Bangkok hipster time

Srinakarin Train Market (Talat Rot Fai) is as i already stated one  of the coolest night markets in Bangkok. “Talad” means market and “Rot Fai” means train. Some years ago  it was an open-air bazaar beside an abandoned railroad tracks. Now it has moved into a new location (Srinakarin Road) behind Seacon Square.

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This night market has it’s own character and you'll find mostly retro and vintage styled items. But apart from this Talat Rot Fai does not only attract the city’s hip and stylish, it is a popular hangout area for friends and families as well.

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Cinematic look

Looking around the Internet and looking for different ideas I came along some photographers who are producing images that have a look as if they were stills captured from movie films. A couple of them are based in New York and I had a look on their projects to get a grip on their approach on the cinematic look. 

What I came up with it apart from the content is how the image is processed or “treated” (color correction and grading, much like film footage). The intersection between stills photography and motion, is quite interesting to look and I thought others might like it too.

Here are some steps and one of different ways to apply the widescreen look and details of achieving this look:

Step 1 – Take the RAW image and import to Lightroom

Step 2 – Play with split toning to achieve the start of a color look (warmth adding t)

Step 3 – Adjust color saturation and luminace to suit

Step 4 – Adjust blacks, color temperature, shadows and saturation

Step 5 – Add a slight vignette and grain, to go for a “film-like” look

Step 6 – Export to PS or another post processing software. 

Step 7 – Add a black solid layer underneath the background layer

Step 8 – mark a fixed ratio for width and height. 16:9 widescreen image.  and crop it

Step 9– Select a fixed ration of 2.35:1 for an anamorphic look and add an Adjustment Layer

Step 10 – Go to Layers panel. Apply Layer Mask to apply the mask to the image

Step 11 – Align the image and Apply Layer Mask to apply the mask.

Step 12 -  Select the entire document and align Layers select Vertical and align the layer vertically

Here some examples

Preparing food for the masses

Preparing food for the masses

Shop for mixed snacks

Shop for mixed snacks

Asking for ....

Asking for ....

Street photography tips

Street photography can be intimidating as everyone who tried it knows. But when you’re up for the task, be sure to take some hints in consideration before facing the streets.

1. What gear to take up?

A small combo is mostly better to use. Like a small lens with a 35mm or 50mm, so you don’t appear to obvious. A normal to wide-angle lens give you the capability to capture your scenes and surrounding context easily. 

2. Know the law

Different countries, different laws. Try to get to know the laws up on the region you are shooting to avoid trouble. 

3. Don’t look to obvious 

Don’t lurk around suspiciously – don't take to fancy gear. Be respectful and considerable.

4. Apart from automatic mode try aperture as well

Aperture priority is made for street photography. Set your f-stop between f/8 and f/16 and don’t be afraid to bump your ISO as far as you're certain to go.

5. Focus

Autofocus can be your best friend but try manual  focus as well  as you will need to quickly focus on a subject on a busy street, automatic focus can, depending on camera model slow and you might get lost.

6. Storytelling

Street photography is all about moments and stories. Try capturing the context and telling your story.

7. Look for striking elements

Light and shadows, reflections in puddles or windows are all interesting elements that work well in street photography.

8. Angles

Crouch down, stand on your toes, climb on a ledge, take care as well, lay down, use tilting screens and alike. 

9. Stealth mode

Some of the best street photographers shoot without using the viewfinder – sometimes the only way to capture natural moments. Practice shooting at chest level or from the waist, the hip, backwards and so on.  It might require practice sometimes luck, but can gives you eventually  gems you wouldn't have got otherwise.  

10. Smile

A smile or a cheeky grin can be the best for upcoming difficult situations.

Did I miss any tips? Let me know!

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Sony goes wide angle

Some time ago Sony announced their new line up of lenses for the Alpha FE series. After shooting with the 70 - 200 mm f4 the next lens in line got today into Hong Kong's Sony shop, the 16 - 35 mm f4. A long awaited addition especially as there hadn't been a wide angle lens before. 35 mm had been the widest original FE lens up to now.

