Archive for the ‘photos’ Category

More Picapp Pictures of the King of Thailand

January 7, 2010

I posted a number of pictures of the King of Thailand and the Royal Family that I found on Picapp at

It’s been one of the most popular posts on this blog.

Here are some more, focusing on His Majesty the King. They are ordered approximately from oldest to newest. Unfortunately there is a big jump in the Picapp archives from the 1960s until 2006.

I copied the captions from the photos verbatim. They are not consistent about the spelling of the King’s name. Often they use the old name of Thailand: Siam.

You can look for more pictures yourself. Go to and enter a search string like “Thailand King”. You do not need to register.

Picapp / Getty are now asserting a 2010 copyright for the pictures. Surely that’s not correct? The copyright date is the date the picture was taken or first published isn’t it? It doesn’t update as the years go by!
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King Bhumibol of Thailand with his fiancee, Sirikit, in Lausanne, where the King is a student, 13th September 1949. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Thai University Students Collecting for Charity

January 2, 2010

Collecting For Charity
It’s a common sight in Bangkok to see groups of university students collecting money for charity. They stand for hours in the hot sun beseeching passers-by for money. Some play musical instruments or perfect a chant to get attention. Like any city Bangkokians are always in a hurry so it’s hard to be noticed.

Today I met a small group collecting money outside Siam Skytrain Station. I asked them if they could tell me about the charity they were collecting for. Usually when I do this the students are embarrassed as they think their English isn’t good enough. Thai universities concentrate on reading and writing but often fall behind on teaching spoken English – much to the frustration of employers.

But in this case the young man in the middle spoke excellent English. He gave me a great summary of the charity they were collecting for. It is for children born to mothers with HIV. The charity is run in a temple in, I think, Pathum Thani.

I was impressed. That young man should go far!

His friends were highly relieved he spoke for them. They were happy to pose for a picture. I love this sort of shot. With so much sadness in the world this shows Thai people at their best.

Bangkok Sunset from the Apartment

December 27, 2009

We had a good red sunset in Bangkok on the evening of Boxing Day, December 26th. I set up my Canon EOS-30D on a tripod and took a picture every minute for fifty minutes as the sun set and the city lights came on.

I shot in RAW and used aperture priority at F8 and 100ASA for the best picture the camera and lens could produce.

I did minimal processing in Lightroom. I used the “Camera Landscape” calibration profile. That did a good job of matching the colours as I saw them.

Then I used the Lightroom Slideshow module to create an Adobe PDF file of the presentation. I sized it at 1024×768 which produced a 3MB file.

I uploaded it to my account on Scribd. I embedded the document in this post after the jump.

I like the effect – you can see how quickly the sun sets in the tropics and the red sky is striking.

Download it and let me know what you think.

Photographing the Sunset

December 21, 2009

Red Bangkok Sunset
We are getting some beautiful sunsets in the cool season.

I fiddled with the camera settings a lot to persuade it to display what I saw. I don’t have time as the sun sets fast in the tropics and the shades of the sky change quickly. I found 2/3 of a stop under-exposure worked well with a minimum of post-processing in Lightroom.

I put the camera on my monopod to take this shot. I used the Canon EOS-30D’s highest ISO – 1600 and it selected 1/30 second at F3.5. I did not see any point at stopping the lens down to get a better depth-of-field (DOF) as there is not much detail available in this light.

I’d love to see what the Canon EOS-7D would make of this scene with its maximum ISO of 12800. That is three stops extra sensitivity so an equivalent exposure would be 1/125 second.

A Trip to the River

December 21, 2009

I got up too late to go to the seaside on Sunday. I did the next best thing and took the Skytrain to the river. The Chao Phraya River runs through Bangkok and is the coolest place to be on a hot day. Today wasn’t especially hot but the river breezes were still welcome.

