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    Loy Krathong in Kantharalak / Si Sa Ket province

    I spent most of November 2012 in deep dark Isan, and loved every moment of it.
    I was so lucky to witness Loy Krathong Festival, and put my old 8mp Olympus to work. Here are some pic's. For most of the pic's I used a 105mm Sigma macro.


    Every part of the city and surrounding villages had their own big krathong placed on a pickup, and of course their local beauty as decoration. I'm sorry there are more photos of the girls than decorations, i hope you forgive me



    In this picture you will notice they use Isuzu, the preferred truck of the Isan farmer ( You did notice ? )

    It was not all pretty girls, to prove that is here a couple of other pic's




    I have many more pictures, I'll post some more if anyone bother to look ?
    Here's the last one for now...and my favourite


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    Keep going.
    That kid fight with the rope bindings?

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    Great! Keep 'em coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Keep going.
    That kid fight with the rope bindings?
    He was part of a bigger group dressed up as fighters. There was a parade trough the city (4 km's) I don't have a pic of the group in action (they are boys :-) ) but here's one while they wait for the show to start.


    This was at 8am, and the temperature that day was already well over 30 Celsius.

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    Nice pictures Dane and my kids are looking forward to seeing more.

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    interesting photos with your old camera .
    Adding all those extra pixels to modern cameras doesn't always seem to improve quality .

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    Thanks for nice words :-) It's not all about pixels, the lens I use cost more than the camera did with 2 standard lenses..

    Next picture is Thailand for me, a lot of colours and noise. Well you can't hear it, but you are all used to travel or live there, so I guess you know what I mean.



    Schools was of course closed and all children was in the parade.



    The time spend on decorating these vans must be enormous. It's nice to see they leave the wind shield free so the driver can operate the car safely


    Even beauty queens from the past was there.



    and a lot of them

    Impressive what can be made out of Styrofoam, palm leaves and flowers.


    In the background you can see a few of the van's with big krathongs, I guess there was about 25 of them in this parade. They will be paraded in the town, then put at the local lake, where a winner will be announced in the evening (more of that later)


    Thats all for now. I hope you understand my terrible English

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    Great pictures and I wish my Danish was as good as your English.

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    Really nice pictures Dane, really vibrant and colurful. Thanks for posting.

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    Great pictures! Got any more?

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    A few more pic from this funny day.

    First a closeup of some of the details of the Krathong. Being and imbecile my self to use my hands for any artistic purposes, I find it fascinating what can be made out of very little.



    Now it's time to change for the evening at the lake, and change to a small cheap pocketcamera.

    People buy/make their own small krathongs, bring them to the lake, and send them of in the water, wishing for luck, love, good health (you know the drill)



    Thai's like to put a little hair, nail clippings and a few coins on the krathong, I guess it's so the spirits know who's to award for the wonderful gift
    And if there's money, there is "sharks"


    The boy's got around 40-100 bath in cash, swimming around in the lake, stealing from the krathongs

    Here's a pic that show how they displayed the big krathongs at the lake.



    About 9.30pm my wife insisted it was time to go home. A lot of the people was drunk, and she claimed that from now on it was not safe any more.
    Our house is just 1 km. from the lake, and we where only home about 1 hour when I heard 5 gunshots very close by, then a roar of Honda Waves dissapering out of town. Next morning we learnt that a young man was killed when 2 groups from different villages disagreed about who's krathong was the most beautiful. But...that is Thailand, beauty and beast in the same wrapping.

    My little tale has come to the end now. Thanks for the positive words, and the "greens" given to me.
    I just wanted to share to special day with you all.
    Final pic...my winner of the day (I have NO idea what the krathong looked like)

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