Stormy Skies

Stormy Skies.

Staying on the beaches of Cambodia in monsoon season is still an amazing thing. Some days are full on sunshine, some it rains all day, and some just Stormy Skies and ominous. The water is always warm for a swim. The rain is always warm. The air is warm.

Originally I thought these tourist boats only come to shore a couple times a week. As I stay here longer I see that they come on no particular schedule. Perhaps because it’s now season that the boats are not so frequent. I am taking advantage of photographing them every time I see one tied up to the shore.

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How I did it

This shot is an HDR made from three images from my Sony using the 35mm f/2.8 lens. It has been heavily modified in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Noiseless. I have done a couple things in this image that I only recently started using. The first thing is using both linear and circular gradients with Lightroom. Versatile as they are I wish I had a bit more control over the gradient. The other thing I have tried on a few images, including this one, is to create a copy layer of the image and use the Multiply Overlay in Photoshop. Often this technique makes the image way too dark. But in some instances, like this, darkness is exactly waht I was going for.

What’s Next

Tomorrow I get on a plane to go to Bangkok, then Chiang Mai. I’m looking forward getting back to that city, but I am also really going to miss this beach lifestyle. I was considering extending my Visa for Cambodia for another three months, or even a year. Its time to move on though. Perhaps I will plan things better for staying longer next time.

In the meantime I’m going to get a post queued for tomorrow as I will be flying during my normal posting window. I’m going to go for a swim after I finish writing this.

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