Shot off my balcony in Thailand.
I traded in my city view for something a bit more upscale in July. I deceided I’d had enough of Pattaya and moved further out and in exchange I got this for an evening view now.
During the day the Gulf of Thailand is visible and I live on the 12th floor of a 15 story building. The only downside was the local pigeon population was using my balcony as a love motel and were fornicating endlessly besides crapping everywhere on my balcony. That has now been resolved.
Last night I setup my A7II on my tripod and fired off this shot.
I took this when I was in Bangkok earlier this year with some friends. We were near Koh San Road which didn’t impress me much but I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Bangkok. We wandered off the path and happily found this little temple. Since Koh San Road is a major tourist area there wasn’t a lot of people around so I had the place to myself.
I’m back I guess!? I don’t know to be honest. To be perfectly clear, I do photography for other things other than fun. So now, it’s less of a hobby that paid me on the side and more of something else.
Do I know that living in Thailand versus the US my time is limited for personal work. Part of this is when you have to do portrait stuff constantly, the last thing you want to do is pick up a camera and go out. I don’t want to force it and just turn out crappy images, but I also find myself taking snaps that are for me only. Usually on my phone and I’m done and move on.
The reality is, I live a life some dream of. I live an exotic location (ok, it’s Pattaya and a crappy resort town), but the reality is I do live in an area not seen by a lot of people and my “commute” is something on the surreal side unless you live it daily and most in the West aren’t going to dodge soi dogs, food carts, taxi drivers, potholes the size of small South East Asian Countries, people, and see some of the stuff I take for granted.
Now these images were shot in Cambodia over 2 trips. Which you may be asking, why am I showing Cambodia images versus where I live? Easy, I shot in Cambodia. I wasn’t doing portrait stuff so I had the inclination to shoot and carry a camera. I was on holiday from my holiday. Like it or not, even retired, you get bored.
These images were shot in Phnom Penh over 2 trips. October of last year and February of this year. One set shot on a Sony RX10 and the other set shot on a Nikon D5500 with a Sigma 25-80 lens.
PS – If you notice some inconsistencies, I’ll freely admit it took me a bit to get back into the swing of editing these type of photos again. I do portrait work, whole other world of editing.
I just realized I haven’t posted in awhile. It’s not that I haven’t been shooting, just for private clients so the editing time goes to them sadly. I am trying to get a comprehensive set from Cambodia and started the curation and early edits of the street photos. I am also actively planning my next trip to Cambodia which will include a few other spots in the country. It just seems, that every time I sit in front of the machine I’m editing photos for someone else.
I shot this truck in a back soi that most tourists will never go. Unless you have a bike you aren’t going to get back to where this soi is and no real reason to go there. When I saw it I knew I had to take the photo. The title, not for hire comes from the license plate.
Used Tonality to do the conversion. Nothing much fancy. Bit of a dodge and burn here and there and done.
This is the view from the other side of my balcony away from the beach. The building is typical Thai construction type stuff and who the hell knows when it will be done.
This is another one of the sky shots I take as normal. When your shooting time is limited you take what you can get. Again, I used my Nikon D5500 and just walked out and took the shoot. I think the building just adds some visual details to it.
I used Aurora to punch some of this up but a lot of the work was done in Photoshop and I just masked in some bits from Aurora and called it done.
This is from the Silver Pagoda which is attached to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh Cambodia. No idea whose tomb it is since I didn’t take the offer of the tour and just did my own thing.
This image is almost purely out of the camera. Beyond using a profile setting and doing some slider adjustments I was happy with it. I did use a gradient for the sky and dodging and burning but that was all. Sounds like a lot but trust, me the Sony RX10 did all the work.
I will confess to using a polarizing filter on the camera to get the sky that blue. Otherwise, more or less what I shot.
This is the actual temple for the Royal Palace in Cambodia. The thing is you can’t take any photos inside. I once got yelled at in the Bangkok Royal Palace because my tried to take one quietly, they know what shutter noise sounds like. With a mirrorless I could have done it but living over in South East Asia now I understand some things aren’t done so don’t push it.
I just like the roof of these temples, they are so intricate in their design. While this one isn’t the most elaborate it’s still a very cool roof. The inside is where the good stuff is but as I indicated, no photo zone.
Nothing but pure Photoshop on this since none of my plugins are working. So I’m going purist for thet time being until my schedule permits me the time to shift over to a PC and get things working.
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.