Sangkhlaburi, Thailand / March 1 2010 / Olympus E-3


Khao Laem Dam lakeside Community at last light

Image specs: Olympus E-3, f6.3, 15 seconds, ISO100, 119 mm (240 mm film equivalent), Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom, white balance auto, vivid mode, tripod.

A long weekend gave the opportunity to explore further than the Bangkok environs. Having visited the north-western border town of Sangkhlaburi last year I was impressed with the beauty of the lakeside community living on the huge Khao Laem Dam system. I hired a car and sped off to take some shots of the floating houses, home to the Mon people of neighbouring Burma.

This shot was taken at last light, thirty minutes from the main town using the Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom. The focus was crisp thanks to the 5x and 10x enlargement function (press info button) using ‘live view’ and the stunning optical characteristics of the super pro lens, which managed this under extremely poor light. This is a useful technique when time allows.

Khao Laem Dam houseboat, Sangkhlaburi

Image specs: Olympus E-3, f11, 1/80, ISO100, 326 mm (650 mm film equivalent), Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom, EC-20 2x teleconverter, white balance auto, vivid mode, tripod.

The shot above was taken on the  first morning in Sangkhlaburi… from my room window! Again the Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom was used at almost full extension (326mm/ equivalent to 650m film lens) using the EC-20 2x converter. I carefully focused as described above and waited for the house guest to appear.

Using only a lightweight tripod I fired the shutter with the RM-1 remote control to avoid camera shake as soon as the image displayed in ‘live view’ was exactly as I wanted it. These houses can be towed to any position in the lake and hired by adventurous individuals or families. No sleepwalkers…

Lying low with the Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom

To capture the image below I decided on a low level view with a stable arm support (above) for the 90-250mm (180-500m film equivalent) lens.

Image specs: Olympus E-3, f2.8, 1/640, ISO160, 90 mm (180 mm film equivalent), Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom, white balance auto, vivid mode, hand held.

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