Climate Change; A Family Farm Fights Back

A New Direction on the Farm… What we are experiencing is no rain. Well, very little rain to be accurate, and it is the rainy season here in Thailand. Growing rice requires a lot of water. The rice paddies need to be filled with water. The needed water can come from irrigation or from rain, or both, but water is necessary. In our area we don’t have access to irrigation, so that means the rice farmers rely on rain.

Why Black and White?

John Sexton, Ansel Adams technical assistant, explained some of Ansel’s feelings on Black and White one day in class. He said, Ansel believed all photography was a step away from reality, by choosing to capture a scene in a square or rectangular box, it is not reality, it is the artists vision, making an image Black and White takes the image one step further away from reality and in some cases, one step closer to the artists vision.

Documenting Change

I started out 10 years ago with documenting change in rural Thailand as one of my main goals. In the last ten years, I have produced over 90 thousand RAW images of life in rural Thailand. Documenting these changes became a goal in the first year after I moved to rural Thailand. As an outsider, it was easy for me to see the changes that were coming. Plowing the land with a water buffalo or hand tractor had to change, old ways could not continue for long.

Editing With Power

Photoshop, Lightroom, Silver Efex Pro, Luminar, Nik Software, I use them all… So here we are today in a world where digital is by far the most used means to capture an image, and most images still need post processing. One thing that sets great photographers apart from the crowd, is how they process a digital image.

Searching For Shadows

In today’s post, I’m going to talk about a key element of Black and White photography, contrast, and how to find it. One of the easiest ways to find dramatic shots is to look for shadows. Look for the dark areas in the photo that can direct attention to the highlights. A person’s eye will …

Preparing For The Plow

The local small yield farmers in our area have transitioned from Water Buffalo and Hand Tractors to modern tractors to plow the fields, in a relatively short period of time, and yet they still use the traditional method of preparing the fields, which consists of cutting, then burning off the dead weeds, and waiting for the rain to make the hard ground ready for the plow.