I shot these pictures with my Leica M6 TTL, the lens Noctilux, the flash Leica SF 20 , and film Kodak Portra at speed box. The great thing about this combo is that the flash is TTL compatible which means that the light meter takes into account the ISO, the shutter speed and the light coming “through the lens” . In the viewfinder a “thunder” symbol appears, that indicates that the flash is well connected. The internal meter of the camera will take everything into account and will guide you to get the perfect exposure. You’ll find it by playing with the aperture until the green light is on. Just as an external meter would give you the right aperture in a studio when you fire the flash for testing.
The big challenge is the compulsory shutter speed you have to use : 1/45s . Faster than that, the flash doesn’t fire. But finally, I managed to keep my hands steady and the pictures turned out sharp. I think the flash is really necessary when you shoot models indoors, because it lifts the shadows and make the image brighter without pushing the film. Besides, with color film, you don’t take too much risk with a flash because it can handle overexposure pretty well in case the TTL function doesn’t do its jobs perfectly enough. All in all I’m very happy with the rendering and I think the pictures look really nice.
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The Overwatch World Cup 2018 took place in Siam Paragon, Bangkok, from the 14th to the 16th of September 2018.
Overwatch enthusiasts where here, and some beautiful girls were cosplaying with the costume of their favourite character from the video game.
I shot with a with a Sony A7R2, the lens Sony G 24-70 F2.8 and Flash F43M
Enjoy the pictures!
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I shot the most beautiful girls of Bangkok with the Leica Noctilux wide open at the aperture f/0.95. It was mounted on the Sony A7R2 with the Techart Pro adapter. This adapter makes the lens autofocus. It works with any M mount lens. The face detection works very well.
This pictures were shot during a motor show in Thailand called Big Motor Sale 2018.
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Bangkok International Grand Motor Sale is taking place in BITEC, Bangkok, from the 12th to the 26th of October 2018. The major brands will feature their newest models and the most beautiful hostesses from Thailand will welcome the visitors.
The pictures are shot with a Sony A7R2, the lens Sony G 24-70 F2.8 and Flash F43M .
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In June 2018 I was in New York and I decided to shoot some film at the panoramic desk of the Empire State Building. It’s a great place to get some amazing 360 views of New York. This day it was raining which adds some charm and mystery to the pictures. I shot a roll of Cinestill 800T because New York is a very cinematic city and I thought it would fit perfectly with this film which comes from the motion picture film Kodak Vision 3 5219. The major landmarks of the Big Apple are there on the pictures : Flatiron, New York Life (golden top pyramid), Chrysler, 432 Park Avenue (the new and tallest building of the hemisphere), and the Hudson river!
I used my trusted Leica M6 TTL and the lens Noctilux. I had a lot of light despite the rain, and it’s a 800 iso film, so I was most of the time at maximum shutter speed, and the aperture was between F8 and F16.
You can see below the video and the pictures
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I was in Lisbon in June 2018 and it was a good opportunity to do a “Bokeh Challenge f/0.95” ; it’s about shooting an entire roll of film wide open at the aperture of f/0.95. I used my Leica M6, the lens Leica Noctilux, and Ilford HP5 Plus 400. As it was a bright day, I was afraid of overexposing the film even at the highest shutter speed of 1/1000s. So I used a yellow filter to block a little bit of light, and at the same time it could give me more contrast with the black&white film ;
Heliopan 60mm #8 Medium Yellow Filter made in Germany, bought in B&H New York 3 weeks earlier for $65. It blocks one stop of light. But I didn’t have to worry about this because my M6 is TTL so it measures the light through the lens. I just had to follow the internal meter.
I started shooting avenuda de la Libertad, Restauradores , then I went to Praça Rossio. I walked to Baixa-Chiado via rua do Carmo. This is a very lively neighborhood with locals and tourists. Fernando Pessoa used to come here regularly for a coffee in the famous Café A Brasileira. Then I walked down to the Praca do Commercio on the banks of the Tejo river. Not far from there, there is San Antonio’s church, build above the crypt where Saint Anthony of Padua was born in 1195. I finished my roll by walking around and shooting the legendary Tram 28.
You can see below the video and the pictures.
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June is a great time to shoot Street Photography in Paris. The weather is beautiful, many tourists are visiting and there is a lot of action in the city. I choose Montmartre and le Sacré Coeur to try for the first time the TechArt Pro adapter for shooting street photography. I had the Sony A7R2 and the Leica Noctilux. In order to add some fun to that I shot all the pictures wide open at the aperture of f/0.95. It’s rare to see this kind of pictures at this aperture. Usually people use the zone focusing technique with an aperture around f/8. As I don’t like to do like everyone else, I did the contrary, I shot wide open! At this aperture you need to nail the focus perfectly. That’s where the autofocus function of the Techart Pro is essential. The depth of field at 0.95 is so shallow that too much time would be necessary to manual focus and I would miss the shot. Obviously people won’t pose for you. The concept is to catch a slice of life, to capture a special moment, to document street life. To do that you need to focus quickly otherwise the scene will change and you miss the picture.
