Throw Back Thursday - Fall 2016

I’ll be picking up from  where I spent my first night in Luang Prabang after the Mekong river voyage. One of the absolute necessary activities while visiting Laos is explore Kuang Si Falls, located roughly 45 minutes away from Luang Prabang. The waterfall is the most beautiful I have ever seen with crystal blue water and flourishing greenery. I’ll let the photos show you what I mean! 

     When you get to the base of Kuang Si Falls there’s a bear rescue facility that rehabilitates moon bears. These are an endangered species due to hunting for the use of Chinese bile medicines. Bile is a fluid produced by a bear’s liver that is extracted for the use of Chinese medicines & is an extremely painful process. Damn China, I knew about the shark finning, but you guys really have no chill.
Honestly though this bear looks like a black bear and a wild boar had an affair. I don’t know about you guys, but I see the head of a wild boar & the body of a bear. I know the photo is fairly wide, but that is because I didn’t have my 70-200mm 2.8. I wanted to pack light and I paid the consequence. I need to get a better bag for my equipment and I’m finally figuring out my lens set up! 

     To be honest I’m not too fond of the photos I got at the falls. I was an idiot who wanted to see as much as I possibly could that I didn’t think straight. Most my photos were really fast shutter or 30 seconds long. I didn’t try to see if I could match my shutter a bit slower than the flow of the waterfall to get a smooth motion. Probably told myself there was too much light to get slow shutter so let’s use an ND filter! I have learnt from this mistake because the ND filter gave an odd cast that I had a lot of trouble fixing in Photoshop. If anyone knows how to resolve this, please hit me up!
I didn’t really take my time because I am always last and I hate having people wait on me during trips. Honestly I already confirmed to myself that I’m coming back, but I wanted to see as much as I can within the time limit. It was snap, snap and gone to the next location. I even sacrificed swim time to get some photos because my wonderlust was through the roof!

     I’ve read blogs saying this is the secret falls… Like what it was so easy to find! There was a bridge connecting one side to the other so yeah it kinda wasn’t secret. This was where I wanted to swim, but there was postage saying we couldn’t. Looking at these photos it makes me wanna go back and get a lot more shots of this place. It was massive and the water, even though in constant motion, was the clearest blue I had ever seen. The temptation to swim was taking over, but rules are rules! After this shot I busted out the ND filter and I am pleased with the results! However, you’ll see that image next… Hehe! 

Thank you for your time and until next week!

- Dominik Magdziak (:

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