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.


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.


Doi Angkhang trip–Day 2 Chiang Dao

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At 7 Am we had breakfast at Tangerine Villa and then off to Chiang Dao.  It was very foggy almost all the way there so no photos.  Not too far from Chiang Dao mountain the fog broke and we got a great look – (the slideshow is in time order).  We stopped at this amazing Wat, don’t know the name and my GPS wasn’t working at the time so I cannot locate it now – sorry.  The most important thing here is the depiction of Buddhist Hell and the type of suffering and torture that they think takes place.  In the back temple area they were even raising their own wild hog – big.   From here we headed toward Chiang Dao Cave, but both of us had been there before so we continued on to the Baan View Resort – a very small tribal resort (if you can call it that – mostly for campers)perched on the side of a hill.  Great view and I had a Thai style omelet over rice – but the strangest thing was the dead mouse hanging on the wall next to the radio – I didn’t ask why it was hanging there – afraid what the answer might be. Everything is in sequence in the slideshow

We then headed back to the Chiang Dao Hut and Kitchen for a quick lunch and on the way to Sri Sung Wan Waterfall and from there on to the Pong Arng Hot Springs.  Leaving the Hot Springs we ran across a field of garlic – neat rows – first time I had seen garlic planted this way. Then on to Wat Phar That Doi Mon Ching a Burmese (Thai Yai  as they are called here) style temple.   Not far from the temple we spotted a field of blossoming Mango trees – I had never seen these before so got a couple of shots.  And on the way back we spotted some young boys enjoying a swim.  The Chiang Dao Hut & Kitchen, where we were going to stay for the night – the  “White House” we took went for 1200 Baht/night – and with no heat it was terribly damp and cold that night- cuddling helped but still cold.  Better view in the morning so I’ll post that next post on the Mae Tang part of the trip tomorrow.  Again the Slideshow is in order.

Tomorrow I will post about the final Mae Tang portion of the trip.


Doi Angkhang Trip

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Just got back from a trip to Doi Angkhang, Chiang Dao, and then to Mae Tang and back to Chiang Mai – 3 days.   Over 600 photos so I will make several posts to cover it all.  I was joined by a friend “Narin”  and we had a great time.

First we went to Doi Angkhang Agricultural Station near Fang.  The flowers are spectacular and the mountain area so peaceful. 

And then back to Fang and stayed at the “Tangerine Villa” for the evening – Nice accommodations  – 850B  including breakfast.  We did have to move to a new room when a group of young Thais moved into the room next door and started partying – but the Hotel moved us quickly so no problemDSC02471DSC02474.  Nice place to stay and good night sleep.

I will continue the adventure in the next couple of posts.


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.

Call from the past

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20161208_083814WOW I just had a Skype call from a distant friend from the US.  “Nixon”  , it’s been over 12 years since we talked and what a wonderful gift to hear his voice and learn that he is doing excellent and it’s possible that he may be able to visit me here in Thailand.  

He wanted me to add his photo to my models list  – so here he is and I am hoping that if and when he visits I can get him to pose for a great shoot.  

In any event I wish him all the success in the world and looking forwarded to any possible future visit.


Phayao trip

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Just got back from my Phayao trip with Charlie.   Nothing specular to post, but had a nice time  – booked into the Gateway Hotel and had very nice rooms – Cristal clear when we got there but heavy fog the next DSC01954DSC01992morning.  First shots from the window of my room. Nice view when you can see it.    Then a morning /night shot of the Nagas at Kwan Phayao (Lake Phayao) DSC01931DSC01987 in the lake in front of Por Khum Ngam Muang Monument.DSC01940DSC01945


DSC01968DSC02015and then on to  a small dam on the way to Lampang on Hwy 1035 – I didn’t get the name so I’ll add it later.DSC02010DSC02024  But the country is beautiful.

Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya U

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Commonly called Wat Suan Dok University.   Located on Suthep Rd.   It’s a Buddhist University for the whole Mekong River AreaDSC01868.   DSC01876-HDR

I went to Monk Chat, where lay people visit and talk to monks at the University so they can learn more about life as a monk and the monks can practice their English. There was no Monk Chat tonight as some kind of ceremony was in progress – I got some quick shots and went home – but not before getting this great sunset shot.DSC01895-HDR   

I had a real scare this afternoon, went to a local football field to get some practice shots in and suddenly the display on my cameras stopped functioning, so I took it to the shop where I bought it to see what happened – apparently I must have hit one of the setup buttons to turn off the display –  can’t for the life of me figure out how I could have done it but I was very upset that it might have to go in for repair.  All’s well now and working property. 

Planning on a short trip to Phayao this weekend with Charlie(from US) to see and photograph the lake – – I‘ve driven up to the area several times before on the way to Chang Muang but never stopped at the city or the lake for that matter – I meet a new Thai friend from there and will go back up to see him in another week or so and he’s going to show me around the area. It’s only a 2.5 hr drive so it’s easy enough to get to.