The goal here was to take an ordinary shot of Thailand and turn it to something memorable. It can’t get any more ordinary than this, scooters that look like they shouldn’t be working, a store full of plumbing supplies and a home made wooden stool… the Coca-Cola machine was a bonus.
I used my Photoshop Action to put the finishing touches on this HDR photo. I then used Topaz Simplify to give it a little artistic affect and reduce some of the harsh bright contrasting areas. Finally I blended the opacity of that layer with the original layers to make it barely noticeable.
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Software Used for Processing Photo:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz Clean – Photoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz Simplify – Photoshop plugin for artistic effect.
Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Prasat, Thailand