It seems a pity that Bangkok’s reputation as a sex capital precedes itself, as it is otherwise a very modern and sophisticated city. Not what I expected at all. It’s certainly vibrant and a great fun place to party but it’s also safe and fairly easy to explore. The streets are clean, food is excellent, and there are fascinating places to visit everywhere. Plus it’s great for shopping. I will definitely be visiting again.
I was shooting with my Nikon D600 and mostly with the 50mm f/1.2 AIS lens – which is a little heavy and fiddly to focus but it produces some very beautiful shots. It’s actually at it’s best fairly wide open and surprisingly sharp even at f/1.4. At it’s largest aperture it takes some patience to use as there’s very little in focus and all the most extreme character of lens is visible – strong contrast, heavy vignetting, and plenty of bokeh. Shooting street photography with such a lens and with manual focus is very hit and miss, but it’s a fun change from shooting with a 28mm lens at f/8 where you rarely miss anything provided you can chase the action.
These are some of my favourite shots from the holiday, including quite a few from a day trip to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
“Autofocus motherfucker!”, Luke shouts as he flies past. Yeah yeah… I was managing OK but it’s best to have at least one hand holding a tuk-tuk (and not both hands on the camera).