The adaptor worked perfectly! Sometimes the face detection was working, but not always. When the face couldn’t be detected it was not a problem because the focus points could detect my subject and I just had to shoot. I was really glad to have it and try this experience because street photography makes more sense at this aperture. As only your subject is sharp, it draws easily the attention on it and immerses instantly the viewer into the story.
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I was in Singapore a few days and I tried for the second time the film Rollei 400 infrared with the Hoya filter R72. I shot it with my Leica M6 and the lens Noctilux. Following my first experience with infrared, I knew how to expose it : you have to add 6 or 7 stops to the shutter speed of a standard reading. I used the app My Lightmeter Pro. I selected the ISO (400) , the aperture (f8), and the app gave me a shutter speed for a normal film. Form this, I added 6 or 7 stops. For exemple, if the app indicated 1/2000s, I would shoot at 1/30 or 1/15. After shooting half of the frame, I realised that I could get the same result by following the internal lightmeter of my M6. Because the M6 TTL takes into account the light coming through the lens, it takes into account the filter. The filter blocks a lot of light, but at the same time the Rollei film doesn’t have an anti-infrared filter as the other films or as a standard digital sensor. With a standard digital sensor you would have to add 14 stops of lights.
So I went to the Supertree Grove gardens at Marina Bay because there’s a lot of plants and trees and that’s how you get the most of your infrared shots : if your exposure is correct, they must appear white and that’s beautiful! I shot as well in other parts of the city and from my balcony to have some landscapes.
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Coscom Aloha is a great Cosplay event taking place in Bangkok, at the Suan Dusit University. Many beautiful cosplayers attended the event to join the contest and to have their picture taken.
I tested my new Techart Pro adapter from E-mount to M-Mount. That makes my Leica Noctilux an autofucus lens when mounted on the Sony A7R2. It works very well even with face detection.
All the pictures below are shot wide open, at the aperture of f/0.95
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The concept of the Bokeh Challenge 0.95 is to shoot an entire roll at the aperture of f/0.95. I was in Singapore and I went to Chinatown with my Leica M6, Noctilux and a roll of Portra 400. I started by the Sri Mariamman indian temple and I was very lucky because there was a special ceremony, a Puja. It was very lively, colourful, musicians played a typical indian music and the priests were performing the ceremony. Then I went to a taoist temple, Thian Hock Keng, build for the worship of Mazu, a Chinese sea goddess. I was a quiet atmosphere , very inspiring, with beautiful details of decoration to capture.
Doing these challenges is very interesting because you need to take pictures which fit the special aperture of f/0.95 with a very shallow depth of field. The photographe is then encouraged to find a special inspiration, to look for original angles, and to shot subjects that you might not think to shot usually.
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I wanted to shoot with my Leica M6 with a flash for a long time and I’ve finally found a flash SF 20 at the Paris Leica store. It is the only flash compatible with the TTL fonction of the M6. It was a second hand of course because this model is not in production anymore. It’s in mint condition and works beautifully.
TTL stands for Through The Lens because there is a sensor in the camera which mesures the light coming through the lens.
In order for the flash to fire, your shutter speed has to be 1/50s or slower. Higher than 1/50s the flash won’t fire.
When you set your iso at the back of your camera , the iso value is displayed on the flash screen. In the viewfinder you can see the flash sign which shows that the metering system (arrows and the red dot) will take into account the flash. That’s the beauty of this TTL system ; everything is taken into account to mesure the perfect exposure ; the shutter speed, the iso, and the distance from your subject. So when you look into the viewfinder the arrows indicates if you are under or overexposed. The only adjustable data is your aperture ; you can’t change the iso nor the distance to your subject, and you don’t want to shoot under the shutter speed of 1/50s because your image might be blurry. So you have to adjust your aperture to get the right exposure. You have to turn the aperture ring according to the arrows inside the viewfinder. When you see the red dot, you have everything in line and you can press the shutter button.
So I went to the Bangkok Motor show to try the system and I shot some portraits of the beautiful presenters that were working for the car makers.
I shot 3 rolls this afternoon ; Cinestill BWxx 250 (black and White) Cinestill 800T (color) , and Kodak TX 400 . That’s the order of display in this article .
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This is another F/0.95 challenge : shooting the beautiful models of the Bangkok Motor Show with the Leica Noctilux wide open. This time, I didn’t shoot film : the lens was mounted on my Sony A7R2 with the Metabones adaptor.
It was indeed challenging because I didn’t have much time to focus, the models were busy and they were not always still. At 0.95 if the model moves a tiny bit you loose your focus. Besides, the lighting conditions were difficult ; many lights of different colors. I had my flash to fill the shadows and to get rid of the ambiant lights. All in all, I’m happy with de results, the bokeh is amazing and the very shallow depth of field creates a significant separation between the model and the background. And finally, the special look of the Noctilux makes the pictures unique!
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The 39th Bangkok International Motor Show is taking place for the public from the 28th of March to the 8th of April 2017. The 26th is for the VIP’s and the 27th is for the Press.
The theme of this year is “Revolution in Motion” .
The venue is as usual Impact Challenger 1-3, Muang Thong Thani.
The most beautiful models are here to present the cars and give informations to the visitors.
