Changing Of The Guard In Bangkok

Changing of the Guard, Bangkok

Exploring the Grand Palace of Bangkok we were lucky enough to witness the changing of the guard. It happens once every 2 hours all around the palace grounds. I couldn’t believe the size of the guns these guys were carrying!

It was fun to watch them go through their choreographed routine, even if it was a little bit scary. I’m not sure why it made me feel uneasy, I guess I’m just not used to seeing guns. It was probably only the second or third time I’ve seen them in real life!

I used the Cross Process 2 Lightroom preset on this shot before making a few other small edits. This preset seems to work quite well on lots of the images I have from Thailand. I think it brings a tropical, exotic feel to the colours which I haven’t been able to recreate myself.


10 thoughts on “Changing Of The Guard In Bangkok

    1. Ben Post author

      I loved the uniforms too Barb. The colour is fantastic and the golden insignias look great against the white helmets. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Ivy. I didn’t do anything special with the camera to get this shot. The colours have been enhanced in Lightroom so I would say your best bet is to import your photo into the software and apply the Cross Process 2 preset. Then take it from there depending on whether you like the outcome or not!

  1. yaronzeevik

    The guns are probably widden guns and are more symbolic then useful..probably the size of them is for a showoff but are they nice? Did you tried to talk with them?

    1. Ben Post author

      I’m sure you’re right about the guns, although you never know. I didn’t try to speak with them, I’m not the best at speaking with strangers. It’s definitely something I’d like to get better at while travelling, but these guys looked pretty serious. Maybe next time!

  2. SPFischer

    Great shot, Ben! Love the composition – the framing with the staircase and post directed my eye right to the guards, and I like the mirror effect of seeing the back of one and front of the other. I’ll have to play with the cross-processing presets – you made a good choice. And those guns do look big πŸ™‚

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Stacy! I’m glad the composition worked for you, and that you picked up on seeing the guards from either side πŸ™‚ The cross processing presets are pretty useful. I use them sparingly as they can often result in a completely unrealistic representation of the scene, but every now and then they’re just what I’m looking for from an artistic point of view.


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