Visiting Temples in Thailand

Now at Burning Man

For the next 10 days, I’ll be at Burning Man, so I won’t be super-responsive, or responsive-at-all until I return! I’ll still read and respond to comments, but it will just be a little delayed. I’ve queued up a lot of blog posts with some favorite photos while I am gone so you can stay entertained while I’m off in the woods…

Daily Photo – Visiting Temples in Thailand

I loved this gal’s super-blonde-with-reddish-highlights-hair (which is rare in Thailand) and those cool tattoos on her back. I saw her kneeling here alone from afar and scurried over quickly to get behind her and take a photo before she moved.

Visiting Temples in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Getting All Sweaty in Thailand

Finding Secret Spots!

Here’s a video of how I used Stuck on Earth (a free app) to find this place below.

Daily Photo – Getting All Sweaty in Thailand

I lost about five pounds in water weight during this shoot! It happened to be an extremely hot day, but I was still in the mood for taking photos. This spot was actually very close to where I was staying in Bang Saray, so it didn’t take too long to get here… I used the extra time to take photos and get more sweaty!

Getting All Sweaty in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth

Using Stuck on Earth to plan Thailand Trip

Some more coolness from Stuck On Earth. I’ll show you some awesome stuff in Stuck On Earth that you may not know about!

Daily Photo – Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth

This little place right by Bang Saray, Thailand was a real surprise. I always pull up Stuck on Earth when I’m in a new spot and constantly finding cool things here and there. This was one of my greatest finds!

Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Air New Zealand Photoshoot on the Hobbiton Movie Set – Behind the Scenes

Air New Zealand Photoshoot on the Hobbiton Movie Set – Behind the Scenes

How did the art director feel about me using a mirrorless camera? What kind of problems did I have on set with costuming? What happened when one of the hobbit-kids freaked out because of the prosthetic feet? What were the challenges in the post-processing?

Join me on the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand as I do a photo shoot campaign for Air New Zealand. I almost never do client work, but since NZ is my new home, I made an exception. Besides, I like Air New Zealand!

Daily Photo – Inside the Greatest Temple

You may remember a post from a few weeks ago where I showed the outside of what I consider one of the most amazing temples in the world. It was from Pattaya, Thailand, and one of the most remarkable things is how new it is. Can you believe all this has been built just in the last 20 or 30 years? It’s very Burning-Manish too inside, which is always a plus with me!

Inside the Greatest Temple

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Most Beautiful Temple in the World?

Sneaking down in the dark

The temple was closed at night, but I snuck down through the jungle anyway to get some photos. It’s pretty much being worked on 24/7, so a lot of the workers did not notice me or pay any bother. I did have to dodge a few security guards, but they were largely very nice!

Daily Photo – The Most Beautiful Temple in the World?

There is a very nearby town of scum and villainy called Pattaya in Thailand, and you’d never expect something so beautiful to be so near! But just a short drive away is this rather amazing temple called “The Sanctuary of Truth.” It’s covered with sculptures with both Buddhist and Hindu motifs. Believe it or not, this was begun in 1981 and is scheduled to be completed in 2050.

According to the website, this temple is (and note the nice use of the word “swaggy”!):

“a reflection of the Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. Within this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Swaggy important Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia”

The Most Beautiful Temple in the World?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Mind if I Plug In?

Speaking of plugs and adapters

This is still a constant problem for me when I travel. Carrying around adapters and everything is just a big mess. I’d say that often whenever I get everything hooked up in the hotel room, from battery chargers to laptops to phones, that the outlet looks a bit like today’s photo!

Daily Photo – Mind if I Plug In?

How insane is this wiring job? You see this kind of scene in a lot of Southeast Asian countries. I can’t make heads or tails of it, and it seems incredibly dangerous and confusing! Can you imagine if one of these poles fell over? Not only would it cause a terrible mess, but re-wiring everything would just about drive you insane.

Mind if I Plug In?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Through the Thailand Jungles, I discovered this

Breaking Bad

I finally finished watching the last episodes of this awesome, crazy show! Anyone else out there enjoy it too? I can’t believe that last season… whoa!

Daily Photo – Through the Thailand Jungles, I discovered this

This is the best temple I've ever been to in the world! If you ever go to Thailand, be sure to go about 2 hours south of Bangkok to Pattaya to see this place! It's absolutely beautiful and you'll have a fabulous time. The nearby town of Pattaya is really worth a visit too, but it's totally wild! There is a road there called “Walking Street” that is full of all kinds of interesting debauchery. A lot of ladyboys, crazy bars, strip clubs, and, well, just colorful characters everywhere… it's really fun for street photography there too… Anyway, there's a little ladyboy+temple advice for ya!

Through the Thailand Jungles, I discovered this

Through the Thailand Jungles, I discovered this

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Dragontemple

Looking at the shapes

One thing I’ve been trying to do more and more is examine the outlined shapes of whatever I am photographing. Sometimes I get so caught up in the texture and detail that I forget that the overall shape is perhaps the most interesting part of that. Anyway, the more I start thinking about the shape, the more I end up with images like this new favorite one below.

Daily Photo – Dragontemple

Here's a view of my favorite new temple as a vile light comes behind it. I love the shape of this place so much! It's almost too good to be true. Sadly, I was kicked out when the sun started to go down, so this was one of the final shots I was able to finally eeeek out as I was walking away…

Dragontemple

Dragontemple

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Temples in Thailand

Religious Architecture

I’m getting better and better at identifying a country just by looking at its religious buildings. Not always, though. Europe is really hard because most of the cathedrals look alike. The German ones stand out a bit more in their gothicness. The French ones tend to be a bit more ornate, as you’d expect. But in the Asian countries, there is a much bigger difference. The Japanese ones look nothing like the Thai ones which look nothing like the Chinese ones. It’s interesting!

Daily Photo – Temples in Thailand

Here’s another good spot that I found thanks to Stuck on Earth. It’s close to Bang Saray and is a very friendly walking-area. The whole place is very strange and full of surprises. I won’t tell you the surprises just in case you visit here some day. I’ll tell you this though: it’s a super-weird adventure with animals you’ve probably never heard of (I hadn’t!)

Temples in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Squid Boat

Waking up early for photos

You’ll see in the story below that I never actually got a photo of that amazing boat at night. I could have, if I wasn’t so lazy and wanted to see them come into port at 5 AM, but, honestly, I was way too lazy. That bed just feels so darned good. A comfy bed in the morning is my kryptonite.

Daily Photo – The Squid Boat

One thing you may notice from this photo are the huge lightbulbs. I've never seen such huge bulbs on a boat. But, apparently (and I did not see this), they light these boats up at night and the squid come flocking. This makes them very easy to catch! Maybe next time I go I'll be able to see these guys in action… I think that would be an amazing photo – it's on my to-photo list! :)

The Squid Boat

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length53.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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