Chiang Mai Camera Club —

Sawadee Khrap

Had our first meeting (at least the first of the meeting I will be acting moderator) last night and small attendance but of the initial key players in the forming of the club.  Went over my plan and showed some examples of the video clips on different topics.   Great input and so the next meeting will reflect the recommended agenda changes.

A.     Every other meeting will be devoted to Photo (Theme) Night – unless there is a Speaker scheduled for that evening. There is a great need to allow members to show their photos and there should be a central theme for the photos to follow that evening. General discussion and clique of the photos will be promoted so all can learn from each others view point and knowledge of techniques and post-processing procedures.

B.     Videos or clips of tutorials will be limited to no more than 10 minutes and cover only one topic for the meeting hour– that will allow more time for discussion and hands-on demos.  There will be 2 segments: 

First hour – Camera and photo equipment.  

2nd Hour – Post processing including output to printers and Web.  i.e.  Facebook, Picasa,

(Note:  As there are many different software packages for editing photos and members will be using both PC’s and Mac’s, and we can’t cover them all. – We have chosen the most popular editing software packages that work on both Mac & PC’s

Adobe Photoshop Ext  ( editing software – layers & video )

Adobe Lightroom  ( cataloging/editing program )

for the meetings and will ONLY show videos and demos on them. But, this information should be applicable to all other editors.)

C.      The Club has a Facebook account and it will be updated to reflect the changes and make announcements for up-coming meetings – I will try to add a full page, landing-page to the site and set a group tab for communication.

This all seems like a hell of a lot of work – glad I am retired –

but will also look forward to others joining in to help.  If you have a special idea we can use – step forward and we will give you meeting time to develop and mentor it.

See you at the next meeting on Aug 23rd  Sangdee Gallery


Long Post Delay–Possible Virus

Sawadee Khrap

Haven’t posted for a while – checking the Blog for virus infection and hacking.  Went through all the checks and removed the possible entry sites so I hope the blog is uncompromised.  Seems OK, no damage done – so I’ll just keep posting.  Using new software that should catch any problems in the future and keep it up and running. (sounds like something they need to invent for old men too, haha)


Lytro — Light Field Camera

Sawadee Khrap

Thanks Brian for letting me know about this new technology.  Check out this website for Lytro Cameras.  Looks great – but how much will it cost ???.  I have mine reserved, love the ability to take a photo in low-light and at fast speed – we will see. Just click on the area you would like to see in focus – anywhere in the photo – Amazing


Jock or Nerd ????

Sawadee Khrap

Here’s something to think about from Paul’s “Sunday Funnies”

     Michael Jordan having "retired," with $40 million in endorsements, he makes $178,100 a day, working or not.  If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head. If he goes to see a movie, it’ll cost him $7.00, but he’ll make $18,550 while he’s there.  If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he’ll make $618 while boiling it.  He makes $7,415/hour more than minimum wage. 

If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.  If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $2.00 every second.

     He’ll probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round.  He’ll make about $19.60 while watching the 100-meter dash in the Olympics and about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.  This year, he’ll make more than twice as much as all U.S. past Presidents for all of their terms combined. Amazing isn’t it?

     However…If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 500 years, he’ll still have less than Bill Gates has at this very moment. Game over.      Nerd wins.


High Dynamic Range–wow

Sawadee Khrap

Just started to shoot HDR images – with the 7D, I have set up a special HDR shooting mode that will take 3 bracketed (2 stops apart) RAW images automatically.  _MG_5992-EditThe aperture is set to 5.6 and shutter is _MG_5959-Editadjusted in the 3 exposures. Almost point and shoot.  I chose some very high contrast scenes and used the HDR Pro in CS5 to process.  Check out the detail in the shadows while still maintaining the detail in the clouds – amazing.  _MG_6001-EditThese are all hand held shots too.  In fact I did over push the color of the sky – could be a little less intense blue, but that can be adjusted – now I want to try Photomatix Pro to see if it will give better results._MG_5923-Edit  I can’t wait to go get some new shots of the landscape images I did in the past.


The Model – CMCC

Sawadee Khrap

_MG_5862-filmstripHere are some Photoshop examples I did from the Model shoot at CMCC.

Just playing around and seeing what I can do for some new ideas.  lot of stuff from PixelDesign – photos, templates, Styles,  and  Scrapbook ideas.

really nice stuff and gives me help learning design and art – I do want to start painting again and hope to have some examples to post later,

And naturally I had to play around a little bit: but I had to remove the photo because she thought it was too provocative –


Live Model at CMCC

Sawadee Khrap

At the last meeting (6/28) of the Chiang Mai Camera Club at Sangdee Gallery, we had a photo shoot with a live model.  I am working on my images and will post some of them along with the “Winners chosen by the members”  after the clubs next meeting.  But here is quick peek – Beautiful isn’t she !!




And here is shot of Brian & Steve setting up. Not a lot of room, lighting was only fluorescent, and no flash. And I was not shooting for the technical perfect exposure but just for a good shot that I could use in some new designs – I’ll post them with the Photoshop images next time.



"I have outlived my pecker."

Sawadee Khrap

The Penis Poem–by Willie Nelson

My nookie days are over,
My pilot light is out.
What used to be my sex appeal,
Is now my water spout.

Time was when, on its own accord,
From my trousers it would spring.
But now I’ve got a full time job,
To find the f***in’ thing.

It used to be embarrassing,
The way it would behave.
For every single morning,
It would stand and watch me shave.

Now as old age approaches,
It sure gives me the blues.
To see it hang its little head,
And watch me tie my shoes!!

Thanks Jim for sending me this – and sorry to say hits home too.


Do you need water purifier ?

Sawadee Khrap

Susie card-espringAmazing, I was at the shopping center today having lunch and asked the waitress if she knew if the Chiang Mai Water District Office on the Super Highway was open today on Sunday.  She didn’t know but what a coincidence, sitting next to me at the next table was a couple of gals who were just opening their new business in Chiang Mai for water purifiers.

They went out of their way to find out for me – GREAT SERVICE – if this is indicative of the service their company will offer – I want to shop there.  Their just starting out and need your support – you can contact them at

{  }  Right now the web page is still under construction so to view their products you can go to the mother espringcompany’s web-site . 

Best of Luck – Susie and Jutamas



Where’s my pen ?

Sawadee Khrap

Here’s a cute one from Paul’s Sunday Funnies.

A nurse walks into a bank totally exhausted after a 20 hour shift.  Preparing to write a check, she pulls a rectal thermometer out of her purse and tries to write with it.

She looks at the flabbergasted teller and without missing a beat says,  "Well, that’s great….that’s really great……… some asshole’s  got my pen."



New Photoshop work

Sawadee Khrap

Just finished a series of photos from a shoot last week.  Craig wanted some shots of his b/f, so we set up a session and here are a _MG_5220-Editcouple of the finished photos.









Just testing out new designs – many helpful templates from PixelDesign have really helped.  And the new camera is working great

Hope you enjoy