This was taken at Wat Nong Yai in Thailand. The same place as Stupa Steps was taken. These two were tucked under a small awning providing shade near the stupa.
For the uninitiated the statue on the right is Buddha. The one on the left is Ch’i-t’zu who was a Chinese monk. It gets complex and if you want to read about it follow this link.
In Thai Buddhism you will see all sorts of stuff mixed in. It’s not at all like the Tibetan Buddhism that most people seem to know. In Thai Buddhism you will see Hindu gods, animist beliefs, and spiritualism all mixed in. You get used to it after a bit and it seems to work for the average Thai person. Personally I think it makes things interesting.
It’s fairly obvious that this is a HDR image. Just blended three images together and went with the outcome. I did bring down the tones a bit in this one as it was a bit too nuclear with the golds. Still, with these type of images the HDR works best when it’s bold and bright. Buddhist temples in Thailand are a treat for the senses with all the decoration and gold.
With the conversion to HDR finished I went to work in Photoshop. Mainly around doing local dodge and burn adjustments. You sometimes have to play with various areas to get features to work. Once I had that it was save and call it a day.