23 Nov Thai Food and Travel Photography
The adventures of a Scottish photographer in Thailand
Thai Food & Travel Photography
Travel photographers. In my opinion, are the most fortunate breed of photographic professional! What’s not to love about landing in exotic locations, absorbing breathtaking landscapes and meeting amazing new people?
Thailand is just stunning
In August last year, I married my gorgeous wife, Laura in a romantic ceremony surrounded by the beautiful Scottish countryside, friends and family.
We waited until the new year before splashing out on our honeymoon. As seasoned travellers and keen sun-worshippers, we decided to spend a few weeks in a beautiful place called Cape Panwa, on the southernmost tip of Phuket, Thailand.
Cape Panwa at sunset
The first thing we noticed about Thailand was the warmth of the people. We knew it was known as the Land of Smiles and we were not disappointed – smiles all round! As Scots, we consider ourselves warm and friendly people – which of course we are – but the Thai people take it to an entirely new level. Nothing was a problem, and for a fleeting moment I even considered converting to Buddhism, such was their happiness and contentment!
View from big Buddha
Have camera, will travel
I packed my favourite camera body, the versatile and trusty Canon 5D mkiii and my Canon EF 24-105mm F4 lens – a solid all-rounder that delivers lots of flexibility when it comes to shot choice.
Although more cumbersome to carry around than a compact or bridge camera, shooting on the hoof in RAW with the 5d allowed to me to grab a ton of tricky shots, including some low light shots in the night market, which would have caused real problems for lesser cameras.
I could capture the wider beach and landscape shots down at 24mm but could quickly use the zoom when walking through the evening market to grab the speed of the food action as it unfolded, safe in the knowledge I could make some minor adjustments in Lightroom on my return to the homestead.
Wok cooking in the Phuket market
Take precautions when travelling with your prized camera!
Carrying such an expensive bit of kit around such a busy place is not for the faint-hearted, especially if like me, your camera is your life. Loss or damage would have caused me no end of heartache, so to remove this worry, I insured my equipment for international travel. I also made sure to keep it clean of sand and dust etc. by cleaning it every day.
TOP TIP – Always lock your camera in the safe whenever it’s not in your sight!
Travel photography is a true labour of love
Travelling to such a stunning destination with my camera enabled me to reconnect with my passion for photography. The explosion of colour and the vibrancy of Thailand are incredible. I was getting dizzy from the constant twisting and turning, always finding new things to look at and photograph. I’d never travelled to this part of the world before, and it reminded me how much I love having my camera with me, and it wasn’t work!
Phuket night market
Visiting places like the food market in Phuket old town and the stunning, varied scenery and sunsets lifted my photographic spirits and led me to think of my style and approach to photography. My reflections on authenticity and a simple, uncluttered approach became much clearer in my mind after this particular trip to beautiful Thailand.
There’s nothing more life-affirming than seeing a young man selling his honest and hard-won fishing haul from two upturned bin lids from the floor of the Phuket food market. He was always busy, so busy, in fact, I could hardly get a shot of him. His attitude was direct and refreshing, yet authentic – “This is what I’ve got, its honest and fresh buy it or don’t.” Every action delivered with a smile!
fisherman at Phuket food market
Looking for inspiration to travel?
So, Thailand was incredible. Not only do Laura and I have some stunning honeymoon photographs and memories to look back on, but we also came back with a renewed energy, vigour and lust for life.
Looking for authentic, honest and fresh photography that is guaranteed to catch the eye of your audience?
Get in touch with me, for well-travelled photography with a smile 🙂
If you want to see more of my Thailand adventure photos, theres a selection below or visit my Portfolio page.