesis of our current “gear” centric photography world, which has been a theme for several of my posts this year (the un-camera and the un-lens, to follow DearSusan’s theme of “un-destination” photography!)

      The pictures you mention are the ones that really had to have some serious post processing on the phone to get them to that stage, as when shot it was effectively nearly pitch dark, and they were taken hand held. I find the effect quite mesmerising, even though I was there!

      As for Thailand, it is a wonderful, colourful place full of joy and wonder that I think many people fall in love with. It is however also very hot and humid. The best time to visit is around November to January, and the northern provinces such as Chiang Mai are a little cooler. March and April are best avoided as they are the hottest months, and I’ve known it to be up to 44 Celcius at that time. Depending on your explorers spirit, many people also enjoy neighbouring Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Singapore makes a very civilised stop over in the area, but also suffers from incredible heat and humidity. Personally I favour Thailand for its good tourist infrastructure combined with relative civility, yet also being somewhere very foreign and fascinating for anyone from Western cultures.

      • Nancee Rostad says:

        Thanks for the tip on when to travel to Thailand at its “coolest”. It’s back on my list, for sure.
        While I typically only carry my 5D MarkII and two lenses while on a photo adventure, quality high-functioning lenses are heavy! Recently I decided to purchase a Sony mirror-less camera and lenses to take on trips requiring air travel. However, I so love my Canon, that the Sony is merely my back-up gear – totally defeating my intention to travel light! In January, my husband & I travelled to Hawaii to celebrate our anniversary. I brought my Canon to do some casual photography and ended using only my iPhone! I’m heading back to Kyoto in December and will be bringing both cameras and my iPhone.

        • Adrian says:

          My theme for this year has been simplicity. My personal opinion is that there is increasingly too much emphasis on equipment and aspiring to own “professional gear” rather than photography and reflecting on what is actually required. Last week I wrote a piece here about a Sony E mount APSC travel zoom, which I found extremely good and versatile. Previously, I’ve written about using Sony’s cheapest E mount camera, the A3000, which I used almost exclusively on this trip (apart from my phone, obviously!). That camera and lens weigh about 700g, and could.be supplemented with an ultrawide zoom and a small prime and still have a kit of about 1kg. Modern cameras, lenses and phones are capable of so much. Use what makes you happy, but don’t be a slave to your equipment!

  • Pascal Ravach says:

    Wonderful pics, Adrian…
    Yes, the rain season can be frustrating, and magical when the sun shows up… it’s not only the light that is gorgeous then… the air too, washed by the rain, while the country is often “foggy”… and dusty!
    You captures the light and the mood very beautifully, achieving results that I don’t see often! Wow.

    So nice to read you… Chiang Mai is our “third home”, we usually spend a month there each year… the North of Thailand is the land of the “Lanna” people… very kind chaps 🙂

    Can you tell me the location of the “table on the river”?
    In town, there is a café we love, with nice sculptures in a beaufiful garden, the Terracotta Garden Art Gallery.

    In CM, there are no taxis, but really tuk tuk are cheaper than Grab… when you show you know the price, 50 baht even to go to the airport!
    I just spent a months in Bangkok this Summer, Grab is a total rip-off in that city, 3 times more expensive than taxis; asking for a meter is easy… getting the taxi to understand your destination, or even to simply take you less so 🙂

    Pattaya being super touristic (and for the worst kind of tourism too, like Phuket, rudeness is often a trademark there.
    And yes, the South tourists islands are very expensive…

    As a side note, it’s not only the weather apps that are “off the charts” 😀
    In the whole South-East Asia, Google Maps or Apple plans will often send you to the moon…

    Once again, thanks for this beautiful travel… some of your photos make me think I keep “missing it” 😀

    • Adrian says:

      I’m afraid I don’t know the name of the restaurant beside the river. It’s beside the foot bridge that crosses to Wararot market, on the same road as Good View etc. There are a couple of other new restaurants there which belong to hotels which look nice but are rather expensive (western food and prices). The one I visited was good value and good quality food on my visits. There is also a branch of Thann Cafe across the road called “Woo”, but I find it over priced and seems to try to appeal to the cutesy Instagram food customers! My favourite Japanese restaurant is Tsunami Sushi on Huey Kaew Road near the university – good quality and value. The restaurant atop the Duangtawan hotel has excellent Dim Sum at lunch time and the view is spectacular. I’ve been taken to some charming restaurants outside the city, one in the foothills of Suthep overlooking the city near a reservoir, and the other floating over a lake, but I couldn’t tell you what they were called or how to find them!

      • Pascal Ravach says:

        Thanks for all the infos, Adrian… you see, my Asian wife and I are quite lazy 😀
        Once we find our little places, we stick to them; your suggestions will be a very welcomed refresh!
        And I couldn’t agree more with Philippe’s comment below… yes, your photos are just what travel photography should be… your seascapes evoke to me the famous 18th and 19th centuries British and French “Marine paintings”… no less!

