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Photographing Family Travel: Floating Bamboo Huts, Wild Elephants, Your Kids and a Camera in Southern Thailand’s Jungle

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Our focus in photographing family travel today is Settings–but not just any Settings.  We want Settings with a Purpose!  We have focused on Capturing Conflict and Defining Details. Now we break away from zooming in real close; we go WIDE.

The Setting is something that is easy to forget.  I love photographing people, so I easily get caught up in their emotions, facial expressions, gestures, connections.  But where were we?  Where did the story take place?  When photographing family travel, the setting shots are just as important as the subjects.

Our family adventure in Thailand continues with a journey to the Lake, a national, wildlife preserve!  It was ALL about Setting!  We started on a bus with forty Thai people for two hours,

Me Ra Koh shares tips for photographing family travel with photos from The Adventure Family's trip to Thailand

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  1. John Louviere

    May 10th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    i woke up thinking about you and the fam – so i sat reading a month or so’s worth of blogs – so good to hear you guys are back in the jungle. i was about to come back to square one and leave a message when, low and behold, you sent a whole new blog entry. know i am thinking of you – tell everyone uncle john says hi.

  2. Lynde

    May 10th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Too much fun!!! 🙂

  3. Kara S.

    May 10th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    What an amazing experience! I want to have one like that someday. Chicago is crazy, but it’s no jungle. Alrighty, now this is on the bucket list! Thanks for the challenge, and your insight! I love reading your posts of everyday life.

  4. Rhonda

    May 10th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    So Beautiful!!! I’m in awe looking at the pictures, I can only imagine how it is to actually be there in it, hearing the sounds, smelling the smells. And sorry Brian, but it’s about time something happened to you instead of the rest of the family.
    Love you guys!!!

  5. Jenny J.

    May 10th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Love it! Way to live juicy!

  6. Michele Menier

    May 10th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    You make me want to come for a visit…one can dream!!! COntinue to have a ball and be safe 🙂

  7. Julie Watts

    May 10th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Yay! I LOVE shooting wide….it’s funny how you mentioned you instinctively go for the detailsl, faces, expressions and the “close up” action….I begin the complete opposite and instinctively went for the VIBE of the SETTING…I LOVED shooting wide, and as I definitely appreciate the amazing shots I can get with other lenses, when I am in a situation where I am shooting for myself and can only bring one lense, 75% of the time, it’s the FISHEYE lens!! Have FUN with the setting exercise, ladies!! If you haven’t truly come to appreciate the emotion a wide angle shot can convey, you are about to find out!!

  8. denise karis

    May 11th, 2011 at 5:41 am

    wow – BEAUTIFUL!! I love all of it! and I’m so with you – a handful of setting shots are perfect to tie together a series of photos – so good.

  9. denise karis

    May 11th, 2011 at 5:43 am

    @julie – it took me forever to like wide shots and now I love them…. kind of going thru the same thing with higher aperture values now – It took me forever to bump it up but now I love them 🙂

  10. jeramy

    May 11th, 2011 at 7:45 am

    great shots! so glad you guys are having a wonderful adventure. 🙂

  11. Me Ra

    May 11th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Julie! That is so cool! For real, you would grab the fisheye! Wow girl, that is awesome!! I would never think of that. You inspire me! And thank you SO MUCH for coming to help out at our Workshop this weekend! Wear those sassy PhotoPantz!!!

    Love you!
    m

  12. Lisa Novitsky

    May 11th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I love these photos! Fills my insides with the longing to be there in person. What a blessing to be there and soaking it in. That kind of beauty just opens a person up – how great that your children are also part of it. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

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    May 12th, 2011 at 3:45 am

    […] The SOAR! Photography Exercise this month explores the use of setting as a storytelling element. One of my favorite places, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, is into setting all the way up to its tri-cornered hat. Somehow the outdoor privy even makes for beautiful shots (that George Washington – he really thought of everything). […]

  14. Kimberlyn Totten

    May 12th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    What an incredibly beautiful setting. Thank goodness non of you sleep walk…like our kids! This is perfect timing for me to remember to shoot wide, I’m notorious for having tunnel vision. Look forward to stepping back and taking in the big picture.

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    May 13th, 2011 at 8:54 am

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  16. Grandma

    June 2nd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Sure glad you have a Blog so I know what’s going on in your busy lives.
    Love all the stories & pictures. Keep them coming…
    Love to all…..Grandma

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    January 21st, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    […] The SOAR! Photography Exercise this month explores the use of setting as a storytelling element. One of my favorite places, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, is into setting all the way up to its tri-cornered hat. Somehow the outdoor privy even makes for beautiful shots (that George Washington – he really thought of everything). […]