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.
This was taken off of Wongnamat Beach in Naklua as the sun was starting to set over the Gulf of Thailand with the city in the distance. You can see Pattaya, Pranumnak, and Jomtein in the distance. I also liked how the water and the rocks played off each other.
This was shot with my Olympus EM1 versus the Sony A7R which I use for most of my landscape stuff. Mainly because I am lazy and hate switching lenses and I can use the 24-200 I have for the A7R. Still, I can notice the lack of details between the two cameras if I pixel peep enough. The one thing I haven’t done with the Olympus is use a 2 stop bracket like I do with my Sony. The HDR was done with 7 images shifting 1/3 of a stop each direction. I might try it with 3 images with a 2 stop shift.
Lots of filters after the HDR conversion. Running it through Macphun’s Intensify CK and Nik’s Color Efx. Then masking everything back in at various levels.
Still feel like editing building images in monochromatic. Just like how they look. These images were shot in San Diego, California and Jomtien, Thailand. Two different cameras were used, the departed Fuji X100S and my Olympus EM1. Some of the EM1 images got a bit noisy but I left it. Gives it a bit of a film grain feel.