This was shot off my balcony in Thailand. I happened to have my Nikon D5500 with the 55-200 lens on it and aimed it towards the beach. With the crop on the D5500 I get a more reach with that lens then I do with any other and it’s light and sharp.
Using portrait orientation worked better for this image because I got the layering effect of the sky along with the buildings. It provides some visual interest that landscape would not have been able to produce.
I won’t bore anyone with editing but lets just say, nature didn’t exactly produce the colours you see in this image. There is some tweaking going on. Nothing too fancy but it’s not natural.
Shot this off Walking St when I was up there just taking a walk. Strangely enough, during the day Walking St allows vehicles. This makes walking on Walking St a pain in the ass because you may get killed while taking photos. Then again, this is Thailand and you accept certain things regardless of the logic behind.
Actually, there is logic, the trucks and cars need in to restock the bars and only time they can do that is during the day because at night Walking St truely is shutdown to vehicle traffic. I should also point out that Walking St is really Beach Rd, it just is called Walking St because of the night time closures. Confused? Welcome to Thailand!
Anyways I had my Sony A7ii with me along with my 50mm 1.8. I was just out walking around since I had some stuff to do up there. I had firmware patched the A7ii and the 50mm 1.8 and was pleased with the focus speed on the lens which used to be horrible.
While I have shot this view before I just like it and this is the first time I had a full frame camera with me. Most of the time I carry my Nikon D5500. I just wanted to play with A7ii for a bit.
This image is more or less out of the camera. I did run a filter via Intensify and then dodged the water a bit and called it done. Enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shot this in Thailand looking across Pattaya Bay. You can see the city on the left and then Pratumnak Hill on the right and finally Jomtien in the distance.
I remember shooting this while I hike all the way down from Wongamat Beach back towards Pattaya. Just taking shots along the way with my camera and tripod. I was fairly new at bracketing exposures and slowly shifting away from micro 4/3 to a full frame Sony. I used the Olympus EM1 for this shoot and it was the last time the camera came out. While I didn’t sell my micro 4/3 stuff immediately I did end up selling all of it to buy my Nikon D810 and selling other bits to pickup native Sony FE lenses. Don’t really regret that choice at all.
This image is HDR which might be hard to believe. The more I use Aurora 2017 and get comfortable with it the more I am willing to use it. One of my complaints with HDR is sometimes it’s too HDR. While I enjoy the more vibrant aspects of it I don’t want stuff looking like it was tossed into a nuclear waste facility. Not everything needs to glow. HDR is all about what your eyes can see visually that a camera can’t. Whole reason you bracket an image to get the full spectrum. Full spectrum doesn’t mean colors that look super unnatural.
Processed in HDR then run through some stuff in Photoshop and called it done. Rather happy with the soft and dreamy look.