Faces of …. Thailand

Last november, I posted a photoessay called Faces of … Rajasthan, a series of portraits I took with the Fuji x-t1 and the 56mm f/1.2 (85mm equivalent) while visiting India. In october, I went to Thailand. I took the x-t2 and the 90mmf/2 lens (135mm equivalent).

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Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2.8 + 1/900s + ISO 200

I was easy to engage people to take portraits although I speak no Thaï and English is not widely spoken. In that respect, I enjoyed India more because I could chat with local people. I used sign language and got along fine.

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2 + 1/125s + ISO 800

The 90mm focal length is a different beast to the 56mm. I got mainly headshots standing at a couple of metres back. From a distance of conversation with the 56mm you have the choice to step back and get a head&shoulders or step forwards and get a headshot. With the 90mm, if you don’t move, you get a headshot. If you want a wider shot, you have to move back several step and I find this a bit awkward, it looks as though you are moving far away from the person you are shooting.

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2.5 + 1/550s + ISO 200

The shutter speed is much less forgiving than with the 56mm, at 1/125s, the eyes are not always tack sharp. A slight movement of the subject or the photographer is all it takes. At 1/250s I get more consistant results. I will know next time… live and learn!

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2.5 + 1/640s + ISO 200

I met some fabulous people, the two guys above are friends and were chatting in a park in Bangkok. I went up to ask them if and where the komodo dragons were (yes, they live freely in the park!).
The following pictures are from a tribe village in the north, near Chiang-Rai. A controversial visit to be sure, but the people were friendly to those who tried to communicate a little.

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2 + 1/125s + ISO 800


Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2 + 1/750s + ISO 200

Next is a little girl I photographed in Chiang-Mai. She was with many others at the foot of a temple, dressed up in traditional costume to ask for money of tourists.

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2 + 1/1500s + ISO 200

This lady was also at the temple, selling flowers. She was very friendly and has a great smile.

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2 + 1/1250s + ISO 200

A kind man I met at a temple in Chiang-Mai who was keen to chat (he speaks good English) and give us all the best places to visit. He works at an Elephant sanctuary and was visiting Chiang-Mai himself.

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Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2 + 1/140s + ISO 200

A burmese monk visiting the golden triangle where the Mekong meets Laos and Burma. He was visiting with other monks, taking photos of everything and got a few selfies with our children!

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2.8 + 1/500s + ISO 200

The Thai are a great mixture between traditional and modern. As the county was in official mourning after the death of the king, most people were wearing black or dark clothes. A strange sight indeed.

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2.8 + 1/125s + ISO 640

We visited some small villages in the north of Thailand. The tourist trade helps bring some revenue to an otherwise poor region.

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2.8 + 1/420s + ISO 200
Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2 + 1/1250s + ISO 200
Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2 + 1/1900s + ISO 200

This lady was weaving at her house, a little of the main street. Her husband was peeling palm tree bark and chewing it. I went up to see and his made me taste. It is very bitter!

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2.8 + 1/125s + ISO 250

A labourer working to clean around a temple before a royal visit. He was using a large wooden tool to stamp the ground to make it firm. He let me try and had a good laugh!

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2.8 + 1/480s + ISO 200

This lady was sitting at a geyser pool in water nearly 70°C. Good for the joints apparently. It nearly burned the skin off me!

Fuji X-T2 + XF90mmF2 @ f/2 + 1/550s + ISO 200