Pattaya Bay

I took this up on top of Pratumnak, which is a hill above Pattaya. I was finished shooting along the beach below so just rode my bike up to the top of the hill, saw the view and jumped off and took the shot.

Below is Bali Hai pier and you can see the slips for the smaller boats. The local authorities have finally made the owners park their boats there instead of dragging them out of the water and taking up all the parking space.

I got lucky when I took this image because the fishing boat was heading out of port to do whatever. Maybe head to one of the islands for the night or going out for fishing. The boat just adds that little bit of missing motion from the image.

Enjoy.

Pattaya Bay

Off Shore

I snapped this while I was wandering along Walking St. I went into a beer bar complex that has a great view of Pattaya Bay. It was a private bar but I asked in Thai if I could and was told no problem since they weren’t busy.

With Bali Hai pier under construction and the authorities finally cracking down on illegal parking of boats on the road and walkways (only took a decade or more) you see more boats moored offshore now. Owners are too cheap to pay for docking space at the new area for boats.

I shot this at dusk so the camera had a fairly high ISO. Just did some cleaning up and in the end happy enough.

Enjoy.

Off Shore

Sheltered

This is from Thailand I shot a few years ago. No idea why I didn’t publish it. Likely because I had no idea how edit it.

I shot this in the Bali Hai area when I first went there on a motorbike. It was the first time I had gotten the nerve up to ride a bike there. All previous trips I relied on public transportation. With this trip I was with my friend who was an experienced rider. We ended up going all over the place. In fact, my first ride was some ridiculous ride into the middle of Rayong with nothing around for miles. The reason we went? Just because we could. While I don’t recommend riding to the middle of nowhere you first trip out on a bike. I do recommend getting a bike. The sense of freedom you get is well worth it.

This was shot on an Olympus EM5 with the Panasonic 20mm. I carried this under the bike seat and it served me well for wandering around type shots. When I went to edit this I kept it basic. Pushing micro 4/3 files can lead to weird artifacts. So basic adjustments then into Photoshop for a quick curves adjustment then some local dodging/burning.

Enjoy.

Sheltered

Sheltered Bay

This is another from Thailand that I took while out near Bali Hai Pier. I always like to get out there at least once a trip so I took a ride that way and stopped and used my Canon S100 to snap a bunch of images.

The Canon S100 has surprised me to some extent. I bought it as a throwaway camera off Ebay for $100 US. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket and if it got lost or stolen no big deal. While the sensor is small and there is inherent noise issues it’s still a great camera for snaps. Sure my phones are capable of getting just as good if not better of an image I just like a camera better. Again, if it’s lost or stolen big deal. Where as my phones are significantly more expensive.

One of the tricks I have learned with shooting with a point and shoot camera is leave it in Program Mode. I’m sure some of you are dying at that suggestion. I didn’t just figure this out on a whim. Ming Thein who is a master photographer made the point about small cameras. The developers wrote the software to work optimally with the lens and sensor. It makes better sense to use what they programmed instead of trying to do it yourself. You can control light through metering so let the camera do the rest of the work. I have started to do this with my Sony RX100M3 as well and been pleasantly surprised by the results.

For this image I pushed it as far as I could go. Normally with the smaller sensors I don’t mask in a bunch of layers. This time I gave it a go.

I started with the usual curves adjustments and then dodging and burning for local contrast. I also had to spend some time removing tyres out of the beach. Since I admitted to it most of you can figure out where they were. Generous use of the healing brush and stamp tool were required.

Once local adjustments were completed IĀ used Aurora 2017 for the first time. It supposedly handles single image HDR better than the previous version. Once I found a filter I liked I just brought it back into Photoshop and masked in the water and rocks. I then lowered the opacity and masked in the sky knowing I was going to introduce noise into the image. Then I loaded up Color Efex and added a hue/saturation layer along with Polarization and Pro Contrast. Next was noise so Noiseless Pro and just hit Balanced Preset and then masked that into the sky.

In all, not bad for a 6 year old camera that I bought for $100. I am not sure I could do this with a camera that only shoots jpeg but with a RAW file you can do a whole lot with it.

Enjoy.

Bali Hai Pier

Getting Nautical

Wasn’t much in the mood for editing anything today. Sometimes its a struggle to sit in front of the screens and go through images. I just was going through my Thailand shots which always makes me happy and I found these. Was just going to do one image but I figured why not do 4 because its Thailand and I miss it. Then again, it was like 34C when I shot these images and I was sweating to death so I don’t miss that but the rest I do!

Nothing fancy on the edits. Just ran through Photoshop and then dodge and burn as needed. I did low key the images so I didn’t put the tone curve in Lab mode.

All were shot my Sony RX100.

Enjoy.

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Remnants of Snow

To prove that I am surviving in subarctic conditions here in DC I wanted to offer visual proof of the horrid weather conditions I toil through on a daily basis. There are still remnants of snow on the ground! This validates my claims that it is subarctic here.

To be really honest I liked the Sun setting in the background with the boats at dock. Interestingly enough people were going to and from their boats and I saw several houseboats that looked to be in use year round. If you are curious about the sign handing from the railing it basically says clean up your dog poop and use common sense when on the dock.

I did a quick HDR conversion and masked in 3 different layers to get the image where I wanted it. Then I bit of dodging and burning. One of the things I did different was use another monitor to straighten the images. I kept noticing on one monitor it was straight on others not so much. So I’m hoping that the problem is solved. If not I’m going to have to crack open my 27″ iMac and do some upgrades on it to get it working again so I can use one screen for my editing.

Enjoy!

Remnants of Snow

Counting Boats

For some reason the numbers on the boats prows just fascinated me. This series almost was in black and white but I did a little extra editing and left it in color and pleased with it. Photographically speaking, not that exciting. This was me seeing how much detail I could get out the images. There is a lot going on around the boats that draw the attention. I wanted that detail to be involved versus just the numbers. Enjoy.

Counting Boats

Counting Boats

Counting Boats