Ban Ao Nam Mao Pier
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Sunset Pier, Ban Ao Nam Mao, Krabi Province, Thailand.
My travel buddy wanted desperately to visit Ao Nang and Railay Beach - but our driver had taken his sweet time in delivering us from our hotel in Koh Lanta to our place in Krabi, so we were left with a difficult decision; jump in a boat and hope we arrive at Railay in time for sunset, or take our chances on the pier near Ao Nam Mao. We took our chances on the pier, and experienced one of the best sunset photography sessions of our lives. The ubiquitous longboats set against the stunning limestone mountains made for irresistible photo fodder - even though it meant hanging ourselves precariously over the pier's slippery concrete steps while trying to get a good angle on the scene. We took turns shooting and holding our off-camera flashes - for this is how photography dorks act on vacation - and more than once we lost our footing and went for a dip. Not that I cared, mind you - I'd risk every piece of gear in my bag for an experience like this. A technical note on the photo: Had we not added our own light to the scene, the boats would have been little more than silhouettes against the setting sun. That would have been fine if there was only one boat in the frame, but the pair of them meant that the silhouette would have been less defined than we would have liked. To counter that we kicked a little light off the water from the right - in an effort to mimic the setting sun.
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