I traded in my city view for something a bit more upscale in July. I deceided I’d had enough of Pattaya and moved further out and in exchange I got this for an evening view now.
During the day the Gulf of Thailand is visible and I live on the 12th floor of a 15 story building. The only downside was the local pigeon population was using my balcony as a love motel and were fornicating endlessly besides crapping everywhere on my balcony. That has now been resolved.
Last night I setup my A7II on my tripod and fired off this shot.
This is a pathway to Jomtein Beach in Thailand. I took it a couple years ago when I first got my Sony A7R. I was using some adapted Tokina lens because I didn’t have any native FE lenses at the time.
For years I never really ventured to the Jomtein area. This was a result of me not having a motorbike and be terrified of riding in Thailand. Over the years as I got more adventurous I wandered off the beaten path. Not that Jomtein is unknown. I just now had a mode of transport opening up where I could go without public transportation.
This was my first trip that I learned to ride with my gear on my back. Usually that mean a camera bag with a camera and one lens along wth my tripod hooked through the bag. Good times learning to weave through traffic while worrying about your tripod leg coming loose and smashing into a car.
Editing this I wanted it to be about the path and the light coming in from the beach. So I did the normal workflow and then promptly brought it into Photoshop then into Aurora 2017. I just played with sliders until I was happy like normal. Some dodging and burning and a bit of a color adjustment and called it done.
Beaching clearly isn’t a word since it clearly was flagged for spell check but it seems to fit this image I took of Jomtien Beach in Thailand a couple years ago.
I was going to publish another image today but my scratch drive crapped out in the middle of Photoshop and it locked up. So with disgust I just gave up and went with one I had edited earlier. It helps I miss Thailand and the warmth that this time of year provides. It’s nice to remember shorts and t-shirt weather while looking at a forecast of snow later in the week.
Editing wise I didn’t do much. Mostly involves gradients and pushing your visual direction to where I want it. I do it every image to be honest but I just never write about it. Gradients are magnificent things because you can selectively do a lot to an area and not impact the rest of your image. I mainly use then to add or remove contrast in an area. Effectively darkening it or lighting it. If you ever need to pull attention away from an area just use a gradient.
The rest of the image was selective dodging and burning and some color correction. I shot this with my Sony RX100M3 and it has a bad habit of shifting blues towards cyan. While the sky was cyan color I did shift it back slightly towards blue.