Snowy Day At The Whitehouse

I took this when I was in DC for work. The office I had to go to is a couple blocks away from the Whitehouse so I figured I cut through the park and get some shots. Last time I was at the Whitehouse you could go all the way up to the iron gate. This time I was forced to stand across the street. I have no real idea why. DC is riddled with closed streets near government buildings. You get used to it and why natives avoid driving in the city as much as possible.

Enjoy.

Snowy Day At The Whitehouse

Winter Sky

This is the view from my balcony that I see most nights. Well it would be if I was a 300mm lens and cropped to 16×9. My balcony faces to the West so I see all the sunsets when I’m home and now that I walk to work I have lots of time to see sunsets because I am usually home anymore. So when I saw the view I grabbed my tripod and put an Olympus EM1 and the 40-150 (80-300) lens on and snapped a few shots.

I merged in 3 images and ran it through the HDR software but did it subtle. Simple dodge and burn and happy enough with the result. I didn’t want to do too much editing since I had been doing series and they are time consumers.

Enjoy.

Winter Sky

It Snowed

I hate snow. I hate the cold. I think it sucks on a level that you would not believe. I try and avoid going out in the cold as much as humanly possible. So when the giant storm hit the East Coast of America I wasn’t overly inclined to go out into it for pictures. However, fate being a fickle mistress forced me to venture out into Washington, DC for work on a day we were closed due to weather. So I figured why not take a camera with me.

I didn’t go for the traditional snow shots. I think I pointed out I’m not that into cold weather to being with. So I went for stuff that had other visual elements in it. The theme being there was snow! Most of the images felt better in monochrome but a couple really felt better in color so I left them that way. Nothing fancy in post process. Just the usual dodge and burn.

Enjoy.

PS – If you live in a warm climate and have romantic thoughts of snow go rub an ice cube on delicate parts of nether regions. Let me know if you still think its romantic. Snow is cold! It’s frozen water. Same as ice!

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Thai Motorbikes – Part 2

Concluding the Thai motorbike series today. One of the things I get asked is why is the motorbike so prevalent in Thailand and Asia for that matter. The answer is they are a cheap form of transportation. Cars are expensive because they are usually imported in. This puts them out of reach for a lot of families. Cars are just now becoming affordable in Thailand but still, the down payment on a car is more than buying a motorbike outright. There is also traffic in the urban areas and cars aren’t as mobile as bikes are for weaving through traffic. So they are far more practical as transportation.

I forgot to mention I like to thank Adrenaline Mob and Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood for providing the editing music. The Clapton and Winwood was from a concert they did together at Madison Square Garden in New York City and they played the entire set together doing their own songs and covers. Good album and worth checking out.

Enjoy!

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Thai Motorbikes – Part 1

There is nothing more that identifies to me that I have landed in Thailand than the Thai motorbike. Here is America we would call them scooters or mopeds. I just know in Thailand that you just say motorbike or bike and everyone assumes you are talking about a scooter.

If I was going to talk about the editing process I would call it an exercise in agony. I have carpal tunnel from too many years working in IT and playing first person shooters. So I tend to avoid long editing bouts unless I am getting paid for a job that I owe on a short turn around. I started editing these images and the next thing I know I am over 20 images deep and wrist and hand killing me. Still, overall I am happy with how the images came out.

Enjoy.

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Grey Day Fishing

This was shot in Thailand as a storm was rolling in so the sky was grey and all the fishing boats were in and there were only a few people on the beach.

This image just felt monochrome to me. There wasn’t a lot of color to begin with so I hit the greyscale conversion and off I went editing. For a rarity this was mostly edited in Lightroom. There was a lot of extraneous stuff so I did a 2.4 to 1 crop and then started editing. Once I was happy with the basic file it was off to Photoshop for a slight curves adjustment and dodging and burning. I will admit to throwing on a layer mask to bring out the details in the rocks and the boat. Subtle but it needed it.

Enjoy!

Grey Day Fishing

Point On The Beach

The snow has stopped but it will be around for some time. The area I am in got hit with 2 feet or around .6 meters. For inquiring minds, hell no I haven’t been out. It’s cold and I’m delicate. Since its still cold I went ahead and did another beach picture from Thailand. This was shot on Pattaya Beach just down from the Dolphin roundabout where Beach Road begins.

 

This was shot on my Ricoh GR which I recently sold. I found myself using it less and my Sony RX100M3 more. There was nothing wrong with the camera and I really think its a powerful camera but I just was using it less. Hopefully it will find a new home with someone that will use it as the photography powerhouse that it is.

Enjoy.

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Wish I Was Here

This is a shot off of Wongnamat Beach in Naklua, Thailand. With the snow now falling for over 24 hours straight here on the East Coast and not due to stop till the very early hours of the morning. I am not a cold weather animal and I would much rather be sitting in the tropical climate of Thailand than sitting here watching the white stuff pile up.

I’d go into the technical details of the image but I just like the fact it looks warm and inviting.

Enjoy.

Wish I Was Here

Hard Rock Cafe – Las Vegas

I have shot this sign before. I’m a sucker for a Gibson Les Paul done in Sunburst. As for the restaurant itself can’t comment as I have never been in it but I have been in the Hard Rock Casino and thats got a lot of cool memorabilia in it if you are a rock music buff.

This was shot on my Olympus EM1 at 24mm. Took 5 images and did the HDR merge and then the usual Photoshop fun ensued. Nothing overly fancy. The biggest thing I did was to make sure the guitar itself popped. Like I said I’m a sucker for a good looking Les Paul.

Final note – It goes to 11!

Enjoy.

Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas

Green Tranquility

This was shot at the Chinese temple in Pratumnak Hill. The local Thai temple gets all the attraction but the Chinese Temple is really the one worth the visit. If you are curious and in Pattaya I recommend asking to visit the temple on Pratumnak Hill and then say stop at the Chinese temple. In Thai Chinese is Jinn. While I can read Thai I am barely conversational so when you see the road leading to the left just say, “Pum ya yuy tini. Tinie Jin mai?”, which mean, ‘I want o to stop here. This here is Chinese yes?’.

I have shot a similar image with my Canon point and shoot but this time I used my Sony RX100M3. So I could push the pixels a bit more than the last time.

I do highly recommend a visit to the temple. Most Thai people know Big Buddha.

Enjoy.

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