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

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

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


Weird Things You would Never Know!!

Sawadee Khrap

Here are some obscure facts, thanks to Paul’s Funny Newsletter, that most people don’t know.

A shrimp’s heart is in its head.
The ‘sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick’ is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14,Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

But wait, there’s more

Great weekend

Sawadee Khrap       Here’s a good one from Kevin  (modified !!)

A balding, white haired man from USA , walked into a jewelry store in Bangkok this past Friday evening with a very handsome but much younger young man at his side.
He told the jeweler he was looking for a special ring for his boyfriend. The jeweler looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring.

The man said, ‘No, I’d like to see something more special.’

At that statement, the jeweler went to his special stock and brought another ring over. ‘Here’s a stunning ring at only $40,000 the jeweler said. The lad’s eyes sparkled and his whole body trembled with excitement. The old man seeing this said, ‘We’ll take it.’

The jeweler asked how payment would be made and the man stated, ‘by check. I know you need to make sure my check is good, so I’ll write it now and you can call the bank Monday to verify the funds and I’ll pick the ring up Monday afternoon.’

On Monday morning, the jeweler angrily phoned the old man and said ‘There’s no money in that account.’

‘I know,’ said the old man,

‘But let me tell you about MY GREAT WEEKEND!’

See…….Not All Seniors Are Senile


Chiang Mai Camera Club meeting

Sawadee Khrap

It’s been a long time since the last post – not busy but lazy – But this coming Tuesday is the meeting of the Chiang Mai Camera Club at the Sangdee Gallery at 7 PM  – 17th .    Brian sent out this notice, but I thought I’d post it here too for those who may plan to attend and are not on the mailing list yet.

“Always trying to do something which will help learning I have found a very pretty model, 24 years old and experienced.
She will come to Sangdee and pose for us. The lights and backdrop will be supplied by me and it will be a great opportunity
to follow up on Johns example of lighting we did a couple of months back. (don’t worry if you weren’t there then!)

We have to pay the model 600 baht for an hours session  I propose those who wish to take photographs (maximum 6)
split the costs of 600 Baht: so if there are only 4 photographers, each would pay 150 Baht. It is not necessary to have
a smart camera. Flash wont be needed as adequate lighting will be provided. It will be fun to see the results the following
meeting .I hope someone uses a mobile phone camera!!! 

You don’t have to be a photographer to attend the meeting, you are welcome to come and watch without obligation.

Please confirm at this weeks meeting (with a payment) if you would like to photograph the model.

This meeting we will show a couple of short movies on composition and what attracts they eye in a  photograph.”

Hope to see everyone there – should be a great meeting and especially with the model –


Happy Easter–He has risen

Sawadee Khrap

Happy Easter to everyone

This is a good time of reflection for me.  1988, the year God took away my compulsion to drink and I realized a personal relationship with Christ.   Not the “christ” taught by the “church” ( each domination insisting their doctrine is the only true one) BUT, a real, personal, loving relationship with Jesus “The Christ”.  Accepting of all, without condemnation, based on Love and Acceptance.

That’s been 23 years, without drink  (and 22 years without smoke) and a real struggle to change my way of thinking and acting.  23 years of trying to come to terms with who and what I really am.  “A Child of God – One with Christ. 

Not much to say about it – only my actions can really tell the truth – Jesus said “If you love me you will follow my commandments” – I can only hope and pray for the strength to do that – as He said “If you see me, you see my Father” – and I can only pray that others see a clearer reflection of God through me. 

This is the world of differences, hatred, ego based decisions, limited, lonely and without hope, ending in death.  And YET, in this world, Christ has shown me a glimpse of Heaven.  Opened my eyes and set me on a path of discovery and peace.  I don’t even want to mention sexuality but my being “gay” was a major obstacle I had to come to terms with.  I love being me, I don’t want to be limited to any broad classification or group, I don’t want a label, I am just Frank, and I prefer to be in the company of men, and I thank God I have been brought to Thailand.  The story begins anew each day.

He Has Risen – Blessed Easter