Bang Pa In_A Photographer's Dream

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 lens @ 40mm. Exposure Details: 1/50 second @ f7.1 ISO 100.60 kilometres north of Bangkok, along the banks of the Chaopraya River lies the beautiful Bang Pa In, the summer palace of Thai kings since the 17th Century. Predominantly European in style, except for an elegant thai-style pavilion positioned for maximum effect within an artificial lake and a lovely tower, the palace's buildings are positioned around a lovely waterway. 

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 lens @ 47mm. Exposure Details: 1/50 second @ f8 ISO 100.While an interesting and vibrant city, Bangkok lacks the lush green parks of my current home in Melbourne, Australia. I live across the road from a waterway which I can follow for a 3 to 4 hour walk into the city. After a 19-day adventure to Antarctica, which preceded this trip, I'd so much wanted a walk in the green. Bang Pa In did not disappoint. The palace grounds are magnificent and manicured by a team of gardeners. It was a joy to behold, although time constraints limited by ability to walk around.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 lens @ 24mm. Exposure Details: 1/100 second @ f8 ISO 100.Keen photographers would likely benefit from a 3-hour visit, ideally early or late in the day, due to the size of the palace and its grounds. Sadly I only had an hour available, so I hired a golf car to zip along the pathways between sites. I would have loved to walk around the site, but the golf cart enabled me to get the pics I needed in the time I had. And, not being a golfer, I'd long wanted to take one of those carts for a spin. It was fun.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 lens @ 105mm. Exposure Details: 1/100 second @ f8 ISO 100.If you allow 3 to 4 hours for your visit you'll have ample time for photography and plenty of time to rest and soak up the serenity of this most lovely and peaceful setting.

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