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I'd love to know where ppl around here go to catch the sunset. Look, as long as the air is bringing us these great red and orange hues for hours at a time, we ought to be able to enjoy it right ? I usually just tend to catch them by a field or out along one of the ring roads and stop for a few minutes to enjoy. But I'd rather know of a rooftop restaurant or lounge around town, a ring road restaurant with a great view, or even a peak someone takes their motosai up to in Samoeng, Doi Saket, or wherever to enjoy the view. Who's got a place to go to ?

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There is a great little road side place over looking the pacific school. On the Samoeng road.

Great in the late afternoon or dusk. It overlooks the little valley that the Pacific Internation schools in.

The mist and smoke from local fire comes in and its quiet and beautiful.

The place has good food and will let you play your own cd's if there mellow.

Been there a few times for sunset beers and a pink Floyd listen.

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and smoke from local fire comes in and its quiet and beautiful.

็How thoughtful of the local residents to fill their peaceful valley with smoke to complete the perfect sunset :o

My favourite place for sunset is my patio, with great views towards Doi Suthep & Doi Inthanon (on clear days), egrets coming home to roost from the surrounding rice fields - previously to roost on a large & beautiful raintree on the adjoining farmland, but that disappeared 3 days ago - I guess those wonderful wooden frogs don't literally grow on trees....

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the sun also rises. or at least it used to, before the government imposed curfews on bars. hemingway's spain this ain't.

funny, i've never watched the sun set in chiang mai. probably because doi suthep is in the way. watching the sun set at 4pm doesn't really qualify, i guess.

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the sun also rises. or at least it used to, before the government imposed curfews on bars. hemingway's spain this ain't.

Saw a few of those in my early years here :o

Now I get to see the sunrise from my shower room every day. Beautiful view over the rice paddy, as the sun rises over the eastern mountain range. I'll have to have a word with the locals to see if smoke can be added at such an early hour....

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Drive up beyond Doi Suthep, beyond the National Park and beyond the Doi Pui village about ten minutes, you will see breathtaking panoramas at sunset 35-40 mins from city centre. Enjoy.

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Hardly ever have really the time to go anywhere during sunrise or sunset, so I have to do it with what I can catch at home, which is (while practising with my brand-new camera at that time :D):

Stunning sky ... less stunning pic. :o

But not only sunset and -rise are breath-taking also in the night the stars and the moon. I've got a very old book (1948) that gives the different stars figures (how you call that?). On bright nights I always try to figure out what is what. So far Orion is always visible. Then there are the great or big Dog with the main very bright star Sirius, the little Dog, sometimes Cassiopeia and the Big Bear. The Twins always above Orion and next to Orion the Wagenman with Capella as brightest star and the Bull with Aldebaran. (The names are directly translated from Dutch, not sure if these are the correct English names. Probably not.) I even saw Venus, without knowing it was that planet. Found out later.

And some pic's taken from the moon without a tripod, needing a lot more practice.

Nienke

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Absolutely fantastic pic! With or without photoshop?

Nienke

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Sunset Mode = Underexpose in the camera. Crop, turn up the saturation and accentuate the blue hue a touch in Photoshop. I know, it hardly ever looks like that in real life* but it's very pretty all the same. The CMPG Photoshop Workshops (Tuskers every other Wednesday) will be covering this kind of thing in a forthcoming meeting.

Incidentally, I found my little point and shoot Pentax Optio does just the same trick in the camera when you select "Sunset" as the picture style - a lot less effort too!

*Actually it often looks like that in LA but we probably could do without their level of smog just for the sake of a pretty sky.

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There are a number of restaurants located on the ring roads between the roads leadning to San Kamphaeng and Doi Saket.

One such place that I used to catch the sunset in, specializes in 'gkung dten' but also has other Thai food and beer + whiskey available. The sunset is reflected in the pond the restaurant is built upon which makes for a nice scenery.

Development out there is rapid however, and these days there is a large factory of some sort a bit too close to the restaurant, which spoils the atmosphere a little, and next to the restaurant on the other side is another, newer restaurant with a two story sitting deck.

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And some pic's taken from the moon without a tripod, needing a lot more practice.

Nienke

Nienke from the little knowledge i have about photography, you need some expensive camera and lenses to take good pictures of the moon. especially with some good zoom lenses.

sunsets on the other hand can be taken with some point and shoot's with their built in sunset modes. or if you know how to do the settings manually for exposure, colour balance, sensitivity. enjoy your new camera :o and thanks for the pictures.

TB..

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And some pic's taken from the moon without a tripod, needing a lot more practice.

Nienke

Nienke from the little knowledge i have about photography, you need some expensive camera and lenses to take good pictures of the moon. especially with some good zoom lenses.

sunsets on the other hand can be taken with some point and shoot's with their built in sunset modes. or if you know how to do the settings manually for exposure, colour balance, sensitivity. enjoy your new camera :o and thanks for the pictures.

TB..

Sorry Nienke, when I posted my sunset pic, your post hadn't appeared yet so I was sort of focused on the sunset rather than your moon shots. Tigerbeer is right insofar as taking pics of the moon isn't quite as straigtforward as you might think and it looks like your new lens will allow you to get it fairly large in the frame but you absolutely must use a tripod. The other problem is that using any auto exposure mode will result in no detail as the camera takes the night sky into consideration and so overexposes the moon itself.

I've never done any successful lunar pictures myself but if you Google "taking pictures moon" there are tons of great tips to be had and although I know it isn't the camera you're using, I thought this one was particularly helpful.

If you want to continue this discussion go to the CMPG website and post a question on the forum and someone who has more experience than me will help you out.

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And some pic's taken from the moon without a tripod, needing a lot more practice.

Nienke

Nienke from the little knowledge i have about photography, you need some expensive camera and lenses to take good pictures of the moon. especially with some good zoom lenses.

sunsets on the other hand can be taken with some point and shoot's with their built in sunset modes. or if you know how to do the settings manually for exposure, colour balance, sensitivity. enjoy your new camera :o and thanks for the pictures.

TB..

Sorry Nienke, when I posted my sunset pic, your post hadn't appeared yet so I was sort of focused on the sunset rather than your moon shots. Tigerbeer is right insofar as taking pics of the moon isn't quite as straigtforward as you might think and it looks like your new lens will allow you to get it fairly large in the frame but you absolutely must use a tripod. The other problem is that using any auto exposure mode will result in no detail as the camera takes the night sky into consideration and so overexposes the moon itself.

I've never done any successful lunar pictures myself but if you Google "taking pictures moon" there are tons of great tips to be had and although I know it isn't the camera you're using, I thought this one was particularly helpful.

If you want to continue this discussion go to the CMPG website and post a question on the forum and someone who has more experience than me will help you out.

greenside, i just happened to pass by Big Camera and picked up one of their latest brochures. i could not believe my eyes on how cheap cameras are these days, 24000THB for a Canon 400D kit. 19,900 for a 350D kit. thats totally cheap for any amateur to get into DSLR photography. one of them being me !

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