I shoot with a Sony A7R2, a zoom lens Sony G Master 2470F2.8 and a flash Sony F43M
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The “Bokeh Challenge f/0.95” series consist of shooting an entire roll of film at the aperture of f/0.95 , which is the widest aperture possible with a lens as of now. This is a difficult task :
1- first you need a find an interesting subject that you can shoot closely ; the closer you are the better the effect.
2- then you need to find a background that will melt properly to form a nice bokeh
3- finally, you need to nail the focus precisely because at 0.95 the depth of field is very shallow and with film you don’t see the result immediately. and consequently you can’t start again if you fail.
The point of these challenges is to take advantage of the capacities of one of the most legendary lens ever made, the Leica Noctilux. Wide open, this lens produce unique and outstanding images. Being able to separate the background from the subject makes your picture more “understandable” to the public. They will understand immediately the concept of your photograph and won’t be distracted by another element in the frame. Beside, in a pure artistic and aesthetic point of view, it makes the picture more beautiful and eye catching.
I was in Paris in January for this photo walk. I had my Leica M6 TTL loaded with a roll of Kodak Portra 400. As it was a cloudy day, the shutter speed didn’t need to be so fast to compensate the huge amount of light coming through the lens. It was 1/500s in the morning then 1/250s and 1/125s in the evening. Anyway, overexposing of one stop or two a color film doesn’t hurt.
I started the day in Le Marais, then I walked to Saint Michel and I finished at Place de la Concorde with the illuminated giant wheel which makes a great blurry background.
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Great celebrations are taking place in Chinatown Bangkok for the Chinese New Year : dragon dance, parade, shows, food etc… This year, in 2018, it’s the year of the Dog. I went to Yaowarat (Chinatown) with my Leica M6, the lens Noctilux f/0.95 and a roll of film Kodak Portra 400. The vintage look of this film is perfectly suitable to shoot a traditional event and the rendering of the colours is perfect! New Year is very colourful and it had to be seen in colour and not on black and white.
It was a sunny day and Iso 400 was enough to shoot at a high speed (between 1/250 and 1/500) and to have a comfortable depth of field (between f/5.6 and f/8) . And for the sake of it, I shot 2 pictures at f/0.95 ; will you be able to spot them ?
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I was in Hua Hin this December, a beach resort in Thailand and I thought it was the ideal place to try for the first time the film Rollei 400 infrared ; sea, beach, green space, bleue sky. I had a Leica M6, a Noctilux 0.95, and of course a Hoya filter R72. I previously tested the filter on my Sony A7R2, with the 35mmF2.8 . According to Hoya, this filter blocks 14.5 stops of lights. So I added 14.5 stops to the exposure and it worked. This was my digital experience. With film, it’s a whole different story. I read the forums and they said that we need to add only 6 or 7 stops. So I didn’t know if I had to follow Hoya or the forum. I choose to bracket. For each frame I took 3 pictures : +6 stops, +10 stops, + 14.5 stops. I metered with an app on my iPhone, myLightMeter pro, and I had the tripod Manfrotto 190.
You can see all the pictures below, so you can check which exposure is the best.
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I was in Hong Kong for a week in December and a friend told me that a movie that I love, Accident by Soi Cheang (Milky Way production) with Louis Koo, was shot near the wet market of North Point. For those who know the movie that’s the famous scene when they kill the pawn shop owner at the tramway station. Last year I went to this market, without knowing this anecdote, and I shot pictures with my Sony A7R2.
So I decided this year to go there again to check if I would recognise the scene from the movie. And this time I was shooting with the Leica M6, Noctilux f/0.95, and Kodak Tri-X 400. I was not disappointed. The atmosphere is really special in this neibourhood and I understand why they shot a scene there. For example, he famous tramway “ding ding”, is passing through the market and people have to step aside every time they hear it…
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I was in Hong Kong in December 2017 and I wanted to shoot something that was unique to the city : the neon signs. They create a part of the atmosphere of the city at night.
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I’m a fan of Cinestill, I shot many rolls of 800T and 50. I love the cinematic look which comes from the motion picture film Kodak Vision 3. The absence of the remjet filter makes it even more special with the halo coming from the lights and neons at night. When they announced that they would sell again the bwXX in November, I went everyday to their website to be the first to order. This film comes from the motion picture Eastman Double-X 5222/7222 Neg. Film. Which means the same concept as the 800T , but in black and white. That was very promising!The movies Raging Bull and Schindler’s List were shot with this film.
I received my rolls in December before going to Hong Kong… perfect timing.
In Hong Kong I had the chance to go on a photo walk with 2 friends who are film enthusiasts as well, Victor and Carmen from Annie Barton 1972 (high quality leather straps). We loaded our bwXX in our camera ; Carmen with the Leica MP, Victor with the X-Pan TX2 , and I had the Leica M6 and the Noctilux. We went to the harbour front of Wan Chai. This is a great location, with tourists and locals fishing or having a walk. We had a great time shooting, and when I got the film developed and scan, I was so happy with the result! The cinematic look is even deeper than the color films, it’s a little bit grainy, and sharp enough.The contrast is not too high, well balanced, and some pictures look as if they were coming straight out of a movie. This film has a strong character and the look is very special!
You can see below the video of the walk (soundtracks composed by the great Mijonju!) , and the pictures coming from the M6.
