For my second post I’ll add some shots of the amazing scenery Thailand has to offer. Our trip was split between Railay and Koh Tao. Both were spectacular in their own ways. Railay is famous for its dramatic limestone cliffs that tower over some of the most perfect beaches imaginable. Koh Tao primarily known for it’s diving, is so much more than that, with dozens of very quiet coves surrounded by gigantic boulders and incredible golden beaches. The island is small enough to reach everywhere by motorbike, but rugged enough to keep most beach-goers away from the more remote destinations.
A few days ago my lovely wife and I got back from a two week honeymoon in Thailand, split between Railay and Koh Tao. We had an amazing time as both places were incredibly beautiful, the food was great and the people very hospitable. Photographically it was pretty fun too. I now have a very dedicated subject for my shots. It’s something I’m not too used to since I’ve mostly shot landscapes and candid street scenes. But new challenges are always good, so for the first installment of this two part series here’s the shots featuring my lifetime model, Hoang Anh.
It’s that time of the year again, when I’m not so scared of the ridiculously hot and humid Hanoi Summers and step out of my heavily air conditioned shelter. So I’ve managed to go out a couple of times and enjoyed not instantly sweating through all of my clothes and my lens not fogging up in the humidity. Here’s what it looked like.
With some family in town for my wedding we decided to take a short trip to Luang Prabang, Laos. I’ve been once before and had a great time and this time was pretty awesome too. The only part that was’t too cool was having some kind of memory card/laptop problem which resulted in the loss of some pictures. That’s also why I only have so few to share now.
I was really excited to take my family to some waterfalls not too far out of town and when we arrived they were insane. With it being the tail end of the rainy season the sheer amount of water was amazing. But, it also meant the once peaceful swimming hole was chaotic and the beautiful bluish green water was turned to whitewater. Although it wasn’t what we expected the surprise was great in its own way. I had fun trying to capture it without me or my equipment being swept away.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the few shots that survived.
This shot was a real challenge to get. The photo doesn’t do justice to the sheer mass of water coming down on me and my equipment. Every time I uncovered my camera to compose the shot, everything would get wet. It took lots of tries and some creative ways to keep my camera dry, which only kind of worked. But it’s these kinds of photos, full of unexpected hurdles that are the most rewarding.
Sapa is surrounded by incredible scenes. I tried my best to do it some justice and can’t wait to come back to do some more exploring.
I enjoyed Vietnam’s recent holiday by making my sixth trip to Sapa. I love it more each time I go. This gallery is focused on the people, landscapes will be up shortly.
Recently, I had the chance to work as an extra for a film commemorating the 60th year anniversary of Vietnam’s victory over the French. Besides pretending to be a French soldier I also got to pretend being a war photographer between takes. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again.