Bangkok Skyline by pasttheirprime

Bangkok Skyline

Eldest daughter is coming to the end of a 4 month Graphic Design internship in Thailand, and shortly after she left the UK the rest of us decided we needed to descend on her and robustly cramp her style before the opportunity was lost. We duly booked flights and accommodation, and before we knew it the date was upon us. Clearly I wasn't going to let the opportunity pass without bagging a couple of shots - in fact if I'm brutally honest I took far more care over ensuring I had suitable camera gear than I did over anything else, including clothing...

Unfortunately, as we were only in Bangkok for 5 full days, we didn't get the opportunity to visit the floating market (which had been very high on the list), but we did manage to cram in a remarkable amount of activities, really getting into both the standard tourist type sights, smells and sounds and the more real, everyday lives of the locals.

One shot I was determined to get was of the city centre skyline at night - I had aspirations of getting a multi shot, wide angle pano with starbursts coming from the major pinpoints of light. I took my 10mm f2.8 prime with this in mind, but as starbursts require ~f16 aperture resulting in very long exposures, a tripod was going to be absolutely vital.

I've fallen foul of officials frowning on tripod use in public places before, so on this occasion we rang ahead and got assurance that it wouldn't be a problem at this particular skytop restaurant.

The best laid plans of mice and men...

Before our meal arrived and in between bouts of torrential rain, I seized the opportunity and went out onto the balcony to bag my shot. There was some gusting wind threatening to blur my 30 second exposures, so I initially took advantage of some shelter afforded by the restaurant wall behind me to keep everything still. I then found an alternative vantage point which showed more promise, but it was at this point that I was apprehended by the lady Maitre D and told that on no account could I use a "camera stand" without authority from King Maha Vajiralongkorn himself (I might have misinterpreted that part, but you get the idea) - and so I had little choice but to defer politely and return inside.

Little did she know that I already had a set of shots in the bag...

This, then, is a 7 shot f16 10mm pano, shot illegally :) from the Mojjo Sky Bar restaurant terrace of the Compass Skyview Hotel. It's one of my personal favs, and in the original image you can zoom way in and make out a surprising amount of detail. Might even send this one for printing.

Thanks for looking!

Absolutely wonderful image, well worth getting printed I think.
June 30th, 2019  
@leonbuys83 very kind! Thanks!
June 30th, 2019  
Oh well done. What an excellent shot with so much to look at and great to have all that texture in the sky too.
June 30th, 2019  
Wonderful night shot
June 30th, 2019  
Excellent night image
June 30th, 2019  
Stellar shot. Shame about the tripod attitudes.
July 1st, 2019  
Certainly an eyefull to look at!
July 2nd, 2019  
Fabulous capture! fav
July 3rd, 2019  
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