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The festive season is very joyful in Bangkok. We can enjoy beautiful decorations inside and outside the hotels and shopping malls. One of the main attraction is CentralWorld where they have the most impressive Christmas trees and other funny decorations. That’s the ideal place to shoot Cinestill film 800T. This film is made from the motion picture film Kodak Vision 3 and has a nice cinematic look. The absence of anti halation filter makes the neons and lights even more special. I went there just after sunset with my Leica M6 and the Noctilux. I took a few classic shots of the global landscape, but the most interesting was to make some closer shots wide open at f/0.95. That makes more special and appealing pictures. For that I had to find a subject that I could get close to because if you are far from your subject you won’t get this creamy blurry background that we call bokeh. So I was hunting for funny statues or decorations. Everybody was in a festive mood, there was a good atmosphere and it was a nice experience. You can see below the video of the shooting and the pictures.
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Autumn is a beautiful season in Brussels, the foliage of the trees show multiples colours that we can see only at this time of the year. And when the sun shines, it’s splendid! That was the case last Sunday so I decided to shoot my roll of Cinestill 50d. This film comes from a motion picture film with the rem-jet/anti-halation layer removed is order to be developed with standard C-41. I choose to go to the Brussels Park, close to the Royal Palace, because I knew I would find the widest variety of trees and colours. I shot with my Leica M6 and the Noctilux lens.
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Cinestill 800T is a special film which comes from the motion film Kodak Vision 3. Consequently it has a cinematic look and it’s amazing for night pictures. We often see this film used in Asia or chinatowns in western countries because there are a lot of neons and it looks great. We rarely see Cinestill 800 pictures of classical monuments from western countries, that’s why I wanted to try it in Paris to shoot the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, le Louvre and its pyramid. For this shooting I used my Leica M6, the lens Noctilux f/0.95 and a tripod. As it’s a fast film, I didn’t need very long exposures, however for 5 seconds I still needed a tripod to have sharp pictures. I had a cable release as well to be sure that the camera would not move.
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For the first day of shooting with the Leica M6 and the Noctilux, I went to Chinatown Bangkok for street photography. The second day, I decided to test the lens wide opened, at 0.95, because that’s what makes it so special. I wanted a color film because a blurry background is often nicer in color. I needed a slow speed film because at F 0.95 there is so much light coming on the film, and the fastest shutter speed on the M6 is 1/1000. Kodak Ektar 100 seems to be a good choice.
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I went out for a photo walk with my Leica M6 and the lens Noctiulux 0.95. It was the first time I used this camera. The first pictures were a little bit difficult, having to set everything manually : the aperture, the shutter speed, and the focusing. Hopefully, the M6 has a lightmeter and it was pretty accurate. I tried to document the life and the atmosphere of Chinatown (Yaowarat) Bangkok, a vibrant and lively neighbourhood, which continue the tradition of an ancient way of life.
I used the film Kodak Tri-X 400 which has a great contrast and a sharp look.
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Thailand Game Show Big Festival 2017 is the most famous and relevant Game Show in South East Asia. The main gaming companies are present to feature their innovations.
The event takes places in November 2017 from the 3rd to the 5th, at Royal Paragon Hall, 5th Floor of Siam Paragon.
There is a Cosplay Contest so all the cosplayers of Thailand are coming to show their best costumes. You can see below the best pictures from the events.
They are shot with a Sony A7R2, Sony G Master lens 24-70 2.8, and the flash F43M
This article will be updated in real time as the pictures are shot and edited.
Enjoy the show!
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I shot with my Polaroid 250 and Fujifilm FP-100c the first time this September 2017. The weather was nice most of the time, with clouds and a little rain sometimes. It is difficult to control the exposure with the 250. It is automatic, you have to rely on the internal lightmeter ; there is an optical sensor close to the lens. As my model tends to underexpose the pictures, I placed a piece of paper on the sensor and made a small hole in the middle. This way, the camera think that it’s darker than it really is, and make a longer exposure. There is as well a dial around the lens “darken-lighten” that you can adjust. I used this dial usually to darken when my pictures were overexposed.
It was a really fun to shoot with this camera and the peel apart film. Every time you pull out the picture from the camera, there is a surprise, you never know how the picture is gonna look like. and when you start to peel the negative apart from the positive , when the picture is sharp, well exposed and well framed, it is a delight to see the result showing slowly. When you succeed, the result is usually beautiful, the FP-100c is one of the best instant film ever made. Unfortunately, they are not produced anymore and they are difficult to find and expensive.
you can see below the videos that I shot during the photowalk, the scan of the pictures, and the scan of the negatives that I reclaimed.
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I shot a roll of Agfa Vista Plus 400 with my Rollei 35 in Bangkok Thailand. I shot some street photography, urban landscape, monuments, and night pictures with a cable release and a tripod. It was a lot of fun.
I love the “seventies” look of the Agfa, it gives a vintage ambiance to the scene. I bought the roll for 185 baht (5.5 USD) at Siam TLR camera store in Ploenchit. That’s where I bought my cable release for less than 8 USD. The owner is very friendly. He repairs himself the cameras in his shop.
