Phi Phi Don Viewpoint

Posted in General, Landscape, Travel at 12:00 pm by Warren Williams

Took a morning gut wrenching walk up to the main lookout over Phi Phi Don, which was made worse by the searing heat.

The main habited part of Phi Phi is surrounded by two bays, Loh Dalam Bay in the North, and Ton Sai Bay from the South.

Phi Phi Leh on the far left, and Loh Dalam Bay on far right

Loh Dalam Bay, where the force of the 2004 tsunami struck from

Testing the new Sigma 12-24mm wide angle lens


  1. Z said,

    May 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Warren, spotted your URL while going through London Photography Meetup’s Facebook account. Did you tweak these photos? The intensity of the blues is just amazing. My Sigma wide angle has been giving me rather soft images..

  2. Warren Williams said,

    May 24, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Z,
    I had to add a fair amount of contrast, as it was very hazy during this trip! (8 months previously, it was much clearer)
    I made the photo from Photomatix/Tonemapping (so HDR, but only very subtly done – as I don’t like the surreal look)
    I’ve hardly used my own Sigma 12-24, and also think it’s soft compared to the L lens I have.

  3. Z said,

    May 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I’m regretting the Sigma. Should’ve stuck with Canon!

  4. Warren Williams said,

    May 25, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    What alternatives are there though? Sharpest is probably 16-35L II, and 14 2.8L, but is the price worth it?
    I’m considering getting rid of the 12-24, and going towards a 85 1.2L for portraits/weddings

  5. Z said,

    May 25, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    The wide is still worth it for landscape and interior shots, although the distortion is another problem. I have to switch to and from the lens and my kit lens (not much spare cash for lenses) because the composition that comes from a wide angle is taking over the thought process involved in composing a pic.

    Long lens would be nice! I’m pretty shy about shoving my cam in people’s faces.

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