The Gate

One of the gates at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. What is funny about these is that they are all along the palace walls but you can only get in at one place.

You can also make out some of the mural along the wall on the inside. This is standard I guess because the Royal Palace in Bangkok had the same thing when I visited there.

I did make this HDR out of a single image. For stuff like this HDR works well. So a single image HDR was done in Aurora and I called it done.

Enjoy.

The Gate

Royal Tomb

I freely admit that I may be guessing at this but I do believe this is a royal tomb at the Silver Pagoda which is attached to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. I know this simply by listening to the tour guide that was giving a tour. I generally skip the guides, not due to costs but I’m there for photos and I don’t think its fair for me to drag a guide around while I frame shots or look for different angles.

There are a few of these around the temple grounds, each for a different member of the royal family (again, based on what I heard). This was like one of the first ones I encountered when I walked into that area of the palace compound.

This is a bit HDR but I didn’t go overboard. I just used one exposure to make it. To keep the image from breaking down I didn’t push it too much. On the smaller sensor cameras the image quality can go to crap quickly if you start pushing pixels.

Enjoy.

Royal Tomb Silver Pagoda

Stairs In The Jungle

First off this isn’t the jungles of Thailand. In fact, it’s just normal bushes and the stairs lead to a helicopter landing pad that I have never seen a helicopter on. It just sounds more dramatic to say jungle stairs.

Where I live is actually a beach town. When you get outside it, there are small hills but mostly flat, farming land. There isn’t really a jungle here without going further up North and then its all protected national forest. Not sure you could call it a jungle. I have been in a jungle in Panama, and haven’t really seen one in Thailand.

I wanted this image to pop a bit. I created two layer masks, one was HDR and the other was just run through Intensify. I then just went ahead and blended the two images together to get the effect I was looking for. In the end happy enough with it.

Enjoy.

Jungle Stairs

The Bar Bus

This bar bus thing is off a side soi that is mainly a Korean bar area. It’s all in Korean writing and full of Korean restaurants. I have seen this place open once when I rode through at dark but when I came through during the day it was closed as were most places in the neighborhood.

I took the photo because it’s interesting. When I went to edit I went HDR but with a single image. I just wanted to bring out some of the textures and other stuff in the bus. It’s one of those throw away images that I like and takes only a few minutes to process so enjoy.

Bar Bus

Golden Spirit House

I shot this last night on my way home. It’s one of three spirit houses in a field along the road. No idea why but they are there.

I had to take some shots last night of something else and I have been meaning to shoot this spirit house for some time. I know what a spirit house is for and but you can read about it here.

One of the things you get used to seeing in Thailand is a spirit house. They are all over the place and most properties have them. Some are simple affairs and some are very elaborate like this one. No one messes with them because no one wants to upset the spirits so things get left alone even when it’s valuable. While I can’t say for sure I can almost bet that the Buddha in this spirit house has real gold on the outside. The belief in spirits is very strong in Thais so you will never see a spirit house bothered.

I took this on my A7R with my 16-35mm lens. When I went to edit I did the usual workflow and then brought it into Aurora HDR. Once I was happy with that I masked in a detail layer I did in Intensify CK. From there I did a blend and dodged and burned a little to get the light back to where it needed to be. Was happy enough with it and said done.

Enjoy.

Golden Spirit House

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