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Neon nights in Bangkok



Vixen van der Zee and I took off to Bangkok and got some sweet shots done.
Vixen van der Zee and I took off to Bangkok and got some sweet shots done.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. We wanted to catch the vibrance of the city night life.
Time
"The city that never sleeps" can be adhered to Bangkok as well. We had some of the most fun past midnight, but the city seemed to be most alive around 10 pm.
Lighting
Our mission this night was to find interesting light fixtures and neon signs etc. Just having my camera on high ISO and using available light was a challenge.
Equipment
Just my old trusty Canon 5D ii, with my favourite lense 24-70 2.8L, and trying to be creative with exisiting light.
Inspiration
The city itself was a huge inspiration to me and my muse Vixen van der Zee. We collaborated to find good spots and when I saw all these green and red neon lights we knew we had to stop and shoot some nice images.
Editing
Since using high ISO on a fairly old camera, I did some processing to remove some of the ISO-grain, and I also did some skin retouching dodge/burn. As always I do some basic groundwork in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and then finish it off with bells and whistles in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
Depending on the gig, I bring one or two Canon houses. My main one being a 5D iv. My 24-70 2.8L is used A LOT. But besides that I use a bunch of different lenses depending on the task at hand. I always bring my speedlight and radio transmitter, it's pretty powerful and comes in a small package when extra light is needed.
Feedback
When you try to capture these kinds of images, you have to look at what the light is doing to your model. Is it harsh, is it too bright, will the colours come through? You also need to shut down what's going on around you, people who wants to come up and talk to you, take their own pictures or what not. I've seen most variations when shooting female models in public spaces. If you use a flash to lighten up the model, crank up the ISO to not lose the ambient lighting, and don't forget that if your flash is set as a TTL-variation you need to either tweak the settings, or better yet set a manual mode that fits your scene.

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