Large image copies available ???

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Several have asked if they can get larger size images suitable for printing.  All of the models have approved the posting of small JPG images, however larger versions (files or printed) could be made available upon request.  I am sure many of the boys would consider releasing 8×12 or larger versions on a case by case basis.  Poster size prints could also be made.  

Many of the models are hard to contact and I don’t have all of their emails, but sending me a private note using  “Contact US”  from the blog, and you explain what you are looking for, I can contact them and seek their approval and what, if any, charge they would consider.  I am sure they would be flattered.

I also let them know any and all comments you make and will give them your email address if you would like to contact them directly.

Sooooo   Let me know in a comment and I’ll pass it on.


new Model – Ink

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Introducing “Ink”   Maybe you’ve seen him around  Jontiem Beach ! Great model and super nice guy.





I have been toying with the idea of putting a password-protected area around many of the images I post, making them available only to those who post comments – but the last post of Tom’s photos drew 5 comments so I will not burden you guys with this inconvenience – but please try to post comments so I know someone cares and wants to see more of the great local Pattaya young men.  That’s my inspiration – beyond the boys that is.



More of Tom’s shoot

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As follow-up for those who asked, here’s a few more shots of Tom.


Hopefully more to come when he approves.



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Didn’t get many comments asking for more posting of photos – maybe no one is watching – maybe I need to post a private link so only the ones who comment can see all the photo taken and approved by Tom from this shoot and others to come – any ideas?


Dinner with friends

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Just had a great dinner at “Thai Kitchen-Jontiem” with a couple of friends – Chris, visiting this 20120818_185126last couple of weeks from Europe, and Khun Wut who works at X-Men Bar here in Jontiem.

And we were discussing the cost of going out  (the dinner, the movie, the drinks,  etc,) but here that cost is just a pittance from what we would have to spend if back in our home countries.  On a retirement income it”s possible to do so here and not break the bank.

And if your like me, elderly, or should I say older (much older) it would be almost impossible to have anyone younger than 50 consider going out for dinner or an evening.  I don’t really relate to the geriatric crowd ( yesterday I couldn’t spell it – today I are one ), but prefer to be with a younger group.  I also like to think I still have something to offer and enjoy helping or sharing my experiences in business and life with those who possibility could use some help.  It all here in Thailand.  Young or older are invited and sit at the same table – all ages are respected – but of course the oldest gets the check – but here, that’s acceptable too.  Going out on a date is possible and affordable – what more could you ask for.

Chris is now on the plane, going home – hope you had a great time here and look forward to seeing you next time you come to visit.


Lets walk down and get them all

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Experience has it’s rewards:

A new young rooster arrived at the chicken coop and struts over to the old rooster and says, ‘OK old fart, time for you to retire.’  The old rooster replies, ‘Come on, surely you cannot handle ALL of these chickens.  Look what it has done to me!  Can’t you just let me have the two old hens over in the corner?’  The young rooster says, ‘Beat it: You are washed up and I am taking over.’

The old rooster says, ‘I tell you what, young stud.  I will race you around the farmhouse.  Whoever wins gets the exclusive domain over the entire chicken coop.’  The young rooster laughs.  ‘You know you don’t stand a chance, old man.   So, just to be fair, I will give you a head start.’   The old rooster takes off running.  About 5 seconds later the young rooster takes off running after him.  They round the front porch of the farmhouse and the young rooster has closed the gap.  He is only about 5 feet behind the old rooster and gaining fast.

The farmer, meanwhile, is sitting in his usual spot on the front porch when he sees the roosters running by.  The Old Rooster is squawking and running as hard as he can.  The Farmer grabs his shotgun and – BOOM – he blows the young rooster to bits.

The farmer sadly shakes his head and says,  ‘Dangit ..…..third gay rooster I bought this month.’

Thanks Paul – Paul’s Sunday Funnies


Ahhhh the Dentist again

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A man went to the dental surgeon to have a tooth pulled.
The dentist pulls out a freezing needle to give to the man. "No way!, no needles!, I hate needles!", the patient said.
The dentist starts to hook up the laughing gas and the man again objects. "I can’t do the gas thing – the thought of having the gas mask on is suffocating to me".

The dentist then asks if the man has an objection to taking the pill. "No", the patient says, "I am fine with pills". The dentist returns and says, "Here is a Viagra tablet".
The patient says, "Wow, I didn’t know that Viagra worked as a pain pill!".

