Exploring Your Subject_Ayutthaya_Thailand

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 32mm. Exposure Details: 1/60 second @ f10 ISO 100.I recently undertook a day trip out of Bangkok which included a mid afternoon visit to the Ancient Capital of Ayutthaya. The light was bright and not particularly flattering. Under such conditions, when making portraits, I'II often move my subject into the shade. In the case of landscapes and architectural subject matter this isn't possible. So, with about 15 minutes at this particular site I choose to work the scene, a little like shooting a film, with a distant and close-up view.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 24mm. Exposure Details: 1/200 second @ f9 ISO 100. The distant view allows me to illustrate the entire subject, which I've helped to frame with the overhanging tree branches, while the close-up allowed me to explore the subjects textural qualities which, by the way, is the reason I opted for a black-and-white rendering. The middle image allowed me to incorporate a person into the scene which added a scene of scale and narrative (somethings happening) to the image.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 lens @ 97mm. Exposure Details: 1/200 second @ f9 ISO 100. So, when the lights not great, if the subject or scene at hand deserves to be photographed its worth the effort. Sometimes it's a matter of incorporating clever camera and/or processing techniques, other times the trick is to 'zoom with your feet'. Move around and explore your subject, and its relationship with the surrounding environment, from different distances and a variety of angles.

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