The Rollei 35 is easy to use, but sometimes you can forget to focus, because when you look in the view finder it looks fine. With a rangefinder, you can’t forget to focus because you see that the 2 squares are not aligned in the viewfinder when you frame. With the Rollei, it’s a distance focusing, the settings you do have no connection with the view finder. Besides, you need some practice to evaluate the distance.
To meter the light, I used 3 different ways ; the Sunny 16 rule, the meter of the camera, and an iPhone app mylightmeter pro. I was surprised to notice that vey often the Sunny 16 rule gave the exact same result as my app ; surprised but reassured that it was the right exposure. compared to this methods, the meter of the camera tends to underexpose. But in fact, now that I see that many of my pictures are a little bit overexposed, I think that I should have followed the indication of this lightmeter.
You can see below the video and the pictures.
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High quality materials, excellent craftsmanship, attention to every details : these are the pillars defining Tawn Chatchavalvong’s career in fashion design. In 7 years, his brand Tawn C became world famous, selling in Thailand, Paris, New York, Koweit, and Moscow. He presents his collections twice a year in Paris for the Fashion Weeks. We meet Khun Tawn in his Gaysorn Village flagship store, and he told us about the values that drives his work, the fashion school he attended, his travels, the way he’s inspired, and his recent project making a chocolate collection in collaboration with Sofitel hotels…
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After a degree of Art Administration and Cultural Management at Chulalongkorn University, Linjie Zhou worked at the HOF Art Space Gallery for several years. Then she became curator for Subhashok, an influential gallery in the art world in Thailand. Linjie tells us about her work as a curator, her relationship with the artists and the public, how she choose the concept of an exhibition and the corresponding art pieces. She presents as well the next exhibition of a fascinating Thai sculptor…
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We had the chance to meet Cristiana Viana, Miss Portugal, in Lisbon. She told us about her experience as Miss Portugal, the countries she discovered, the people she met, and her projects for the future.
Mr Isidro de Brito, President of Miss Portuguesa, was present as well and could give us some knowledge and understanding about the organisation of the contest and the international relations he maintains with other beauty contests.
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We met with Xavier Jamaux in his Paris studio where he composed the original sound tracks for Johnny To’s best Hong Kong films: Sparrow, Accident, Mad Detective, Three and more…
Xavier told us about his love for Hong Kong, his encounters with Johnny To, his trips to Japan and Taiwan and his upcoming collaborations with Jay Jay Johanson and top model and singer Tatiana Platon.
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The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture of Thailand, organized a fashion competition to promote the young designers in Thailand. After the selection, 117 new Thai designers presented their creation during a fashion show. The event took place in Siam Paragon, the 9th of May 2017. There were 3 editions before : in 2011, 2012 and 2013 . Now in 2017 it’s the 4th edition.
The artist and designer Wisharawish Akarasantisook organised the selection, the preparation and the good execution of the show. We had the chance to meet him for an interview to learn more about this project.
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Fuanglada “Sai” Jeeoun is a young and successful thai designer who started JanFive Studio two years ago. She creates bags and scarfs that sell worldwide. We met Sai in her studio in Bangkok where she draws and design her products, and she told us about her passion for her work, her inspiration, the travels around the world, and the projects for the future.
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Thailand Comic Con 2017 is one of the main event for Cosplay, Comics, Anime, Contests in the country. It took place at Siam Paragon, in the heart of Bangkok, from the 21st to the 23rd of April 2017. Bangkok cosplayers bring their best costume for the event and we shot the most beautiful of them.
I shot the event with a Sony A7R2, Sony G Master lens 2470F2.8 and the flash F43M. Most of the time the aperture is 2.8, the shutter speed is 1/160s .
Enjoy the pictures!
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Nous avons rencontré Xavier Jamaux dans son studio à Paris où il a composé les bandes originales des plus grands films de Hong Kong pour Johnny To : Sparrow, Accident, Mad Detective, Three etc…
Xavier nous a parlé de sa passion pour Hong Kong, de ses rencontres avec Johnny To, de ses voyages au Japon et à Taiwan, ainsi que de ses futures collaborations avec Jay Jay Johanson et Tatiana Platon, top model et chanteuse…
English version of this interview here
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The 38th Bangkok International Motor Show is taking place for the public from the 29th of March to the 9th of April 2017. The 27th is for the VIP’s and the 28th is for the Press.
The theme of this year is “Reach to the Planet of Technology” . More than ever, technology takes an important place in the car industry, to make car more efficients, environmentally friendly, and well designed.
The venue is as usual Impact Challenger 1-3, Muang Thong Thani.
The most beautiful models are here to present the cars and give informations to the visitors.
I shoot with a Sony A7R2, a zoom lens Sony G Master 2470F2.8 and a flash Sony F43M
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You can enjoy great panoramic city views of Bangkok from Bayoke II Observation Deck, 84th floor. It’s the second tallest building of the city, after Mahanakon Tower which was build recently. The price is 350 baht per person. It’s a 10-15 minutes walk from CentralWorld.
I choose a sunny day to go there. However, if you plan to go there to take professional pictures, you have to be there from 4pm to 5pm . The rest of the time the revolving floor is moving which could make you picture less sharp, even if you shoot at a high speed. This makes of course impossible any long pose picture at night time… I’ll need to find another roof to take panoramic night pictures.
Most of the pictures feature Rachaprasong, Siam, Ploenchit, and Sukhumvit.
