Balcony View

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.

Enjoy.

Balcony View

Breaking Dawn

I am not a landscape photographer by any stretch of the imagination.  I just happened to get to work early a couple days last week and I wanted to prove a point.  I have an old Canon 400D and a cheap Tokina 19-35mm lens.  Working on the 11th floor of one of the tallest buildings around I was able to snap this shot.  It wasn’t a fancy camera involved with a $1000+ lens attached to it.  It was just me with a camera proving that skill trumps gear any day of the week.  Too many photographers (myself included) get caught up in gear lust.  I’m not the type that knows that the newest lens or camera will take my craft to the next level. I’ve worked in IT too long to know that shiny and new does not mean better.  I just want a new lens or camera because its shiny and new and it looks cool.  So this picture is the end result of me carrying around a less than fantastic piece of photographic hardware and more knowing how to use a camera and lens to get the best result (and a crap ton of post processing).

Canon 400D, Tokina 19-35, ISO 1600, 29mm, f/7.1, 1/100