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.
This is another from Thailand I never published. Unlike others, this one makes a glorious HDR so I’m going with it!
This image is from Wat Nong Yai which using my craptasitc Thai translates to Younger Big Temple. Nong means younger and yai means big. Thai being a tonal language I’m totally guessing since translation into English doesn’t always work cleanly unless you hear the words or can read Thai. My limited understanding means I miss tones a lot and I can’t read a word of Thai to save my life.
The story how I found this temple is interesting. I was at a local tourist trap that I’m not recommending. I could see a giant Buddha statue in the distance. So when I finished I headed that way. If you have been following long enough I have mentioned my awful sense of direction. So I was cutting down side streets looking for the temple entrance. On my second wrong turn I came into a vacant lot. I was immediately set on by a pack of dogs. Stray dogs in packs or solo are pretty common. Most are indifferent but you do get the occasional aggressive one.
Seeing how I didn’t want to get mauled to death I quickly gunned the bike and took off. The bad part was I was on a dirt path. This caused me to lose control of the bike and crash. Luckily the crash caused the dogs to panic as they weren’t sure what happened. I jumped to my feet, picked the bike up and hit the throttle to get the hell out of there. The minute the bike was moving the dogs were chasing me again until I hit the main road.
I was a bit shaken up but not horribly so. I continued my mission to find the temple. A temple being a community space would also be a nice place to check for damage on both me and the bike.
Found the correct turn and pulled into the temple. I had some scrapes on me and the bike from hitting the ground. Nothing serious. So got my gear and off for a wander on the grounds.
When I went to edit this I knew it was going to be HDR. Buildings and indoor stuff does well with HDR. So I ran the images through Aurora and just picked a preset. It looked good and I was happy. No need to start adding layers. Brought it into Photoshop and did some straightening (why I didn’t publish it before). Burned a bit here and there and called it done.
I have no idea what the temple is called. It’s located off of Sukhimvit Road. I was looking for it when I got into a motorbike accident while trying to escape a pack of dogs that were trying to attack me.
It was a very cool little local temple area. Not overflowing with tourists. To be honest, I was the only non-Thai there and there weren’t that many. No one had problems with me setting up for my shots and it was very quiet. After the near mauling from the dog pack it was what I needed to get back on the bike and ride back.
If you ever are in a Buddhist country always check out the local temples, far better then the tourist trap ones.
I miss Thailand a lot. It’s not a secret and with the weather being horrific around here I miss it even more. There is a wat (temple) near me that serves the local Thai community so after a camera show where I picked up a 55mm 1.2 lens I headed out to Wat Yarnna Rangsee and shot these. It was Noon so the light was horrible and the camera was still in jpeg mode which I realized AFTER this shoot but I liked the images.
This was taken at the Bangkok Palace back in my heady days of not knowing what to do with a DSLR so walked around in “spray n pray” mode or full whack auto. It seemed some shots were magical back then, this one wasn’t one of them but I really liked the color of the sala roof so I did what I could to get the image to pop and the sky went a bit grainy and while perfection is preferred sometimes you go with “slightly” off because it makes you happy. Enjoy the color pop and my early days of photography.