Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shots from Samsung S3

The thought of buying a compact camera
for use at work and candid shots
leads me to a Samsung Galaxy S3,
a smart choice indeed,
handy yet capable of good quality shots.


Sunrise at the Palace of the Golden Horses.

 


Blue sky at Putrajaya.




Panorama too.





Morning rays

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Scenic Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng,a small riverside scenic town dotted by limestone outcrop,
a nice stopover on the way back from Luang Prabang to Vientiane
for photography bluff and adventure seekers with activities
like kayaking,tube and balloon ride
or simply trekking to the limestone hills and caves.

 

boat crossing the Nam Song river.
Lens, Nikon 18~35mm f/3.5-4.5D,
focal length 18mm,exposure 1/25,f /20,
white balance auto,spot metering,Aperture priority.




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remnants of the Laotian secret War

Laos has the dubious distinction of being the world's most heavily bombed nation. During the period of the American Vietnam War, over half a million bombing missions dropped more than 5 million tons of ordnance on Laos, most of it anti-personnel cluster bombs. Each cluster bomb shell contained hundreds of individual bomblets, "bombies", about the size of a tennis ball. An estimated 30% of these munitions did not detonate. Ten of the 18 Laotian provinces have been described as "severely contaminated" with artillery and mortar shells, mines, rockets, grenades, and other devices from various countries of origin. These munitions pose a continuing obstacle to agriculture and a special threat to children, who are attracted by the toylike devices. Some 288 million cluster munitions and about 75 million unexploded bombs were left across Laos after the war ended. From 1996-2009, more than 1 million items of UXO were destroyed, freeing up 23,000 hectares of land. (source from Wikipedia)
    Mines Advisory Group is doing most of the cleanup work
http://youtu.be/6HPH7grVHR0


Assortment of weapons and bomb shells as decoration  at Dok Khoun Guest House,
all these are part of the daily life here at Phonsavan,Xieng Khouang Province



Craters Bar and Restaurant,dining with bomb shells.



Collections at a bus ticket counter.



Tea by the bombs.



Even the Tourist Information office is not spared.







Bombies,Cluster bomb.



Aluminium US plane fuel oil tank which were made  into spoons.



Tank turret.



Machine gun.





Deadly decoration.




Cluster bomb casing as a tv rack.



Pigeon house pillars.




Planting onion.



Bomb crater about 30m diameter at Ban Khai crater village.






Vietnamese army trench at Plain of Jars Site 1.




Crater at Site 1.




War damage on Jar.



MAG notice board at Site 1.



MAG safe trail markers





Path up to site 2.



Fighter bombers(red dots) and B52(in grey) strike map.



Us bombing data.




View Ban Khai crater village in a larger map

Monday, November 5, 2012

Enchanting Kuang Si Falls

The Enchanting Kuang Si Falls,28km from Luang Prabang
 is a must see site for all who dropped by this UNESCO World Heritage Site
special for its unique cascading travertine falls.



Camera,Nikon D90
lens used -Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di 11 VC
focal length 19mm,exposure time 1/5s & apeture f/32







a lao boy doing a Titanic pose







focal length 22mm,exposure time 1/4s & apeture f/32



a relaxing calm pool



Cascading down the river









Having a shower at the cascade.



Rope swing jump from tree













An Asiatic black bear rescue centre.



Note the size is almost double that of the Malayan Sun bear.





Saved from it's paw being brewed into this tonic whisky.



Anthony having a look at the map.



Alice waiting at the entrance.



Our ride for the 28km trip from Luang Prabang to the falls
other means of transport there are by chartered tuk-tuk,mini van,bicycle or even walking there.
(note-left hand drive in Laos)







View Kuang Si Falls in a larger map
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