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

The Door

Took this while on a ramble around town. I just found it funny that this was a door painted like that. It makes it seem so inviting and friendly. I have no real idea if the door even works. Thai health and safety standards aren’t what you call the best in the world.

I’d write more but enjoy the photo for what it is. I do give the artist credit for making it an interesting door.

Enjoy.

The Door

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

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

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

Bali Hai Lighthouse

I think this area is called Bali Hai but don’t quote me on it. If you don’t have a motorbike or car you aren’t going to get there because it’s a hike from the Bali Hai pier in Pattaya.

I drove up there and was just tooling around. Bali Hai pier is getting redone so it was closed and I didn’t feel like trying to find a space to park and then walk out on the pier. So I rode down to the lighthouse and took some photos.

Light was kinda flat so I went with a black and white for this because I think it looks cooler this way anyways. I left the people in the image to give you a sense of scale. It’s not a big lighthouse, hell I don’t even think it does anything except guard the weeds and trash around the area.

Enjoy!

Bali Hai Lighthouse

Neon Knights

Super double extra bonus points if you figure out where I got the title from. I’ll give a hint, RIP Ronnie James Dio. You magnificent bastard.

I had to shoot a birthday party up near Walking St in Pattaya and I arrived early to get my gear set and then just locked it up and took a walk for a bite to eat.

For whatever reason it gets darker here in Thailand earlier than it did back in the United States. Usually by 7 PM it’s dusk. So a lot of the signs were lit up on one of the most famous streets in Thailand.

There are tons of overpriced seafood places up there. So when I saw this one I took the shot of the tourists walking through it the staff trying to lure customers in for the privilege of paying twice as much. I did it a few times when I first came to Thailand 10 years ago or so as a new tourist. After that never again.

So coming back from dinner at a normal priced place I know of I snapped this image.

So enjoy a bit of Walking St, Pattaya.

Neon At Night

Guess Who Is Back

Well I am back. Conditionally speaking of course. Which will be explained shortly.

First off, I had to take a break. I was suddenly thrust with the problem of being a landscape/travel photographer shooting when I felt like it to being a full time portrait/event photographer. Whole different world and one I wasn’t exactly prepared for.

I had done events before. No big deal. Bang the photos out and done with it. So shooting parties wasn’t a real difficult task. The problem was the portraits. I never really shot them much. If I did they were off the cuff and for fun, not work.

I suddenly had to become a portrait photographer which was a whole new world to me. It meant learning to retouch photos on a level I had never done before. It also meant learning flash and lighting and all that went with it.

Over the past month I have learned. I have never spent so much time in Photoshop in my life. When I wasn’t in Photoshop I was reading articles on how to retouch faces, match skin tones, and so on. Took a lot of work and effort.

With all that I didn’t have time to shoot personal work and to be honest I still don’t but trying to change that. I doubt I will do 5 days a week anymore. I just can’t because of other commitments.

I rather publish a photo I am proud of or that I personally enjoy then some crap I shot just to put in for filler. It doesn’t work and I feel I let myself down by publishing crap.

So with all that said, I’ll be most again. Just not as frequently and on a schedule that is slightly more erratic than before. Goal is 3 or 4 images a week and no longer on a Monday – Friday schedule. They will go when I think I have something worth sharing and will just be published whenever. No more scheduled photos. I live on the other side of the world now. So time zones are a bit of a pain and really not worth the effort.

This image was taken off the balcony of my room. My view is towards the Gulf of Thailand (I can’t see the water) and towards downtown. It’s a weird view but I like it.

The sun was setting and I had my Nikon D810 (which I use for all portrait work) on a table so grabbed it and took this shot.

When I went to edit it I wanted that sunset to pop and the buildings to clip towards black. Did all that and then used a bunch of filters to get the sky to pop. Each one a different layer. Trust me, nature didn’t make this sunset. The joy of doing that is you always introduce noise into a sky photo. So I just ran another filter to denoise the image. Then I masked it in so it didn’t look unnatural and called it done.

Enjoy

Sunset over Pattaya

Thai Nightlife

This was shot actually in Thailand. It’s a little place called Mike’s Mall as you can see in the background. There is usually a small market and then at night the vendors setup for drinks and other shopping stuff.

It’s weird running a photography site where I can’t actually show client photos. Which is all I shoot now. I have been complaining about it but it’s hard to find a balance when you need to manage the expectations of a client versus your own work. Trying to work with someone else to do a shooting day where we go out and just spend a day taking pictures. Hoping it works out.

The other issue is I find myself shooting stuff that is more for me than anyone else. This leads to a logistical question of what do I do? Continue a site where time for personal work is limited. Living in Thailand has been an amazing experience and I have loved every minute of it. It’s not like being on a holiday where I get up and decide what I want to do  today or not. Still, I have my own schedule but there are certain realities I have to keep as well.

Will either try to find a balance in the coming weeks one way or the other. Who knew that slowly transitioning to what I really wanted to do would lead to a quandary for my own personal work. Don’t get me wrong, I love the photos I’m taking. It’s just not for here.

Editing this was a challenge. It’s noisy to begin with because was shot on my RX100. This meant trying to keep the noise down but get a usable image out it. Normal workflow but I didn’t sharpen it. Would just increase the noise already there.

Enjoy.

Thai Nightlife