All In The Details

Taken at the Sanctuary of Truth here in Thailand. Always worth a visit.

I have to be honest and say I wasn’t sure there was going to be an image today. One of the benefits of keeping the same publishing schedule but living on the other side of the world is I do the image daily and publish it the same day it goes live.

The issue facing me today is I had to go pickup a friend in Bangkok who flew in from Canada. I had to be up at the unholy hour of 7 AM local time. Since I moved here, I go to bed around 3 or 4 AM because there just isn’t a reason to be up and running around early. So the 7 AM just about killed me because while I attempted to go to sleep at Midnight I mostly just dozed on and off till the alarm went off at 7 AM.

Once I dropped my friend off at his house and got a bite to eat it was promptly operation I’m going to go and take a nap and wake up whenever. Luckily I had a few hours to spare so I got up in time to do a photo edit.

I wanted to pump the details in this image. I have been super masking happy lately and this one was no different. I first did the image in HDR and had that as a layer. I then went into Intensify CK and used preset to bump the hell out of the details and then had that as a layer. I then masked the two together but wasn’t happy. Finally I used Tonality CK and a black and white detail version and then an opacity mask for just a bit more detail. I then dodged and burned to bring a few things down or up depending on what was required.

Maybe I should nap more before editing.

Enjoy.

All In the details

Around The Beach

This shot is actually from Thailand! The place I live now but haven’t had time to do photography because I’m generally busy doing other things.

This is Wongamat Beach which is technically a private beach area but there is public access if you can find it. It’s about a 10 or 15 minute bike ride from me and then weaving through side streets, called a soi here to find the public access.

It’s generally considered one of the nicer beaches in the area. Since the majority of it’s private you don’t get the beach chair mafia forcing your pay for a beach chair just to chill on the beach. It’s also cleaner because the private condos and hotels clean the beaches of rubbish that has floated up. The public beaches are a bit of a disaster. Trust me, I spend a lot of time cleaning trash out of the images. One of the myths of Thailand is the beaches are the pristine and the water is blue. Unless its privately held and the owner cares not a hope in hell will you find that.

This image is about 5 layer masks going on to get it to where I liked. Each layer targeted a specific area. It started as a HDR image and then I created another mask to bring in the sky. Then another mask to bring into building details and to bring out the sea a bit. After that I dodged and burned and did some color adjustment to get things looking more natural. Once I had that I called it done.

Enjoy.

Around the Beach

New York State Of Mind

Taken in Vegas at the New York New York casino. Which would explain the New York theme.

My first trip ever to Las Vegas was for a birthday party (could have happily been my last) and I happened to stay at the the New York New York Casino. It was my introduction to casino mindgames and how stupid expensive Las Vegas is unless you are gambling and that’s a whole other level of expense.

One of the joyful things large casinos like to do is make it impossible to find the exit. Why? If you aren’t in there they aren’t making any money off you. From a business standpoint it’s brilliant. From the practical standpoint it absolutely sucks trying to find an exit when you actually want to go outside.

The other thing you want to pay attention to is that there is never a clock in casino. EVER! Again, this is done on purpose to separate you from reality and keep you spending, gambling or doing whatever. Sure, we all have a phone now with a clock on it but for most people it’s more natural to look for a clock then reach for a phone.

There are those that love Las Vegas and I applaud them. Me? I live on the other side of the world and happily making it my mission never to go back there again.

This image was shot on a EM1 so I knew I could not push the file that much so it’s more or less out of the camera. I used Intensify to bump some stuff on it then dodged and burned for local contrast since I was happy with the image overall.

Enjoy.

New York State Of Mind

Fountain Spray

Shot this in Vegas with the fountains from the Bellagio Hotel.

Been in a weird editing mood lately. Felt like doing more, HDR-esq photos and going over the top. I shift from reality based super clean to going from it’s my world and I’ll make it look however the hell I want.

Maybe part of it is the fact I live in Thailand where reality sometimes seems a lifetime ago with some of the stuff I have seen in the last month. There is no culture shock but there is just a holy hell I live here factor and now pay attention to things I otherwise ignored or didn’t deal with when I was on holiday. So maybe the bit of unreality has worked it’s way into my editing for the moment and seems to be a trend. Who knows.

Editing this was standard workflow then moved into Aurora HDR and crunched up a bit. Then I brought it into Intensify CK and hit a preset. Once I was happy hit save and called it done.

Enjoy.

Fountain Spray

Venice In Vegas

This was obviously shot in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel when I was there a few years ago. One of the things that I will not miss about living in America is Las Vegas. Hated the place.

It always seems that when I am in a hurry and just want to bang out an image it turns into a marathon editing session. I really am sitting on a ton of series images but I need to sit down for a few hours and do the edits. The problem is doing a site 5 days a weeks make that difficult. Sure, I live in Thailand but I find myself busier than ever doing stuff that is non-photographic related so I don’t have the time to sit and edit photos for hours. Hopefully in the near future I will get some time to do a series or two.

Editing this turned was interesting. I knew it would look good HDR. So usual workflow and took it into Aurora 2017. Just played with some sliders until I was happy. Then took another layer off the original and then brought it into Intensify and picked a preset that worked for me. I then masked those two layers together to get the overall effect I was looking for but still wasn’t happy. Once more into Intensify to bump up some details and then some dodging and burning and gotta say rather happy with the image.

Enjoy.

Venice In Vegas

Spot The Carp

Taken at Meadowlark Gardens earlier in the spring when I was there doing the other spring shots.

This image is one of those that I don’t know why I like it but I do. The carp swimming buy just adds that little something to an otherwise boring image. I was just standing there and could see them swimming by so when one came into the frame I fired off a few shots to capture the image.

Editing I am still playing with Intensify. So I ran it through and didn’t bother masking anything in. I did some selective dodging and burning and called it a day.

Enjoy.

spot the carp

Racing The Rain

Shot this in Florida while the rain was doing its weird lull before the next torrential downpour hit.

I missed this photo when I was doing the curation. For some reason I never paid much attention to it because it looks like a missed shot, that is until I blew up the image and saw that I had the two women in motion rushing in the rain with their umbrellas out.

After doing some basic edits I realized I had a very decent photo on my hands and figured why not give it an edit.

Did the usual workflow then punched it into Intensify which I am into right now for some reason. I just went ahead and hit a preset. Was happy so didn’t mask anything in. Did some dodging and burning to balance the image and bring out some details in the clouds but in the end super happy.

Enjoy.

racing the rain