It doesn’t said the dentist, "It will give you something to hold on to when I pull out your tooth".

Thanks Paul.


We need underground wiring

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Want to be a “LineMan” here in Jontiem ?   20120810_161448-I don’t envy their profession here.  These guys were installing new optic lines for TrueVision down ThrapPhaya Rd in Jontiem,



I was having a early dinner at “Thai Kitchen” just across the street and just had to get some shots using my cell phone.   20120810_161459


It was about  4PM and 31C / 87F  this day  – not really hot by Thai standards, but not conditions I would want to work in – Even through I had a fan on me, I was still sweating just setting there having dinner.

They were pulling for an entire city block – a lot of cable. When they were finished pulling, they then coiled it into a pile so they could continue the next day. My hats off to you boys – now that’s working.  Can you imagine this wiring mess in San Francisco, or these working conditions – Oh ya, not sure but I think laborers make about 300 Baht a day = $10 US


Teaser – Preview

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Just had a friend come over today and we did some images (500 or so) – Here is a teaser – I’m doing the post-processing now and will need to get his permission to post more  images of this young man- if he agrees I’ll post images based it on the number of comments I receive – posting more if your interested.  Let me know.



Bronze Boy

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David, a friend of mine in Chiang Mai, had this great sculpture of a young boy casted in bronze by a French artist. (didn’t get his name, but the statue was almost 3 foot long, and heavy) in his back yard.  2 years ago it was stolen and I think I have the only photos of it left.  This is a combination (painting) of several photos montaged for a more dramatic image.  Hope you like it David.



still nostalgia–Thaton near Chiang Rai

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This is a 17X25 inch digital painting of my favorite place just North of Fang on the way to Chiang Rai = Thaton.  This is the Kok River, and it used to be the boundary of Thailand/Burma but now is considered Thailand, However many of the people on the western or left side still speak Burmese.

Too bad this small posted image doesn’t show the painting details like the full sized print – here it tends to look like a photo but the printed version is very hand-painted life like.  This is a full size portion of the printed version.


It was produced using several filters and embossing in CS6 Photoshop – I cannot post the full size here but if someone is interested, I will see what I can do for them to get a copy


My favorite photos

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Here are my favorite photos – from the Shan refugee camp near Wiang Haeng, Thailand -  I took these memorial portraits – hope you agree.


I really hope the new Gov’t’ in Myanmar will allow these people to return and finally live the life they search for.  Meeting this lovely couple was the highlight of my day there.



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I love the photo of the little boy from the refugee camp, great shot of determination, climbing obstacles.  More of a outline and cartoon effect but I think it adds a degree of importance to the shot.  And the second is a painting effect utilizing greater brush stroke definition than the ones I did before. 

Sunday I went to my first meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club and plan to go back next week – Sunday’s meeting had a nature photographer (ian Frame) showing his work – great presentation of macro work in the insect world.  The club is also trying to re-spark their Photo Group and for it I volunteered to present some information on using Lightroom and Photoshop.  We’ll see what happens and post later.  

In addition there is also a Pattaya Expats Club  meeting at the same time each Sunday – not sure who broke from who, I’ll get that info and let you know.  I’ll try to attend this group in a couple of weeks.

A lot is going on, getting my schedule filled again – relaxing on the beach is nice but the chairs are starting to make my back ache , so I also need to get back to my stretching exercises. – always something,


Memories–Chiang Rai

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Just going through my catalog of photos and came across this image of Wat Rong Khun (Thai: วัดร่องขุ่น)  a contemporary unconventional Buddhist and Hindu temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat.  Retouched with CS6.


I plan to go through my old catalogs and post some of the better shots I have.  If you are looking for a particular place or area in Thailand make me a comment and I’ll try to post what I have.  My first month in Thailand I rented a van and driver/guide and traveled over 8,000 Km photographing – major cities and attractions.


Some More of my Recent paintings

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Here is some of my recent paintings from my photos  around Thailand.  These experimentations use Photoshop or DAP (Dynamic Auto Painter) to achieve some special or painterly effects.




I tried several different techniques or combinations of programs to get the final results – subjects are from my photos around Chiang Mai  – Painting #3 is a combination of several photos but the house on stilts comes from a recent trip to Sattahip here in Pattaya.

As always – COMMENTS are appreciated.   Here are my original photos that I used: