CityLife Garden Fair 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Shoot next Sunday – Christopher

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We have a photo shoot planned for next Sunday, Team and I, with Christopher Ryan.   I don’t want to reveal the details yet but it will involve a elephant, river, jungle, nudity, and possible my 55bfc517c64d3Vitara.  You can find out more about Christopher at:

 

Christopher and I have been talking for some time about doing a outdoor shoot.  I had the stent problem and could not meet the last time he was in Chiang Mai – but he is coming back.

This time we will be able to join him and looking forward to getting some great images.

I’ll explain more after the shoot and when I post some images.

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Chiang Rai trip

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Feeling restless and just getting the car back working – had to replace the rear axel, bad bearing race  –  so I headed for a short trip to Chiang Rai.  Left about 7:30 and arrived in Chiang Rai at 10:00 AM – checked in the WangCome Hotel.   I had “Grinder” running and by that time I had received  5 messages from local guys and made arrangement for “Lan” to meet me and be my guide for the day.  First we headed for Wat Huay Plakang  9 Tier Temple at Mae Yao, just Northwest from Chiang RaiIMG_4335IMG_4339.     You can see more of the temple area in the slideshow below.  It also has a very large live-in school area for local students – really nice.    From there we IMG_4397-Panoheaded South along Hwy 1211 to Singha Park at Mae Kon.  Hugh park with roaming manicured hills, numerous lakes, flowers, and commercial green tea fields and of course the Singha product pavilion. A great place to have IMG_4408an afternoon picnic  –   they also put on many concerts here.    From here, traveling further south to Khun Kon Forest Park Area and the Mae Kon river.IMG_4427  Although only a stream now it still was a great place to go.  All along the river were small dams providing play areas and people enjoying the afternoon.  although very close , we didn’t go to Khun Kon Waterfall at Tat Mok – purported to be the highest waterfall in Thailand – I wasn’t feeling that great from some new meds I have been given for my BP, so we headed back to the Hotel.  Later that evening I had a great Greek salad dinner at Da Vinci’s restaurant.  When you go there by sure and say hello to “Maek” your very cute waiter.  IMG_4431I did manage to get a fairly good sleep but still decide to head back to Chiang Mai  the next morning and see how the BP was holding up.   About halfway back to Chiang Mai, along Hwy 118 is   Cabbages and Condoms at Wiang Pa Pao.   I didn’t stop for food but I bet it’s just as good as in the main facility in Pattaya – one of the best restaurants there – and like Pattaya IMG_4438everything is devoted to Rural Development.  Next time on the way up , I’ll be sure and make this my coffee break stop.


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Planning next trip

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Here is the area map and the location of photos I have taken so far  – Issan Thailand map visits(Eastern Thailand)  not covered yet and the west boundary of Thailand has some real large  gaps.  Add in the festivals I have missed and there is still a lot to see.  Rest assured that when it’s time to retire the Vitara it will have plenty of mileage on it.  Paramount to see now is the Phi Ta Khon festival, Surin Elephant roundup, Mekong river boat trip, the 12 temples on the way to Siem Reap Cambodia, and the heartland of Issan. 

I would also like to take a trip into southern China through Lao – you can see a lot of Chinese vehicles here in Chiang Mai – so if I can get the necessary paperwork – that would be a fun trip too.  I also have monk and ex-monk friends from Monk Chat in Wat Suan Dok that have returned to their villages in Lao, Cambodia, and Myanmar (Burma)  and have asked me to visit – do I have time ???    I hope so.  God willing.   Ohhh Well,  it’s massage time – Gotta go

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Day 4 Nong Khai Trip– on the way back

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Now the last leg of the trip – leaving Loei we were very tired and took the faster side roads back to Uttaradit  – First about half-way from Loei along Highway 21 in Phu Ruea District IMG_4301IMG_4300is Wat Pa Non At and a interesting structure there. The “Monkey temple”.  Further down the road at the small town of Dan Sai , is home to the Phi Ta Khon (ghost mask) festival – held, I think, sometime in late June – that’s one IMG_4308festival and parade that I plan to go back and see.  Costumes and masks are beautiful. 

Approaching Den Chai is Wat Phra That Suthon Mongkol Kiree IMG_2875IMG_4316and across the highway a great place where they make wooden horse statues.   Coming into Lampang we stopped at Duo Mo Restaurant for a quick lunchIMG_4323IMG_4317.  Good food – seemed to be the local gay female hangout judging from the people there and the staff.

Back home at 2:30 PM and ready for a nap – Great trip, good images – but next time need to spend more time at each location – at least a day in each major city is needed to have time to take in more sites.  4 days and 3 nights did not allow sufficient time to visit all the attractions – but then there’s always another trip on the horizon.

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