I took the best river bargain available – a 3 Baht (about ten US cents) passenger ferry ride from Central Pier (Saphan Taksin Skytrain Station) to Thonburi side. I got great views of the river and the hi-so hotels on both sides. I’d forgotten how big the Shangri-La Hotel is.

The light was fading when I came back on the ferry. I was going to walk back over the bridge but I was lazy. I got this shot of one of the Chao Phraya River Express boats docking at the pier next to ours. My little Nikon Coolpix P6000 did a nice job and I think it is good example of “filling the frame”.

Chao Phraya River Ferry
I like the warm tones.

Beautiful Bangkok Winter Morning

December 20, 2009

I saw this article from the New York Times when I got up this morning. Then I looked out of my window and saw this:

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment. Best viewed large on Flickr.

I couldn’t resist taking a panorama photo and posting it to Flickr.

If you are suffering from the cold, maybe there are standby seats available on the next flight to Bangkok. Think about it!

I’m typing this with the windows wide open and a cool breeze blowing through the apartment: no aircon needed. The loudest noises I can hear are people playing tennis on the court outside.

If I’d got up earlier I would have taken a bus to the seaside in Pattaya. It’s an easy trip from Bangkok and the traffic is reasonable on weekends. I’ll find somewhere else nice to go. I should be an earlier riser: it will get hot later.

On a technical note: I show panoramas using different focal lengths. This one is 24mm and it came out well. The other four came out with banding in the sky. The Photoshop CS4 “merge to panorama” tool did not blend the pictures well. I took them all with a consistent exposure at F8.

This one is fine and I don’t feel like being a perfectionist today.

True Greenovation

December 10, 2009
True Greenovation

True Greenovation

True Corporation is a major telecommunications provider in Thailand. Amongst other things they are my Internet Service Provider (ISP). They have an 80% market share of broadband Internet in Bangkok.

Their headquarters building is about half-a-mile away from where I live on Rachadapisek Road. It’s a large tower block that is always painted with a marketing message.

I see they are now updating the message. It’s now “True Greenovation” – Green Innovation? True has a huge marketing budget and they’re very sophisticated. However, when I searched their web site for “greenovation” it came up with nothing.

Internet service in Bangkok is lamentably slow. I waste so much time waiting for simple things to happen. I wish they’d spend some of their building painting money on updating their network.

Here is a picture I took in 2008 of the building’s previous colour scheme. At the time they were painting a “Long Live the King” ribbon all around the tower.

True Tower in 2008

True Tower in 2008

Authentic Northern Thai Food

December 1, 2009

Last month I took a picture of a Northern Thai curry that I ate at a chain restaurant in Bangkok: S&P. I wrote about the meal here.

On Sunday I ate a similar dish at a small restaurant on the soi that runs near the apartment: Soi Chanmuang. It was a smaller portion but just as tasty. Of course it was about one-third the price. Here are some pictures from Flickr.

Northern Thai Restaurant

The Curry

Northern Thai Restaurant

The Condiments

Northern Thai Restaurant

The Friendly Owners

I had the Canon EOS-30D with me and I had my version of the “Nifty Fifty” – the EF 50mm F2.5 Compact Macro. I think I should have stopped it down a bit and got a bit more of the food in focus. I am not very skilled at handling the small Depth of Field of a faster lens.


Snapping Me Snapping You

November 28, 2009

Snapping Me Snapping You
Whenever a helicopter flies near the apartment I often pick up the camera and shoot a picture or two. It’s good practice for shooting moving subjects.

Today I noticed that a passenger was shooting pictures of the apartment as the helicopter flew by. Perhaps she’s a Flickr user and I’ll find a picture of me in her Photostream. If you see it, please let me know.

The Emporium Holiday Tree

November 19, 2009

Emporium Holiday Tree
The upscale Emporium shopping centre on Sukhumvit Road at Phrom Phong reuses their holiday tree year after year. I tried a different approach to a photograph this year. What do you think?

Emporium Map