Taking a bit of a break from the Cambodia stuff. Need to do a series next of the street photos but don’t have the time to sit and do a long edit so bit different post today.
Living in the tropics you get some very nice sunsets. It just so happens my balcony faces the Gulf of Thailand. If I am paying attention I generally will wander out onto my balcony and snap a photo or two.
This particular sunset was after an afternoon storm passed through. You generally get some very nice sunsets after a storm here. Don’t ask me why I don’t know weather at all. I was just happy to have the camera at the ready and snapped a few photos.
Editing this was all done in Photoshop for once. For some reason Photoshop crashes on all my 3rd party plugins except the one I use for portraits. So I actually did this using only Photoshop. To be honest, it wasn’t this vibrant of a sunset. I may have slightly tweaked it. After that, a bit of a dodge and burn and done.
No idea if this roof was part of the palace or the temple at the Royal Palace in Cambodia. There were so many parts sealed off and I was using a zoom lens that I can’t remember.
Based just on the architecture my guess is it’s a palace building roof. The temple used a slightly different style architecture but I’m not 100%. Still, the way royal and temple buildings are done in South East Asia are really elaborate. I could totally live in a house with a roof like that. Repairs may be a bit costly but I figure I can afford a roof like that repairs may not be an issue.
Editing this I went with a quick run through with Aurora HDR 2017 so it has a bit of HDR in it. Then I went ahead and did a bit of dodging and burning and called it a day.
I have no real idea if this is the grand entrance to the Royal Palace in Cambodia or not but it is in my world.
I have tried to edit this photo countless times. First time Photoshop kept crashing from one of my plug-ins. I gave up and walked away. Then I got got so sick I could barely get out of bed. I’m going to call it malaria or something exotic instead of the flu.
Today I finally got to edit this only for Photoshop to crash again. This time I went enough, it recovered to a state I was happy enough in so left it alone.
I’d tell you how I edited it but to be honest, I gave up after a bit because of the crashing. I think it may be time I move to a Windows Machine and give up some of my plugins.
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.
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.
I was outside the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and saw these 2 monks walking by. I just waited for the shot and took several frames as they walked by.
I don’t pretend to understand the colours or monks robes. I know some are brighter than others. Older monks tend to have darker colours than younger ones. I’m sure it signifies rank but I don’t understand it enough to speculate and I’m too lazy to look it up on Google.
I liked the image, did a bit of a dodge and burn and ran a filter against it and called it done. I am suffering from a severe case of man flu right now so it’s all I can do to type this.
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 along the river inPhnom Penh when I was walking back to my hotel from the Royal Palace.
Monks themselves aren’t that exciting when you live over in Asia. They are very common and not a big deal. I will say I saw more monks in Cambodia than I do in Thailand. Well, I should say I see more monks during the day in Cambodia than I do in Thailand because I constantly see the Thai monks collecting alms in the wee hours of the morning here in Thailand.
I liked this image because you just have the contrast of the rather dull scene with the splash of color from the monks robes.
Behold! I took pictures while in Cambodia! I will admit the .65 cents (US) beer was also very tempting. There may be less photos and more been consumption than normal but at .65 who can complain? That’s cheap even compared to Thailand.
This is the entrance to the Royal Palace; well in theory. Real entrance is about 300 meters to the right but the nice guards pointed me to it. Then I got charged $10 to enter the place. I could have taken this shot and been done with it to be honest but I would have missed the Silver Pagoda which is more interesting than the palace itself which is sealed off for most areas.
I only took my Sony RX10 on this trip. I went light because Asian carriers are a pain in the ass about weight allowances on baggage. So with a 24-200mm lens on the camera it would do what I needed and then some.
This isn’t HDR I just did my normal routine and then started adding filters until it looked right. I didn’t even bother to blend the stuff. It just came out looking good and in the end I was happy. I also left the bird flying on purpose. Think it adds a bit of something.
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.