Sunset Over Thailand Out in the Country

Mar 31, 2011 | Sunrises & Sunsets, Travel & Culture

This is how it is in Thailand out in the country… very beautiful and very relaxing, minus the misquotes of course. I think this HDR photo captures Thailand’s country side very well. The road you see is a typical neighborhood street with 2 lanes but only big enough for one car. Which is okay I guess since only scooters and motorcycles use the roads. It’s rare that 2 cars ever travel the road at the same time.

Sunsets like these are rare… this is because of the overcast caused by the constant burning of trash and farm land. They don’t have trash pick-up day in Thailand so the folks have to burn their garbage to get rid of it. Notice the smoke at the end of the road, someone is burning garbage there. Because of this there is rarely a clear day that passes. However when the sun does peak through, I consider myself very lucky photographer ;-)

This is a 3 exposure HDR… I know… finally back to the 3 exposures! I used Photomatix Pro to merge and tone map the image. I also used the manual ghost removal tool provided by Photomatix for the first time or second, I can’t remember. I usually just let Photomatix auto remove the ghosting for me. However with this photo, as you can see, the guy riding on the scooter definitely wasn’t in the same spot for all three exposures. Needless to say the manual ghost removal tool worked great, only allowing one scooter to be present.

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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 CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz SimplifyPhotoshop plugin used for artistic affect.

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Photography Style: HDR Photography
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 100-400mm f/5.6L USM
Photo Location: Buriram, Issan, Thailand