Laos: Unto Itself

I’ve just finished a vacation trip to Laos – a first time visit to an amazing place that, pardon the cliche, seems to live in a time zone all of its own. There’s a fairly large photo gallery associated with the trip, made possible by the fact that I had nothing but free time. I shot most of these in raw format with my Canon 10D, at the urging of the peerless Stuart Isett, one of my mentors in such matters, and was very pleasantly surprised with the lattitude it offers in optmimization. There’s been a bit of a learning curve involved with this, as with all of the photographic work here. What’s already certain, though, is that I won’t go back to working in JPEG. I’ve also posted a separate, smaller gallery of chromes shot with my Yashica 124G.
Laos is in the process of being “discovered,” which may (or may not) be good for the country’s economy, but will change the place forever. I’ve wanted to come here since the 1970s, when my father visited as part of a delegation investigating conditions for the US Senate as part of a medical fact-finding mission in the wake of the American bombing campaign. His most vivid memory of the place then and now is how friendly the people are. It’s true. I’m glad I was able to visit when I did.

3 thoughts on “Laos: Unto Itself”

  1. Lovely pictures from Laos, Howard.
    I am close to getting a digital camera myself, let’s compare notes next time I’m in Shanghai (should be there soon).

  2. Ahh, Lao. Luang Prabang is possibly my favorite SE Asian town. Beer Lao is certainly my favorite SE Asian sud. Took a Mekhong River boat trip from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai then back across into Thailand in December, 2002. As you say, it’s a time zone all its own. I wasn’t able to find the link to your pics, but I’d love to see them.
    Oh and did you get to L’Elephant in Luang Prabang? Wonderful, wonderful food and setting. Though grilled chicken and sticky rice on the street is a treat, too.
    Next trip for me will include the Plain of Jars. Cheers!

  3. Hi Howard,
    you left some nice comments on my Flikr page ( the man sitting in front of the ocean with 2 bycicles)
    I was wondering if it is possible to have a look at your Laos images.
    many thanks
    I can be contacted at

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