Jonathan Taylor Photography School Asia

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amazing structure!
Songkran was the reason why i traveled to thailand this time around. Another one was Jonathan Taylor's Photography School Asia.

A couple of weeks before going to bangkok, I had a hard time deciding if I should take a one day course or a three day course at Jonathan Taylor's class given that i already have my itinerary for my trip. Eventually I settled on one day course... like a try out of sorts and should I like it then next year again I take a longer one.

The reason why I just had to take a course with him is that he's a legend in the world of photography. And it would be such an honor to be mentored by him. Of course, there's that need in me to improve myself in what i like doing best.

I Left the hostel early today for the class and met up with the master at Amarin Tower.
erawan museum
A building I am very familiar of since I've been to the starbucks there before. AS he began to assess my skills he said that i am already at a different level than most of his students and that we should skip the classroom part and head on out to Erawan Museum to take some shots. My assignment: create a story sequence with 5-10 images. Simple? no. I had a hard time thinking of what I should narrative aspect i should focus on. Also he noticed that I should improve on my shots of people and learn how to create more intimacy between my subject and the camera. he hit it right on. that's what i've always wanted to be better at. i have this tendency to be shy about asking people about taking their pictures that's why i always use my 70-300mm lens. But this time around he said that i should do away with it.
stained glass roof of the elephant building


The whole afternoon was spent at Erawan Museum (my first time there. Quite an amazing structure with lots of activities in the environs). It was scorching hot and i think i got sunburned... and even burned my knees several times as i attempted to take pics while kneeling. It was a lot of fun actually. by mid afternoon Jonathan said that he's seeing improvements in my shots. I think did so too. It was such a great feeling to hear from THE Jonathan Taylor "you did well this afternoon" once our session was done. After the class, even for just a few hours I think i've built up enough confidence to take shots of people without being "stalker-ish" and obtrusive. I even got to talk to a lot of people I took pictures of in the afternoon and that's really such a great improvement for me.
stained glass roof of the elephant building
.. sans photography skills. before we parted ways, he gave me more pointers on where i should improve on and i'll always remember those, until i take another class from him next year.


on the way home in the evening the crowd at silom still hasn't died down. i didnt want my shoes to get wet so i walked all the way from saladaeng station to silom soi 3 for what seemed like 30-45 minutes amidst the sea of people wearing no shoes.

after a few hours rest, vaness and i again went to celebrate more of songkran in the area with porsche and the guys from HQ. I actually spent a good 30 minutes just trying out every street food i could get my hands on and a lot of coca cola. ahhh!

nice!

anyway, swiss/german(?) online news, tagesanzeiger.ch has picked up my photo of songkran in khao san in less than 24 hours after i posted it on flickr.
jaeWALK says:
kokfooo83: i have never included the croc farm in any of my trips in bangkok. besides, it being too much of a tourist trap, i see too much crocs on nat geo.
Posted on: May 15, 2009
kokfoo83 says:
how come no crocofile farm shots?
Posted on: May 14, 2009
jaeWALK says:
thanks marix!

ck: you will when i get to work on it and sort out my photos :)
Posted on: May 02, 2009
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amazing structure!
amazing structure!
erawan museum
erawan museum
stained glass roof of the elephant…
stained glass roof of the elephan…
stained glass roof of the elephant…
stained glass roof of the elephan…
stained glass roof of the elephant…
stained glass roof of the elephan…
Samut Prakan
photo by: iramalama