Four

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I found these four natural pieces on the ground while I was taking photos around my accommodation during my latest trip in Sattahip, Thailand. They lied on the ground exactly like that as I didn’t arrange anything. I just captured the stillness of them on the ground.

Behind the shot:
– iPhone 5s’ Hipstamatic App.
– Phonto
– Phoenix

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature

Some say rose

Sally, the host of Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge, has come back from her trip in Northern California (USA), and she has updated the post for the 1st Monday’s theme which is Nature. She posted some photos from her trip which I think they all look wonderful. You can click the link ‘Nature’ to visit her post as well as join us on this photo challenge.

I searched around my home for this week’s Nature photograph, and I looked at one potted plant which my dad told me that this one is getting old and it might not be able to produce roses anymore. I realised that I was able to know which variety of this plant without its blooming flowers by noticing thorns on its trunk.

Bangkok | Thailand | 2014

Bangkok | Thailand | 2014

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.
Saadi

Mother nature provides us with the elegant flowers like roses but she doesn’t forget to attach thorns in order to protect her children.

Behind the shot:
– Hipstamatic Apps with Lens ‘Loftus’ and Film ‘Blanko C16’
– Edited/Credited/Framed/Resized in Phoenix

Two Yellow Leaves

I was surprised when I first saw two yellow leaves on the soil in our family’s pot plant because they looked like Autumn leaves. Why was I surprised? It was due to the fact that we are in Summer season here in Thailand, and we’ve never had Autumn season before. Anyway, Summer in Thailand has very hot and dry weather so I assume that green leaves can turn to be yellow because of drought.

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Behind the shot
+ iPhone 5s’ native camera app
+ Typic

The picture is a response to Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature

Travel theme: Pink

When I first saw this week’s travel theme from Ailsa, I couldn’t help thinking of the cherry blossom in Japan where I could see pale pink petal of Sakura trees or bright pink of plum trees. 3 out of my 8 trips in Japan were in April when everyone visited Japan for Cherry Blossom.

The below set of pink photos were taken during one of those 3 Sakura trips. It was way back to the time in April 2004.

Tokyo | Japan | 2004

Tokyo | Japan | 2004

Tokyo | Japan | 2004

Tokyo | Japan | 2004

Osaka | Japan | 2004

Osaka | Japan | 2004

Osaka | Japan | 2004

Osaka | Japan | 2004

Himeji | Japan | 2004

Himeji | Japan | 2004

Himeji | Japan | 2004

Himeji | Japan | 2004

Kyoto | Japan | 2004

Kyoto | Japan | 2004

Kyoto | Japan | 2004

Kyoto | Japan | 2004

Fujinomiya | Japan | 2004

Fujinomiya | Japan | 2004

In my opinion, the Cherry blossom season is the best time to visit Japan if you’ve never been there before because you will be able to see the beauty of blooming flowers. In addition, the weather will be very nice with bright sunshine but still cool enough to walk around without wiping the sweat. Besides that, you will feel energetic vibe from those around you since as far as I’ve known; April is the beginning period of Japanese people’s life such as new job, school opening, etc. So you can feel that something have awakened from long hibernation in the cold Winter. Moreover, Japanese also have this tradition to eat&drink under the Sakura trees as they call Hanami (花見, “flower viewing”). You can sense the relaxation and fun moments all around.

Colours on the ground

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I think one of the advantages of using mobile phone to take photos is that we can capture images in a various angles. Like this one that I lowered my iPhone 5s to get the picture of dry red/orange maple leaves on the green moss ground during the trip at Ginkakuji, Kyoto, Japan.

This photo was processed later in Line camera, and it was re-sized in ‘Resize Image’. Photo credit was added in Phonto, one of my favourite text apps.

I’d like to add another picture that I used LINE brush to provide the painting filter to it. This one was applied with the Seurat effect which I think this filter wants to imitate the arts by Georges Seurat.

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This post is a respond to Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Nature.

The distorted reality

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I’ve tried creating Bokeh for this challenge, and I got this photo too which I think it might have not be a good bokeh in term of photography? However, I just love it as I think of it as the mixture of painting (background) and photograph (foreground). The background was distorted like you couldn’t know what it was used to be.

It was like my life regarding the political situation in my country right now. Nothing changes after the national election has passed. The protest is still going on. We still don’t have a government because we don’t have enough representatives in parliament due to disruption at polling stations in some areas: Bangkok and the southern of Thailand. The worse thing is that the election committee, who should set up another election to cover the missing ones, decides to set a new election date in April this year which some might say it is too late. I never see the election committee who doesn’t want to support the election system like this one before. The demonstration still asks for something that I don’t know anymore. It is surreal. I feel like the right system has been amiss. The situation is beyond my logic to understand.

I think I might need to ignore everything related to politics. I need to let it go before my life is sucked into the twisted reality. Sometimes the stress is too much.

But I know that ignorance doesn’t help us through this tough time. So I just want to … Rest. Gain strength. Take a deep breath. Before going back to the world where everyone just believe what they do are right. No one listens to others. Only believe in the reality they prefer.

The distorted reality.

Travel theme: Dry

Dried Gingko leaves spread on the ground of Ueno Park when I went there during my trip to Japan in the beginning of December 2013. The yellow leaves provided scattered bright color for our eyes. The weather was also really great and we truly had amazing time there.

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Ueno Park | Tokyo | Japan | 2013