Thailand is more often than not associated with hot sunny holidays on busy beaches. But sometimes a storm changes the character and reveals another kind of beauty. As on this secluded Sichon bay in South Thailand. I created the photo as an oil painting for a more dramatic effect.
Behind every picture there is an untold story. The artist – painter or photographer – has created that picture, either from observation, imagination or a combination of both. We are usually invited to hazard a guess at how, why, when and where. Wouldn’t it be nice to know?
It is common to hear a photographer say I took these photos. I seldom hear a photographer say I created this picture. I used to believe it was vital never to be without a cocked camera so as not to miss, possibly the most amazing photo ever shot. I know better now but I still remind myself regularly that
‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’.
The painter starts with a blank canvas and adds what he sees or visualises in the way it appears to him. The landscape photographer is presented with a scene which he must manoeuvre to create the picture he sees in his mind’s eye. Seldom does this happen in a nano-second and often it can take considerably longer than even the photographer imagines.
I find that it now takes me much longer to create a picture that I am satisfied with than it did when I was a complete novice. When I look at my older creations I can understand why.
Both the painter and the photographer have a set of tools which they must know how to use to produce the picture. As a landscape photographer, you have a dazzling array of modern technology at your disposal and you are only limited by your pocket and determination to master it. But however much of a techno wizard you are it will not compensate for a lack of artistry, visual literacy, vision or imagination. We never know exactly how a picture will turn out but without creative visualisation, you can bet it won’t be so hot.
A gallery of attractive or interesting photographs may be pleasing to many viewers and they may be curious enough to hazard a guess at the creative process and how they were produced. But only the photographer, if he remembers, will know.
After viewing thousands of wonderful pictures on 500px, and shuddering at the realisation that I am still a novice, it surprises me at how few write anything in the description box – including me. Then I find an exceptional picture which I really love but have no idea what the story behind it is.
Since then I decided that the pictures I create that I enjoy most will have at least a few words as an accompaniment so that I won’t forget how I made them and maybe others will enjoy the viewing experience a little more as I try to make more challenging pictures.
In Thailand the owners of many dogs allow them to roam free. It’s a good life for healthy well fed dogs if they can avoid the traffic and don’t cause motor accidents; especially when they live on the beaches. But not all dog’s are as lucky as this one who is owned by the restaurant on Yannui Beach, Phuket. To learn more about Thailand’s dogs visit Soi Dog.
The sun rising is hidden from view. It’s not often foggy in Rawai but this was one of those unusual days when the tide was out and the wind brought pollution from Sumatra where the forests was burning.
This was truly a dramatic event which produced a kaleidoscope of colours until darkness enveloped us. Thailand produces many spectacular sunsets but not all year round.