Staying inside this day – don’t want to get wet or covered with powder.
Pattaya 2012 Songkran on ThapPhraya Rd in Jomtien
But here is a short clip out my window of the mayhem. It will go on for the rest of the day. Chuay stopped by and went to Jomtien Complex to throw water at his bar and celebrate with them – coming back later and then we will go to dinner. HAPPY SONGKRAN.
Here’ a new format, combined line drawing, painting and photo – This is Nai, check out a earlier post of a trip we took to Sattahip – I really like this effect, interesting – what do you think? I am going to refine this technique and make the brush strokes more pronounced and paint smear colors match shades in the photo more closely. I also need to increase the paper texture in the face area. But I think it’s a good start – your comments ????
Here is a quick example of the power of Photoshop CS5 healing brush to remove the fencing and then using a great filter – Vertus Fluid Mask to isolate the monkey for a collage. This is one of my shots from my Vietnam trip. First remove the fence using the spot healing brush – so easy to do.
Then extract the monkey – CS5’s refine edge just couldn’t do it, but Vertus was so easy – I first made a selection around the monkey to limit the colors and then used the filter to refine the edges – amazing. And here’s the result :
This is the first time I used Vertus and really find it exciting – It will allow me to do much better extraction – particularly hair – I am not sure if you can see it in this small post but the extraction is extremely good showing even the little hairs on the monkey.
I wish I had a better background, like a basketball hoop or a game photo that I could put the monkey in as if he had stolen the ball – I am going to look for one I could use and hope to post it later. I also did not put in shadows or adjusted the lighting in this collage, just wanted to show what can be done. Anyway this really shows the power and how easily photos can be altered.
Pond looks great with his green hair and today Kay stopped by to show off his new red hairdo – FASHION – it’s the craze here.
But you gott’a admit these guy look stunning. If you were looking for some reason to visit Pattaya – here are 2 suggestions Red or Green – drop by Sunee and see the live version, you won’t be disappointed.
Here’s the latest shot of Pond – Much better than the first ones – I am getting better – slowly but steady – it’s hard to teach a old dog new tricks and I jump too fast to post images before I really put a lot of effort into editing them. These guys are soooooo cute, I love spending time with them and hope you enjoy these images too.
Here’s a photo I took of the Hong Kong Pier when I visited there in 2005 on my first trip to Asia. Pond spotted it and asked if I could put his photo on the billboard – he really liked the scene too – soooooo here is my first attempt. What do you think?
When you come to Pattaya, make sure you visit Sunee Plaza and especially “The Crazy Pub”. Here’s Pond, one of the staff.
You can’t miss him – green hair and all – what a great young man.
Stop by and say hello – I’m sure you will get a warm welcome.
Pond stopped by this afternoon for a little photo shoot – agreed I could post this one and promised to come back later – after Songkran – to take a little more time and get some super poses and exciting shots.
Well off to the beach to finish my day – water throwing is in full swing – but it should be minimal between here and Jomtien Complex, where I will meet up with Don, Degs and the other guys to spend a little time seeing what the boys are up to and how they intend to spend Songkran – expect a little water, so wallet and phone go into plastic bags for protection.
Thought I’d show you what my swimming pool looks like – and here is also a better view from my balcony – better clouds –
Getting ready for Songkran, I hear that it can get very intense out there – throwing water and general celebration – but Brian says this was his favorite time of year in Pattaya – the boys at Jomtien Complex would line up and offer kisses to the guys walking through – sounds sweet. I am trying to sell my Canon 350D and would use that money to get a Canon G12 – great small camera and one I could carry to get more personal shots during Songkran. I am afraid to take my D7 into the water-throwing crowd – too much to lose for some shots. We’ll see.