X-PLORE Bangkok with X-Photographers

17.08.2023 - 20.08.2023

The X-plore Bangkok event, hosted by the Fujifilm team from Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, kicked off with great energy on the first day. The event aimed to provide participants with valuable hands-on photography experiences and the opportunity to learn from the esteemed X-photographer, Derrick Ong.

Derrick presenting at the lobby of Ago Hotel, Chinatown

The day’s agenda focused on street photography, where participants had the opportunity to improve their skills in capturing light, shadow, and the essence of everyday life.

Participants enthusiastically equipped with their Fujifilm cameras, prepared to learn and apply the expert’s insights and techniques. The lively ambiance of Hua Lamphong created an ideal setting for participants to enhance their photography abilities.

Despite the unexpected rain that swept through the area, the enthusiasm of the participants remained undampened. Rather than letting the rain hinder their progress, participants turned this challenge into an opportunity, capturing the unique scenes and emotions that emerge during rainy days.

Hua Lamphong Train Station

The group eventually arrived at the famous Hua Lamphong train station. This location offered a variety of interesting subjects for the participants to photograph.

They were taught how to observe and appreciate small details that are often overlooked, and use them to create captivating visual narratives.

Derrick facilitated conversations on techniques for capturing and enhancing the interplay of light and shadow, enhancing the visual impact of their images.

On the second day of the X-plore Bangkok event, participants had an early start. They were required to wake up at 4am to get ready for the sunrise photo session at Wat Muang in the Ang Thong Province. Under the guidance of X-photographer Kankavee Karnjanadecha, the group set off on a trip heading north from Bangkok. The duration of the bus ride was approximately 2 hours.

Morning chartered ride towards Wat Muang

Upon arrival at the break of dawn, participants promptly set up their equipment and carefully surveyed the surroundings to find the ideal compositions. The peaceful atmosphere of Wat Muang and the beautiful morning light created a perfect backdrop for taking stunning photos.

Under the expert guidance of Kankavee Karnjanadecha, participants were taught how to adjust exposure settings, framing, and filters in order to capture the beauty of the sunrise in their photographs. The experience provided an opportunity for participants to enhance their landscape photography skills and learn how to capture the perfect lighting during the golden hour.

After capturing the beautiful sunrise, the participants were pleasantly surprised by an unexpected and delightful surprise. Discover a nearby animal ranch where you can seize a one-of-a-kind opportunity to capture captivating photographs of the farmer engaging with his cows amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the field. The impromptu nature of this arrangement added a sense of genuineness and liveliness to the photo shoot.

One of the highlights of visiting Wat Muang was the opportunity to capture a photograph of the largest seated Buddha statue in Thailand. This impressive statue served as an excellent subject for participants to hone their architectural and religious photography skills.

Under the skilled direction of X-photographer Kankavee, participants were taught how to capture the immense statue in a visually appealing way. They were encouraged to try out various angles and composition techniques to produce powerful images that effectively conveyed the grandeur and spiritual importance of the location.

After enjoying a fulfilling morning at Wat Muang, the participants of the X-plore Bangkok event moved on to the next part of their photography adventure. After indulging in a hearty breakfast, the group embarked on their journey to Prasat Nakhon Luang, a historic temple site located in the Ang Thong Province.

At Prasat Nakhon Luang, participants had the opportunity to capture a stunning photograph of a renowned sitting Buddha statue located amidst the ancient temple remains.

Kankavee shared techniques for effectively utilizing the unique perspective and distortion capabilities of the XF8mmF3.5 R WR lens to produce compelling and unconventional images.

Special Guest Appearance: Yuta Kawamura -san

Upon arrival at Wat Phra Phuttha Saeng Tham Temple, visitors were welcomed by a stunning display of elaborate architectural elements, vivid hues, and a peaceful atmosphere. The participants had the chance to enhance their architectural photography skills by capturing the intricate details and peaceful atmosphere of the temple complex.

