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facing asia

"The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him." -Daniel J. Boorstin

about the photos

The photos found here were all taken during a trip to Southeast Asia in September/October 2010. I took them as I saw them and nothing found here was the result of any artificial moments or pre-planned circumstance. Hopefully that spontaneity comes through, as I value capturing the variety of expressions on faces more than anything else I saw on the trip.

All photos were taken either on foot, riding in a bus, train or in the back of a tuk-tuk, which is an open-air carriage attached to the back of a motorbike. They were taken on a very modest camera and set of lenses I've put together over the past few years. I used a Canon EOS 500D and the following lenses:

  • — Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX-DC HSM
  • — Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG
  • — Canon 50mm f/1.8 II EF
  • — Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS EF-S

I would say I shot from the hip for maybe 1/3 the photos for situations that I knew would be too fleeting, or would simply take the subject out of the moment. The camera is the oldest tool we have to share what we see, but it's ultimately still a barrier between the subject and viewer. It pays off to get to know your camera body and your lenses intimately. Take that to mean as much or little as you want, but it definitely helps to know what you can expect from your gear without having to think too much about how you should use it.

The photos themselves are subject to post processing and various subjective color adjustments. I've selectively applied dodging and burning to certain areas by hand. None of the images come from a processed HDR, multiple exposures, etc. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll get back to you when I can.

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