Photographer's Note


Two years ago I had submitted the photo, SUBURB OF PARADISE I, from the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea.

The present photo from Maya Bay on the Thai Island of Phi Phi Leh may not be Paradise, but it could well be another suburb of Paradise. The unimaginably beautiful scenery served as the location for the 2000 Leonardo di Caprio film, “The Beach”. What is ironic is that just six years ago Phuket was render into a suburb of hell by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Just four days ago, on July 20, 2010, I was on a full day boat trip around the Andaman Sea, visiting Phi Phi, Maya and Bamboo Islands. The highly salty water is as clean and pristine as one would hope Paradise would also feature. I went swimming, gorging on spicy Thai food, and shooting photos at abandon.

I was in Phuket to give a talk at a conference. I thought that taking a boat ride would energize me for my upcoming lecture the next day (although perhaps others in my shoes would have waited until the day after they gave a keynote speech). As it turned out, the choice was the right one for me. I thought I gave an inspired talk, and all 24 copies on hand of my books on Leonardo (“da Vinci", not “di Capreo"), Math and the Mona Lisa sold out quickly.

I had with me a small pocket Nikon S600, and a HD Flip (video camera), but in this instance I used my Nikon D200 with a 28-70 DX Nikkor lens, capped with a circular polarizing filter. The camera was set on ISO 200, and otherwise in Program mode.

In the next few days and weeks I will post other shots from Phuket, Thailand; as well as from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Agra (site of the Taj Mahal) in India, which I also visited the days before going to Thailand.

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