I’ve been catching up on some processing today, uploading files for a client and these four images from Bangkok markets fell into place beside each other in my Lightroom catalogue so I thought I would share them with you.
Bangkok markets are always enjoyable places to photograph but, after dark, when much of the illumination comes courtesy of a single tungsten light bulb suspended from the top of a market stall or street vendor’s cart, is a glorious time. Exposure can be tricky of course but a little clever metering and some exposure compensation adjustments can bring out the very best in the atmospheric lighting conditions.
One of the highlights of our recent Bhutan Photo Expedition was a day trip to the Ura Valley. The Lonely Planet describes Ura Village as “Forty closely packed houses along cobblestone streets…giving it a medieval atmosphere”.
We had left the main Lakhang and were walking through the village, where we met five schoolgirls on their way home from school. The girls, polite and charming, lined up to have their photograph taken but I thought a short movie might be quite entertaining so filmed them as they pushed each other out of the line-up and then chased around in circles. They thought that was pretty amusing – as did we.
However, when I showed them the resulting video clip they descended into riotous peals of laughter, which, luckily, I recorded on my Zoom H4n audio recorder whilst a friend snapped a few frames of the girls and I sharing the laughter. This short video captures the original movie and the subsequent giggling.
I don’t think it’s possible to hear this delightful sound without grinning from ear to ear. What a delight. Here’s to the Giggling Schoolgirls of the Ura Valley.
Shot in locations within a few minutes’ walk of each other, these photos illustrate my theory that a great number of India’s population are involved in a conspiracy to provide visiting photographers with the most eye-catching, colourful photo opportunities possible.