Too Many Steps

These two girls had enough. They were around half way up a flight of a few hundred stairs and there were too many steps. I think their mom was happy with the turn of events because she was delighted that I asked to take their photos. It gave her more time to rest as well.

These steps lead up the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Rajvoavihara. Whick I can only assume means the Temple on top of the Mountain with all the Steps That Lead up to It.

I really didn’t know I was going to end there today. I went out this morning with the intend of getting some breakfast, and shooting some video while riding the scooter in traffic. Then I found myself on a 5 hour adventure riding some of the sweetest roads I have ever ridden on a scooter.

The temple is beautiful, and if the local farmers were not burning their fields at this time of year the air would be clean enough to actually see a good portion of the city. As things are I could barely see past the airport, and only half way across the Old City.

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The image was processed i Lightroom, but I just could not get the look I wanted. So I decided to make it black and white and I sent it out to Macphun’s Tonality CK. I selected one of the film presets, did a bit of tweaking on the sliders in an attempt to crush the blacks. I applied some dodging and burning in Photoshop, then took it back to lightroom for final touches. (Not those kind of touches…)

Lately I have been posting heavy on the HDR and architecture so I decided to bring some human element back into the blog. Chances are good tomorrow will have another mall shot. Got to say I am enjoying shooting in the mall these days. Kind of nice to be able to bring a camera mounted on a tripod into a mall and not be accosted by mall cops. Actually when I enter the mall the cop at the door typically gives me a military salute. The Thai sure know how to make you feel welcome.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at