Central Festival Mall

The interior of the Central Festival Mall in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod with me so I just lay the camera on the railing and bracketed 5 exposures. The Image stabilization in the Sony took care of the rest.

Honestly I’m still not sure about this image. It really is an experiment. I was trying to find a balance between getting super saturated colours, yet keeping things balanced as well. This is the third edit I did trying to get it right, and I believe I have only gotten close, but not hit the mark on my vision. Need more practice.

However the Mall itself is really impressive. The third floor is dedicated to just technology stores. Cell phones, cameras, IT, and oddly, Banks. Its a bit of a drive to get to this mall from where I am staying, but it was well worth the visit. And they had 3TB USB drives, which I was in need of. More on that later.

For the first time in ages I used Photomatix Pro to do the HDR processing for this image. I started with 5 exposures bracketed 1 stop apart. I found in this case Aurora was rendering the HDR image way too yellow, and I was just not able to get the colour balance I was looking for.

If you are interested in playing with HDR you can download a trial version of Photomatix Pro. The trial version has full functionality. However it does put a watermark on any saved image. So it’s great for evaluating the software. I am an affiliate for PHotomatix Pro so if you buy a version of the software please use my link. You will be helping me to maintain my travels and photography.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at Pixelbip.com and writing about my experiences at EarthToKeir.com