  • Leonard says:

    Some very nice images here, Adrian, a number of which go to answering a question I have puzzled about for some while now. Simply put, the question is: What is the objective of the photograph? Only a couple of decades ago, the answer was: the print. Now, a photograph can exist as a digital entity of just about any size, subject only to the capacity of the pixels to produce an image on a screen, and can be transferred promiscuously from one display to another – again, of just about any size.

    Which brings me to a qualification on the initial question. In those same days of yesteryear, a photo might well have ended up as a slide, whose existence as a perceived image only comes to light, as it were, when projected onto a screen of just about any size that a room can manage. There’s a subtle parallel between slide photography and digital photography that comes and goes with light. These are live performances that disappear when the light fades.

    Digital images are shared between displays, in an ephemeral absence of corporeality. Nor can more than one image at a time be displayed and viewed with any real value, certainly not on the device that first captured the image, as one can at a print gallery for instance. Or for more than one person at a time to view the photos . . . except in cyberspace.

    It’s a curious business, this sharing of images in the way we do now. We trade tangible existence for convenience; intimacy for immediacy. If we wish to renew an acquaintance with an image, we have to rely on a digital filing and recovery system that brings to life – what? Just as there is an immediacy to this universe of cyberphotography, I find it a little worrisome that so little thought goes into the taking and viewing of such photos – present company excepted, of course.

    So, what do people do with digital images after all, once shared between displays? My eyes roll when I see people – myself included – giddy with delight as when someone wants to show off a photo on their cell phone.

    • Adrian says:

      You touch on something that amuses me when I see (typically younger) people photographing or videoing literally everything. Of course, some of that will go on social media, but I’m not sure what happens to the rest? Is it ever seen? Further, although in some cases selfies and food photos take 100 attempts to perfect, many pictures see to be snapped so casually without any apparent regard that they appear to be record shots of I don’t know what. The taxi. The entrance to the shopping mall. The shop window. Are these pictures ever viewed again, and I’d so,.by whom, and more.inportsntly, why?

  • Sean says:

    Hi Adrian,
    I sense what you’ve given us here to appreciate and consider is how you see, in contrast to looking – based on thoughts and feelings at a discrete time, in combination with other influences over time. I also sense this transcends the equipment used. Some of images you’ve included here demonstrate the use of one very important piece of photography equipment – the photographer’s eye.

    • Adrian says:

      Hi Sean
      Thanks for your comments.
      I’ve been photographing enthusiastically whilst travelling for about 15 years, so I guess by now I know what works for me, and subconsciously have my “eye”. In the past I’ve also worked on street portraits and street photography, mostly at night, which looks quite different to what’s here.
      Personally, I believe this type of photography is “best” when it captures your mood at a point in time, which I believe creates an ambience and feeling about somewhere that goes beyond what’s depicted inside the frame. When the photography is forced, or I am searching for inspiration, the pictures are generally weaker.
      I’ve gone through all the acquisition of equipment which ends up feeling like a goal in itself, and returning to simpler things has revealed how little I believe it makes the pictures better (perhaps technically, but not pictorially).
      None of the pictures here would win photo club competitions or awards, but ironically, my inexpensive phone has created pictures that I couldn’t have, or wouldn’t have tried, with a “proper” camera.
      I am going through a period of life where I want to destress and simplify things. When photographers use words like “workflow”, it sounds more like they have a second job. I realise many of these photographs have huge technical failings, but I don’t care, because I still like them.

      • Kristian Wannebo says:

        > “When the photography is forced, or I am searching for inspiration, the pictures are generally weaker.”

        Exactly, Adrian, that is also my experience!

        ( But that kind is still useful, one gets practice and experience which one unconsciously uses when un-“forced (etc.)”.)
        – * –

        I’m enjoying your photos, especially your Skies, “Street Photography” and “Low Season” – It fascinates me how such a narrow grey scale can make a photo so alive with just a few dark accents!

        And how creatively you’ve been able to use the phone way past its “normal” shooting envelope in “Night Waves” and “Night Beach”!

        • Adrian says:

          It’s funny that I’ve never been interested in landscape photography, and even looking at it generally bores me (perhaps because a generation of British amateurs set about copying the look and style of certain well known landscape photographers, producing very “samey” me-too pictures – velvia film simulation, big stopper ND filters, water turned to candyfloss etc etc).

          However, as I mentioned in my post, I’ve been quite fascinated by seascapes because of the ever changing light and atmospheric conditions, which I found quite mesmerising. With a canvas of essentially blank sea and sky, it’s a creative exercise to recognise what might be able to be made into something interesting. I’m glad you liked them.

  • philberphoto says:

    Ah Thaïland…. Thanks Adrian, for bringing back so many memories from a country I love. Samui particularly. Your pics kill two birds with one stone. They do describe and tell a Thai story, true to their subject, and they are at the salme time both original and beautiful in their own right. Kudos! Fo what it’s worth, your seascapes are my faves, just ahead of your cityscapes. Many of them worthy of wall space IMHO…

  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    After all that – the PowerShot had two outings yesterday (one for pets, in the afternoon – the other was available light street photography around bedtime) – and this afternoon the D500 w. the 70-200 zoom & I went to the beach, to photograph a kit surfing championship.

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