Adjacent to Wat Phra Phuttha Saeng Tham Temple lies an abandoned meditation center. Originally intended to be a tranquil and contemplative space, was left incomplete due to the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photographers focused their cameras on the deserted meditation centre, aiming to capture the visual representation of time passing, the remnants of unfulfilled aspirations. As the participants continued their visit, they learned about the center’s funding requirement of 60 million baht for its completion. Due to the pandemic, progress has been temporarily halted, resulting in the centre being in a state of uncertainty.

Following a day brimming with photography, cultural immersion, and personal contemplation, the attendees of the X-plore Bangkok event returned to the bustling centre of the city. The participants’ experience was enhanced in the evening when they arrived at Bangkok’s famous Chinatown. 

The bustling streets were adorned with vibrant markets, enticing scents, and the lively conversations of both locals and visitors. The customers had a delightful dining experience, relishing the taste of their authentic local dishes.

The X-plore Bangkok event continued its exciting exploration under the expert guidance of Fujifilm Thailand’s X-photographer, Ekkarat Punyatara. With renewed excitement, attendees set out on another day of adventure, eager to experience the essence of two distinctive and iconic markets that truly represent the vibrant culture of Thailand.

The day started at the renowned Mae Klong Train Market, where visitors had the incredible opportunity to witness vendors swiftly folding up their stalls as a train made its way through the bustling market. The participants practised their ability to predict and capture exciting moments of bustling activity as the market adjusted to the arrival of the train.

Ekkarat’s knowledge and expertise assisted participants in successfully navigating the dynamic and fast-paced retail environment, enabling them to fully embrace and harness the unique energy and vibrancy of this exceptional setting.

After exploring the lively train market, the participants moved on to the tranquil waters of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The market’s picturesque scenes of vendors gliding along the canals, showcasing a diverse selection of fresh produce and locally made crafts, created a captivating setting for photography.

Participants had the opportunity to fully experience the intricate details, vibrant colours, and human interactions that capture the essence of everyday life along the waterways.

Throughout the day, it became evident that the event offered much more than just photography opportunities. It provided cultural perspectives, and find inspiration for their creative endeavours. Ekkarat’s seasoned advice enhanced participants’ comprehension of composition, storytelling, and the skill of capturing fleeting moments.

The X-plore Bangkok event smoothly transitioned from the lively markets to the Talat Noi district, known for its rich history and artistic appeal. Under the guidance of Fujifilm Thailand’s X-photographer Ekkarat, the participants explored the vibrant cultural essence of this neighbourhood.

Talat Noi, with its charming narrow streets, vibrant street art, and well-preserved architecture, provided a captivating experience for participants seeking to capture the captivating blend of traditional and contemporary elements.

As participants explored the alleys and streets, they discovered how to capture the true spirit of the neighbourhood – the intricate architectural details, the vibrant colours, the varied textures, and the lively human interactions. The experiences they had throughout the day helped them improve their photography skills, making it easier for them to capture emotions, culture, and stories in their pictures.

Photo Hostel, Talat Noi

The final chapter of the X-plore Bangkok event led participants to a tranquil oasis in the heart of the bustling city – the City Buddha Shrine

The City Buddha Shrine provided participants with an exceptional backdrop for photography. In the midst of the bustling city, the magnificent Buddha statue served as a serene and elegant symbol.

As participants took their final photos of the event, there was a feeling of satisfaction and achievement in the atmosphere. Exploring the varied landscapes of Bangkok, including its temples, markets, and artistic districts, had greatly enhanced their photography abilities and strengthened their bond with the city’s vibrant culture and essence.

The journey has demonstrated the incredible ability of photography to bring people together, bridge cultural gaps, and evoke powerful emotions. The participants left with their cameras filled with memories, pictures, and the understanding that their exploration of Bangkok had not only captured the city’s unique visuals but had also sparked a love for telling stories through images.

All photos were taken using the Fujifilm GFX50sII, GF20-35mmF4 R WR, GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR and with adapted AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS lens.
Effect filters: Moment Cinebloom 10%

Jere Chong/Fujifilm Singapore