Thailand Photos – Bridging the Gap

My Thailand photos that I publish on Beyond the Mango Juice have always been a mixed bag of quality. The reason for that is I’ve always used point and shoot cameras – compact cameras. They are okay for routine pictures but for higher quality ones Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) are the preferred choice for many bloggers and website owners.

The problem is top-end DSLR cameras are pricey. Prices that I can’t justify a valid reason to pay because Beyond the Mango Juice is more about words than pictures. I have however recently upgraded from a compact camera to a digital bridge camera and I’m quite pleased with the results. I won’t name the camera model because that has no importance to this post but I will say the camera cost under £100 (US$140) and the pictures taken so far (most of them) are better quality than those previously published on this site.

My Thailand Photos – Christmas & New Year 2015-16

nong prajak park udon thani

I was pleased with this photograph taken at Nong Prajak Park in Udon Thani. Not too many prime colours but plenty of colour shades. The picture was also a huge help in naming the title for this post, My Thailand Photos – Bridging the Gap. Tailor-made.

octopus jomtien beach

A close-up of octopus, salad and dips served on Jomtien Beach, Pattaya. Som tum lurks to one side. The photo has good, clear colour and when zoomed to 100% there’s no grain or fuzz. To some, the photograph might look good enough to eat. Exclude me, beach food doesn’t wag my tail at all because the nearest toilet is bobbing with boats. Seafood can trigger many ‘maladies’.

python pattaya

My other cameras would have struggled to get a clear snap of this night-time photo. Admittedly the picture isn’t top-notch but the colours are distinct and the focus tuned. Thankfully the snake didn’t smile at the camera because this was a close-up on foot not zoom. Snakes crease my brow big time.

Sang Kom annual New Year Fair

Another night-time photograph. Taken at Sang Khom’s annual New Year Fair. The boy, the only moving thing in the picture is blurred but overall the photo isn’t too bad. My previous point and shoot cameras would have required more than Wonderful Wi’s flash smile to get the same quality. I think it would have been off-limits regarding their specifications.

four thai guinea fowl

Is there anything out of the ordinary about this picture? I like to think so. Guinea fowl are very nervous birds. Get too close and they will run away or take flight. This photograph was taken at distance with zoom. Then cropped for this post. You can still make out the birds plumage and that’s good proof to me that my Thailand photos have considerably improved.

thai temple pavillion udon thani

I like this one. Taken at San Chao Pu-Yu Chinese Shrine in Udon Thani. A nice clear photograph with a good array of colours. Then again, things do go pear shape sometimes. See below.

My Thailand Photos – All’s Not Good in the Hood

out of focus thai food picture

User manuals ride high in my list of top ten pet hates – queues top that list. My preference is user manuals not in English because they give me a cast iron excuse to ignore them. My Sony camera has an online manual and I’ve yet to view it but must do because pictures taken in dim light are very hit and miss. There’s a need to sometimes tweak the camera settings. I have tried but with the appliance of guesswork and not expert instruction.

The next step is a DSLR camera but that’s at least a couple of years away. Then I’ll look to buy a mid-range price one with a manual that reads the same upside down, right to left and from bottom to top. Chinese text would be perfect. I won’t be getting on the end of a queue to pay for it either.

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I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

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