Tropical Paradise - Ko Samui, Thailand

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    Ang Thong near Surat Thani, Thailand
    Another one from Ang Thong, Thailand. This national park is a real tropical paradise. Unlike its beautiful but very developed and busy neighbor Ko Samui, these islands are inside the national park and are undeveloped, pure and even more beautiful.

    We stayed here two nights in a nice bungalow run by the national park headquarters. There was also a small cafeteria selling traditional (and very tasty) thai food with very friendly staff. They even had electricity from 6-11pm.

    This viewpoint is the first of four on the way to the top of a 500m high mountain. The hike to the top of the mountain is very steep at the top, requiring climbing some razor sharp water carved limestone near the top. The view from the top is just awesome. As we stayed overnight at these islands we could enjoy the sunset alone at the top. Most other tourists had returned from the day tours to Ko Samui in the afternoon.

    This image is actually taken early morning the day after we did the hike. I will post later images from the view from the top of the mountain.

    Techincal details
    I used two GND to get the sky darker than the beach and sea.
    Exposure: 90 sec
    Aperture: f22
    ISO: 50

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    1. Dan Wiklund 61 months ago | reply

      Well named - paradise indeed... Great color in the water.

    2. natskis 61 months ago | reply

      Did you use a graduated filter to get these colours?
      How long was your exposure also, what setting was the aperture?

      Fantastic shot!

    3. orvaratli 61 months ago | reply

      Thanks everybody for the great comments.

      Natskis I posted some technical details in the details below the image.

    4. natskis 61 months ago | reply

      Well I feel stupid now :)

      Thanks Orvaratli!

    5. orvaratli 61 months ago | reply

      natskis: Dont feel stupid, I posted the information there after you requested it.

    6. MickMc.C 61 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot , love it !

    7. Gerg 61 months ago | reply

      what a place!!!

    8. adlin 61 months ago | reply

      superb long exposure. love the clouds and the color

    9. Wilfried.B 61 months ago | reply

      Stunning capture!

    10. ElenaGavro 61 months ago | reply

      Hallo, This photo and its author are kindly invited to join the group Collectibles vs Digital!

    11. David M Hogan 60 months ago | reply

      The colors in this shot blow me away!! Magnificent exposure!

    12. Alicia Napier Photography (oc girl) 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called "Favorite" Landscapes, Scenery, Ocean Views, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. 52 months ago | reply

      As seen in:

      Thailand Showcase Gallery
      Only high quality images (5+ faves).

    14. sullivan06 52 months ago | reply

      I love this shot.

    15. I Prahin | 52 months ago | reply

      Excellent capture!

      As seen in:

      Thailand Showcase Gallery
      Only high quality images (5+ faves).

    16. Elmar Bajora Photography 50 months ago | reply

      great cinematic look, great work!

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