Categories
HDR Photography Travel Photography

Enlightenment Above

I still have lots of images from various adventures that I just never publish. As I shoot other stuff and now have a back catalogue to work off of and working on shooting a series I have the freedom to bounce around. Since its freezing cold and I am missing Thailand I figured why not revisit the Sanctuary of Truth. The first tourist place I ever went to in Thailand that didn’t involve a bar.

This is a portion of the inner ceiling inside the temple itself. It was a bit of a challenge to shoot because the floor is wood and if someone walks by your tripod is going to move. In fact, I was giving death stares to the student volunteers that were having a laugh while my tripod was riding out what appeared to me to be an earthquake of epic proportions. Sadly their interpretation of my death stare as the usual tourist look of confusion and happily joked until someone with some authority came along.

Did the usual HDR conversion then heavy lifting in Photoshop. I had to bring the colors down a bit because they were a wee bit bright. Then ran it through Intensify Pro and masked in the bits I wanted. Had to had some gradients in Camera Raw to get the center to be the focus then a wee bit of dodging and burning par for the course.

Enjoy.

enlightenment-above

 

Categories
HDR Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Wish I Was Here

This is a shot off of Wongnamat Beach in Naklua, Thailand. With the snow now falling for over 24 hours straight here on the East Coast and not due to stop till the very early hours of the morning. I am not a cold weather animal and I would much rather be sitting in the tropical climate of Thailand than sitting here watching the white stuff pile up.

I’d go into the technical details of the image but I just like the fact it looks warm and inviting.

Enjoy.

Wish I Was Here

Categories
HDR Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Reflections of Sunset

This image was taken right after yesterday’s image from what I remember. I was on Wongnamat Beach and I had moved the camera a bit and reset to frame the rocks differently. Just moving a bit gives a similar view a whole new look.

This image was created by merging in 9 different images. No idea why I shot 9 but I did and let the software do its thing. Just moved the sliders around until I got a look I wanted then exported to Photoshop. A bit more magic was done in Photoshop to really bring out the colors of the sunset using a couple different programs and then masking them back in. Finally removing the sky noise with Macphun’s Noiseles Pro and masking that in.

I am back to editing on a 13″ monitor which makes doing HDR fun as I had to store my 22″ with a friend here in Thailand as I am leaving today. As you read this I’ll be in a taxi heading to the airport. Seemed appropriate the final image was a sunset on the Gulf of Thailand.

EnjoyReflected Sunset

Categories
HDR Photography Travel Photography

The Guardian

This was taken at Mini Siam which I still stand by the statement should be called Crap Siam. I removed the more egregious damage to the wall behind the statue but trust me, its crap.

The statue itself is called a dvarapala or gate guardian. This was taken at the entrance to it makes sense that it would be there.

I really wanted the statue to pop versus the rest of the image so I made sure to mask in a clarity layer over the statue. It is the focal point of the image. I also wanted to make the tones a bit richer so I used another layer to add some saturation and vibrancy.

When doing HDR work, there is very little “HDR” and a lot more masks and layers. While I don’t go into the level of details the true masters of HDR do, one image can take you an hour or more depending on how you want it to look. It’s interesting that even my normal photography has started to take on more masks and layers as just learn to manipulate Photoshop to get the vision in my head onto the screen.

Enjoy.

the-guardian

Categories
HDR Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Sunset Over The Gulf

Not sure how I feel about one. The colors are nice but I think I lost some detail when I did the conversion into HDR. I am still playing with Aura HDR, the new tool from Macphun so learning how to use it at the same time I am creating images. It’s more powerful than Photomatix but there is always a learning curve when you switch software.

This was shot off of Wongamat Beach here in Thailand. The storms had passed quickly as they always do here in Thailand at this time of the year. So I got a really nice sunset shot.

The issue with this area is that its really not on the tourist trail area. There were some rough stretches and rougher people hanging around. I was happy to have someone with me in this case because I think as a lone photographer I would have made myself a target. Trust me, this was not an area lined with beach chairs and umbrellas. In fact, I spent a lot of time removing trash from the image that people just dumped on the beach.

Enjoy.

Sunset On The Gulf

 

Categories
Landscape Photography Travel Photography

The Lone Boat

This is another one from Wongamat Beach here in Thailand.

If you go back to yesterday’s image you can see the storm moving in. We had to take cover shortly after this image was completed because the rain was starting to come down. In Thailand it starts with a few fat drops then the heavens open up. It then pisses down till it sees fit to stop and then its dry about an hour later. The only downside is if you ride a motorbike is that the real imitation leather seats tend to stay wet for a longer period of time unless directly in the sun.

So enjoy!

The Lone Boat