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My practice of photography intensified in 2017 after years of enthusiast experience.

One of my favorite accessories is an ordinary tripod, quite simply because it allows you to take long exposures to capture a maximum of photons in low light conditions, and so to deliver details that are often indistinguishable by the eye.

When traveling, I usually go with a heavy load in my backpack, in order to have on hand the optical system perfectly compatible with the subject to capture.

For landscapes, I am particularly sensitive to light when it is subtle and revealing vibrant colors. One of my major concerns is also to communicate the atmosphere. The places I photograph are located mainly in Laos, where I live, and sometimes in Japan.

Submerged Samanea saman (Albizia saman or rain tree) in the Mekong

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Submerged Samanea saman (Albizia saman or rain tree) in the Mekong, near the island of Don Loppadi, Si Phan Don, Laos, during the dry season (when the river is low), in the afternoon at 4 pm.

28 December 2017, 15:51

This photograph was a finalist in Picture of the Year 2018 international challenge on Wikimedia Commons.

This picture is available on Wikimedia Commons with a free license CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International) - © Basile Morin


Green karst peaks seen from the top of Mount Nam Xay

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Green karst peaks seen from the top of Mount Nam Xay (Northern view), a sunny morning at 6:19 am during the monsoon, in Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Laos.

22 June 2020, 06:19

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Colorful clouds and blue sky with water reflection of an island hosting a Samanea saman

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Colorful clouds and blue sky with water reflection of an island hosting a Samanea saman (rain tree) and other trees, at sunrise, in Don Det, Si Phan Don, Laos.

7 June 2020, 05:26

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wooden walkway raised on stilts

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Three-quarter view of a wooden walkway raised on stilts and overgrown with Nelumbo nucifera leaves (Sacred lotus), leading to a hut with straw roof, in front of karst mountains, at sunset, in Vieng Tara Villa, Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Laos, during the monsoon.

21 June 2020, 19:00

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Square plot of a green paddy field isolated among muddy fields

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Square plot of a green paddy field isolated among muddy fields, hut with straw roof and karst mountains, under colorful clouds at sunset, in the countryside of Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Laos, during the monsoon. Tone-mapped HDR landscape.

21 June 2020, 18:32

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Blue stormy clouds over the Mekong at sunset with water reflection and a pirogue moored to the bank

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Blue stormy clouds over the Mekong at sunset with water reflection and a pirogue moored to the bank, in Don Det, Si Phan Don, Laos.

2 July 2020, 17:36

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Twisted, hollow and leaning Plumeria tree trunks (Frangipani)

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Twisted, hollow and leaning Plumeria tree trunks (Frangipani) overgrowing the ruins of the crooked, steep stone stairs, covered of moss, of Wat Phou Khmer temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, Champasak, Laos. Evening. The trees are probably one to two hundred years old.

25 September 2019, 17:27

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Tad Hang waterfalls at sunset, Tad Lo village, Bolaven Plateau

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Tad Hang waterfalls at sunset, Tad Lo village, Bolaven Plateau, Salavan Province, Laos.

22 June 2019, 18:31

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Sunlight through clouds and lookout view of Ginkaku-ji

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Sunlight through clouds and lookout view of Ginkaku-ji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion) and Togudo from above, Kyoto, Japan.

11 June 2019, 14:26

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Colorful sky with luminous orange and gray clouds reflecting in the water of a paddy field, at sunset

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Colorful sky with luminous orange and gray clouds reflecting in the water of a paddy field, at sunset, during the monsoon, and mountains of the countryside of Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Laos.

22 June 2020, 18:53

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River bank at sunset from the island of Don Puay, Si Phan Don, Laos

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River bank at sunset from the island of Don Puay, Si Phan Don, Laos. Landscape with submerged shrubs reflecting in the Mekong, water buffaloes bathing, a young girl playing in the sand, and a fisherman on his pirogue at the distance.

12 December 2017, 17:11

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Water reflection of karst mountains, a wooden hut, trees and colorful clouds at sunset

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Water reflection of karst mountains, a wooden hut, trees and colorful clouds at sunset, with green paddy fields in the countryside of Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Laos, during the monsoon. Tone-mapped HDR landscape.

