Ogres from Ghirardelli

Sawadee Khrap

Here is my latest attempt producing a Photoshop Digital acrylic type painting.   I took the photo of the ogres at Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in San Francisco 2002.  I thought it looked neat then and always wanted to do something with it.   I am having trouble doing hair, especially the disorganize variety needed here.  But I thought I’d post it anyway while I work on learning to do better hair.  I can always go back and correct it later – it might take some time to learn how.  This painting is 30 in wide by 20 in high.  Needs to be printed on linen stockOugesrGhirardelli-web.

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CityLife Garden Fair 2017

Sawadee Khrap

Just got back from visiting the CityLife Garden Fair at JJ Markets this DSC02874morning. Kevin, Mike and myself went together and had a great time and good food.  There was a very large attendance and some great booths there – food , artist, clothing, hand made items, including some hand made pop-up birthday and occasion cards. I bought several.  And you know me I am always on the alert for photogenic guys. For me the highlight of the day was meeting “Latte” (hope I spelling right).DSC02888


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Extended Lightroom work on Angkhang photos

Sawadee Khrap

Here are several images processed strictly in Lightroom.DSC02315DSC02316DSC02333DSC02356DSC02376DSC02422

I am always amazed how far you can go in developing your images in Lightroom.    It is truly a great tool for any photographer. 

Wish I could find some young models again but the Internet has spoiled that with the instant “selfie” in that its easy to get images now and they have no need for so called professional photos.  – I’ll keep looking because I know you guys want some more eye candy to gaze at – I’d like it too.

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Doi Angkhang trip–Day 3 Mae Teang

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I think the most miserable and also the best part of our trip was staying here at Chiang Dao Hut & Kitchen.

DSC02518DSC02685As I pointed out in the last post we stayed at the “White House” – but it was very cold and damp, hard to sleep, but we were really rewarded with a amazing view in the morning – no fog and such a wonderful place. DSC02708DSC02718  Truly worth the stop – we caught a quick breakfast here but I insisted on a western place for lunch, very tired of Thai food all day.  So off we went to Mae Teang and the elephants.  On the way we passed some monks doing their morning walk for alms.  And finally at Mae Teang  we stopped at the first major resort we came across – Sibsan Resort & Spa – 5 star – as posted on the internet.  It’s an amazing place but definitely 5 star with the prices to go with it.   We had the buffet lunch (total 1,400 baht) which was good but not exceptional, but the grounds were emulate, service exceptional, and loaded with guests. A very cute driver drove us from the parking lot to the main hall for lunch – in fact all the guys were very cute and handsome – great eye candy.  After lunch we headed up the main road to the elephant camps and the rapids area.  Not enough water to really take a “white water” raft ride down but still very picturesque. And both of us had already been to the elephant camps before so that didn’t spark a need to stop and check them out.

    The slideshow is in order and takes you through the day.  


Now that the main images have been posted I intend to go back and choose some of the most sticking of them to do Photoshop work on.

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Wiang Kum Kam trip

Took a short trip to Wiang Kum Kam Ancient City south of Chiang Mai to wiang kum kamget shots of some of the ruins.  So close to Chiang Mai it’s one place you don’t want to miss when you visit, be sure and take a horse and buggy DSC02058DSC02036DSC02076DSC02051ride through the area.  Not too sure what it cost but should not be much and well worth the time – they will stop and allow you to take photos at each site.  I only visited 4 out of the 7 this time and made this slideshow.


Mork Fa–Mae Sa Waterfall trip–Aon

Sawadee Khrap

Just drove out to these waterfalls with a friend Aon yesterday – I find I am really not in the mood to enjoy shooting right now – still bothered with the breakup – put a hamper on all my activities.  I also find I have lost my control of the camera – these photos are terrible – contrast problems, camera not setup right, need a lot of practice again – now that it’s good weather I will plan more trips and hopefully improve.DSC01443DSC01492DSC01455-EditDSC01494DSC01466

First Mork Fa waterfall then the butterfly and shots at Mae Sa waterfall – both are located in Mae Rim area – sorry for the low number of shots – my hips were really hurting from walking so we cut it short.  DSC01529DSC01533DSC01537 

Hopefully more next time.

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Mae Ya & Mae Klang Waterfalls

Sawadee Khrap

Today we went down to the base of Doi Inthanon in Chom Thong District for a morning drive and chance to get away.  Walked to each waterfall and got some photos but didn’t stay for along time – had to get back and get some house chores done.

Mae Ya Waterfall DSC01292

Mae Klang WaterfallDSC01359-Edit

Both real beautiful falls but it’s been a dry, wet season and the rivers are real low  – last time I was here you could not approach the falls because of the high fear from the fast currents and possible flash floods. – but today everything seemed quite calm.  Nevertheless if was a good morning and luckily we got back before the overcast skies let loose any rain.

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Haven’t forgotten you

Sawadee Khrap

Just for eye-candy, I dug up this old image._MG_7729-Edit  I intend to start searching for models , maybe Team can help me by seeing if there are any young men who would like to be models at the University – I am looking at my favorite haunts but with the increase of iPads and Phones very few guys want or need photos – not like it used to be  – now it’s all self’ies and Facebook – not a place for my nude photos.  But I keep looking – just for you.

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Chris – Nude Shoot with elephant

Sawadee Khrap

DSC00905Team and I went to the jungle and met  the model chosen to do the nude shoot with Chris.  Plans were made to do the shoot down at the river in the valley where several elephants and their mahouts were spending the morning grazing. We were invited to come along and of course I had to take some images for my blog.DSC00917

The model showed up right on time bringing his own breakfast  –  and we followed him to the river and had a great time getting what I think are some excellent images, considering it was very overcast and threating rain all morning.DSC00937    Check out the SLIDESHOW below for a detailed look.

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Carmina Burana Concert

Sawadee Khrap

Last night Mike and I attended the Carmina Burana Concert presented by The Chiang Mai Carmina-1Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation of  The College of Music, Payap University, at the Kad Theatre – Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center.

Click on the image above to view the short video

A masterpiece by Carl Orff. Solo trumpetist   Jakrapan Chaiya and conductor Chaipruck Mekara.  Far beyond my level of sophistication but never the less a great evening.

I used the new Sony A7R11 and shot at 16,000 ISO for the images in the slideshow – There was noise but nothing like the older 7D.  It was well attended and the theatre was fairly dark – I did shoot some at 5000 ISO but the shutter speed was too slow – so for the balance of the performance I used the higher .DSC00707DSC00722

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