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    Week 24: Below

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    I had wanted to return to Angkor Wat anyway, primarily to get better photos. The first time I visited, in August 2013, the weather on the day of our visit had been overcast and not that great for photography. It wasn’t even bad enough to be interesting – it was just a big bundle of ‘meh’. Added to that, I was still using my Canon 400D, which I bought with my first student loan instalment in 2005! Shortly before the trip, the light meter readout had decided to stop working. Fortunately, it came back just a short time after arriving at Angkor Wat, so I was able to come away with some good shots, but not many.

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    The Emerald Bang Rong Phuket

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    The Emerald Bang Rong Phuket is the place which started off my fascination with abandoned buildings in Phuket and Thailand generally. Known as the “ghost hotel” to Geocachers – which is how I came across the place, being one myself – it has a fantastic location and is well-enough completed to be fairly safe to explore.

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    Week 23: Movement

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    The effect I wanted was of motion blur – the background sweeping past while the runners and mostly sharp, with perhaps a little blur in their legs and arms. It’s simple enough to achieve. You just track the runners fast enough and use a slow enough shutter speed. I was shooting into the sun, which was pretty stupid, but the background was nicer in that direction. That made autofocus a little tricky at times and obviously put the subjects in a bit of shadow, but one was fixed with persistence and the other with post-processing. From hundreds of photos, the one I picked really popped out at me.

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    Week 22: Light

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    Despite the ease with which I got this photo, I am actually quite proud of it. It almost seems like a cheat to get a perfect shot within a mere 18 taken last thing before leaving the office. The conditions weren’t even that tricky for the effect I wanted, requiring next to no post-production editing. I intentionally wanted the background very dark because it’s just an office kitchen – not the most picturesque place.

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    Week 20: Nature

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    While certainly not the picture I wanted – either of the docks or nature – I am actually quite proud of this week’s Project52 photo. Better than any other shot I took during the week or even during the time in Singapore, I feel that this perfectly shows the interplay between the natural and urban landscape. It shows how much we depend on nature’s beauty to hide the ugliness of our own constructions, particularly the essential but unattractive stuff like docklands. The green-painted cranes even try to mimic the trees themselves.

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    Week 19: Laughter

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    When I sat down on the train in Singapore, glad to finally take the weight off my blistered and battered feet, I saw something across the aisle which made me smile. I took a sneaky picture, firing from the hip so as not to alert the subjects to what I was doing and therefore ruin the naturalness of it. It is a skill I have perfected over many years of basically being a sneaky sort of sod and taking pictures where people would not always appreciate me doing so.

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    Week 18: Sky

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    Although I left getting my Week 18 picture for my Project52 to practically the last second, I remain reasonably pleased with how it turned out, though it does …  Read more Week 18: Sky

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    Week 17: Framed

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    The reason I had chosen Surin Beach for the field test is a very sad one. The military government currently in power in Thailand has decided that any and all business anywhere near the beach (any beach, at least in Phuket) are now illegal. Strictly speaking, the beaches are all public land and they had the relatively reasonable idea that no one should be making money with land they don’t own. That part is understandable, though it did result in the removal of all the beach chairs, which has created a lot of complaining online.

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    Week 16: Water

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    My plan had been to repeat the massively successful shooting of Songkran in Chiang Mai last year. Having previously read somewhere (I forget where, sadly) that “if the end of your lens isn’t wet, you’re not close enough,” I had decided that I wanted to get in really close for some great action shots of the water throwing. From this was born the Songkran Camera Protector Mk.1 – a sealable sandwich bag with a hole ripped in the end for the lens, held in place by the lens hood.

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    Week 15: Far Away

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    Week 15’s subject being “far away” was kind of coincidental as I was just setting off on my Songkran travels, which I recounted in a sequence of travel posts earlier. As a result, I was “far away” from my home in Phuket – at least 645 km, if you want to be precise.