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Urban Decay & Urban Exploration - Bangkok. Having spent the past five years in Asia my photographic subjects have been wide and varied.

Urban Decay & Urban Exploration - Bangkok

From abandoned buildings, market places, urban upheaval in China, to the rural landscapes of the Pearl River Delta. Now living in Thailand, I have begun to embrace a totally new style of photography: My most recent project looks at Urban Decay in Thailand, and specifically Pattaya and Bangkok. When we picture Thailand, it is rare, on any account, we conjure up images of Urban Decay. Nevertheless, the sprawling suburbs of Bangkok are riddled with such areas of interest. Where you find Urban Decay in Asia, you also meet with some of its most impoverished residents, looking to eke out a living from the remnants of the past.

Work by Ben Hodson. Project: HDR and Tone Mapping. Above: Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm lens.

Project: HDR and Tone Mapping

This image was created by converting the file into three separate exposure values before exporting to Photomatix HDR software, for exposure fusion and tone mapping. Further processing was done using Photoshop. I've saved a selection of the best High Dynamic Range (HDR) 'tone mapping' images at my Flickr favorites. They're about the best examples, with respects to processing skill, photographic subject and composition, that I've personally found in the genre. Most of the photographers represented there show a large body of professional work that's worth exploring a little further. Street Art. Graffiti. We declare the world as our canvas. Street Art Beyond the Spray Can - Design. This post is in partnership with Pepsi Refresh Project When you hear the phrase “street art,” there’s almost no limit to what you can do.

Street Art Beyond the Spray Can - Design

Check out moss graffiti by geniuses like Helen Nodding (a.k.a British artist Ladybird) and Anna Garforth. Michael William Kirby out of Baltimore does mind-blowing paintings with chalk, or there’s Joshua Allen Harris’plastic bag creatures tied to vents that come alive only when the NYC subway goes by—and don’t forget French artist OX, who takes over billboards to make bold graphic statements. Pattaya Graffiti: The Walls. Urban exploration. Urbex. UrBex Daily. Talk Urbex … Photography. HDR. Street Style. Bangkok Urban-Gothic.

I tend to took at it this way: photography is about capturing a moment.

Bangkok Urban-Gothic

I thrive on the idea of spontaneity. Yes, you could drag along a whole production crew with a middle age house wife to manage the sand-pit, and thousands of dollars worth of equipment to compliment people's egos. However, regardless of budget, in some instances it's the emotional context that takes priority. Two of the most important things to remember when working with people, is that, everyone has their own personality. And as a photographer it's your job to try and capture individually with honesty and truth. In this set I choose to shoot in Black & White as the contrast between model and graffiti work well. Work by Ben Hodson. Bangkok Urban-Casual Street Wear. Well, it's a hard job ... and, without my usual coffee fix.

Bangkok Urban-Casual Street Wear

You wouldn't believe how hard it is to get a good model here in Bangkok. I usually settle for using a ladyboy; "Ladyboy!? " you say. Nevertheless, their skills come naturally, with confidence, and it's just too hard to tell the difference at times. I met lovely Cate from Chang Rai a few weeks ago. Thai Style: Bangkok Country Chic. The simple things in life: photography for me is about capturing a moment - I say this often.

Thai Style: Bangkok Country Chic

Sometimes, I wish for better equipment. Sometimes, it's all about light - my craving for better light. Sometimes, it's the ambiance of the moment which lends itself to capturing emotion, rather than a higher level of technical craft. Everyone has their own personality, and as a photographer it's your job to capture it - the point. Pattaya Graffiti: Urban Cosplay Model Shoot. Bangkok Street Wear. Vintage Siam was shot using a Canon EOS 500D & 18-55mm Lens at a location near Siam Country Club.

Bangkok Street Wear

This particular photoshoot was well organized with regards to logistics and equipment. Urbex. Motorcycle Tours, Pattaya, Thailand. Welcome to Pattaya Motorcycle Tours: We offer the best tailored motorcycle and off-road tours in Southeast Thailand: from day trips to Big Buddha, through the rural scenic areas that surrounds Pattaya; Rice fields, Tapioca and Banana plantations, to fishing villages, that dot the coastline of this region of Thailand; and with beautiful Buddhist temple complexes, all within easy riding distance from your hotel.

Motorcycle Tours, Pattaya, Thailand

Packages include beginner bikes to advanced: we offer a full range of bikes, from 125cc automatics to larger 1000cc Sports and Touring motorcycles, for the more advanced rider. Motorcycle tours are a great way to take in all that this region of Thailand has on offer. It's our aim at PMT to bring you the best tour possible, off-the-beaten-track, and full of adventure. Day tours start from Baht3000 - all inclusive. Please contact me for more details on advanced tour packages and tailored tours and we will be happy to assist you in building a perfect tour itinerary.

The Sanctuary of Truth. Project: HDR and Tone Mapping.