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Buddha Mountain

I shot this last year when my Mom was visiting me here in Thailand. There is a real name for the place but the Thai name is brutal so we just call it Buddha Mountain.

I shot this on my Nikon D5500 with my Sigma 17-70 Lens. Honestly, if I want a travel camera and don’t want to hump one of my Sony’s around the D5500 with the 17-50 and the 55-200 is perfect. Lightweight, great battery life, and outstanding image quality.

This is in HDR but I like to think I do it subtle enough not to make it obvious. Dodging and burning as needed.



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3 Friends In The Evening

Hello from Fort Myers, Florida where I am based for the next week. A couple days ago was the first time I got out to shoot. My first shoot was interrupted by a torrential downpour which is common in Florida this time of the year. My second shoot that evening perfect. The biggest for the night shoot was mosquitoes using my body as an all you can eat buffet. Oh, and the occasional heat lightening while carrying a tripod!

Wandered into History Fort Myers area along the Caloosahatchee River where I have shot before. This time I ventured further down the river. Where I parked I saw this fountain and the sunset and was like hell yes! Luckily I had my camera mounted on the tripod so it was a quick setup. Unluckily the lens fogged up because of going from aircon to 7000% humidity. So used my lens cloth to defog it a few times.

The fountain is called Uncommon Friends and it depicts Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone. They were the 3 famous winter residents down here. I wonder if the locals complained about traffic from the snowbirds showing up in the warmer climes like they do now?

I went lower key in this image. I will let your imagination fill in the details about the fountain. I really wanted that sky to pop and lower key will bring in more contrast. Once I had contrast where I wanted I did some dodging of the figures and then started adding layer masks. First it was into Aurora HDR to give it a bit more oomph and then in Intensify CK for a bit more pop. Once I masked in the layers, a bit more sharpening and called it done.


3 Friends at Sunset