December 5 is celebrated throughout Thailand The holiday, known as Wan Chalerm, is marked with displays of flags, flowers and fireworks. Many people wear yellow or gold, the colors of the monarchy, although others such as these women in Bangkok wear pink, the color of the Queen.
Bangkok – Photo Tip

How do you capture movement in a still photo?

Photo by Peter Adams

Bangkok – Photo Tip How do you capture movement in a still photo?

For a travel photographer it is important to strike the right balance between planning ahead – knowing exactly where you’re going to visit each day and what to expect – and keeping an eye open for the unexpected.

Peter Adams
Peter Adams Travel Photographer

The things you stumble upon by chance often make for the most interesting pictures. Such was the case here after leaving the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Crowds seemed to be gathering so I decided to wait around to find out what might happen. I soon discovered there was to be a large parade to celebrate the King’s birthday.

After first taking some photos with regular exposures, I wanted another set that captured the constant flow of people. I started panning the camera as these girls passed by, at the same time experimenting with different slow shutter speeds.

This would provide blur but if I got the shutter speed right but keep a small key central area such as a face relatively sharp. I sometimes use a touch of fill-in flash to enhance this effect. Making sure my image-stabilized lens was in the right mode for panning, I continuously swept the lens across the participants walking past.

Thailand is often referred to as the land of smiles and this is true even in the bustling and crowded capital city; as this girl turned her head and beamed into the camera I had the shot I was after.

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A flower market in Bangkok. Thailand is the world’s largest producer of Dendrobium orchids and exports an average of 2million flower stems per day, on top of what is produced for the domestic market. The country is also a major exporter of cars and vehicle components, computer hard drives, textiles, gypsum and rice. It is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia. Photo by Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Aperture
ƒ/6.3
Exposure
1/20
ISO
100
Focal
40 mm

A flower market in Bangkok. Thailand is the world’s largest producer of Dendrobium orchids and exports an average of 2million flower stems per day, on top of what is produced for the domestic market. The country is also a major exporter of cars and vehicle components, computer hard drives, textiles, gypsum and rice. It is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia.

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