I am fighting the flu or at least flu like symptoms so going to be brief on this one. I wasn’t feeling the editing and it was a struggle to get through it.
This is a sky wheel that is located on the Navy Pier in Chicago. I went for a weird camera angle using my 16-35mm lens and a long exposure to get the effect. Just a note, if you want to shoot at the carnival you have to have a permit if you use a tripod as I found out.
The image is partly in HDR but I masked it in at only 50% and then lightly to keep it from doing some of the usual funky HDR stuff. I have purchased Aurora 2017 but I haven’t installed it yet so maybe I’ll do more straight HDR in the future if it fixes some of the weirdness you get when you do HDR files.
One of the biggest questions I get about Thailand is what is it like. Behold a normal night in Thailand. The massage shop trying to attract customers. You can see someone getting a neck massage in the background. The various food carts that cater mostly to Thai’s but the brave tourists or expat will eat off them as well. The cart in the middle is som tam or green papaya salad. You can see its a push cart, the one attached to the motorbike is likely a fried pancake (crepes) cart. Yes, there is a full blown working stove on that cart. Nothing says safety like propane next to a 12 volt car battery!
As for how I feel about this image, its not perfect by any means. While shot at a relatively low ISO once I started to post process it things got a bit grainy but it added to it versus detracting. Lots of filters and so on to get it where I liked it.
This is the final image until the 28th of December for me. I am moving from my condo which sold to a new place and I really don’t want to rush editing while I try and get my new apartment situated. So I am taking a break and getting setup in my new place and will return on the 28th.
Why are there two elephants guarding the entrance to this temple complex? Well, my quick search turned up the fact that Buddha’s mother was unable to have a child until she dreamed of a white elephant entering her. So I can see why it’s important to Buddhism. You also need to understand that Buddhism comes from India where the elephant is revered because of Ganesh. Thai Buddhism draws heavily on Hinduism. It’s not uncommon to see lots of Hindu elements in Thailand and within Thai temples.
I wish I paid attention to the temple names I went to. This is the one I wound up at after I crashed my bike being chased by a pack of dogs. It was very chill and I enjoyed just having the place to myself. If you are ever in Thailand skip the tourist temples and hit the local spots. They are equally and splendid and without the usual tourists showing up or an “admission fee”. If you like there are donation boxes all over temple grounds, feel free to drop what you wish in the box.
I found this little alter in a small temple off the Naval Overlook in Pratumnak. While every tourist was busy with the overlook they ignored this cool little temple complex so I had the place to myself. Well, by to myself I meant those Thais that were hanging around the temple but there were no other tourists around me which was really nice. They missed the coolest attraction.
If you ask me who the monk is in this I don’t know but he’s popular in Thailand. My guess is he was one of the more popular Supreme Patriarch’s in Thailand. While I don’t know all the in’s and out’s of Thai Buddhism the Supreme Patriarch is like the Pope for Thai Buddhists. Least thats my guess. If someone else knows otherwise let me know.
I’ll skip how I got the image to where it is. Yes, it’s HDR but subtle. I just wanted the alter area to pop and it did so nicely. I have gotten better about how I handle HDR so I can make it seem less HDR if that makes sense.
I round out the national tour of Epcot with Morocco. I still have some random snaps to share but the predominate country themes are over with. The entire “country” of Morocco was designed to be like a souk with weaving passages and shops scattered about. This is the one county in Epcot that I noticed didn’t push the usual Disney themed crap that the others sold. To give it a more authentic feel as well the smell coming from the restaurant in the place was amazing. You could smell the spices coming out of it along with the roast lamb and chicken.
This is another shot from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. I happened on this view while discovering everything else was closed and my $20 was spent for naught. The river is the Caloosahatchee and I just like how the shot was framed between the palm trees.
Taken while we were starting to descend into Costa Rica for a landing. Costa Rica translates to Rich Coast. Costa means coast and rica means rich. Puerto Rico, which is often confused with Costa Rica means rich port. The a versus the o on the end of the words is just a masculine or famine form of the noun. I figured why not throw a Spanish lesson in since I have spoken a lot of it these last few days.
Seem to be stuck on water this week. This is an HDR image I figure I give it another go. Still busy so enjoy.
I know I promised a non-HDR image but I figured I give it one more try. Another 2 hours of my life invested into this image. I am rather happy how this one came out. It doesn’t look overly HDR. I went in with the thought, its my image and my world. I’ll make it look like how I want. So I a rejected reality and substituted my own.
This represents a lot of tools, lots of brushes, lots of time tweaking. If I was to give it a percentage of how well I like it, I’ll give it a 95%. I even used a cross-processing filter for the first time in my life. It gave it the final finish I was wanting.
Hope you enjoy.