Spa Pool Hamersley Gorge, Karijini National Park
This image was shot on my last trip to the Pilbara in the middle of last year, Spa Pool is a small rock pool (about the size of a big spa) in Hamersley Gorge which is part of Karijini National Park. A lot of visitors to the park skip Hamersley Gorge since you have to drive quite a way outside the park to get there. It looks inviting doesn’t it? Like it would be nice to sit in, as the name suggests? I have seen people swim in Spa Pool… Briefly. It’s very very cold.
This image was shot in the early pre-sunrise light of dawn, so there was no sunlight bouncing around causing havoc with the shadows. At that time of day the light is still directional as the eastern part of the sky (where the sun is about to rise) Read the rest of this entry »
This is the third revisit from the images of the fisherman images from Hoi An Vietnam taken on my Photographic tour of Vietnam and Cambodia earlier this year. I posted this image in a previous post with about 4 minutes work done in Lightroom, and looking back at it now it looks pretty ordinary. with just a few more minutes work in Lightroom the image improves dramatically. I have posted the before image here again so its easy to compare the difference, and it really is only a few minutes work in Lightroom to go from before to after, imagine what you could do actually exporting it to Photoshop and really working it up!
Cambodia & Vietnam Tour 2014
I am in the process of preparing the tour itinerary for Cambodia and Vietnam for 2014 right now. The tour will be in July 2014, and quite different to this last tour the same region. We will spending much more time in Cambodia this trip, with more focus on the out of the way non-touristy locations, including more of the far flung ruined temples outside the Angkor temple complex. You can read about the last tour here, and this same page will be updated with final dates and itineraries for the 2014 tour soon… Saty Tuned!
Image was shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with a 100 mm f2.2 lens.
I posted some shots for the fisherman of Hoi An some time back (I’m not very regular with my posts) that I shot on the last Vietnam and Cambodia photographic tour. The images were posted not long after I shot them and with only a 5 minute basic workup in Lightroom. Usually thats what I post here on the blog, 5 minute workups… I thought it might be nice to show what a little image work can do for a photograph, sort of a before and after, in this case just in Lightroom.
This photograph was shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with the Hasselblad 100mm f2.2 lens handheld, and what you see is basically full frame (besides a little horizon straighten… I was on a boat after all), the file is rather huge and there are 12 stops of latitude for editing, so almost anything is possible.
Below is the Lightroom worked up version of the previous image. Its had about 1 hour of processing, mostly just balancing shadow and light, putting the emphasis where it belongs and removing the ugly tower in the background…
This is the original as posted image from the earlier post… Don’t forget to click on each image to get a larger view.
Well so much for regular entries whilst on my photographic tour of Vietnam and Cambodia! There just never seemed to be any time with so much to see and do. So here I am back in Cambodia again, post tour, researching next years tour… honestly, i’m working!
Hoi An Fisherman
Sunrise on the Hoi An River
One of the Highlights of Vietnam for me was an early morning river trip we took with a local photographer I found whilst wandering the streets of Hoi An in Central Vietnam. Thai Tuan Kiet was born in Hoi An and runs a photographic gallery on one of the main streets, that features his own photographic work shot over many years, he unfortunately doesn’t have a website (yet) but his work is beautiful.
First Big fish of the morning
I got talking to him and it turns out he does day tours for Photographers in the countryside around Hoi An and particularly up the river to the fishing villages where no tourists go… Luckily our tour has a lot of flexibility, and everyone was keen to get up at 4am to grab this opportunity… perhaps not keen, but certainly willing… Lucky for hotel wake up calls!
Back to work
We had a perfect morning for our boat trip, no wind and some beautifully shaped cloud that gave the sky some fantastic personality. The fisherman were all very friendly and keen to show us their catch for the day so far.
I took the Hasselblad H4D-60 out on the boat and shot all morning with it hand-held, its just such a lovely camera to use I was loathe to put it down. In fact the only time I used the canon 5D Mk II for the day was when we visited the fishing village and I needed something a bit more manoeuvrable.
All these images have just had a quick workup in Lightroom on the laptop, so when I get home to a nice big screen I’ll spend some more time and refine them further.