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Bangkok Sunrise

I've only been able to get through a small number of photos from my recent trip to Thailand but really like how this shot turned out and feel like it really represents what I experienced in Bangkok. This was taken just outside the hotel I was staying in which was a bit north west of downtown Bangkok where you could really take in the full skyline and brilliant sunrises! Every morning, just before the sun would come up, you could hear quite a lot of commotion as the street vendors and shop keeps prepared for the day. Tuk-Tuks and longboats, which normally take tourists around the city, are converted into cargo vessels, transporting large bags of clothing and food to eagerly waiting shops that line each and every street. By the time I would get down from the hotel each morning, every shop was prepped and ready for business, food was being cooked on grills, and the city was full of life. In addition to the colorful sunrise, I really liked how you can also see all of the primary forms of transportation in this shot. There is a longboat speeding down the canal and on the first bridge, you can see a few of the 3 wheeled taxis known as Tuk-Tuks, along with a very colorful pink regular taxi. If you look carefully, you can also see a sky-train crossing the 3rd bridge.

 

In order to capture the full range of color and light information, this shot is blended together from 9 different exposures. The real trick with this shot was making sure to wake up early enough to allow my gear to properly warm up from the cold air conditioning. My lenses were foggy for a good 45 minutes when I got outside but I suspected they might be so I made sure to allow for that time. It also helped that my schedule was still a little off so I up for more sunrises on the trip than usual :-)

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Taken on February 9, 2010