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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 […]


Smiling Sunset ~ Thailand

So I guess it’s no secret that I love sunset/sunrise shots. Luckily, I also have an amazing view from my window when I’m working on my desk. Now that the rainy season is over in Chiang Mai, we are having beautiful dramatic sunsets again. I have my tripod set up in my balcony, pointing towards where the sun sets and I decided to take (once again) a few more shots of sky on fire. And just as the sun disappeared behind the clouds for the day, the sky rewarded me with a last little smiley face as a thank you […]


Wat Chedi Luang ~ Thailand

Inside the walls of the old city in Chiang Mai, Wat Chedi Luang is probably the second most famous temple (after Wat Phra Singh). Built in the mid-15th century and damaged after an earthquake in 1545, it used to be the home of the famous ‘Emerald Buddha’ (which is now in Bangkok). The ruin stands about 60m (200ft) tall, making that tree next to it look quite impressive. It’s one of my favorite trees in Chiang Mai actually. For those who don’t know, Chiang Mai is a big city that extends in every direction but is not a very “tall […]

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