Tai Hang Ramen
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 500
Tai Hang is a little area just around the corner where I live that used to be mostly garages and body shops, but it’s in the process of gentrifying, so you get a combination of garages and cheap hip restaurants everywhere. It’s a real pleasure to walk around, very colourful. I haven’t tried this Ramen place yet, but I will!
Where the pigeons perch
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800
Throughout my canal excursion I found the houses fascinating, especially the ones on stilts. It’s hard to imagine that this is in the heart of a 6 million inhabitant metropolis. Not to mention the birds: they live there too!
Fishing by the temple
Fuji x-Pro2, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 320
When I booked my canal excursion in Bangkok it said nothing about a temple and yet alongside the canal sits Wat Wayrurachin, a 19th century Buddhist temple. As we were cruising along I noticed these boys fishing, and thought that was certainly worth a shot (I don’t think I’d eat fish from the canal waters, but then I can afford to, which is probably more than can be said for these kids…
Itinerant Souvenir Shop
Fuji X-Pro2, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1250
If tourists visit by boat, then naturally souvenir shops must be on boats as well. We met quite a few of those during our 30mn exploration of the canals.
Will the clothes dry?
Fuji X-Pro2, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1250
I’m kind of fascinated with canal side living. We saw a lot of dingy habitat alongside the Mekong in Vietnam, and things are no different in Bangkok proper. You can’t help wonder about the hygiene and the humidity (in countries where humidity is a problem everywhere) and yet there’s something fascinating about this entirely different way of living to the one we’re used to in the west.
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 3200
Last March I had to go to Bangkok for some work meetings. I had an afternoon free before work started in earnest so I decided to go boating alongside the canals. On my way to the boat I found this cop or security guard napping in a sidestreet. It was too good a photo opportunity to pass.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/20s, ISO 6400
One of the things I find truly wonderful about the Fuji XPro-2 is how it allows me to do shots that I just could not do with previous cameras. At ISO 6400 the noise is so fine it looks like fine grain from the film era, and with the optical stabilisation on the 18-55 I can shoot as slow as 1/10s without issue. Combine the two and you get these kinds of night shots where the dark areas are clear, and the contrasts nice.
Down to Earth
Fuji XPro-2, 45mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 2500
In street photography contrast is generally a good subject matter. Here I was after not only the actual light contrast of the store vs. the streets but also the contrast between those massively expensive cars and those driving in front of them.