Red Umbrella

Red Umbrella. I took a little tour of an umbrella factory here in Chiang Mai the other day. It was less a factory and more of a large crafts assembly area. There was the typical tourist store where all sorts of Thai souvenirs were for sale. Then in the back was an area where umbrellas, and many other paper based products were being made.

This image was made with Aurora HDR Pro. The original images that I used to create the HDR image were shot on my Fujifilm X100T. The only thing I don’t like about that camera is that I can only exposure bracket +1, -1 stops. Generally not enough to get a dramatic image, although sometimes it works fine. I adjusted the exposure and basic tones of the source images before sending them to Aurora. Aurora returned an image that I just could not get to bend to my will. So I took that image and sent it to Tonality CK to convert it to black and white.

After returning both the colour and black and white images to Lightroom, I sent them to Photoshop as separate layers then created a layer mask so I could paint the red through. After one final crop in Lightroom, I added a vignette and decided to stop there.

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 and writing about my experiences at