The overall construction of this lens is sturdy and build in a typically Zeiss manner.  Both focus and zoom rings rotate smoothly and with assurance. The lens auto-focused extremely quickly and quietly with all A7models. Manual focusing is easily done. 

At the widest end, 16mm, there is the usual type of distortion that can be expected to get at such focal length. It can easily be fixed in Lightroom, especially using the profile for the Sony Zeiss A-Mount 16-35mm f/2.8 lens.

I found the images I shot today very sharp and consistent. There might be a minimal softness in corners which I couldn't check on the mobile Lightroom app exactly. I have  no doubt that a lot Sony A7 photographers are eagerly awaiting this lens. The overall size and weight are well matched and quite small. This lens closes the gap of the sometimes called holy trinity of lenses a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm telephoto one. When you have three lenses in that range you'll certainly have a powerful full-frame camera system. 

Apart from DSLR's this system will take up minimal room in your bag and in addition will save you some back and shoulder pain. So far I'm quite pleased with this lens and camera composition. 

Here some examples I took today.  

 

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Down in down under

Not sure what's more scaring to dive with an expensive camera in a just rented under water case or staying in a shark cage meeting the ones the cage was built for? 

 

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In shallow water there is a kind of feeling you can get your gear out as pronto as possible. Which certainly is a false idea. 

 

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Different depths give different colors and the deeper you get the less color is to capture unless you'll use additional light. 

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If you see one of these you'll have most of the time second thoughts. But actually at this time you don't have any possible chance to get out. 

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Commemorating WWI in West Australia

In 1914 at Blackboy Hill training camp,  young men went to bed impatient to be off to the war. . They had gathered from around West Australia and trained for 10 weeks volunteering  for WWI and they had grown tired of all the drills.

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After a parade at 4am on October 31 the young men of the 11th Infantry Battalion, the first to be raised in West Australia , got the news they had been waiting for. The troopships Medic and Ascanius were in port in Fremantle, waiting to take them to join the Australian convoy from Albany. 

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Many wouldn't see their home and soil again, as they set out for a war from which they would never return. Their sacrifice is still remembered. Retracing the steps of the soldiers seems to be  a sobering reminder. 

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Members of the 11th Battalion Living History Unit, with period uniforms and rifles commemorated the event. They brought as well real and replica objects, such as jam tin bombs, bayonets and rum jars, to help educate the crowd about life in the camp and on the front line. Their goal is and was to personalise the sacrifice of the soldiers, especially the often overshadowed 11th Battalion. They took a special heritage train from Midland to Fremantle, where they took part in a commemorative parade and a wreath-laying ceremony.

 

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F11 a Photographic Museum in Happy Valley

F11 a Photographic Museum in Happy Valley in a restored Art Deco house

Art Deco house 

Art Deco house 

The museum  just opened with a Best in Show exhibition by legendary American photographer, Elliott Erwitt, who himself attend the launch. The exhibition is curated by the museum’s owner, Douglas So and  features over 50 original photographs from Erwitt’s collection.

Oversized Chinese made Leica replica 

Oversized Chinese made Leica replica 

The museum occupies a three-storey Art Deco ex-residential building, newly restored in Yuk Sau Street. 

If you don't know anything abou Erwitt’s career which spans more than 60 years and his collection just google it. If you come to the museum you can see a real great exhibition which includes some of the most renowned photographs of the 20th century. 

You'll have the opportunity to see images with political impact like the meeting  of Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushnev in Moscow as well as Jacqueline Kennedy at the funeral of her husband. You won't miss iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable.

At the same time as the Erwitt show is going there is a “Leica M3: 60th Anniversary” camera exhibition. So hurry and try to get an appointment for the visit at:  

www.f11.com

60 years of Leica M6

60 years of Leica M6