Printing Laos Memories

It has been awhile since I blogged, I’ve been busy working on putting a Laos Trip photo album to share with my family.  I’m glad that I didn’t try to tackle it right away since I have many editing to do and I didn’t know how back then. I had very little knowledge several years back. I purchased my camera that year and understood very little about composition and forget about composing an image, I was mostly pointing and shooting and glad that I got anything decent back with me. It has been almost 3 years and my chance of returning back to Laos is very slim since my aunt passed away last year. I’m glad that my dad and I had a chance to see her again even if it were for the last time.

I shot in Auto Mode back then.  The camera did a good job in selecting the correct setting for me.

Learning how to straighten an image came in handy and I’ve learned this not too long ago.  This picture was not straight when I took it and I had to do that a lot with my Laos photos.

The cropping tool is something that I learned way back.  This original image lacked a focal point since everything looked so small, I didn’t have a telephoto lens back then. This was taken from the top of Patuxay Monument.

A closeup cropped of a Lao Ladybug. I guess you can call her Nangsao buc in Lao language, but there is something contradicting about the name since Nangsao means lady and buc means man in Lao.

So far I have printed over 1,000 photos and only tackled the first week of our trip, still 3 more weeks to go.

One of my sisters already asked for big print of Wat Xieng Thong.

I have several pictures of myself that I can tell people that I have visited Laos.  My dad took this for me, and it didn’t come out too bad minus the tourist couple in the background.  I didn’t hand the camera to him as often since he almost dropped it several times. I had the Canon XTi with the EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens back then.

I printed what I took regardless of beauty since the memory is precious to me. If I don’t update my blog as often it doesn’t mean that I have abandoned my blog, my 5 year anniversary of blogging is actually next month.


  1. A trip down the memory lane is always nice:-)… I miss Laos so much… I wish it be a little closer in distance, 18 to 20 hours flight isn’t as fun anymore..

    One thing I’ve notices lately, I’m not in as many pictures anymore. I just don’t feel comfortable hand over my heavy camera to someone that is not familiar with it.

    I need to do the same with all my pictures… Go through and select pictures to be print out..

    • Hi seeharhed, as for me it’s not an ideal trip to go by myself and to drag someone along that will appreciate the place would be too much. I started printing images for my dad not too long ago and it’s nice to flip through all the images that I took of the trip. I think most of the times that I handed my dad the camera he didn’t put the camera strap around his neck, I should have asked him to do this in case he was to drop it or something like that.

  2. I don’t think many people make prints of their photos anymore. I do! I got around 450 prints of photos from my travel to Australia, Borneo and Philippines earlier this year, but I have them still in a box – waiting to be waiting to be mounted in an album……….

    • Hi truels, I print them in set and put them in albums right away. My dad is not computer savvy and it’s nice to sit around at the dining room table looking at pictures together. I guess we are still very old fashion when it comes to this, and prints last a long, long time but it does get expensive.

  3. These photos are really nice. The one with the young lady in the background with the scooters in front is a good representation of Laos.

    It’s a neat idea to have the family be able to enjoy the photos together in print. We had a friend put their family reunion photos in those Snapfish albums – it did look neat. It’s also expensive that way, but sometimes they have 50% off sale.

    • Cambree, the Snapfish album is a neat idea, I thought about it also but I have too many photos that it is not ideal. As of right now, I’m printing little by little, and by the time I’m finished my dad would have a little library of Laos photos at his house for us to share. As for the scooters photo, I took that the morning we left Luang Prabang and she was dressed to greet some important people at the airport.

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