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Wisharawish Akarasantisook is a famous and talented artist and fashion designer in Thailand.
We had the chance to meet him in Bangkok before his journey to Paris for the Fashion Week.
We talked about his artistic projects, the exhibition “Made by Paris” and the international marketing work he’s doing for a fashion brand of clothing. Wisharawish told us as well about his haute couture collections, and his missions with the Ministry of Culture to promote thai silk and young thai designers.
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Thailand Game Show (TGS) is one of the best Cosplay event in Bangkok.
The most beautiful girls of Thailand come to show their costume and join the contest.
This year, it took place in Siam Paragon the 9th, 10th and 11th of December 2016.
I shot 50 of them with my Sony A7R2, Sony G Master Lens 2470F2.8, and the flash Sony F43M.
Enjoy the pictures!
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Jantira “Ya” Namwong is a famous and talented Boudoir Photographer in Thailand. Her brand “Boudoir by Ya” creates sensual and artistic pictures which enhance the model’s beauty. In this conversation, Jantira tells us about her work, her travels and her projects.
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I shot some street photography in Hong in different locations : Kowloon,Mongkok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Harbour, Central. My camera was the Sony A7R2 and the Sony G lens 2870F2.8 . I had a Gopro Hero 5 mounted on my chest with the Chesty. So I was filming at the same time. You can see below the youtube video and the pictures.
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Nasha Mekraksavanich is a young and successful designer, based in Thailand with two shops in Bangkok ; at Emporium (1F) and Siam Paragon (1F). She is famous worldwide and has customers across the globe. She has just been elected as the most stylish woman 2016 from Zen stylish award.
We met Nasha in Bangkok, in one of her shop on the first floor of the Emporium shopping mall (Phrom Phong).
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From a modest fishing village, Hua Hin became a famous beach resort thanks to the railway which was opened in 1911.
The Railway Hotel was build in 1922 by Mr. A. Rigazai, the State Railways’ Italian architect. The hotel had 14 bedrooms, a lobby lounge, bar, restaurant, billiards room, wine storeroom and large verandas. More guest rooms and restaurants were added through the years.
Parts of the famous film “The Killing Fields” (1983) were shot in this hotel which was supposed to be Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh.
In 1988, the hotel was purchased by Accor and became the Hotel Sofitel.
It became the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin in 2014. This 5 stars luxury hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
I shot this pictures with a Sony A7R2, Sony G lens 24-70F2.8, the tripod Manfrotto 190 (Markins ballhead) and the Sony infrared remote RMT-DSLR2. The exposure time goes from 30 to 96 seconds (bulb mode). aperture from F11 to F22. ISO 100 for all the pictures. Light editing in Lightroom from Adobe.
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Anime Festival Asia Thailand, AFATH 2016 is a major even for Anime and Cosplay in Thailand. Many stars came from all over Asia to perform on stage, and the most famous cosplayer from Thailand came with amazing costumes.
It took place the 19th,20th and 21st of August 2016 at Siam Paragon, 5th floor, Royal Paragon Hall. A great venue for such an event, easy to reach by the sky train and big enough to welcome everybody.
I shot 500 pictures theses 3 days and selected the best 50 that are published here.
I shot the pictures with a Sony A7R2, Sony G lens 24-70 F2.8 and the flash F43M.
Enjoy the pictures!
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Thailand Digital Game Arena took place in Siam Paragon, Bangkok,Thailand the 12,13,and 14th of August 2016.
It’s a major event in the video game world in Asia.
I shot the pictures with a Sony A7R2, Sony G lens 24-70 F2.8 and the flash F43M.
Here are the most beautiful girls of the show :
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The Lanna Folklife museum is set in a 1935 colonial style building which was previously the Municipal Court of Chiang Mai. It was open in december 2013 after a complete renovation to promote the Lanna heritage and rich culture.
The museum displays statues, temples reproductions, artefacts, and reproduction of the lifestyle and knowhow of the Lanna traditional culture. There is as well a special collection of Buddhas made in quartz by local independent artists.
It is conveniently situated in the center of Chiang Mai (Phrapokklao Road)
opposite the 3 Kings statue.
It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.30am to 5pm. closed on Monday.
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I’ve visited Budapest, the capital of Hungary in June 2016. It was the best time to be there, the weather was beautiful and it was not too crowded. The sky was perfect for the pictures especially at dawn. Budapest is a lively and lovely city with 1.7 millions people and many beautiful buildings from the Austria-Hungary Empire. More recent are the Art-Deco facades of Andrassy boulevard.
In this article you’ll see the most famous buildings and places of Budapest : the Danube river,the Parliament, the Cathedral, Fisherman’s Bastion, the Grand Market, the Opera, Andrassy avenue, the Four Season Hotel, Vaci u shopping street and much much more…
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Fast Auto Show 2016 is a car show taking place in BITEC exhibition center, Bangkok from the 29th of June to the 3rd of July 2016. There were many promotions to boost the sales.
The Pretties were here to present the cars and the exclusive promotions.
Many thanks to all the beautiful models for their time!
I shot this event with a Sony A7R2, the new Sony G Lens FE2470mmF2.8 and the sony flash F43M.
