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Sawadee ka means hello in Thai language, and usually said by female.

For male, they will greet you with ” Sawadee krap” unless they are somewhere in between, well.. that’s another story…

Thai people practices and differentiate language between male and female just like English he or she.

We arrived quite early in the morning at Phuket, Thailand.

A friendly driver from the hotel picked us up at the Airport and drove us to the resort.

The trip from Airport to the resort took about 15 to 20 minutes.

We were staying at Marriot Phuket Resort. The entrance of the resort is so grand.

Noticed the big pillars and jars along the entrance? At night they are lighted up with torches.

Upon our arrival we are supposed to be greet by these group of female young Thai dancer.

They will display a short dance performance along with traditional music and hang flower leis made from Jasmines and Orchids around the guest’s neck.

But oh well, they seems like having their break when we arrived. Maybe next time.

Ring ring.. Sawadee ka? :)

by flyingbeagle

Good morning everybody! :D

I’m back! Refreshed and ready to share with all of you the beauty of my Thailand trip!

Buckle up your seatbelt. Here we go!

Here is the view from plane that I took to Phuket, Thailand.

Noticed the snake-like rivers? Awesome right?

Because of the cloudy weather after early morning rain, the shade of skies are a little bit unpredictably random.

Here the sky with the reddish hue. Those small tiny islands are where they shoot James Bond’s movie.

Remember the boat chasing scenes in the movie? Therefore that group of island are named James Bond island.

The water from the flight view are amazingly clear. I can’t wait to dip my toes to the sand!

(To be continued)

by flyingbeagle

… is the one that’s with you. It’s a book title from Chase Jarvis, a renowned photographer in the United States. I’ve never read the book, but I got the iPhone apps with the same name, which I use quite often for daily snaps (I’d like to show them, but I guess it’s another topic for another time). I couldn’t agree more with mr. Jarvis.  There were special moments when I wish I had a camera with me. Since I didn’t carry or didn’t have a camera at occassions , those moments just stay somewhere in my brain until I fail to recall them.

I’ve taken pictures ever since I was in highschool or even earlier (let’s see,..how many decades ago was it, ;P…). It was a pocket camera, tho back then you really need to have a huge pocket to fit one of those 35mm hand crank camera. I have a fair share of using 9 different cameras in total, excluding the ones I borrowed. Strangely the only one I couldn’t remember is,..my first camera. How weird is that? I know it was a Fuji (It’s the biggest brand in Indonesia until the digital era), but I couldn’t remember the type. After that came the Olympus Mju first generation, then my first SLR the Canon FN1000, entering the digital era with Canon Cybershot 1.3 Megapixel DSC-P30, then change to Nikon Coolpix 3700, satisfied with the coolpix, I upgraded to DSLR Nikon D200, only to downgrade to D80 a year later, sold my Nikon and crossed over to Canon 40D and finally the 7D. Mostly I love them all, except for the Sony cybershot. It was expensive at that time, and the indoor picture quality was just terrible. I believe it was released in Sony’s fifth year in the still-camera business, so it’s justifiable. And they’ve excelled ever since even though they remain the most expensive compare to other brands in each class.

Here are some pictures I took in the last decade using analog and digital cameras, and some from my phones. Sure in some of these images you could even see the pixel count, but I’m glad I took these pictures so I could relive these moments.

My nephew and robot,..the toy robot. Taken with a borrowed Canon Ixy 320 (3.2MP), remains one of my favorite shots. (click on image above to enlarge)

Mom and Dad goofed around. Good thing I had my Nokia 6111 handy at that time.

Sunset @ Stillwater, Oklahoma. Using film camera, with a color slide 35mm film, then printed and scanned without any photoshop retouching. The gradation is smooth like you wouldn’t believe.

Gazing at the sky. Same as before, using film camera, with a color slide 35mm film, then printed and scanned without any photoshop retouching.

Low resolution pic, clock wise from top left, My nephew acting like a boss (taken with Sony’s 1.3 MP camera), my chubby cheeked niece (taken with nokia 6600), Linkin Park concert 2003 (using Sony Ericsson T-630), A truck charging onto me, it was definitely on the wrong side of the road. Scary huh? (also taken with SE T630) (click on image above to enlarge)

So how would you know which camera is the best for you? Just find the right camera that you feel most likely you will carry around everywhere. If you feel the needs to upgrade from your pocket digital camera to DSLR because you feel the image quality of your current camera doesn’t cut it anymore, then go ahead pick one up. But, if you’re the type of person that finds DSLR bulkiness bothers you, don’t be tempted to get it just because everybody arounds you seems to have one nowadays. Trust me, it will collect more dust in your drawer than dust from your trip to a volcanic mountain. Other type cameras that should be seriously considered are the pro-level compact such as Canon G11 or Panasonic Lumix LX-3, and the Interchangable Lens Mirrorless Camera such as the Olympus EP2 and Sony NEX-5. Both types offer larger sensor than your average point and shoot cameras, and the creativity of the DSLR cameras without the bulkiness. If you’re the type of person who wants all features in 1 gadget with no hassle, then iPhone 4 is your thing. Sure its 5MP still images or 720p HD video is not comparable to most DSLR or even high end compacts, but it’s a phone!!! You always carry your phone with you , don’t you? Which means you’ll always have your camera ready with you. Whatever you bought, have it handy. So, any chance you see a ‘moment’, just shoot away!

by ingimg
ingenious imaging