Pattaya Bay

I took this up on top of Pratumnak, which is a hill above Pattaya. I was finished shooting along the beach below so just rode my bike up to the top of the hill, saw the view and jumped off and took the shot.

Below is Bali Hai pier and you can see the slips for the smaller boats. The local authorities have finally made the owners park their boats there instead of dragging them out of the water and taking up all the parking space.

I got lucky when I took this image because the fishing boat was heading out of port to do whatever. Maybe head to one of the islands for the night or going out for fishing. The boat just adds that little bit of missing motion from the image.


Pattaya Bay

Boats At Bali Hai

It’s Thanksgiving here in America. It’s normally a period of time that I am on travel using the holiday to get out and go do something. Last year I was in Thailand and this year I am not so why not revisit Thailand.

I took these images all on my Canon S100 as I had it with me. Just took a wander around Bali Hai Pier with camera in hand and just took a bunch of snapshots. I wasn’t in photographer mode. I was just out enjoying the day and getting out and doing something.

The editing is extremely basic. While I had raw files, the S100’s files can’t be pushed that hard so mostly just contrast adjustments and some local dodge and burn.


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Sheltered Bay

This is another from Thailand that I took while out near Bali Hai Pier. I always like to get out there at least once a trip so I took a ride that way and stopped and used my Canon S100 to snap a bunch of images.

The Canon S100 has surprised me to some extent. I bought it as a throwaway camera off Ebay for $100 US. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket and if it got lost or stolen no big deal. While the sensor is small and there is inherent noise issues it’s still a great camera for snaps. Sure my phones are capable of getting just as good if not better of an image I just like a camera better. Again, if it’s lost or stolen big deal. Where as my phones are significantly more expensive.

One of the tricks I have learned with shooting with a point and shoot camera is leave it in Program Mode. I’m sure some of you are dying at that suggestion. I didn’t just figure this out on a whim. Ming Thein who is a master photographer made the point about small cameras. The developers wrote the software to work optimally with the lens and sensor. It makes better sense to use what they programmed instead of trying to do it yourself. You can control light through metering so let the camera do the rest of the work. I have started to do this with my Sony RX100M3 as well and been pleasantly surprised by the results.

For this image I pushed it as far as I could go. Normally with the smaller sensors I don’t mask in a bunch of layers. This time I gave it a go.

I started with the usual curves adjustments and then dodging and burning for local contrast. I also had to spend some time removing tyres out of the beach. Since I admitted to it most of you can figure out where they were. Generous use of the healing brush and stamp tool were required.

Once local adjustments were completed I used Aurora 2017 for the first time. It supposedly handles single image HDR better than the previous version. Once I found a filter I liked I just brought it back into Photoshop and masked in the water and rocks. I then lowered the opacity and masked in the sky knowing I was going to introduce noise into the image. Then I loaded up Color Efex and added a hue/saturation layer along with Polarization and Pro Contrast. Next was noise so Noiseless Pro and just hit Balanced Preset and then masked that into the sky.

In all, not bad for a 6 year old camera that I bought for $100. I am not sure I could do this with a camera that only shoots jpeg but with a RAW file you can do a whole lot with it.


Bali Hai Pier

Sense Of Scale

This is one from Thailand! I actually didn’t shoot that much there because I was enjoying myself too much with friends. If you have non-photographer friends it makes it difficult to leave them to go and shoot. They don’t want come with you because it’s rather boring to watch someone take pictures and I prefer to be alone so I don’t have to explain what I am doing or thinking.

I did go out for a ride one day and got to Bali Hai Pier which is always a good place to shoot and people watch. I only had my Canon S100 with me but it would work in a pinch so I took a bunch of pictures while I was there.

Editing wise I can’t push these files to the max because they degrade. While the Canon S100 is a decent camera, it’s not a Sony A7R or a Nikon D810. So fairly basic edits but I still like it. Also, I’m still mildly jetlagged so any editing errors are on me.


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Getting Nautical

Wasn’t much in the mood for editing anything today. Sometimes its a struggle to sit in front of the screens and go through images. I just was going through my Thailand shots which always makes me happy and I found these. Was just going to do one image but I figured why not do 4 because its Thailand and I miss it. Then again, it was like 34C when I shot these images and I was sweating to death so I don’t miss that but the rest I do!

Nothing fancy on the edits. Just ran through Photoshop and then dodge and burn as needed. I did low key the images so I didn’t put the tone curve in Lab mode.

All were shot my Sony RX100.


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