Despite the Coved 19 Epidemic, with the social distancing and wearing mask we manage to conduct a workshop this passed weekend. It was a great workshop with great cooperating participants. The weather was unpredictable but we manage to get some unique photographs. Here are few photographs.Photographing the coastal forest in the mist
Fur forest in the costal mist
Autumn foliage and river
Macro world of the Forest floor
Thank you Art Wolfe and Libby Pfeiffer for making this workshop amazing.
Another celebration in Khon Kaen city, Loy Krathong.The evening of Loy Krathong is one of the most picturesque festivals in Khon Kaen county. This festival is celebrated for a handful of reasons. Is the end of the riny season and close to the beginning of rice harvest. It is believed that Loy Krathong, or ‘the festival of light originated in the ancient city of Sukhothai, located about three hours west of Khon Kaen. It is not a religious holiday, but you will see many Thais praying to the water goddess, Mae Khongkha, as they send their decorated ‘boats’ down the river. Many Thais will give thanks to the water goddess for the fortune of having water while others will ask for forgiveness for using too much or contaminating it. Each candle has a prayer, memory, or wish attached to it as it makes it way down whatever body of water it finds itself on. That is the basic idea of the entire festival: it is a new beginning of sorts. Thais participating in the festival let go of whatever their misfortunes are and let the water carry them downstream and away for good. Burning incense and lighted candles cover the tops of the krathongs, which are the circular objects, usually made of banana leaves and flowers, floating down the river. Loy means ‘to float.’ It is certainly an amazing sight to watch thousands of lighted banana-leaf boats float down waterways all over the country.
The Fish trap baskets are in the Hung Yen Province, about one hour southeast of capital Hanoi. This traps are used for catching any actually creatures such as fish, crabs, snails and more.
The weaving is done by the woman from strips of bamboo and calamus palm wood and the man harvest the bamboo. The man splits and strips the bamboo in small thin long pieces before they get weave in to baskets by the local woman This is a few century old tradition and many people in this village are making their living just our of making and selling baskets.
This photographs are from Luong Son Bac, basket making family. Thank you for allowing us to photograph your propriety and fallow you in the village
It is always challenging to come up with new way to photograph a site that was photographed thousands and thousands of times. But always there is a way to be different, you just need to be creative and get out of the box. Be your own stile and don’t be afraid to break the rolls of composition.
Holy is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in the month of March, and is originating from the Indian subcontinent and is celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal.
The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It starts on the evening of Purnima, full moon day where people gather and perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire and pray for the internal evil to be destroyed. The fallowing day is celebrated as a free for all festival of colors where people trough and smear color on each other. Everyone is part of the celebration, poor or reach, friend or stranger, Woman or man, young or old. The music floods the temples and streets performed by Drums and other musical instruments. During the festival the special drink is intensively used, the Bhang and is made out of Cannabis, which is intoxicating but brings the freedom of enjoying the intensive celebration.
The Bera region is surrounded by forest and granite rocks where Leopard coexist with the local villagers / Live stock herders. Along this area there is a river that supports the life in this aired environment, river Jawai that forms a large dam that supports a very large number of birds, reptiles and mammals, so there is a place for any visitor ( photographer, birder, rock climber or a basic traveler that wants to experience ethnic culture, wildlife and amazing landscapes field up with many granite boulder) Do to Jeay the owner of the Bera Safari Lodge, this area is free of Granite mining and correlation between the villagers and the wild cats, the Leopard. In this area the locals share a spiritual connection leopard and the man and wildlife conflict is largely absent.
The remote wilderness of Katmai National Park is a place not like others, this is the place to photograph Grizzly Bears catching salmon, up close to a safe distance! Katmai is one of the largest National Parks in the United States at over 4 million acres and is arguably the single best place on Earth to photograph coastal brown bears in their natural environment. The Katmai NP is situated on the Alaskan Peninsula, Katmai is a roadless place, every access is by float plane, this makes it more special and unique than many other areas in Alaska.