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Thai Japan Anime & Music Festival 2016 at CentralWorld Square 8th 9th of May 2016, 6th edition :
it’s a cosplay event and contest with concerts and anime songs. Cosplayers come mainly from Thailand but there are as well many performers who come from Japan and other asian countries.
We shot the most beautiful models and costumes and you can see below the pictures.
Thanks to all the pretty models who took the time to pose for us!
I shot this event with a Sony A7R2, the Zeiss lens and the sony flash F43M
Let’s enjoy the picture!
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a sacred and revered temple, 15 km from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The altitude of 1600 meters above sea level offers beautiful views of the city.
During the Sukhothai Kingdom, the monk Sumanathera found a relic of the Buddha, a shoulder bone, which had magical powers.
In 1368, the monk brought the relic in Lamphun to King Nu Naone of Lan Na. The relic broke in 2 pieces. The small one was enshrined at a temple in Suandok.
The other part was placed on the back of a white elephant. The elephant when on top of a mountain and died here after trumpeted three times. This was interpreted as a good omen and King Nu Naone ordered the construction of Wat Phra Tat at this place.
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I was walking around l’Ile-Saint-Louis in Paris, coming from Notre-Dame Cathedral when I saw this amazing procession of vintage Citroen 2 CV. This car is an emblem, a mythical vehicule that french people love and represent a period of our history. It is no longer produced, some collectors still drive them, and apparently you can rent them from this company, Paris Authentic. This day a group of tourists were enjoying a ride in Paris with these beautiful cars which seemed to be in a good shape and well maintained. I’m glad to see that this company is carrying on our tradition and maintaining our cultural heritage in this field.
I shot these pictures with a Sony A7R2 and a Sony G lens FE2470mmF2.8GM, edited in Lightroom.
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Thailand Comic Con is a major event for movies, comic books, board games, video games, and Cosplay.
The most important actors of this field were represented : Isuzu, FujiFilm, Dtac, Kantana,Major Group, Channel24, PlayStation, Magic The Gathering, Banana IT, Comical, XM Studios, Warner Bros etc…
Organised by Hobbie Plus Company Limited, it took place the 22nd,23rd,and 24th of April 2016 at Siam Paragon, BTS Siam, Bangkok.
The best cosplayers of Thailand came with their beautiful costumes and we had the chance to take amazing pictures!
I shot this event with a Sony A7R2, a Zeiss lens FE55mmF1.8 and the sony flash F43M
Enjoy the pictures!
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After a complete renovation , Siam Discovery re-opens with an amazing design, from a Japanese design studio Nendo and the Thai company Urban Architect.
All the details have been carefully designed to present the products in an artistic way and allow the customer to live a special experience through the 40 000 square meters.
Thousands of foreign and thai brands are represented along with cafes, restaurants and even an art gallery.
Conveniently situated between the stations Siam and National Stadium, this new mall is already packed on week ends, just a few days after the opening.
If you get off at Siam station, you have to walk through Siam Center first and then you’ll reach Siam Discovery. If you get off at National Stadium, you’ll see first MBK on your right, and a few minutes later you’ll see Siam Discovery.
I took these 60 pictures with a Sony A7R2 and the new lens Zeiss FE2470F2.8 G Master
let’s start the visit!
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The Bangkok International Motor Show is the most important car show of the year in Thailand. This 37th edition took place from 21st of March to the 3rd of April 2016. All the car makers and accessories sellers are represented on the 60 000 sqm indoor space available.
They hire the most beautiful models of Thailand to describe the features the cars, and participate in numerous shows and choreography. In Thailand the models are called “Pretty”, this is how they call this job.
I went there 3 days to be sure to shoot everything, and to have the different outfits of the models because they change everyday.
I shot all the pictures with my Sony A7R2, the Zeiss lens FE55mmF1.8 and the Sony flash F43M. Most of the time I shoot at f1.8 and 1/160s. ISO depend on the ambient light which is very different from one booth to another.
I shot 900 pictures and selected the best 100 for this post. I did some light editions in Lightroom.
Let’s enjoy the pictures!
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Paris is beautiful in April, the beginning of spring. The weather is usually nice, sometimes rainy which gives to the city a romantic mood. Street Photography in black and white seems the best way to show the atmosphere and the beauty of the capital of France.
I shot most of the pictures in the Quartier Latin (Saint-Germain, Saint-Michel, Odeon, Ile-Saint-Louis) and Le Marais . I used a Sony A7R2 and the prime Zeiss lens FE55mmF1.8 and edited the pictures in Lightroom.
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The Villa Empain in Brussels is a perfect exemple of Art Deco style, build in the 1930s by the architect Michel Polak for Baron Louis Empain. He donated the house to the Belgium state in 1937 to turn it into a museum for decorative and contemporary arts.
In 2008 the house was acquired by the Fondation Boghossian which renovated the site to make a cultural center for art exhibitions, concerts and conferences.
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Montmartre and Place des Tertres are the most typical places in Paris. This is were you can see and live the real Parisian way of life, with the cafés, the restaurants, the artists, the long stairs with the lamps, amazing views etc…
Not far from there, are the Basilic of the Sacré Coeur and Place des Abesses with the Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre church.
Enjoy the visit!
