Neon Knights

Super double extra bonus points if you figure out where I got the title from. I’ll give a hint, RIP Ronnie James Dio. You magnificent bastard.

I had to shoot a birthday party up near Walking St in Pattaya and I arrived early to get my gear set and then just locked it up and took a walk for a bite to eat.

For whatever reason it gets darker here in Thailand earlier than it did back in the United States. Usually by 7 PM it’s dusk. So a lot of the signs were lit up on one of the most famous streets in Thailand.

There are tons of overpriced seafood places up there. So when I saw this one I took the shot of the tourists walking through it the staff trying to lure customers in for the privilege of paying twice as much. I did it a few times when I first came to Thailand 10 years ago or so as a new tourist. After that never again.

So coming back from dinner at a normal priced place I know of I snapped this image.

So enjoy a bit of Walking St, Pattaya.

Neon At Night

Guess Who Is Back

Well I am back. Conditionally speaking of course. Which will be explained shortly.

First off, I had to take a break. I was suddenly thrust with the problem of being a landscape/travel photographer shooting when I felt like it to being a full time portrait/event photographer. Whole different world and one I wasn’t exactly prepared for.

I had done events before. No big deal. Bang the photos out and done with it. So shooting parties wasn’t a real difficult task. The problem was the portraits. I never really shot them much. If I did they were off the cuff and for fun, not work.

I suddenly had to become a portrait photographer which was a whole new world to me. It meant learning to retouch photos on a level I had never done before. It also meant learning flash and lighting and all that went with it.

Over the past month I have learned. I have never spent so much time in Photoshop in my life. When I wasn’t in Photoshop I was reading articles on how to retouch faces, match skin tones, and so on. Took a lot of work and effort.

With all that I didn’t have time to shoot personal work and to be honest I still don’t but trying to change that. I doubt I will do 5 days a week anymore. I just can’t because of other commitments.

I rather publish a photo I am proud of or that I personally enjoy then some crap I shot just to put in for filler. It doesn’t work and I feel I let myself down by publishing crap.

So with all that said, I’ll be most again. Just not as frequently and on a schedule that is slightly more erratic than before. Goal is 3 or 4 images a week and no longer on a Monday – Friday schedule. They will go when I think I have something worth sharing and will just be published whenever. No more scheduled photos. I live on the other side of the world now. So time zones are a bit of a pain and really not worth the effort.

This image was taken off the balcony of my room. My view is towards the Gulf of Thailand (I can’t see the water) and towards downtown. It’s a weird view but I like it.

The sun was setting and I had my Nikon D810 (which I use for all portrait work) on a table so grabbed it and took this shot.

When I went to edit it I wanted that sunset to pop and the buildings to clip towards black. Did all that and then used a bunch of filters to get the sky to pop. Each one a different layer. Trust me, nature didn’t make this sunset. The joy of doing that is you always introduce noise into a sky photo. So I just ran another filter to denoise the image. Then I masked it in so it didn’t look unnatural and called it done.

Enjoy

Sunset over Pattaya

Something Has Got To Give

I have been considering this for some time and now it’s time to do it. I can no longer keep doing daily posts. Things have transpired in Thailand that weren’t anticipated but have turned out well.

I am now shooting more than I ever did. Love it. I just can’t share the images here because they are for others. This forces me to take those photos and do edits on them versus me doing my own work.

That said, while I have a ton of images on backlog I don’t have the time to sit and edit my own work and the clients at the same time. So I have then cherry pick an image or struggle to find one to publish and it’s not quality half the time. I’m worn from doing those edits and delivering them.

So I’m going to post when I can and where I can but it won’t be daily anymore. I rather have quality versus quantity. If I don’t have an image then nothing will be published. If I do have stuff that I think will work I’ll publish them.

Apologies for this but I think it the end it will work out better.

 

Interior Work

This was taken for friends of mine who are opening a new bar. They needed some interior images and I just really like this one.

Normally I don’t show off work I do for others but I really like the image. This was more of a test image but I ended up liking it a lot. There are two versions, this one I masked in from Intensify and the one we used for something else. Even with the minor issues it’s a cool image. The bar wasn’t open yet and I was just there doing some interior images for later.

This is just some of the stuff I am doing. What I can’t show and why I don’t have much time to shoot anymore.

Editing this was normal workflow and then I used Intensify to do bring out details. Nothing overly fancy going on here. Used my Sony A7R and a 16-35mm lens.

Enjoy

interior work

Thai Nightlife

This was shot actually in Thailand. It’s a little place called Mike’s Mall as you can see in the background. There is usually a small market and then at night the vendors setup for drinks and other shopping stuff.

It’s weird running a photography site where I can’t actually show client photos. Which is all I shoot now. I have been complaining about it but it’s hard to find a balance when you need to manage the expectations of a client versus your own work. Trying to work with someone else to do a shooting day where we go out and just spend a day taking pictures. Hoping it works out.

The other issue is I find myself shooting stuff that is more for me than anyone else. This leads to a logistical question of what do I do? Continue a site where time for personal work is limited. Living in Thailand has been an amazing experience and I have loved every minute of it. It’s not like being on a holiday where I get up and decide what I want to do ┬átoday or not. Still, I have my own schedule but there are certain realities I have to keep as well.

Will either try to find a balance in the coming weeks one way or the other. Who knew that slowly transitioning to what I really wanted to do would lead to a quandary for my own personal work. Don’t get me wrong, I love the photos I’m taking. It’s just not for here.

Editing this was a challenge. It’s noisy to begin with because was shot on my RX100. This meant trying to keep the noise down but get a usable image out it. Normal workflow but I didn’t sharpen it. Would just increase the noise already there.

Enjoy.

Thai Nightlife

Just A Hint Of Pink

Part of the storm series I did when I was in Florida. This was just a bit of pink cloud left over from the first storm as the second storm moved in.

While I am shooting regularly, as I indicated, it’s not always for publication. Yet, I keep my eyes open for opportunities to do some personal work and I think I have found something interesting I can shoot quickly using one of my smaller cameras. Little bit of life in Thailand. Hoping to get to it this weekend but have some stuff already scheduled so will see.

Editing this was a bit different. I did my normal workflow but then immediately went to Intensify and used my favorite preset. Still wasn’t happy so I loaded up Color Efex and had a run through it. Played with a few sliders until I was happy and ┬áthen called it good to go.

Enjoy.

just a hint of pink

 

Between The Storms

Shot this in Fort Myers, Florida when I was there. This was after the first storm rolled in and the next one was coming.

Been shooting a lot lately. Just not stuff I can publish here as its for a client. Been great to shoot stuff I’m not used to. So used to landscape photography that I never really messed with flash work. Now I am shooting people in a run and gun style with a flash. Bit of a learning curve but a good one as I know flash photography in theory and have done a bit but now it’s something I am doing almost daily.

Think with photography you either push yourself or you get bored. I love landscape and travel. Thing is now that I do it for some pocket change I have to put the client first and me secondary. This is forcing a challenge for to find the time to shoot my own personal work as now I shoot at night, edit during the day and turn around and repeat. Good because I like it. Bad because personal work goes out the window.

Editing this was mostly my normal workflow. I have been playing with Intensify a lot. I am in the phase where I like to bring out the details and get away with it. The Nikon D5500 is a solid little camera. The resolution is amazing so I can push the files. Hence I did.

Enjoy.

Between The Storms