21 June 2020, 18:24

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Wooden fence around a tiny cultivated island near Don Loppadi (Si Phan Don - 4000 islands, Laos)

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Wooden fence around a tiny cultivated island near Don Loppadi (Si Phan Don - 4000 islands, Laos), with a couple working at golden hour. The fence is a protection to prevent intruders from cultivating the same land. This small ground certainly doesn't belong to anyone officially, or the owner just doesn't care. Since this tiny island is totally submerged during the monsoon, the first locals who decide to settle there after the recession of the Mekong need to give a clear signal to the neighborhood that the domain is not available anymore.

29 December 2017, 16:19

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Colorful floating bungalows of Sala Don Khone Hotel, Mekong bank

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Colorful floating bungalows of Sala Don Khone Hotel, Mekong bank in front of tall palm trees, Don Khon in late afternoon, picture shot from Don Det island, Laos.

27 May 2018, 17:00

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Landscape with stormy clouds and a pirogue on the Mekong at golden hour Don Det Laos

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Landscape with stormy clouds and a pirogue on the Mekong at golden hour, from the bridge between Don Det and Don Khon, Si Phan Don, Laos.

16 May 2019, 17:16

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Pirogue on the Mekong river under heavy grey clouds during the monsoon before a storm

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Pirogue on the Mekong river under heavy grey clouds during the monsoon before a storm in Don Det (Si Phan Don), Laos.

6 August 2018, 15:49

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palm trees in the fields viewed through a hole in a tree stump damaged by fire in Don Tao (Si Phan Don, Laos), at sunrise

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Two Arecaceae (palm trees) in the fields viewed through a hole in a tree stump damaged by fire in Don Tao (Si Phan Don, Laos), at sunrise. Impression of a natural organic frame or window highlighting the main subject of the landscape. Kind of Droste effect. Poetically this picture shows two healthy trees like a rebirth through the carcass of a third one in the foreground.

14 December 2018, 06:13

This photograph was a finalist in Picture of the Year 2018 international challenge on Wikimedia Commons.

This picture is available on Wikimedia Commons with a free license CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International) - © Basile Morin


Karst peaks and green paddy fields under a stormy sky

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Karst peaks and green paddy fields under a stormy sky, South view from the top of Mount Nam Xay, during the monsoon, in Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Laos.

19 June 2020, 16:59

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Water reflection of a dirt road in green paddy fields, wooden house, karst mountains and colorful clouds at sunset

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Water reflection of a dirt road in green paddy fields, wooden house, karst mountains and colorful clouds at sunset, during the monsoon, in Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Laos.

21 June 2020, 18:01

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Four dogs trotting in the countryside of Don Det, Si Phan Don, Laos, at golden hour

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Four dogs trotting in the countryside of Don Det, Si Phan Don, Laos, at golden hour. Green landscape with trees, wooden houses and heavy clouds in the sky.

2 July 2020, 17:24

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Wooden bench swing and wicker hammocks on a temporary bamboo footbridge

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Wooden bench swing and wicker hammocks on a temporary bamboo footbridge, in the wet paddy fields in front of mountains, a sunny day with mist and blue sky, at Thongna Pha Puak restaurant, during the monsoon, in Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Laos.

21 June 2020, 07:30

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Luminous paddy fields of Don Det in front of a traditional house

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Luminous paddy fields of Don Det in front of a traditional house, under grey and heavy clouds during the monsoon, with an old woman walking through.

22 August 2015, 12:19

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Tiny inhabited house, made of wood and corrugated iron

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Tiny inhabited house, made of wood and corrugated iron, surrounded by trees and bamboo fences, in the middle of green paddy fields, with long shadows in sunshine under a stormy sky, and a woman wearing a red sweater and a conical straw hat walking in front, at golden hour, during the monsoon, in Don Det, Si Phan Don, Laos.

11 August 2019, 17:28

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Mekong beach near the island of Don Loppadi, in Si Phan Don

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Mekong beach near the island of Don Loppadi, in Si Phan Don (4000 islands), Laos, at sunset, with 3 children returning to their boat.

28 December 2017, 17:03

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Blue and orange clouds over the Mekong with a pirogue running in the water at sunset in Don Det

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Blue and orange clouds over the Mekong with a pirogue running in the water at sunset in Don Det, Si Phan Don, Laos.

2 July 2020, 17:51

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Water reflection of a wooden hut with colorful sky made of orange, gray and white clouds in a paddy field

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Water reflection of a wooden hut with colorful sky made of orange, gray and white clouds in a paddy field, with karst mountains at sunset during the monsoon in the countryside of Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, Laos. Tone-mapped HDR landscape (two exposures merged).

22 June 2020, 18:37

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