Different people have different stages of blooming. It is never too late to pick up a skill, chase a new passion, or finally find meaning in life. Phichai Keawvichit is a walking testament to this sentiment. Growing up in an impoverished neighbourhood and working most of his life as a motorcycle taxi driver, the Thailand native only developed a penchant for photography later and it turns out, he has a knack for it.
Peep into the creative mind of Phichai as he captures unique angles of ordinary subjects, making the most of the high zoom lens and large 1.0-type sensor packed in the RX100 VII’s compact body.
Phichai Keawvichit sets his creativity free
with the RX100 VII
with the RX100 VII
“I chose to pursue this career because I love art and photography,” he shared. “With these two things, I discovered another world that allowed me to see more things than ever before.”
Phichai’s introspection can be seen in his style of photography. He describes it as ‘photographing from the senses’ where one frees oneself from what is plainly seen. It can be anything, from the subject’s lines, shape and colour to even the light and shadow, that inspires how Phichai’s photographic expressions.
Left: RX100 VII | 200mm | 1/800sec | F11 | ISO 200
Right: RX100 VII | 24mm | 1/800sec | F11 | ISO 200
The impetus to Phichai’s photography ability is Sony’s RX100 VII, which he solely uses for all his works of art.
An all-round camera
The RX100 VII has continued to prove itself as a versatile camera for a wide variety of stunning captures. Phichai confirmed this.
Left: RX100 VII | 200mm | 1/200sec | F4.5 | ISO 200
Right: RX100 VII | 24mm | 1/200sec | F4 | ISO 200
‘Flexibility,’ he put it simply when asked about his first impression of the RX100 VII, seeing how he counts on it for both casual and professional shots. It’s not difficult to see why. To start, the camera is lightweight and compact for easy one-hand shooting. Next, it boasts pro-level features and superior performance, of which the full potential of the high zoom lens and large 1.0-type sensor are displayed in Phichai’s arresting photos.
Left: RX100 VII | 200mm | 1/1000sec | F8 | ISO 200
Right: RX100 VII | 24mm | 1/1000sec | F8 | ISO 200
Changing perspectives with zoom
A glance at Phichai’s works and one can tell his affinity for architecture. And he has a unique way of showcasing them; first by grabbing your attention with a detailed close-up, before revealing the same subject’s entirety with a wide-angle shot. He carries this out easily with the RX100 VII’s broad 24-200mm zoom range.
Left: RX100 VII | 200mm | 1/200sec | F9 | ISO 200
Right: RX100 VII | 24mm | 1/200sec | F9 | ISO 200
Furthermore, the camera’s high-magnification optical zoom lens consistently delivers maximum resolution and clarity across the entire range. Visual reproduction is excellent, thanks to the RX100 VII’s large 1.0-type image sensor of 20.1 megapixels. Textures and colours in each shot are produced more realistically such as the surface of a rugged wall or the bright architectural elements. Phichai concurred this, expressing how he was impressed by the vibrancy of the colours in his captures.
Left: RX100 VII | 200mm | 1/250sec | F8 | ISO 200
Right: RX100 VII | 24mm | 1/320sec | F8 | ISO 200
An underrated feature for creative shots
With a remarkable telephoto capability and stunning image quality, the RX100 VII offers one more aspect that has helped Phichai set his creativity free.
That is the camera’s tiltable display monitor that flips upwards by 180° and downwards by around 90°.
Left: RX100 VII | 200mm | 1/400sec | F11 | ISO 200
Right: RX100 VII | 24mm | 1/400sec | F11 | ISO 200
Phichai said he can take shots from unique angles such as shooting at waist level. This is a very useful function for architectural photography, where some buildings span high and wide and may require the photographer to position himself awkwardly in order to shoot the entirety.
Left: RX100 VII | 139mm | 1/40sec | F11 | ISO 200
Right: RX100 VII | 24mm | 1/40sec | F11 | ISO 200