Why not wrap the week up with a sunset from Thailand? This was taken along the beach on the Gulf of Thailand. You can see Koh Larn (koh means island in Thai) in the distance and a little bit of Pratumnak on the left.
The beach I was on had all these weird rocks. I have no idea what they were but they looked good in the water with the sun setting. I have published previous images that were similar but I really liked this one. It seemed the HDR just made it pop nicely.
Editing was done in Aurora 2017 and doing the conversion myself. I just add layers until I am happy with the final product then taking it into Photoshop for some final work. One of the things I have to do is defringe all the images. While Aurora can do it Photoshop does a much better job in the Camera Raw Filter. Once that was done it was spot removal and then some dodging and burning and done.
This was shot off the beach as the sun was setting and I really wanted to capture the sky and all its colors. The island in the back is Koh Larn but my sense of direction isn’t always the best so take it for what its worth. There are there islands off Pattaya Bay and the most famous is Koh Larn. It’s the only one I ever went to.
I have really been spending time on skies lately and smoothing them out and getting the noise out of them. This is a long and rather laborious process with lots of brushes and layers to get it to something normal then using the Gaussian Blur trick I wrote about yesterday to get the rest out. Trying to line up the brushes and the lasso tool often causes problems in key areas and then going back and fixing them lead to more. After a bit you just shrug and go close enough.
I believe this is at the end of the pier as you get off the ferry to Koh Larn. If you have taken the ferry in rough seas through the Gulf of Thailand to get to Koh Larn you will be happy to see any deity after the trip.