Construction Skies

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.

Enjoy.

construction-skies

One More Sunset

Shot this the same time as yesterday’s sunset. Bit of a different view from yesterdays as this is in landscape format and pointed at a different section of sky.

While I use my Nikon D810 and my Sony’s for professional stuff now, I use my little Nikon D5500 for a lot of other stuff and with the crop sensor and the 55-200 lens it makes it a great combo that is light and gives you a lot of reach. I could not image how bad the camera would be with the 70-200 2.8 on it. The D810 is bad enough.

Again, all done in Photoshop, nothing via a plugin because they are all broken. May have to do a reinstall which pains me. I know it is likely the Adobe upgrade that broke them.

So just a curves adjustment, lots of dodging and burning and calling it done.

Enjoy.

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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

Layered Sunset

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.

Enjoy.

Layered Sunset

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

View From Home

This honestly is one of the views I get when I leave my building and ride the half mile or so to Pattaya Beach.

I have taken for granted I live in a beach town and fairly close to the Gulf of Thailand. Its just not my normal path on my daily wanderings. Living in a beach town doesn’t mean  you actually go to the beach. You just know its there and if you are inclined then you can go to it. If not then you ignore it and go about your daily life.

I was riding with my gear gear shoved into my backpack because I had some other work to do and planned on shooting something completely different. When I hit the road I saw the sun setting over the Gulf of Thailand and raced down to the beach. Got lucky and found a spot to park the bike and jumped off. I didn’t want to waste time with setting up my full kit so grabbed my Canon S100 in my pocket and just took a few snaps. It’s why I carry it now because it’s small enough to go everywhere and has a decent sensor to what is needed.

Editing was just a quick crop and then a curves adjustment. I did a bit of dodging and burning and then called it done.

Enjoy.

View From Home

Red Clouds At Dusk

Shot this in Fort Myers. One side of where I was standing was a massive rain storm. The other side was this view.

Power is happily restored at my building in Thailand. I went out and did what I needed to do and by the time I came back power was back up. Bit of a relief being in your own room again. Even though I have lived here a little over a week all my stuff is in this room so it was a hassle to have to sleep some place else when you don’t expect it. I knew stuff like this would happen so not unexpected but not very welcome in the middle of the night and then having to wait for an electrician to show up.

Editing was my normal workflow. I do stick to using Daylight or Cloudy as my white balance and just adjust it as needed. Took the image into Photoshop and figured it could use some extra something. Loaded up Intensify and picked a preset. Then took it back into Photoshop and masked in the river from the original photo at a low opacity. Once I was happy hit save and done.

Enjoy.

Red Clouds At Sunset