The stories behind the photos, part 5

The stories behind the photos, part 5

In this fifth and final part of our series featuring our news photographers, we see that success sometimes lies in patience, but at other times, it is the instant reaction to the unexpected that does the job.

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In this fifth and final part of our series featuring our news photographers, we see that success sometimes lies in patience, but at other times, it is the instant reaction to the unexpected that does the job.

Try and try again

Thanarak Khunton

This photo was taken at Khao Laem Ya National Park in Rayong. The constant waves made it hard for me to zero in on the jellyfish. The lens was also fogging up under water. I had to bring the camera up to the surface every minute or so to wipe it. I had to repeat this routine many times before I was able to take a good snap. — Thanarak Khunton

‘Ai Nga Diew’

Pornprom Satrabhaya

I tagged along with rangers from Kaeng Krachan National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan as they inspected areas where wild elephants had come out of the forest to raid the crops of local farmers. Out of nowhere this elephant, known to rangers as ‘Ai Nga Diew’ (the Single-Tusked One), emerged and ran alongside our pickup truck. — Pornprom Satrabhaya

View from above

Sithikorn Wongwudthianun

We decided to use a drone after a blanket of smoke from a rubbish dump fire in Samut Prakan began to hover over Bangkok. It took almost an hour to gain access to the site, with less than a metre of visibility. We were told that another drone had already crashed there, but confidence and experience helped us get the job done. — Sithikorn Wongwudthianun

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  • blanket (noun,): (1) a covering, normally on a bed, but also a covering of dust, clouds, haze, etc. (2) (verb) to cover something completely - ผ้าห่ม, สิ่งที่ปกคลุม
  • confidence: being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future - ความมั่นใจ
  • constant: continuous; all the time - ต่อเนื่อง
  • crop: a plant grown for food, usually on a farm - พืชผล
  • drone (noun): an aircraft (or ship) without a pilot, controlled from the ground - เครื่องบินไร้คนขับที่ควบคุมด้วยวิทยุทางไกล
  • dump (noun): a place where waste or rubbish/garbage is taken and left - ที่ทิ้งขยะ, กองขยะ
  • emerge: to appear - ปรากฏออกมา
  • fog: to cover something in steam or small drops of water so that you cannot see through - ทำให้เป็นฝ้ามัว, ปกคลุมไปด้วยหมอก
  • gain access: to be able to enter a building or place - เข้าสู่
  • hover: to stay over the same place for a period of time - อยู่เหนือ
  • inspect: to look at something carefully - ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
  • instant: immediate - ทันที
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • patience: the ability to wait for a long time without becoming angry or upset - ความอดทน
  • raid (verb): to enter a place, usually using force, and steal from it - ปล้น
  • ranger: a person whose job is to take care of a park, a forest or an area of countryside - เจ้าหน้าที่ดูแลป่าหรืออุทยาน
  • reaction: the way something responds as a result of something that happens - ปฏิกิริยา การตอบสนอง, ปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้
  • repeat (verb): to say something again; to do or produce something again or more than once - พูดซ้ำ, ทำซ้ำ
  • routine: the normal order and way in which you regularly do things - กิจวัตรประจำ
  • rubbish: waste material or things that are no longer wanted or needed - ขยะ
  • site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
  • snapshot: a photograph, especially one taken quickly - ภาพถ่ายเร็ว
  • surface: the outside or top layer of something - ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
  • tag along (verb): to go somewhere with somebody, especially when you have not been asked or invited - ติดตาม
  • tusk: either of the two long pointed teeth which stick out from the mouth of some animals such as elephants - งาช้าง
  • visibility: how clearly objects can be seen, or how far you can see clearly, usually because of the weather conditions - ทัศนวิสัย
  • wave: a raised line of water that moves across the surface of the sea, ocean, etc - คลื่น
  • wild (adj): growing in the forest or other natural place; not planted, grown or raised by humans - ไม่เชื่อง
  • wipe: to rub something against a surface, in order to remove dirt or liquid from it; to rub a surface with a cloth, etc. in order to clean it - เช็ด
  • zero in: focus or concentrate on something - มุ่ง เล็งไปที่

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