Pattaya City At Night

I have no idea where I shot this from. Think a walkway leading to a restaurant over the water. I just thought it was a cool shot but I totally forgot to bring my mini tripod and there wasn’t a rail I could set the camera on to hold it steady. So just cranked the ISO and hoped for the best.

The people sitting on the jetty looking thing are actually fishing. I see Thais riding with small poles on their bikes heading towards the beach almost daily. Personally you could not pay me enough to eat the fish out of Pattaya Bay but if you are just going to cheap fun I guess its ok.

I did bump this image up with Intensify and then I had to run Noiseless on it. Won’t stand up to pixel peeping because of the high ISO but it’s still a nice enough image.

Enjoy.

Pattaya City At Night

The Lone Cloud

Was just standing on shore and saw this scene and figured why not take a picture. The single clouds was the dominating object in the image but there was so much else that I just liked the total scene.

I am not 100% sure where I took this image. I know I had my Sigma 17-70 on my Nikon D5500 but that’s about it. I believe I was near the Bali Hai but don’t quote me as I was wandering around the area with my camera and just taking photos.

Editing this I bumped it up with Macphun Intensify and liked the end result. I am starting to put more contrast in via my curves adjustments now and let Intensify bring out features. I didn’t bother to mask anything in. I did spend copious amounts of time removing dust spots from the lens and then burned the cloud down a bit.

Enjoy.

The Lone Cloud

View From Central Festival

I had to stop at Central Festival Mall here in Pattaya looking for a decent camera store. Turns out I could have just skipped that entire process because all the stores didn’t have what I wanted.

I have been spoiled by Amazon and easy access to camera gear. Sadly in Thailand there is no Amazon so you have to know a local place to source or import it in from the US and pray it arrives sometime before you die. On that note, I did fine decent camera shops who will source from China and at a reasonable rate. So in the end it worked out.

With my rant out of the way while I was at Central Festival I was feeling peckish so I found a place to eat. During this I saw there was an observation deck. While I had my Nikon D810 with me, that would have required effort to pull it out of the bag. So instead I just pulled out my Canon S100 and took the shot.

To be fair, I may have enhanced the photo a wee bit. I can’t push the pixels nearly as hard on the smaller sensors because it will start to pixelate and get noise. So I just bumped the sky and add some additional color. Little bit of sharpening here and there via masks and all good.

Enjoy.

View From Central Festival

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

When The Lights Go Down In The City

Double extra bonus points if you recognize the lyric and the song the title came from. I’ll give you a hint. This isn’t San Francisco which is what the original song was about.

This is one of those images that drove me nuts. I really don’t like the orange pontoon things. They are designed safe swimming areas where boats and jet skis aren’t allowed (in theory). I just really didn’t like them in my image and I tried like hell to remove them. I spent a good 90 minutes clone stamping, healing brush and content aware fixes and it just looked like ass. Finally I settled on just trying to lower the contrast as much as possible without messing with the water color.

If you are wondering why I didn’t crop it was because I could not get a clean cut-point in the image. So It had to stay. If you find yourself being drawn towards them just hold your hand up over that part of the screen. It will be fine.

This was a straightforward edit for the most part. I did my usual Lightroom and then put my curves adjustment in for light and contrast adjustments. Did a lot of dodging in the image. I wasn’t happy with the way the buildings weren’t popping. I then loaded up Intensify CK and selected the Cityscape present. Then masked that in at a very low opacity and was very happy with that portion of the image.

Enjoy.

Lights go down in the city

Silhouettes On The Gulf

Still feeling inspired to go through and look at the images I never published. This one is from Thailand. I was on the beach shooting out onto the Gulf of Thailand. While technically not silhouettes the title fits.

This image was shot for HDR using my Sony A7R and an adapted 24-200 Tokina lens. Since I have had time to let the images sit I can tell you the lens had more than a few issues with it. It tended to do some weird chromatic aberrations. It also wasn’t the sharpen lens in the world either. Not saying my $1000 Sony FE 24-240 is either but it’s a lot sharper than the Tokina. When you are lazy and don’t like changing lenses you take the trade off and usually with landscape stuff you aren’t out for sharpness. The human mind is wonderful for filling in details so you can get away with it.

When I went to edit I didn’t even bother with the HDR. The entire series I shot was dark. Not sure if it was me or the camera but the images coming out are just too dark. In fact, I used the +2 exposure to make this image. I just brought the exposure down to get the image to where I wanted it. Then into Photoshop for heavy lifting. I spent a ton of time cleaning dust bunnies off the image. Part of this was my own laziness on not cleaning my lens and part of this was shooting on a beach. So if you see a dust bunny it was my fault.

Once in Photoshop I put the crop in. I wanted a panoramic feel. I then put in a curve to add contrast. Then only a wee bit of dodging to lighting stuff up in specific areas. The image felt cooler than I wanted so into Color Efex and just added a quick filter. Got the light to where I wanted it and called it done.

Enjoy.

Gulf of Thailand.

Leaving Shore

I seem to have a thing for nautical photos when I’m not editing architectural photos. This one was taken in Thailand with a Ricoh GR.

Go to any tourist beach in Thailand and you will see a few things. People selling you stuff you don’t want or need. People trying to convince you to rent a jet ski. People convincing you to take a speedboat to whatever island happens to be near. I highly recommend not doing any of these things.

When you consider the sheer number of times I have been to Thailand there are things I know. Most of these thing have been learned either first hand or by first hand accounts. Stuff you don’t want or need is massively inflated and its junk. Jet ski scams are so common they post warnings on most countries foreign services offices. Boating safety is a joke at best. It’s weekly you read about some boating accident over there. You can look at the picture and see the lady standing up and the hull packed with people. Good luck on enough life jackets.

With all that said I still liked the image.

Editing wise it’s pretty straight forward. The one issue with Thailand is the bright light and the sky and the water can often turn into one color. I wanted to make sure there was clear separation. I used gradients to make sure the color tones were correct for each of them. I did some dodging and burning to bring out the details of the people in the boat. I also kicked up the area along the shore to make it bit brighter to give the perspective of standing there. Bit of sharpening and done.

Enjoy.

Leaving Shore