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The beautiful Residence of the French Ambassador in Bangkok was originally a custom office when it was given to France in 1856.It is a romantic location, on the bank of the Chao Praya river, close to the legendary Oriental Hotel.
It became this typical colonial palace at the beginning of the 19th century after significant renovations.
In this article, you have a complete visit of the premises : reception hall, bedroom, kitchen, dining room, patio, the swimning and the garden with the view on the river.
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I was in Koh Samui, Thailand in February 2016 and I took some great pictures during my visits : Hotels (Centara Grand- Intercontinental – Iyara ), beautiful beaches, fireworks, full Moon landscapes, Temples, and much more…
Enjoy the pictures !
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The Mobile Expo took place in February 2016 in Bangkok at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The major Brands were present to show their latest technology : Samsung, LG, HuaWei, Lenovo, Vivo, ZTE, Focus. Thethai mobile operators had huge shops as well : True Move, AIS, DTAC.
They hired beautiful models, called “Pretties” in thailand to present their products. you can see below the best pictures from the show!
Enjoy the pictures!
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Chinatown in Bangkok is called Yaowarat, it’s a huge neibourhood were the chinese migrants settled in the 19th and 20th century.
The traditions are still alive in Chinatown Bangkok and they celebrate the Chinese New Year from the 8th of February this year 2016.
Dragon dance, music, food, shows, and prayers in the temple, all the ingredients of and authentic New year are there, just like in China.
I shot 70 pictures with my Sony A7R2 and the Zeiss prime lens FE55mmF1.8.
Enjoy the pictures!
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The 8th Bangkok Motorbike Festival took place in the shopping mall CentralWorld, from the 27th to the 31st of January 2016. It was a fantastic show and the major brands were represented : BMW, Honda, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Suzuki etc…
Some local shops like Dr Bike from Thailand were present as well.
To show and present these amazing bikes, the most beautiful “Pretty” girls of Thailand were here. I shot 70 pictures with my Sony A7R2, the Zeiss lens FE35mmF2.8 and the sony flash F32M. Usually I shoot these events with my FE55mmF1.8 , but this time I wanted to have a wider angle to have the bikes and the models in the frame.
Enjoy the pictures !
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Japan Festa is the biggest Japanese Pop Culture event in Thailand. Hundreds of Cosplayers were present to sing, dance, and show their beautiful costumes. It took place in CentralWorld, a shopping mall in the center of Bangkok, the 23rd and 24th of January 2016. There were some Cosplayers from all over Asia, and of course a lot of Thais. Cosplay is very popular in Thailand.
I shot around 600 pictures in 2 days, and finally I have selected 78 of them. I edited them in Lightroom, and some in Photoshop to create a better Cosplay atmosphere. I even made a cartoon effect on one of them, it was interesting to try.
I shot all the pictures with my Sony A7R2, a prime Zeiss lens 55mmF1.8 and a Sony Flash F43M. even if it’s not a wide angle, I managed to get the entire costume in the frame most of the time, which is the purpose in this kind of events.
enjoy the pictures !
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Miss Grand International 2015 is one of the most important beauty pageant in the world.
The most beautiful girls represent their country, and they came to Bangkok, Thailand for the contest. They will have a tour of the country during 3 weeks, and after the vote, the final show will present the winners.
100 countries are represented.
I shot all these pictures with the new Sony A7R2, the Zeiss lens 55mF1.8 , and the flash Sony F43M
You can send me a request on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/alexandercontact
Enjoy the pictures!
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I’ve just bought the new Sony A7RII and I am testing it in order to make a review on Youtube. Before finishing the test I’m gonna post right now the pictures that I take everyday. So I will update this post several times a week with my new pictures.
I had previously the Sony A7R, I was very satisfied of it, that’s why I was sure that I would like the New A7RII even more with the new features : contrast and phase detection autofocus, in-body stabilisation, 42 megapixels sensor, 4k video shooting ect.
I will be able of course to use all the FE lenses that I have : FE55mmF1.8 , FE35mmF2.8 , FE16-35mmF4 . the 2 first lenses don’t have the optical stabilisation which was a problem when I was taking videos. now, with the in-body stabilisation, my videos will look better and I won’t need to stabilise them in iMovie .
Let’s have a look a the pictures now!
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I visited Rome a few days in April 2015. This is the best period for tourism : nice weather and not too much tourists.
The city is amazing for its history, shopping, restaurants and of course ice-screams ! Walking in Rome is an experience full of surprises ; each streets will lead you to a “piazza” with a beautiful monument or a charming venue.
You can see below the pictures and I hope you’ll enjoy the visit!
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In Dubai the police drive Ferraris, in Bangkok the taxis have Lamborghinis, question of taste!
Actually, as you can guess, it’s not a real taxi, you can read the real story below ;
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The most beautiful models from Playboy Thailand came for the Photo Fair 2014 at BITEC, Bang Na. They met their fans, signed autographs on magazines, and posed for a photo shoot.
They are very famous in Thailand. They are Numay Thunnaree, Aumboon Naruemon, Megus Pusita, Pangogi Surangkanang, and Sodaize Tachada.
You can see the best pictures below.
I took all the pictures with my Sony A7R, Zeiss 35mmF2.8 and the Flash F43M
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