While exploring the back alleys on the hill at the center of Luang Prabang we stumbled upon this little girl. At first we couldn’t figure out what she had on her face until we saw that her mother’s shop seemed to be selling cosmetics. She followed us around and danced with Madeleine for a while. She was just so cute…
The hours leading to dusk in Luang Prabang are fascinating as monks gather towards the city’s temples for evening prayers. I liked how this particular monk was framed by the side door of the house he was praying in.
The decorations on many of the temples in Luang Prabang was simply some of the most detailed and beautiful I’d seen anywhere, magnified by the warm sunlight around. I can’t remember 100% which temple this was but it’s likely to have been Wat Sensoukharam.
With waterfalls there’s always a trade off between wide shots to try and capture the grandeur of it all, or closer focused shots to capture the flow. For this shot I chose the latter, and I like how it just feels peaceful.
The Kuang Si waterfalls had many levels of successive waterflows, including this natural stairwell with many tiny steps of water flowing on top of each other. The blue colour of the water is natural as well, the result of particles of limetone being carried by the flow from further up the river.
*Kuang Si Falls*
I’m a sucker for waterfalls, and it’s become a point of contention with my family since I’ll spend so much time trying to get the perfect shot on my tripod that they don’t get to spend time with me. This time, in the gorgeous Kuang Si Falls near Luang Prabang, I adopted a half-way strategy that has worked well: instead of using the tripod, in most instances I used the lens’ stabilization to shoot at around 1/15s. In my experience, with rushing water that’s what delivers the most pleasing yet natural looking results. And family saw more of me and was pleased as well. This huge waterfall park is by far the most impressive I’ve seen yet, and if you go to Laos I strongly recommend not missing out on it!
*Keep your Lantern Trimmed and Burning*
I took a lot of portraits of lantern bearers. I was looking for interesting subjects, but also interesting moments. Here, I liked how the lantern light was directly lighting the young man’s face. Of and yes, the title is a bit of a nod to an old, old song…
It’s incredible how a harsh sun will exacerbate strong colours, creating very contrasty scenes. This was shot in the streets of Peng Chau and I like it a lot.
To be fair it was brutally hot in Peng Chau, but I didn’t expect to see a man showering from a public tap…
There was a strong natural side light coming into the living room yesterday and I decided to experiment with some harmonica related still life shots. At one point, after I’d painstakingly built a pyramid of harmonicas, a cloud came over the sun, and I noticed that the shadow of the pyramid became indistinct in a graphically interesting way. This ended up being the best shot in the session.