Category Archives: Thailand

Zeus’s Fury and Lightning in Chiang Mai ~ Thailand

Well, Holy Lightning Batman! As I’m writing, there’s another thunderstorm passing over Chiang Mai in Thailand. It’s actually more of a lightning show than rain. My wife warned me there was a storm approaching in the horizon. So I grabbed my camera and my tripod, set it in a dry spot, pointed the camera towards a clutter-free area, set the exposure and focus and started taking shots. This particular one was so fast and bright that I just saw a flash and didn’t notice the lightning until it appeared on my screen. Some of you asked me what settings I […]


Wedding and Thunderstorms in Chiang Mai ~ Thailand

We had the smoke season, with ugly dusty skies, no visibility and a barely breathable atmosphere. We had the hot season, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees C (100+ F), cooled down for a few days during Songkran, the water festival. Now we have the rainy season that’s slowly creeping in from the north of Thailand. Cooler temperatures, overcast skies, dramatic clouds and of course: Thunderstorms! Tonight we had a beautiful (but short) lightning show in the sky over Doi Suthep mountain. I placed my tripod outside and shot about 50 shots ranging from 10 to 20 seconds to get lightning […]


Songkran, the Thai New Year ~ Thailand

In the past 3 days, Chiang Mai rocked to the sound of splashing water, whether it’s being splashed on Buddha statues or being sprayed from a water pistol on passers-by from the back of a tuk-tuk. Nobody was spared. Buckets of icy water from behind pickup trucks. Water gun fights between young Thai children and farangs. Everybody celebrated Songkran, the Thai New Year. The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people and wash their “bad fortune” away. People paying visit to the temples collected some of the water after it had been poured over Buddha […]


Missing beautiful sunsets in Chiang Mai ~ Thailand

I’ve been missing the beautiful sunsets in Chiang Mai lately.. Not because I’m too busy to look outside my window, but because of the crazy smokey weather that’s been around for the past month. Every year, after the rainy season is over, farmers around Chiang Mai and neighboring countries (Burma, Laos and Cambodia) start burning fields to clear rice stubble and make room for new crops. There’s absolutely no control from any Government over this practice and sadly, the whole Northern area has to suffer from what is now called the “Smoke season” for a couple of months. So instead of having beautiful […]


Makha Bucha night in Chiang Mai ~ Thailand

Yesterday night, Thailand celebrated Makha Bucha, an important Buddhist festival celebrated in South-East Asia on the full moon day of the third lunar month (which usually falls around end of February or beginning of March). Makha Bucha commemorates two separate events that occurred on the same date 45 years apart, during the Buddha’s lifetime. The first event was the coming together of 1,250 monks to meet and be ordained by the Buddha, and the second event was the Buddha delivering his teachings shortly before his death, 45 years later. During this highly ceremonial event, Thai people make merit by going […]


A Car in the Moat ~ Thailand

I don’t drive. I walk, even very long distances. And sometimes I wonder how it can be possible to put yourself in such situations where your car, in the middle of Chiang Mai (which means you can’t drive too fast), hits a curb that’s fairly high and ends up in the middle of the moat surrounding the Old City. I didn’t really witness the accident but I photographed the whole process  of dragging the car to the edge and lifting it out of the moat with a pickup-crane. The whole scene, of course, attracted hundreds of tourists and locals quietly […]


Fiery Sunset II ~ Thailand

Every once in a while, I go back through my archives to check out some photos and spend some time editing again. Photography is an endless learning process. Every week I learn something new. A new lighting technique, a different way to edit photos, a new idea.. It just doesn’t end. There is no mastering, there is just learning more. Lately I have been trying different techniques to process my photos and so far I’m pleased with the results. Of course the more I learn, the longer I spend time editing. This particular shot took me more than 30 minutes.  Just […]


The International Hot Air Balloon Festival ~ Thailand

  Waking up at 5 in the morning is never an easy thing, especially when the only reason is to go out and shoot a festival about colorful Hot Air Balloons. However, the motivation is a little stronger when friends decide to wake up and check it out together (Thanks Dustin and Dave). The International Hot Air Balloon festival is taking place in Chiang Mai – Thailand, during 3 days from the 25th to the 27th of November. As expected, there weren’t many people around so early in the morning, except for photographers of course. The whole event consisted of […]