The vibrant and chaotic city of Bangkok marked the final stop on our summer 2013 around-the-world tour. Although Jon and I had just been to Koh Samui, Thailand, a year earlier (and flew through Bangkok), this was my first opportunity to actually experience the city. We only stayed a few days but took in a good dose of the culture, food, temples, markets, heat, and traffic jams—everything that is Bangkok.
Having just left Paris, which was calm, cool, and quiet by comparison, landing in Bangkok sent a jolt of energy to our systems and opened up a whole new set of photographic opportunities. The thing I like most about big, "always on" cities like Bangkok is that there's so much going on after the sun goes down that you can walk around at night and just let the glowing street lights be your subject. Bangkok is great for this as well as being a canvas primed for extraordinary patterns and textures during the day.
Photos were taken with my D600 and as was typical on the rest of our trip, the 16-35mm and 24-120mm f/4 lenses were my go-tos during daylight hours. I brought out the 24mm and 85mm f/1.4 lenses for roaming the streets at night. The overhead shots (which are my favorites) were taken from our hotel balcony with the help of a tripod.